Much will be written on the newly displayed Tesla Model Y. Much has already been written on the Jaguar I-PACE and it’s received lots of love and attention. Will the Tesla Model Y take it all away?
The Jaguar I-PACE is living the high-life at the moment and for many reasons. One of which is that it’s the first mass-produced all-electric SUV for less than $100,000. The Tesla Model Y might not make it in time to be the second but the spotlight has shifted from the British EV to the American company.
Not all details are yet known on the new Tesla Model Y however we have enough meat on the bone to compare it to the Jaguar I-PACE. While we’ve driven the I-PACE, we’re minimally 24 months away from even hoping to get behind the wheel of the Tesla. You can, however, place your order now and probably take delivery in about two years.
The question is whether or not you should spring for a Jaguar I-PACE or put in that order and patiently wait. Let’s now take a quick look at how these two measure up against each other.
For the purpose of this comparison, we’ll use the Dual-Motor AWD Long Range Tesla Model Y. This version brings it closest to the Jaguar I-PACE’s dual-motor setup.
The Jag’ battery is 90 kWh unit which feed the motors. The system’s output is of 394-horsepower and 512 lb.-ft. of torque. This power sends the Jaguar to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200 km/h.
The Tesla’s battery pack capacity is of 75 kWh. The electric motors generate 367-horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite being down on power, the Model Y will hit 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and top out at 217 km/h.
The range comparison comes down to this: The I-PACE is rated at 377 km while the Model Y is expected to be good for 451 km. Charge times on a home-based 240 V Level II charger are of roughly 11 hours for the Tesla and 13 for the Jaguar.
The $89,900 I-PACE S includes the aforementioned powertrain, a panoramic glass roof, Jag’s Touch-Pro Duo infotainment system with both 10-inch and a 5-inch screens, leather, air suspension, navigation, Wi-Fi enabled, satellite radio, and loads more.
The Tesla Model Y RWD Long Range starts at $64,000. The dual-motor version adds $5,000 for a total of $71,000. It too is well equipped and throws in a large glass roof, a 15-inch screen, navigation, Wi-Fi and more.
From here, it’s a matter of figuring out these brands’ value. There’s room to debate the perceived worth of a storied British sport-luxury marque that’s not always been that great vs. an American “start-up” electric vehicle maker that’s also faced the music on more than one occasion.
The major difference between these two vehicles is what they can become. The Jaguar I-PACE can be spec’d out into a truly luxurious high-end electric SUV, to a level in fact that the Model Y as we currently know it cannot reach. However, for $83,000, the Tesla Model Y Performance destroys the I-PACE power and speed-wise.
Our Thoughts On The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE and Tesla Model Y
Having spent a week with a $110,000 First Edition 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, we will admit to having experienced frustrations dealing and negotiating with Jag’s Touch-Pro Duo system. An issue that’s plagued JLR products for a long time is a laggy, overly complex system interface that turns out not to be very reliable.
Beyond that, the I-PACE turned out to be a generally pleasing vehicle to drive. At the moment, it is unique goes nowhere without being noticed.
The Tesla Model Y will probably not suffer from techno glitches as have some early Model 3, assuming that all will be addressed by late next year. This is also presuming that all new features will be bug free.
We’re not saying we’d put in an order for the Model Y, but we’d not head to a Jaguar dealer to pick up an I-PACE either…