2019 Volvo XC90 vs. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The I-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 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.

The Volvo XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its direct attachment to the seat. Jaguar doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the I-Pace. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The I-Pace’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the XC90 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, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The I-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the I-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 81 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC90’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th.

Engine

The XC90 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (400 vs. 394) than the I-Pace’s electric motor. The XC90 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 27 more horsepower (421 vs. 394) than the I-Pace’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The XC90 T8’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 410 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The I-Pace’s range is only 240 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 40 minutes for only a 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 12 hours and 54 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC90 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the I-Pace:

 

XC90 T8

I-Pace

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

13.78 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the I-Pace (275/45R20 vs. 255/40R22).

The XC90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the I-Pace’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC90 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the I-Pace.

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the I-Pace’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC90 w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the I-Pace (10.5 vs. 9.5 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The XC90 has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the I-Pace.

 

XC90

I-Pace

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

25.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

51 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area is larger than the I-Pace’s in every dimension:

 

XC90

I-Pace

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

21.8”/49.6”/80.3”

n.a./38.1”/70.7”

Max Width

54.7”

49”

Min Width

44.5”

n/a

Height

35”

n/a

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the XC90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the I-Pace.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC90 has a standard rear wiper. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the XC90 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The I-Pace doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The I-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC90 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the XC90’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The I-Pace doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The XC90 has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The XC90 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The I-Pace has never been chosen.

The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The I-Pace has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The I-Pace has never been chosen.

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