2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Niro EV are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Niro EV and the I-Pace 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the I-Pace. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the I-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are almost 5 times as many Kia dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Niro EV’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 76 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Tires and Wheels

The Niro EV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the I-Pace’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the I-Pace’s (34.8 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Niro EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1100 pounds less than the Jaguar I-Pace.

The Niro EV is 1 foot shorter than the I-Pace, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Niro EV has .2 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The Niro EV has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the I-Pace with its rear seat folded (53 vs. 51 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear wiper. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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