2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Jaguar I-Pace

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Safety

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The XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The I-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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.

The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Jaguar doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the I-Pace. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC60’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The I-Pace doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC60 and the I-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The I-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the I-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 60 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

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 XC60’s reliability 14 points higher than the I-Pace.

Engine

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The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (400 vs. 394) than the I-Pace’s electric motors. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 21 more horsepower (415 vs. 394) than the I-Pace’s electric motors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The XC60 T8’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 537 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 an 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

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For better stopping power the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the I-Pace:

XC60 T8 P. E.

I-Pace

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.78 inches

The XC60 stops much shorter than the I-Pace:

XC60

I-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the I-Pace (265/35R22 vs. 255/40R22).

The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the I-Pace’s standard 65 series tires. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the I-Pace’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the I-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the I-Pace (8.5 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 900 pounds less than the Jaguar I-Pace.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has .6 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the I-Pace with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 26.3 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the I-Pace with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 52 cubic feet).

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the I-Pace’s (3500 vs. 1653 pounds).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear wiper. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the I-Pace’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The I-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The XC60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the I-Pace.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The I-Pace doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar I-Pace isn't recommended.

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Jaguar I-Pace by almost 12 to one during 2019.

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