Jag’s land­mark car strikes a heavy blow to Tesla’s lux­ury EV monopoly

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With its first all-elec­tric model, Jaguar has not only beaten wealth­ier ri­vals to the punch but also set a high bar for those to come af­ter it. The I-pace is not quite the dy­namic mas­ter­stroke some might have ex­pected, but plainly has enough dy­namism for own­ers to take much en­cour­age­ment and sat­is­fac­tion from the car’s driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The car also has per­for­mance bor­der­ing on the wild, a de­sign ef­fec­tive in be­ing pro­gres­sive yet recog­nis­ably Jaguar, and a fine in­te­rior – all of which should se­cure it the con­sid­er­a­tion of any­one who cares about driv­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity.

The scarcity of com­pat­i­ble rapid-charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture means those own­ers may be frus­trated when not al­lowed to use their cars for the ef­fort­less long-dis­tance cruis­ing to which the I-pace would oth­er­wise be suited. More­over, its elec­tronic chas­sis aids and torque vec­tor­ing sys­tems don’t quite de­liver the rev­o­lu­tion­ary han­dling we were promised. But, to keep proper per­spec­tive, we must give due recog­ni­tion to Jaguar: it has pro­duced a true driver’s car here – and a bold, ap­peal­ing and hugely in­no­va­tive one at that.

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