We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE to see how it compares to a $57,500 Tesla Model 3 and a $150,000 Model X. Here's the verdict.
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- I've driven the Tesla Model 3 sedan, the Jaguar I-PACE compact crossover, and the Tesla Model X three-row SUV.
- The vehicles vary quite a bit in capabilities, appointments, and price.
- But in the end, I think the Tesla Model 3 is the best car.
As I've noted before, Tesla has a segmentation problem. Here at Business Insider, when we want to match up compact crossover SUVs, we can find two similar vehicles from different brands. But when it comes to all-electric cars, it's a different story.
This is going to be a slightly unusual comparison, but it isn't my fault.
A larger issue is that because Tesla is only selling three vehicles and has to tweak them in various ways - amenities, self-driving system, total range - to serve buyers at different economic levels, it's challenging to manage good direct comparisons with anybody else's cars.Making matters even trickier is the arrival of a bunch of EVs from luxury automakers over the next few years: the Porsche Taycan, the Audi eTron, the Mercedes EQC, and so on. Everybody is kind of doing their own thing.
The Jaguar I-PACE is a case in point. We sampled it last year. The Tesla vehicle it should match up against is the forthcoming Model Y crossover, but the Model Y isn't yet being produced. Still, the I-PACE is on sale, so if you're shopping electric, chances are you'll give it a look.So here's the idea: I'll compare the Jag against the Model 3, which is cheaper, and the Model X, which is pricier. I know which vehicle I like best, but I'll try to set it up so you can make the best choice for your needs.Get the latest Tesla stock price here.
First up, the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE in "Corris Gray." The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while the top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720.
Jaguars are supposed to be beautiful cars. The I-PACE looks nice. But beautiful? Not in my book. However, it is poised, powerful, and sleek.Advertisement
The leaping car is front and center.
Aerodynamics, to a large degree, dictated the I-PACE's shape. Designer Ian Callum has certainly created a crisp flow with this vehicle, which after all is a versatile hatchback, not a sports car.
The cargo area, however, could be better. And while there is a front trunk or "frunk," it's so small that it isn't terribly useful.Advertisement
Using a 100-kilowatt DC fast charger, Jaguar says the I-PACE can be recharged from dead to 80% in just 40 minutes. You use this Mode 2 universal charger cable.
The interior is where the I-PACE truly shines. As we''ll see, the Teslas are nice. But the I-PACE's interior — our test car came in glorious ivory — is simply stunning, the best we've experienced in an electric vehicle.Advertisement
The instruments are not an essay in minimalism, but they are smartly laid out and accented beautifully with brushed metal, carbon fiber, and wood.
The weak spot here is Jaguar Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, it has never been one of our favorites.Advertisement
On to the Tesla Model 3, is brilliant "Red Multi-Coat." We've sampled the car in two versions: the $57,500 Model 3 Long Range in Premium trim, with rear-wheel-drive; and the $78,000 Performance trim, with all-wheel-drive.
The Model 3 is a sharp set of wheels, designed by Tesla's Franz von Holzhausen to embody forward thinking without taking any wild and crazy chances.Advertisement
Unlike the I-PACE, there's no grille, just a smooth nose-cone.
The Tesla logo is among the auto world's newest. It has a ways to go before it can challenge the leaping cat.Advertisement
The roof is a continuous curve of glass, with a fastback rear hatch/trunk culminating in a crisp spoiler. The recessed door handles and the window trim are the only significant chrome on the Model 3.
If you combine the rear cargo area ...Advertisement
... and the Model 3's frunk, you get 15 cubic feet of space. Not grand, but fairly good for a sedan.
The Model 3 stores its juice in a 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack — and has access to Tesla's Supercharger DC fast-charging network. A full recharge consumers about an hour, and the long-range Model 3 is good for 31 miles.Advertisement
You have to be a minimalist to love the Model 3's interior. The leatherette upholstery is animal-free, and the flash is ... well, there isn't any.
Unless you opt for the white interior, which I sampled on the performance version of the Model 3. It's impressive.Advertisement
Almost all Model 3 functions are controlled using this central touchscreen and a pair of trackballs on the steering wheel. This takes some getting used to, but once you do, the Model 3, with no instrument panel, provides a serene driving experience.
Finally, the Model X, a glossy black. Our fully loaded loaner was a P100D version — largest battery pack, all-wheel-drive, and a third row of seats. It tipped the cost scales at around $150,000.Advertisement
The showstopper with the Model X is, of course, those falcon-wing doors.
The Model X is my least favorite Tesla, design-wise. That said, it's also Tesla's most futuristic vehicle. It looks like a spacecraft for the road.Advertisement
"P100D" signifies a Performance variant of the Model X, with a 100 kWh battery pack, and a "Dual" motor all-wheel-drive setup. In "Ludicrous Mode," the 0-60 mph time is supposed to be about three blistering seconds.
Overall, the Model X has almost 90 cubic feet of available cargo space.Advertisement
The frunk is big — the Model X swallowed up everything five people and dog needed for a weekend on the road.
The 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack is Tesla's largest. It serves up 290 miles of range, and like the Model 3, the Model X can use the Supercharger network.Advertisement
The huge central touchscreen doesn't control as much as the Model 3's screen, but it is the Model X's nerve center.
Verdict? For me, the best of the three is ... the Model 3! But it can't be all things to all people.Advertisement
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