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Jaguar I-Pace review: reliability & safety rating

Given the general reliability of electric motors, the Jaguar I-Pace should be the most dependable car in carmaker's range

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£70,585 - £80,585
Fuel Type:
Electric
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2018)91%81%81%

Jaguar doesn’t have the best reliability record, but given that electric powertrains have very few moving parts it’s likely the I-Pace will keep you moving, no problem. There’s also masses of safety equipment as standard and the I-Pace received the maximum five-star score in Euro NCAP's independent safety evaluation tests.

Jaguar I-Pace reliability & problems

The I-Pace sits on a unique platform and hasn’t sold in huge numbers, so there’s little owner feedback with which to judge its reliability. Jaguar as a brand came a very respectable 10th overall (out of 32 brands) in the 2023 Driver Power satisfaction survey. Given its fewer moving parts, the electric I-Pace’s motor should be more reliable than any petrol or diesel Jag – a good thing, given 44% of Jaguar owners reported a fault with their car within the first year of ownership. Of course, there are plenty of ancillary electronics and mechanical components in the suspension charging hardware that may have potential for problems, but we think the I-Pace should be relatively painless to own regardless.

Safety

Euro NCAP crash-tested the I-Pace in 2018 and awarded it the maximum five-star rating – the same as for all other Jaguars. Standard safety kit includes traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance, tiredness warning, autonomous emergency braking and a rear cross-traffic monitor. SE spec and above gets the Drive Pack, comprising blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and high-speed emergency braking. 

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That you can get a space-saver spare wheel on the I-Pace is a real bonus, as very few electric cars offer this; most settle for a tyre-repair kit. We'd always recommend adding one to any car. You can also pay extra to get a 360-degree view camera to assist with parking, and adaptive cruise control with steering assistance.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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