2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Has an EV ever looked so good, or been so fast and capable?

2019 Jaguar I-Pace (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

Tesla has a problem. Well, it actually has a few problems, but the newest one is called I-Pace.

Jaguar recently launched the all-new 2019 I-Pace, and if I had just one word to describe the first all-electric vehicle from the British automaker, it would be this: Awesome.

I went into the media preview thinking that I’d like it – just as I’ve liked the F-Pace and E-Pace.

I didn’t expect to walk away loving it. But there it is.

The exceptional thing about the I-Pace is the sheer range of capability it encompasses.

Need to do some mild off-roading? I-Pace has you covered with 8-1/2 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford water that’s nearly 20 inches deep.

Jaguar took us through a couple of dirty, rocky steep inclines and pock-marked gravel roads – all while sporting 22-inch carbon fiber wheels and performance tires. Yet the I-Pace confidently managed the terrain with its standard air suspension and all-wheel drive.

Lust after a V-8’s performance? Look no further than the I-Pace.

Equipped with a 90 kWh battery pack, the I-Pace delivers 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Plus, with a low center of gravity, a 50/50 weight distribution and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds, this all-electric vehicle can hold its own on a racetrack.

And, yeah, I tested that, too.

For comparison we took some F-Types on the track at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal. We did hard accelerations and braking, topping 200 kph on the straightaways.

I expected that.

What I didn’t expect is that I was able to match the F-Type in speed when I got behind the wheel of the I-Pace. Yet I did. In fact, as I learned the track, I was able to go faster.

For reference, the F-Type V-8 S delivers 495 horsepower and 460-pound feet of torque. It has a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.2 seconds.

Are you simply looking for a comfortable touring car that will get you through your daily commute efficiently and with style?

I-Pace will win this category as well.

With three different drive modes – Eco, Comfort and Dynamic – you can adjust the vehicle’s throttle, steering and suspension to match your mood.

While you might miss the throaty Jaguar roar with fast acceleration, you won’t be disappointed by the immediate and fast forward motion that comes with the instantaneous torque of an electric vehicle.

I spent most of my time in comfort mode on the wending back roads of Portugal, appreciating the way it smoothed out the rough-hewn roads.