2022 Jaguar I-PACE Review

The I-PACE may already be an old timer in the fast-paced world of electric luxury SUVs, but it’s still surprisingly competitive.

By William Clavey Wheels.ca

Jun 14, 2022 6 min. read

Article was updated 16 days ago

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The Jaguar I-PACE is an underrated electric vehicle. Since it hit our market back in 2019, Jaguar barely manages to sell 100 of them each year in Canada. And that’s a shame because there’s a lot to like from this package.

Sure, the I-PACE is expensive, but that’s because it has a prancing cat on its grille, and it’s sold as a luxury item. The truth of the matter is that it’s with the I-PACE that Jaguar became the first mainstream carmaker to take on Tesla in the luxury electric SUV segment. And even today, after the arrival of new contenders, it remains a highly competitive product.

Styling for days

To understand the I-PACE’s $99,800 starting price, one must take it is as a highly stylish sports-oriented vehicle. In other words, it’s a niche product, one that although taking the shape of an SUV, is a much more singular experience than, say, a family oriented Tesla Model Y or a BMW iX.

This ethos is instantly apparent in the way the I-PACE was designed. Four years in, this is still a beautiful piece of machinery, one that’s gracefully aging thanks to clean, yet modern lines, a low stance and a sleek face that takes inspiration from a feline that’s ready to pounce with its ears pulled back. It all just works at making a highly attractive vehicle.

2022 Jaguar I-PACE

Several interesting details can be observed in this design, notably the high beltline and short front and rear overhangs that help accentuate the optional 22-inch “Style 5069” wheels. Peak over the I-PACE’s stubby nose, and you’ll spot a functional air inlet that helps channel air from the front bumper, through the radiators for the liquid-cooled battery’s thermoregulation system, and back out through the top of the hood. That’s just cool.

The 2022 model year brings only slight alterations to this model given that there was no 2021 Jaguar I-PACE due to pandemic-related supply issues.

Jaguar added a new wall-charger that’s good for 11 kW versus the old seven kW unit. There’s now wireless phone charging capability as well, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree camera and a full suit of semi-autonomous safety features that now comes standard.

2022 Jaguar I-PACE

The I-PACE is also now only available in one trim level, the EV400 HSE. Only a few options are available, such as colors, wheels and a $360 cold weather package that adds a heated windshield and heated washer jets.

Same mechanical components, range and charging speed

Nothing changes mechanically, meaning the I-PACE is still powered by a 90-kWh battery (84.7 kWh usable). Range is EPA-rated at 376 kilometers. Actually, I-PACE range numbers are all over the place. Jaguar Canada’s own website says TBD, while a Jaguar international media document states 470 km according to WLTP standards. Some American media outlets have claimed being able to drive up to 407 km on a single charge, while Natural Resources Canada writes 356 km.

From our time with the car during a warm week in May, we recorded a consumption average of 26.5 kWh/100 km, leading to an estimated total range of 340 kilometers, a low number considering that newer offerings in this price bracket boast over 500 km of range.

The I-PACE’s battery powers two electric motors – one installed on each axle – for all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Total combined horsepower is 394 with torque rated at a staggering 512 lb-ft. It allows this electric kitten to sprint from zero-to-96 km/h in just under 4.5 seconds.

2022 Jaguar I-PACE

And yes, the I-PACE still charges at the rate of 104 kW on a level three fast charger, but I do wish Jaguar had increased this during the facelift. Let’s just say it’s a tad embarrassing to be parked at a charger with $100,000 Jag next to a Hyundai IONIQ 5 that pull up to 250 kW.

The Driver’s EV

Where the I-PACE rewards its driver, however, is in its delivery of performance and its dynamic abilities. All EVs are quick off the line and the I-PACE is no exception, but few can transcend its engaging and, dare I say it, analog feel.

That’s because the I-PACE drives like it was tuned by people who like driving. Sure, it doesn’t spit angry backfires when you lift off the throttle, nor doesn’t it purr like a high displacement V8, but Jaguar engineers have fitted it with a highly synthesized, but frankly cool digital spaceship-style engine sound. The faster you go, the louder it gets. And when stopped, it all sounds like the vehicle is alive around you, simply waiting for next move.

Throw the I-PACE hard into a corner and you’ll discover unparalleled grip thanks to massive wheels and tires. There’s very little sign of a vehicle weighing in at nearly 5,000 pounds. The I-PACE feels light and composed, managing weight transfer as if it was a hot hatchback.

Gun the throttle on corner exit, and those motors work in sync to figure out how to get all four wheels to properly put down the massive torque. The amount of precision is mind-boggling and, in the end, it’s all tremendous fun. I ended up devouring backroads in this thing, using Jaguar’s brilliant one-pedal driving to regenerate the battery along the way.

Cockpit Feel

That sports-car feel is carried over inside where the I-PACE attempts to preserve the snug, cockpit-like characteristics of a driver-oriented machine. Jaguar preferred not going down the let’s-stick-a-screen-on-the-dash route, but rather separated the digital gauge pod from the infotainment screen as if it was still analog. The I-PACE’s seats offer fantastic lateral support during hard cornering and the steering wheel is both attractive and enjoyable to grab.

Having said that, sexy exterior styling does come at a price. The I-PACE suffers ergonomically, at least up front where a small door opening makes climbing on board a bit of a workout. Rearward visibility is also very limited thanks to the tiny slopping window and two massive rear headrests. And the overall room up front is tight, especially for tall drivers.

2022 Jaguar I-PACE

Strangely, the rear seat area is the total opposite, where a wide door opening eases entry (although tall passengers might have to lower their head). Once seated inside, leg and head clearance are second to none, leading to a spacious and comfortable rear seating area.

And then, for some reason, the cargo is small. The trunk itself is low, not too deep and will only engulf up to 657 liters of cargo. Fold the rear seatback down flat, and you’ll only get 1,532 liters, which is less than a Kia Seltos.

The Jaguar I-PACE is a hard sell due to its high price tag and the fact that both a BMW iX xDrive50 and a Tesla Model Y Performance offer more range and more cargo space at similar price points. But none of those cars can mimic this Jaguar’s connection with its driver.

If striking looks and engaging driving dynamics are at the top of your EV priorities, then the Jaguar I-PACE is a rare kitty that I recommend buying.

2022 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE


CONFIGURATION: Dual electric motor all-wheel drive

ENGINE: 90 kWh (84.7 kWh usable) liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery (394 combined horsepower and 514 lb-ft of torque)

TRANSMISSION: One-speed direct drive

Energy consumption: 26.2 kWh/100 km (city) / 28.1 kWh/100 km (highway) / 27.5 kWh/100 km (combined).


CARGO CAPACITY 657 liters (1,532 liters)

PRICE: $103,300 (as tested)


The vehicle was provided to the writer by the automaker. Content and vehicle evaluations were not subject to approval.