The Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV has been named UK Car of the Year ahead of a number of highly competitive models from the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
Since its launch, the I-PACE has been winning awards around the world, having been named Car of the Year by the top automotive experts in Norway, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland. Designed and engineered in Britain, I-PACE has picked up a total of 55 awards to-date, including Sunday Times Car of the Year, Auto Express Car of the Year, T3’s ‘Best Car’, Stuff’s ‘Best Car’ and Top Gear Magazine’s Electric Vehicle of the Year. It is also on the shortlist for World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.
The Jaguar I-PACE’s next shot at glory comes with the European Car of the Year Awards, when the winner is announced on March 4th, the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. The I-PACE is on the final shortlist of seven cars vying for the title.
Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “This latest major award for I-PACE is something we can all be extremely proud of. This car was conceived, designed and engineered in Britain, so to have a selection of the nation’s leading automotive journalists vote it as the overall UK Car of the Year against some stiff competition is a special moment for us. What's more, I-PACE has been a global sensation, picking up awards in 15 different countries; the British reputation for excellence in innovation and engineering is certainly alive and well.”
The UK Car of the Year Awards are nominated and shortlisted by 29 top UK automotive journalists from publications including Top Gear Magazine, The Sunday Times and Autocar. Designed to highlight the best new cars on sale for UK customers, the UK Car of the Year Awards team puts over 80 vehicles to the test to decide which is deemed the best all-rounder for the British public.
UK Car of the Year judges praised the I-PACE for being ‘miles ahead of the premium EV pack, designed and engineered without compromise for an electric future, unlike big-name rivals still to launch.’ According to other judges the I-PACE ‘gives executives good reason to switch to electric mobility, packaging a long-range battery and powerful drivetrain into a sporty SUV body. It’s an electric car that appeals to both head and heart.’
John Challen, Director of UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “As vehiclemanufacturers take electric vehicles more seriously, Jaguar is leading the pack with I-PACE, which offers fantastic range and performance as well as a stylish and spacious interior for driver and passengers. The UK Car of the Year Awards judges are always keen to recognise innovation and that is certainly the case in 2019.”
I-PACE is the most high-tech Jaguar ever produced, featuring a fully-electric powertrain fitted with two electric motors. It is also Jaguar’s first vehicle to include the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, capable of over-the-air software updates, and uses artificial intelligence to adapt to a driver’s personal preferences, ensuring driving and infotainment settings are matched to each individual using the car.
The I-PACE is able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in 40 minutes (100kW DC), while home charging with an approved Jaguar AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for the overnight charging used by the majority of buyers.
The Jaguar I-PACE is available to order now, priced from £60,995 (including government incentives) at www.jaguar.co.uk