Jaguar I-Tempo: long-term check overview
Economic system: 2.5m/kWh
The most recent arrival on our fleet has loads to stay as much as. A yr in the past, the Jaguar I-Tempo was the primary pure-electric automobile to be topped Auto Categorical Automobile of the 12 months. Then in April this yr, I used to be one of many jurors who voted it World Automobile of the 12 months.
So it’s truthful to say I’m already a fan of the I-Tempo, however dwelling collectively day-in day-out can change any relationship – so let’s see what occurs over the approaching months.
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With the primary few hundred miles below its trendy 22-inch alloys, issues – just like the automobile – are trying good. I collected my I-Tempo from the swankiest Jaguar dealership I’ve ever been in: Lookers, Park Royal in London.
I drive previous the location twice a day on my each day commute, however I had by no means been in, and it’s significantly spectacular. It’s fashionable, minimalist, clear and a world away from the massive wood desks and Chesterfield sofas of Jaguar sellers of previous.
As are the gross sales employees. Ryno Nortier is a licensed Genius, recognised by Jaguar as being an I-Tempo professional. So he was the proper individual to speak me by the various options of my new automobile, particularly the vital stuff like connecting my cellphone to the automobile (Apple CarPlay in a Jaguar ultimately!), going by the maze of menus to regulate the assorted settings, and beginning me off with the Jaguar Distant app that enables me to maintain tabs on charging, each journey I take, and even heat up or settle down the automobile remotely.
Jaguar has learnt a factor or two from its rivals with regards to speccing a automobile, too. Though my top-spec HSE comes properly outfitted, it has a good few enhancements, starting from the moderately comfortable sports activities seats, to an extended glass roof, head-up show and a black exterior pack with privateness glass to up the cool issue, and maintain issues cool inside.
The tip result’s a listing worth of £71,495 after the plug-in automobile grant, rising to £82,200 all-in. A giant chunk of that comes from the gorgeous 22-inch wheels, which I frightened would enhance the look, however smash the experience.
But with the addition of air suspension, Adaptive Dynamics and Adaptive Floor Response, my nicely over two-tonne automobile (plus driver) on massive wheels that ought to – at the least in concept – experience dreadfully really soaks up the bumps brilliantly and handles simply as nicely – a marvel of engineering, however at a value.
So dynamically, the I-Tempo stacks up, however of most significance is how far it may go on a full cost. Jaguar claims 258 miles (WLTP), however with restricted working up to now, 200 appears nearer to the mark. We’ll see what we will eke out of it within the coming months.
One factor I’ve observed is that each time I flip the automobile off it goes again to Consolation mode moderately than my most well-liked Eco setting. Possibly that may be fastened by an over-the-air replace, which is coming quickly to Jaguars.
I’ve additionally struggled with the boot launch. You’re supposed to have the ability to wave your foot below the rear bumper and the tailgate will open. It labored for Ryno, however not for me. Possibly it’s my small ft or dodgy footwear!
I do just like the pop-out handles, although. My automobile has keyless entry and begin, so I simply contact a button on the handles they usually bounce out to consideration to let me open the door.
To date, I’ve solely charged the I-Tempo utilizing my residence wall charger, which supplies me round 100 miles of cost in a single day, so it’ll be fascinating to see how I get on with the nationwide charging community.
I already know that if I wish to cost within the public automobile park we use for work I’ll must rise up early – the charging factors replenish rapidly, typically with plug-in hybrids that keep there all day however clearly don’t must. I really feel a marketing campaign on EV etiquette approaching…
Aside from that, the I-Tempo resides as much as its award-winning, five-star billing. It’s already proving to be a conversation-starter, and I don’t miss journeys to the filling station.
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Construct high quality is nice, there’s loads of area on board, I’m actually having fun with driving the automobile, it’s snug and full of tech. Additionally, it appears to be like completely unbelievable. Our long-term relationship is off to an important begin.