2020 Jaguar I-Pace vs. 2020 Chevrolet Bolt

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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 Chevrolet Bolt doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the I-Pace and Bolt 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 Bolt’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 Bolt doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Bolt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the I-Pace and the Bolt 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, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Jaguar I-Pace weighs 1221 to 1383 pounds more than the Chevrolet Bolt. 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 Bolt’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The I-Pace’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Bolt runs out after 100,000 miles.

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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Bolt.

Engine

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The I-Pace’s electric motors produce 194 more horsepower (394 vs. 200) and 246 lbs.-ft. more torque (512 vs. 266) than the Bolt’s electric motor.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jaguar I-Pace is faster than the Chevrolet Bolt:

I-Pace

Bolt

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

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

93 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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

I-Pace

Bolt

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

10.4 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 Bolt are solid, not vented.

The I-Pace stops much shorter than the Bolt:

I-Pace

Bolt

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the I-Pace has larger standard tires than the Bolt (235/65R18 vs. 215/50R17). The I-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Bolt (255/40R22 vs. 215/50R17).

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 Bolt’s 50 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 Bolt. 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 Bolt; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jaguar I-Pace has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Bolt has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The I-Pace has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the I-Pace flat and controlled during cornering. The Bolt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the I-Pace’s wheelbase is 15.3 inches longer than on the Bolt (117.7 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the I-Pace is 5.2 inches wider in the front and 6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Bolt.

The I-Pace’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Bolt’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the I-Pace more stable handling and braking.

The I-Pace HSE handles at .90 G’s, while the Bolt LT pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The I-Pace HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Bolt Premier (24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

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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 Bolt (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the I-Pace get better fuel mileage.

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 Bolt doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The I-Pace has .2 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Bolt.

Cargo Capacity

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The I-Pace has a much larger cargo volume than the Bolt with its rear seat up (26.3 vs. 16.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the I-Pace. The Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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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 Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The I-Pace’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Bolt’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Bolt 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 Bolt’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 Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the I-Pace with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Bolt’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Bolt offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Bolt doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Bolt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the I-Pace and the Bolt offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the I-Pace has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Bolt doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the I-Pace offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Bolt doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Bolt doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The I-Pace will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the I-Pace will retain 38.71% to 39.96% of its original price after five years, while the Bolt only retains 34.49% to 35.47%.

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 Bolt isn’t in the top three in its category.

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