2019 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the I-Pace and Crosstrek Hybrid 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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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 offers an optional 360° Surround Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Crosstrek Hybrid only offers a rear monitor.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the I-Pace and the Crosstrek Hybrid 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available blind spot warning systems.

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 1058 to 1220 pounds more than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. 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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 20th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The I-Pace’s standard electric motor produces 246 more horsepower (394 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running on electricity (93 city/97 hwy vs. 99 city/80 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running its gasoline engine (93 city/97 hwy MPGe vs. 36 city/35 hwy).

The I-Pace’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 234 miles on a full charge. The Crosstrek Hybrid can only travel about 17 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

I-Pace

Crosstrek

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the I-Pace has larger standard tires than the Crosstrek Hybrid (235/65R18 vs. 225/55R18). The I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Crosstrek Hybrid (255/40R22 vs. 225/55R18).

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 Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The I-Pace offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Crosstrek Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the I-Pace uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Crosstrek Hybrid, 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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The I-Pace has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 12.8 inches longer than on the Crosstrek Hybrid (117.7 inches vs. 104.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the I-Pace is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Passenger Space

The I-Pace has .1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The I-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The I-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (51 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).

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

 

I-Pace

Crosstrek Hybrid

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.1”/70.7”

28.9”/63.1”

Max Width

49”

53”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the I-Pace offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics

When three different drivers share the I-Pace, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid 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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid 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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the I-Pace SE/HSE is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the I-Pace and the Crosstrek Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The I-Pace also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Crosstrek Hybrid.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The I-Pace’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the I-Pace and the Crosstrek Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the I-Pace has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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