2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE by David Colman +VIDEO
We can promise you the driving experience of a lifetime
By David Colman
Special Correspondent to The Auto Channel
Base price on this beauty starts at $80,500. Our Indus Silver test sample carried enough pricey options to boost the final sticker to $93,630. Chief among those additions was $4,390 for the Carbon Fiber Exterior Pack. If you love the lustrous beauty of carbon fiber's clear coated weave, you will definitely want to check this box on your order form. The "pack" consists of thin CF trim strips running the width of the front and rear fascias, sizeable side panels emblazoned with "Jaguar" notations, and fat-cased CF side mirror housings. The $1,300 optional "5069 Gloss Black" 22 inch, 5-spoke rims are a sensational bargain at this price, since you would probably spend $1,300 for just one such rim - let alone four - in the aftermarket. These rollers are further enhanced by wide carbon fiber spoke inserts that key perfectly with that optional exterior package.
In order to continue to drive the I-Pace, which was showing a 50% charge after that first 50 mile outing, we decided to plug it in at home - since we live in the sticks with no Charge Point station closer than 30 miles. Verdict: Kids, don't try this at home. First of all, the Owner's Manual is pretty much useless when it comes to home recharging. Granted our test I-Pace carried a recharger labeled "Prototype." When we plugged it into our garage outlet, the dash display read "Initializing" but nothing else seemed to happen. When we attempted to remove the plug-in cord from the Jag, the plug would not release from the vehicle. After a half hour of pleading and incantations, we finally stumbled on a solution: lock then unlock the doors! This critical information is not mentioned in the Owner's Manual. So we re-plugged the I-Pace and retired for the night. After what should have been a 14 hour charge we were stunned to find that absolutely no recharge had transpired. But the "Prototype" charger had managed to trip the circuit breakers in the garage - which in turn led to another set of organizational problems.
So our test of the Jag was disappointingly confined to a romp of just 80 miles. But we can promise you that if you live near a Charge Point station or install a dedicated fast charge line at your house, you will be in for the driving experience of a lifetime. Back when I owned 2 different XK-Es in the 1960s, we always called them E Jags. Now that Jag has introduced this Electric-Type, let's rechristen the I-Pace as the E-Jag of a brave new era.
2019 JAGUAR I-PACE EV400 HSE
• MOTORS: 2 Permanent Magnet Synchronous AC
• HORSEPOWER: Each Motor 197hp, Total Combined 394hp
• TORQUE: Each Motor 256lb.-ft., Total Combined 512lb.-ft.
• ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 80MPGe City/72 MPGe Highway
• PRICE AS TESTED: $93,630
HYPES: Gorgeous Finish, Carbon Fiber Lover's Delight
GRIPES: Not Ready for Primetime Home Charging
STAR RATING: 9 Stars out of 10