2020 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2019 Kia Niro EV

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar I-Pace have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Niro EV doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the I-Pace and Niro EV 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 Niro EV’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 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro EV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The I-Pace offers an optional 360° Surround Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro EV only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Niro EV doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The I-Pace has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the I-Pace and the Niro EV 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 blind spot warning systems.

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 930 to 1092 pounds more than the Kia Niro EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The I-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Niro EV’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the I-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for tire rotations, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Niro EV.

Engine

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The I-Pace’s electric motors produce 193 more horsepower (394 vs. 201) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 291) than the Niro EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jaguar I-Pace is faster than the Kia Niro EV:

I-Pace

Niro EV

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

6.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

95 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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

I-Pace

Niro EV

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

The I-Pace’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Niro EV are solid, not vented.

The I-Pace stops much shorter than the Niro EV:

I-Pace

Niro EV

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the I-Pace has larger standard tires than the Niro EV (235/65R18 vs. 215/55R17). The I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro EV (255/40R22 vs. 215/55R17).

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 Niro EV’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Niro EV. The I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels.

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 Niro EV; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the I-Pace uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Niro EV, 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 Niro EV’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 Niro EV 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 Niro EV doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 11.4 inches longer than on the Niro EV (117.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the I-Pace is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Niro EV.

The I-Pace HSE handles at .93 G’s, while the Niro EV EX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The I-Pace HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Niro EV EX (24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the I-Pace has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Niro EV (7.8 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the I-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the I-Pace uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Niro EV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The I-Pace has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Niro EV.

Cargo Capacity

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The I-Pace has a much larger cargo volume than the Niro EV with its rear seat up (26.3 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

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

I-Pace

Niro EV

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.1”/70.7”

31.8”/64”

Max Width

49”

48.2”

Min Width

41.7”

41”

Height

22.8”

36”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the I-Pace. The Niro EV doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Niro EV doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The I-Pace has a 1653 lbs. towing capacity. The Niro EV has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The I-Pace has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Niro EV 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 Niro EV 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 Niro EV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the I-Pace the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Niro EV can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Niro EV’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 Niro EV 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 Niro EV doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

The I-Pace’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Niro EV offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the I-Pace and the Niro EV 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 Niro EV.

The I-Pace’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Niro EV’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the I-Pace second among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Niro EV isn’t in the top three.

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