Jaguar I-Pace running costs

The Jaguar I-Pace is expensive to buy, but still very competitive with its rivals on purchase and running costs

Jaguar I-Pace
Insurance group Warranty Service intervals 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
49-50 3yrs / unlimited miles 2yrs / 21,000 miles From £2,062 / £4,124

Running an electric car isn’t free, of course. Having a home charging point installed will cost around £300 (after a £500 government grant) for a start and, as a rough estimate, a full charge at home for the I-Pace will cost some £13 (based on the average price of 14p per kWh) in electricity. Bear in mind that the tariff and provider you use, and what time of day you're charging, will all affect this, but the I-Pace has a smart charging function that means home charging can be pre-set to coincide with when electricity is cheapest on your tariff.

You also have to pay to use public rapid chargers, usually by signing up for an account and downloading an associated app. As a rough guide, adding 100 miles of range to the I-Pace from a motorway public rapid charger will cost about £12. Of course, many charging-point providers require you to sign up and pay an annual fee on top of that: the costs of which vary, but around £5-£10 per month isn’t unusual. There are still free charging points widely available, although they’re normally much slower chargers that are often found in shopping centre car parks and urban areas.

Taking all of that into account, it's fair to say that the I-Pace will cost well under half what it would cost to fuel an equivalent performance diesel SUV, even if you use public rapid chargers regularly. Zero CO2 exhaust emissions means the I-Pace is in the lowest (13%) Benefit-in-Kind bracket for company-car tax, making it an attractive proposition if the car’s high price isn’t an obstacle to getting one through your company.

Mind you, that high price still has an impact: a 40% taxpayer will pay £338 per month for an entry-level I-Pace in the 2019/20 financial year. Tax changes see the monthly tax bill drop drastically to £42 for the tax year 2020/21.

For context, a Tesla Model X will cost £434 a month for this year, or around £1,200 more than the I-Pace over three years of tax payments. A Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid isn’t much more expensive on company-car tax payments than the I-Pace for the next two years, but the Volvo looks comparably expensive when new rules kick in from April 2020, which leave the XC60 costing £312 a month compared to the Jag’s miniscule £42 a month.

If you regularly drive the electric Jaguar in central London, you won’t have to pay the Congestion Charge, either. With many major towns and cities in the UK and Europe set to introduce emissions-based restrictions and charges over the coming years, that’s not a perk to take lightly.

Jaguar I-Pace insurance group

The only sting in the tail is the high cost of insurance. The I-Pace is rated in groups 49 and 50 – the latter the same as the Tesla Model X and the highest possible insurance group, so be sure to get a quote before buying the car.

Warranty

An eight-year/100,000-mile warranty applies to the I-Pace’s battery, while Jaguar’s standard three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty covers every other aspect of the car.

Servicing

Electric motors have vastly fewer moving parts than petrol or diesel engines – we’re talking thousands fewer – so they don’t need maintenance as regularly. This is why the I-Pace only needs servicing every two years or 21,000 miles, but it’s not cheap despite the long intervals; a one-off up-front payment of around £1,000 will cover servicing for the first three years, or you can spread the cost into monthly instalments.

Road tax

You don’t pay basic road tax with an I-Pace thanks to its zero-emissions status, but all cars that cost over £40,000 (the I-Pace included) incur a £320 surcharge the first five times they're taxed.

Depreciation

The I-Pace is brand new from the ground up, so it’s difficult to judge how quickly it’ll lose value. However, residual forecasting – dark art as it is – suggests that the I-Pace will hold onto circa 55 to 60% of its value after three years.