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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 BMW i3 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The I-Pace has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The i3 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The I-Pace’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The i3 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The I-Pace offers an optional 360° Surround Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The i3 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.
To help make backing safer, the I-Pace’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The i3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
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 i3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the I-Pace and the i3 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.
The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 1475 to 1974 pounds more than the BMW i3. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
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 i3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the I-Pace for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the i3 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).
The I-Pace’s electric motors produce 224 more horsepower (394 vs. 170) and 328 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 184) than the i3’s standard electric motor. The I-Pace’s electric motors produce 210 more horsepower (394 vs. 184) and 313 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 199) than the i3s’ standard electric motor.
The I-Pace’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 234 miles on a full charge, 53% further than the i3’s 153-mile range. The i3 REx can only travel about 126 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar I-Pace higher (10 out of 10) than the BMW i3 (7 to 10). This means the I-Pace produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the i3 every 15,000 miles.
For better stopping power the I-Pace’s brake rotors are larger than those on the i3:
The I-Pace stops shorter than the i3:
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For better traction, the I-Pace has larger standard tires than the i3 (235/65R18 vs. 155/60R20). The I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the i3 (255/40R22 vs. 175/55R20).
The I-Pace’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the i3’s standard 70 series front tires. The I-Pace’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the i3s’ 55 series front and 50 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the I-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The i3’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
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 i3; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The I-Pace has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the I-Pace flat and controlled during cornering. The i3’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.
The front and rear suspension of the I-Pace uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the i3, 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 i3’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 i3 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 16.5 inches longer than on the i3 (117.7 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the I-Pace is 2 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the i3.
The I-Pace HSE handles at .93 G’s, while the i3 pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The design of the Jaguar I-Pace amounts to more than styling. The I-Pace has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the i3 (.29 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the I-Pace get better fuel mileage.
The I-Pace has .3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the i3.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the I-Pace. The i3 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 i3 doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The I-Pace has a 1653 lbs. towing capacity. The i3 has no towing capacity.
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 i3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the i3, 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 standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the i3’s standard power windows.
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 i3 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 i3 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 i3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
Both the I-Pace and the i3 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 i3.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the I-Pace HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The i3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the I-Pace’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The i3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The I-Pace has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The i3 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The I-Pace’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The i3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
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 i3 isn’t in the top three in its category.
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