2021 Volvo XC90 vs. 2020 Jaguar I-Pace

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Safety

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The XC90’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 and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 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 XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its 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; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The I-Pace’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90 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 XC90 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 XC90’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The I-Pace doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC90 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 and available 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 XC90 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 XC90’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 XC90’s warranty.

Engine

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The XC90 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (400 vs. 394) than the I-Pace’s electric motors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The XC90 Recharge’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 536 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 XC90 Recharge’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the I-Pace:

XC90 Recharge

I-Pace

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

13.78 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

The XC90 stops much shorter than the I-Pace:

XC90

I-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the I-Pace (275/45R20 vs. 255/40R22).

The XC90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the I-Pace’s standard 65 series tires. The XC90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the I-Pace’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the I-Pace.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC90 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the I-Pace.

For better maneuverability, the XC90 w/19” wheels’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the I-Pace’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC90 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the I-Pace (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The XC90 w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2.1 inches higher than on the I-Pace (9.9 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Jaguar I-Pace.

Passenger Space

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The XC90 has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the I-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XC90’s middle row seats recline. The I-Pace’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the I-Pace.

XC90

I-Pace

Third Seat Folded

35.6 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

26.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.5 cubic feet

52 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area is larger than the I-Pace’s in every dimension:

XC90

I-Pace

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

21.8”/49.6”/80.3”

n.a./38.1”/70.7”

Max Width

54.7”

49”

Min Width

44.5”

41.7”

Height

35”

22.8”

Towing

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The XC90’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the I-Pace’s (4000 vs. 1653 pounds).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC90 has a standard rear wiper. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The I-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC90 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A manual rear sunshade and rear side window sunshades are optional in the XC90 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XC90 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.

The XC90 has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The I-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The XC90 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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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Jaguar I-Pace isn't recommended.

Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The I-Pace has never been chosen.

The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The I-Pace has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The I-Pace has never been chosen.

The Volvo XC90 outsold the Jaguar I-Pace by almost 14 to one during 2019.

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