With its output dwarfed by that of rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the playing cards had been stacked towards Jaguar. Nevertheless, whereas we have seen a few of these German giants dip their toe within the water with the likes of the BMW i3 and VW Golf-e hatchbacks, what makes the arrival of the I-Tempo much more spectacular is that it is the first premium all-electric SUV from a longtime automobile producer. It additionally means it is preventing instantly with Tesla’s Mannequin S.
Efficiency and cost occasions
Let’s get right down to the nitty gritty. The I-Tempo options two everlasting magnet synchronous electrical motors housed to ship fixed four-wheel drive. This sees the I-Tempo produce 394bhp delivered by a single-speed gearbox.
With all that energy delivered immediately, you can plant your foot to the ground and out-drag a Porsche 911 Carrera (991) to 60mph (4.5 seconds versus 4.6 seconds because you ask), whereas the I-Tempo can attain a prime velocity of 124mph.
The vary of the massive 90kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the ground of the I-Tempo is a notable 292 miles, in keeping with WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Mild car Take a look at Process). It is a new course of that measures gas, vitality consumption, vary and emissions in passenger autos in Europe, and is designed to supply figures nearer to real-world driving conduct.
Jaguar I-Tempo HSE
Engine: 2 everlasting magnet synchronous electrical motors
Energy output: 394bhp
Max velocity: 124mph
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Worth: I-Tempo from from £62,925 (mannequin as examined: £74,445)
Whereas the I-Tempo is suitable with Speedy 100kW chargers, which can cost your I-Tempo in 45 minutes (that is from 0-80%), these are few and much between (within the UK at the very least). The truth is that you’ll be utilizing a extra broadly accessible Speedy 50kW charger, which can get you from 0-80% in a single hour 45 minutes. Why not 100%? Most fast chargers cut back or lower the facility effectively earlier than 100% cost to guard the battery, whilst you additionally must bear in mind that an EV is unlikely to require charging from 0%, until you’ve got needed to push it onto the forecourt.
For those who’re seeking to cost at dwelling, you may most definitely be seeking to get a Quick 7kW charger put in, which can cost all the way in which to 100% in 13 hours. You may also join the I-Tempo into the principle through a plug socket, however with a trickle of simply 3kW, be ready for a 30-hour wait to cost the I-Tempo totally from zero.
Elegant and complicated
Having the battery and motors tucked beneath permits the design to interrupt away from that of extra conventional SUVs, with a shorter nostril and squared-off rear. The massive grille on the entrance is a Jaguar signature, however on the I-Tempo it is only for present, whereas the flush door handles increase out of the bodywork while you unlock the automobile, and retract once more when you’re on the transfer. It is an elegant-looking automobile, and we reckon Jaguar’s design crew has bought the look and proportions of the I-Tempo just about spot-on.
The comparatively lengthy wheelbase of the I-Tempo means there’s additionally loads of area inside – there’s ample room for 4 adults, with a good quantity of area within the boot for canines and prams – and that is to not point out the small 27-liter boot within the entrance of the I-Tempo.
Up entrance, the cockpit of the I-Tempo is smooth and complicated, with a pleasant combination of gloss black panelling, brushed steel and leather-based. Reasonably than a single gigantic show just like the one within the Tesla S, the I-Tempo sports activities three screens, together with a smattering of bodily controls.
The infotainment interface is just like the Vary Rover Velar’s, break up over two shows within the centre console. Whereas it is comparatively intuitive to make use of, there’s nonetheless room for enchancment right here, and it is not fairly as responsive as we would have favored. That is complemented by a configurable digital cluster show behind the steering wheel.
There’s additionally a premium Meridian sound system fitted as customary, though you possibly can spec your I-Tempo with a 825W encompass sound system.
Driving and vary administration
Just a few brief journeys into city bought us used to the easy dealing with of the I-Tempo, however we deliberate an extended 140-mile spherical journey to essentially become familiar with the automobile.
As soon as children had been bundled within the again and the canine within the boot, we set off with a spread studying of 252 miles on a cold autumn morning. The chilly begin meant the heating needed to be cranked up, which implies vary is diminished, and earlier than getting out of city and hitting the motorway we would used up 15 miles of cost to get simply 5 miles.
If you are going to spend money on an I-Tempo you are most likely going to spend money on a house wall charger, which is the place the I-Tempo’s pre-conditioning comes into play. This permits the inside of the automobile to be heated or cooled whereas the I-Tempo remains to be hooked as much as the facility provide, with out consuming into your vary.
Excluding a fast boot of the accelerator pedal as we entered the motorway slip street, the place the I-Tempo confirmed how blisteringly fast it might be because it accelerated from 30 to 70mph, the remainder of our drive was pretty pedestrian. With the I-Tempo in Eco mode, and with mild utility of the accelerator, a lot of the journey appeared to revolve round wanting on the distance to go and the vary remaining.
We arrived out our vacation spot with a spread of 130 miles remaining – and we would managed to chew by 120 miles for a 70-mile journey… if it was going to be the same story for the return leg, we would know what vary nervousness looks like.
After a few hours on the seashore and some glances at Zap Map to verify charging factors for the way in which dwelling we determined to take a extra cross-country route dwelling, which was additionally 10 miles shorter than the motorway route.
This was lots much less disturbing than we first thought, with the vary reducing lots much less quickly than on our early-morning motorway journey, and it quickly grew to become obvious that we might have greater than sufficient juice to get us dwelling with no cease at a providers to prime up with two drained youngsters.
The route again additionally allowed us to unshackle the I-Tempo from the confines of its Eco mode, and benefit from the Dynamic mode, wherein throttle response is that bit snappier. The I-Tempo additionally handles very effectively for such a heavy automobile (it weighs over 2,000kg) when diving into bends, whereas the facility supply is spectacular.
Vary-wise then, issues can get a contact disturbing, however then this wasn’t a daily every day drive. It is probably not the I-Tempo’s fault both, with the charging infrastructure (within the the UK at the very least) holding the automobile again on longer journeys. Match a wall charger at dwelling, although, and you will be sorted for normal runs to work or the retailers, or brief blasts only for enjoyable, with no care on the earth.
The I-Tempo is an excellent automobile, whether or not you view it as an EV or and SUV. It has a forward-looking design that is nonetheless recognizably Jaguar, whereas sporting a contemporary, fashionable inside with loads of area.
It is also extremely accessible and straightforward to drive, with super-smooth energy supply due to the absence of any gears – some may fear that the dearth of a gearbox would make for a relatively sterile driving expertise, however any such reservations are quickly banished by the blistering efficiency delivered by the I-Tempo’s two motors.
The I-Tempo is a surprising achievement, and one which indicators the top of Tesla’s monopoly on premium electrical automobiles.