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Jaguar i-Pace: an electrical test at a great distance



Between Paris and Metz, Automobile-Clean managed to make a new take over of the first Jaguar electric car. A remote test that provided us with a better estimate of spending and the real autonomy of the British SUV.

Do not look for equivalence! This Jaguar i-Pace is unique and leaves no one indifferent to anyone. The real UFO in the Jaguar range, this first electrician obviously turns his head. It must be said that his hybrid silhouette – halfway between the limo and the SUV – has something to attract attention. Launched in 2018, Jaguar's electric car is Teslin's first competitor in the high-end segment. But is she capable of doing better than the California brand on a long run? That's what we wanted to discover in returning between Metz and Paris.

As for those who do not know the car, there is little in the video below.

Autonomy is limited to 300 km of highways

When we drive through the Jaguar Press Park to pick up a car, we already have the following scenario in mind: offer you a one-way trip between Paris and Metz by the highway, distance from the 350 mile order. The Jaguar electric car announces 470 kilometers in the WLTP cycle, we thought the goal was achievable. In the first step, we understand that the task will be difficult. With battery charge of 98%, our computer is estimated by our autonomy … 338 kilometers! The company promises to be dangerous, especially since we did not necessarily want to deprive 400 of the horses offered by the system.

Although we still have the slightest hope of achieving this, the update of the autonomy shown on the computer, we quickly confirmed that they will be lost. This electric Jaguar can not be more than 300 kilometers … No matter, we change our plans and decide to stop halfway for a mid-term upgrade. In the first part of the trip, we decided for the maximum allowed speed while maintaining a certain rigor in the ecological run. Result: Out of 80 miles, our average oscillates between 27 and 28 kWh / 100 km. This is great but not surprising given the 22 to 24 kWh / 100 km that announced the WLTP cycle. In the second part of the trip we decided to keep at a speed limited to 110 km / h, and end up with a convoy reduced to 25 kWh / 100 km when it arrived in Metz.

The Jaguar i-Pace is obviously not the most expensive electric car.

On returning and after stopping at the Ionity Reims station, we decided to boost the car in Paris a bit further. Always respecting the limitations, we set aside an ecological drive to adopt a much more sporty drive. Result: 31 kWh of average consumption on this part!

Results above those with the main competitor: Model X. According to a recent test carried out by NextMove, California SUV is about 24 kWh / 100 km at 130 km / h. It should be said that the British SUV is less aerodynamic than its California counterpart: Cx 0.29 to 0.24. Regarding autonomy, the answer must be sought on the side of the battery. If the technical data discloses 90 kWh of theoretical capacity, the "useful" capacity is limited to slightly less than 85 kWh according to the data supplied by the manufacturer.

Apart from autonomy, driving this highway i-Pace remains pure happiness. Capable of swapping 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds, the i-Pace is comfortable even if we always hesitate to press too hard on the accelerator to not explode our consumption. A highway ride that has also enabled us to test different equipment such as an adaptive controller that tends to revive very strong when overtaking. If the system is activated, it is better to predict band changes to optimize its consumption. On the other hand, we could not experiment with the auto-maintenance device on the track. Called the Drive Pack Assist system, the option was not present on our test model. Really damn!

Driving in town

If this Jaguar i-Pace obviously does not have the size of the city's population, this is especially at home in the city. With Eco mode on, the acceleration remains moderate while driving on the "pedal" when the "high" regeneration mode is on. The mode of operation we would like to activate much more intuitive, for example through the steering wheel or center control buttons. On the i-Pace device you have to move through the menus to switch from "classic" to "high" regeneration mode. Not very practical … There are some bugs in the main screen. Several times, some menus appeared to "freeze", causing the car to stop and restart.

As for consumption, we have never been able to fall below 20 kWh / 100 km.

Infrastructure on the polygon

It is difficult to offer an electric car test without mentioning the charging infrastructure issue. During our motorway trip, but also during a few days of staying near Metz, we had to deal with a quasi-non-existent public infrastructure. Between the reduced autonomy of this i-Pace highway and still very rare network, the record is quite mixed.

During a few days spent in "no country" north of Metz, terminal Leclerc saved us …

On our trip between Paris and Meth, we decided to stop at the Corri-Door network terminal installed at Epernay, at the Leclerc supermarket parking lot. If the access to the terminal was switched off without any problems, the load was unfortunately not up to 50 kW promised by the operator. Result: Only 22 small kWhs recovered after about 50 minutes of charging. Fortunately, renewed energy was enough to close the road and despite the great fear of our arrival. By predicting the final compensation at the Corri-Door Metz terminal, we miss a subsidiary. Result: The roundabout has brought 30 kilometers to the next exit for the estimated slightly higher autonomy. In the end, and privileging national roads and eco-driving, we arrive at a turning point with the remaining 10 km at the counter asking for it to work. If the first attempt ended with a failure, the others worked with a good "debit". With more than 40 kWh that recovered after 1h15 charging, the battery charge level fell from 4 to 58%. Phew!

On return, we decided to test the new Reims Ionity terminal deployed a few weeks ago at Aire de Gueux. For us it is an ideal infrastructure. Equipped with Izivia, charging is very easy, and we do not have to change the car to reach the length of the cable. From 11%, the battery level increases to 96% after a little over an hour charging, which means that almost 70 kWh has been recovered. Operational Cost: 9.29 € TTC, Izivia takes a priori $ 1.29 in roaming.

70 kWh of energy recovered for just over an hour. When it comes to charging, the Ionity Network is ideal

borderkWhCharging timeAmount billed
Corri-Door E. Leclerc Epernay24.8 kWh00:5110,99 €
Corri-Door Intermarché Metz43.6 kWh01:1516,00 €
Ionity Reims Air of Gueux70 kWh01:079.29 USD

Prices: Three finishes and an impressive list of options

While some may complain about the lack of choice offered on the Tesla Configurator, it is just the opposite of the Jaguar electric car. Offered from 79,990 € and available in three levels of completion, i-Pace has dozens of options that offer endless personalization options.

The other side of the coin: the prices will rise rapidly. Based on S finisher, our test model has been enriched with over € 20,000 for a final price of € 108,000.

To conclude

Quality, Finishing, Equipment, Driving Feelings, Reliability … If this Jaguar i-Pace achieves flawlessness in many aspects, it is pretty disappointing in terms of spending and autonomy. This adds to the problem of a less master builder: the one of the public infrastructure that is still too limited to quietly consider trips outside the "comfort zone".



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