2019 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2018 BMW X3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the I-Pace and X3 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The I-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X3’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The I-Pace’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The X3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the I-Pace and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 507 to 628 pounds more than the BMW X3. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The I-Pace comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The X3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the I-Pace for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the X3 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The I-Pace’s electric motor produces 146 more horsepower (394 vs. 248) and 254 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 258) than the X3 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The I-Pace’s electric motor produces 39 more horsepower (394 vs. 355) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 369) than the X3 M40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the X3 xDrive30i (93 city/97 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the I-Pace’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

 

I-Pace

X3 xDrive30i

X3 M40i

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the I-Pace has larger tires than the X3 (255/40R22 vs. 225/60R18). The I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (255/40R22 vs. 245/45R20).

The I-Pace’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X3 xDrive30i’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the I-Pace uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X3, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The I-Pace has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The I-Pace’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X3 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the X3 (117.7 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

For greater off-road capability the I-Pace has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (9.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the I-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The design of the Jaguar I-Pace amounts to more than styling. The I-Pace has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the X3 (.29 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the I-Pace get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The I-Pace’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in every dimension:

 

I-Pace

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.1”/70.7”

36.5”/69”

Max Width

49”

47”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the I-Pace’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The I-Pace has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X3, the I-Pace offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the I-Pace to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The I-Pace offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the I-Pace HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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