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Life with a Jaguar I-Pace: Month 4
It’s mightily impressive on a typical test drive but how about an extended test comprising over 9000 everyday miles? - 15th January 2020
These ‘goodbye’ stories are nearly always tinged with regret, mainly because we rarely run cars as long-termers that haven’t already won our approval during earlier road testing. So when they leave, it’s not pleasant.
However, the regret we feel with the departure of our I-Pace, after more than 9000 miles, is on another, higher level. It’s as if we’re parting company with not just a great car but a passport to the future of modern driving. Since joining us, this has been our most potent and prominent link with the electrified world rapidly coming our way, so sending our I-Pace off to a new owner feels like a major step back.
Which is not to pretend that running the battery-electric Jag has been plain sailing. We’ve encountered glitches – one or two with the car, the rest with ourselves. It’s clear that, although fundamentally reliable, at this point in electrification history cars like the I-Pace still need sympathetic owners prepared to understand and cope with their two main limitations: short range and a time-consuming refuelling process.
Jaguar promises a WLTP range of 258 miles for our version of the I-Pace, and after a recent software update, it’ll honestly deliver most of that in summer (25 miles less at this time of the year). That’s a decent performance for an SUV of its size (4.7m long) and weight (2.2 tonnes).