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After two years on sale last year, Jaguar made some welcome updates to the all-electric I-Pace.
A significant model year update for 2021 has added some new equipment.
Standard equipment on S:
Automatic LED headlights, tailgate spoiler, heated and electrically adjustable folding door mirrors, flush exterior door handles, heated windscreen, heated washer jets, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear bike carrier preparation kit, 19in alloy wheels, two-zone climate control, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, synthetic leather seats, partial electric adjustment for front seats, heated steering wheel, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, all surface progress control (ASPC), hill launch assist, Jaguar drive control, electric parking brake , under bonnet front stowage compartment, keyless entry, home charging cable, secure tracker, software over the air updates, public charging cable, three-phase 11kW AC on board charger, 10in Pivi Pro infotainment, Pivi Pro Connected, Apple Carplay/Android Auto and InControl Apps, Meridian sound system, DAB radio, online pack with data plan, driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition and lane keep assistance, 360° surround camera, headlight power wash, front and rear parking sensors.
The Jaguar I-Pace launched in 2018 at an opportune time for the brand.
A premium car with a premium price tag, it offered a certified driving range of close to 300 miles, 400hp and was on sale several months before Audi and Mercedes-Benz were able to launch rival models.
But one of the risks of being first to market is you risk being the first to date, especially at the speed electronics and other technology advance at.
Jaguar introduced some changes for the 2021 model year, which fall short of a mid-life facelift, but help keep the I-Pace refreshed as competition increases.
It had already won friends and contracts, as a salary sacrifice deal was announced to supply 700 cars to an NHS trust, which has since been expanded. It has also seen the I-Pace appear in the top ten registrations occasionally during the previous year or so, as retail sales fell during the Covid-19 restrictions of 2020.
It also won Best Electric Car in the 2018 Business Car Awards, although three years is a long time in the development of electric vehicles.
New for model year refresh is Jaguar Land Rover's intuitive Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system, as well as the ability to accommodate an 11kW AC charge and a subtle increase in maximum range according to WLTP, now at 292 miles.
It also comes with a dual-modem embedded SIM with 4G data plan, wireless device charging, embedded Spotify, and Bluetooth for two phones at the same time. It is also offered with Jaguar's ClearSight rear-view screen in place of a conventional mirror, as an option, and comes with a cabin air ionisation system. There is also enhanced over-the-air software update capability.
Comparing with rivals, the I-Pace is well equipped as standard, and offers the choice of S, SE and HSE grades, as well as a recently introduced Black Edition. The interior is spacious and the boot is decent at 557 litres, with the option of expanding it by folding the rear seats.
Perhaps the main criticism here is that some aspects of the interior are quite generic and don't feel as special as some of the I-Pace's predecessors.
Performance is still scintillating, with 0-62mph achieved in just four seconds thanks to all of the torque of the electric motors being available instantly, and the ride quality on its large wheels (with up to 21in available) is impressively comfortable.
Although there is some energy recuperation when lighting off the accelerator pedal, we would prefer there to be more, with the driver being able to choose a 'one-pedal driving' mode now offered on an increasing number of electric models.
The I-Pace is still a desirable premium EV, and a better choice for fleet operators than the market leading Tesla (the latter having less in the way of support infrastructure for fleets). But other premium brands are now in the market and the I-Pace will have to work harder to earn its place on a choice list.