2019 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the I-Pace and Murano 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 Murano’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the I-Pace. But it costs extra on the Murano.

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

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 647 to 1124 pounds more than the Nissan Murano. 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 Murano’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The I-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Murano’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the I-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Murano.

Engine

The I-Pace’s electric motor produces 134 more horsepower (394 vs. 260) and 272 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jaguar I-Pace is faster than the Nissan Murano:

 

I-Pace

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

110.1 MPH

91.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the Murano (93 city/97 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the I-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Murano doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

I-Pace

Murano

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.1 inches

The I-Pace stops much shorter than the Murano:

 

I-Pace

Murano

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (255/40R22 vs. 235/65R18).

The I-Pace’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Murano’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

The I-Pace offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Murano doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Murano (117.7 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The I-Pace’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Murano’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the I-Pace more stable handling and braking.

The I-Pace HSE handles at .93 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The I-Pace HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the I-Pace has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (7.8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the I-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The I-Pace is 8.5 inches shorter than the Murano, making the I-Pace easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Murano (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the I-Pace get better fuel mileage.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Murano SL/Platinum, 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.

The I-Pace offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Murano doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The I-Pace’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The I-Pace’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Murano 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 Murano doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The I-Pace’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Murano and aren’t offered on the Murano S.

The I-Pace offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The I-Pace’s automated parking system can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Murano doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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