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
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 quattro
|Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD HSE
|£68,060 (after PiCG)
|£71,495 (after PiCG)
|Estimated monthly cost*
|Energy consumption / real-world range
|2.3 miles/kWh / 192 miles
|2.5 miles/kWh / 212 miles
|At-home charge cost (13p per kWh)
|Fastest 20-80% charge time
|30 mins (150kW)
|40 mins (100kW)
|0-60mph (test figures)
|Boot (seats up/down)
*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…
In This Review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWe put two of the frontrunners in the electric executive SUV market head-to-head on UK roads to find out which one’s best
- 2Range & chargingThe Audi has the bigger battery, but the Jaguar goes furthest on a charge – although neither has the real-world range you might hope for
- 3Running costs & warrantyGo for the mid-range I-Pace SE and it’s the better value car, but choosing high-spec HSE makes it more expensive than the e-tron
- 4Driving & performanceThe Audi is cushy and comfortable, but the Jaguar is in another league, offering sportscar-like performance and driver reward
- 5Interior, comfort & practicalityThe Audi is a usefully roomier family SUV, although the Jaguar is still spacious and comfortable enough for easy family motoring
- 6VerdictThe Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace are both excellent electric cars, but there's only one stand-out option here...