2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura RDX 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 RDX 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The I-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the I-Pace. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the I-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 62 percent more Acura dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RDX’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

The RDX’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 478.8 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The I-Pace’s range is only 234 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 1 hour and 25 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

The RDX stops shorter than the I-Pace:

RDX

I-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The RDX’s standard 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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the I-Pace.

The RDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The I-Pace doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a greater minimum ground clearance than the I-Pace (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Acura RDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1000 pounds less than the Jaguar I-Pace.

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The I-Pace doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has .7 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the I-Pace with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the I-Pace with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 51 cubic feet).

Towing

The RDX has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The I-Pace has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the RDX 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 RDX detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The I-Pace doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Model Availability

The RDX 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 Acura RDX outsold the Jaguar I-Pace by almost 162 to one during 2018.

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