Triple test: BMW X5 hybrid vs Porsche Cayenne hybrid vs Jaguar I-Pace
Deciding on plug-in hybrid or pure-electric power for your next premium SUV? We've pitched some of the favourites against each other to see which comes out on top
Diesel has traditionally been the default fuel in the large SUV market, but with new post-dieselgate customer and manufacturer attitudes towards the low-CO2, high-particulate fuel, electrification has come to the fore as a viable alternative.
This test looks at three of the best alternatively fuelled premium SUVs, each from a manufacturer whose focus has switched to address market changes in recent years. Porsche has stopped making diesels altogether, BMW is pushing towards an increasingly electrified range and Jaguar was the first mainstream manufacturer to seriously take on Tesla with its own fully electric answer to the problem.
Each of the cars here has an on-board charger and a charging flap, but each takes a different approach to electrification. All sit in the same price bracket and offer a similar combination of performance, comfort and premium appointments – but which works best as being an everyday luxury SUV?
BMW X5 xDrive45e
Pros: Great electric range, high quality, comfortable
Cons: Slow charging, pricey options, rivals more fun
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Pros: Sporty drive, practicality, quality interior
Cons: Limited electric range, expensive options, least efficient
Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE
Pros: Low running costs, fun to drive, practical
Cons: Shorter long-distance range, slightly lower-quality interior, average infotainment
The improved BMW X5 is the newest car here and boasts a class-leading electric range, while the older Porsche Cayenne is the most focused on being the keen driver's choice; Jaguar, meanwhile, has left plug-in hybrid technology for its sister brand Land Rover, opting instead to champion electric cars and position its I-Pace as a sound alternative to internal-combustion-engined cars.
Read on to find out which of these sophisticated SUVs comes out on top...
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingDeciding on plug-in hybrid or pure-electric power for your next premium SUV? We've pitched some of the favourites against each other to see which comes out on top
- 2Range, charging & fuel economyThe BMW is the more efficient plug-in hybrid on this test, but the Jaguar trumps it and the Porsche with its low running costs and fast charging
- 3Running costs & warrantyWhile the plug-in hybrids could prove cheap to run for certain buyers, the pure-electric Jaguar I-Pace is hard to beat on this front
- 4Engines, performance & handlingEach of these cars is fast and great to drive, but the Jaguar I-Pace feels punchiest and the most nimble
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe Porsche and BMW offer a higher standard of finish, plus markedly better infotainment than the Jaguar I-Pace
- 6Space & practicalityThe Jaguar I-Pace wins the boot capacity competition, but the BMW and Porsche offer a little more space for passengers
- 7Safety & reliabilityThere are no undue safety concerns with any of these cars, but their long-term real-world reliability is still largely untested
- 8Verdict & specificationsAll things considered, the Jaguar I-Pace confirms that high-end electric cars really make a lot of sense if you can afford them