In-depth reviews

Twin test: Audi e-tron 55 quattro vs Jaguar I-Pace EV400

We put two of the frontrunners in the electric executive SUV market head-to-head on UK roads to find out which one’s best

Upmarket SUVs have led the assault on the electric-car market in the last year or so. Jaguar was first to the line, launching its performance-focused I-Pace in 2018 to numerous awards and plaudits. Rightly so, given how ahead of the game it feels.

But the game might have caught up in the form of the Audi e-tron, the first pure-electric car from the German brand and a direct rival to the Jag. 

Here, we’re testing the Jaguar I-Pace in top-spec HSE trim, while the Audi is in the cheaper of the two trims on offer. The figures suggest that the Jaguar still has the edge, with a superior official range and better performance despite a smaller battery – likely benefits of being designed as a pure electric car from the ground up, as opposed to the modified conventional platform the e-tron sits on.

Comparisons on paper are one thing, though; a detailed on-road evaluation is another. Let's find out how they stack up...

Audi e-tron 55 quattro

Audi e-tron

 

 

 

 

Pros: Interior finish, space and comfort, infotainment technology

Cons: Price, real-world range, underwhelming handling

Jaguar I-Pace EV400

Pros: Brilliant handling and performance, striking looks, entry price

Cons: Firm ride, real-world range, fussy infotainment

At a glance

 Audi e-tron 55 quattroJaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD HSE
Price£68,060 (after PiCG)£71,495 (after PiCG)
Estimated monthly cost*£719£756
Energy consumption / real-world range2.3 miles/kWh / 192 miles2.5 miles/kWh / 212 miles
At-home charge cost (13p per kWh)£12.35£11.70
Fastest 20-80% charge time30 mins (150kW)40 mins (100kW)
0-60mph (test figures)5.4 seconds4.4 seconds
Boot (seats up/down)660/1,725 litres557/1,176 litres

*PCP estimate, based on a 48-month contract with a £10,000 deposit and 10,000-mile annual allowance

It looks pretty close on paper, but how do the two rivals fare when we take them out into the real world? Read on for the rest of our head-to-head test between the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace…

Most Popular

Fisker PEAR: first look at £25,000 electric city car
Fisker PEAR spy shot
News

Fisker PEAR: first look at £25,000 electric city car

The cut-price EV is due to be unveiled in the second half of 2023 and offer up to 310 miles of range
2 Feb 2023
New electric cars coming in 2023 and beyond
Polestars under cover
Coming soon

New electric cars coming in 2023 and beyond

With electric cars making up an ever-increasing proportion of sales, the industry is working flat out to launch new models – here's what's on the way …
3 Feb 2023
Top 10 best electric SUVs 2023
Best electric SUVs
Best cars

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2023

Electric SUVs combine style and practicality with low running costs, making them a very popular choice in the UK. Here are our top 10 favourites to bu…
26 Jan 2023