2020 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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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 Acura RDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the I-Pace and RDX 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 RDX’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the I-Pace. But it costs extra on the RDX.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the I-Pace and the RDX 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 blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 716 to 1163 pounds more than the Acura RDX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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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 RDX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The I-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’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 tire rotations, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the I-Pace’s reliability 11 points higher than the RDX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 25th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The I-Pace’s electric motors produce 122 more horsepower (394 vs. 272) and 232 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jaguar I-Pace is faster than the Acura RDX:

I-Pace

RDX

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.3 sec

11.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.7 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

110.1 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the I-Pace gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

MPGe

I-Pace

AWD

Electric Motors

80 city/72 hwy

RDX

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

A-Spec 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

A-Spec 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

The I-Pace’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 234 miles on pure electricity. The RDX can’t move without running its internal combustion engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the I-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar I-Pace higher (10 out of 10) than the Acura RDX (6). This means the I-Pace produces up to 12.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the RDX every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

I-Pace

RDX

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.2 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 RDX are solid, not vented.

The I-Pace stops much shorter than the RDX:

I-Pace

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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 RDX, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 9.4 inches longer than on the RDX (117.7 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The I-Pace’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the RDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the I-Pace more stable handling and braking.

The I-Pace HSE handles at .90 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The I-Pace HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

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 RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Towing

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The I-Pace’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RDX’s (1653 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RDX, the I-Pace offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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 RDX isn’t in the top three.

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