2024 Audi SQ8 e-Tron vs Jaguar I-Pace Comparison

2024 Audi SQ8 e-Tron vs Jaguar I-Pace: Which is Better?

The 2024 SQ8 e-Tron boasts a robust 496-hp electric powertrain, aligning itself impressively with the brand’s high-performance models. Derived from the comfort-focused Q8 e-tron SUV, it comes in two sleek body styles, offering the same luxury as its tamer counterparts but with a sportier aesthetic and enhanced power. With a 106-kWh battery pack, it promises decent range, albeit not as extensive as competitors like the BMW iX and Tesla Model X. Quick charging through a DC station is a highlight, delivering around 240 miles of range, generally sufficient for most users. In contrast, Jaguar’s I-Pace, entering its fifth model year, takes a more reserved approach to updates. Despite minimal changes, the I-Pace holds its ground, appealing emotionally with distinctive exterior design, refined interiors, and an enticing driving experience. While newer competitors offer advanced features, the I-Pace’s Meridian sound system, vibrant leather, and a superb 10-inch infotainment display maintain its allure.

Audi SQ8 e-TronJaguar I-Pace
Dimensions193.5 in x 77.8 in x 65.0–65.5 in184.3 in x 74.6 in x 61.3 in
MotorInduction ACPermanent-magnet AC
Horsepower496 hp394 hp
Torque718 lb-ft512 lb-ft
0-60 MPH4.5 sec4.3 sec
0-100 MPH12.5 sec10.4 sec
Top-Speed130 mph128 mph
Specs

Audi SQ8 e-Tron

2024 Audi SQ8 e-Tron vs Jaguar I-Pace

Motor & Performance

The SQ8 e-Tron, sharing its platform with the Q8 e-Tron, boasts a more potent three-motor electric powertrain delivering 496 hp. With two electric motors on the rear axle, the SQ8 e-Tron can replicate a torque-vectoring differential. Directing more power to the outside rear wheel as needed for improved cornering. All SQ8 e-Tron models come equipped with a 106.0-kWh battery pack that supports a 170 kW DC fast-charging connection. This setup allows for an EPA-estimated driving range of up to 253 miles per charge. However, opting for the larger 22-inch wheels reduces the range estimate to 218 miles.

Price & Mileage

Audi has provided pricing only for the entry-level Premium Plus models, which we consider the best value. The SQ8 e-Tron starts at $90,995 and goes up to $99,795 for the Prestige Sportback. The SQ8 e-Tron is EPA-rated for up to 72 MPGe in the city and 75 MPGe on the highway. While these numbers may seem high compared to gas-powered SUVs, there are electric alternatives that achieve even higher efficiency ratings.

Acceleration & Features

We estimate that the new SQ8 e-Tron will accelerate to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. The interior features a large 10.1-inch touchscreen display seamlessly integrated into the dashboard. Complemented by a smaller 8.6-inch display connecting the dash to the center console. The lower display handles secondary controls like climate settings and drive modes. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In-dash navigation, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

Jaguar I-Pace

2024 Audi SQ8 e-Tron vs Jaguar I-Pace

Motor & Performance

The I-Pace is propelled by two electric motors, generating a combined 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque. This power is distributed to both axles, delivering standard AWD and swift, effortless acceleration. Equipped with a 90.0-kWh battery pack. The I-Pace achieves an EPA-rated driving range of up to 246 miles per full charge when equipped with 20-inch wheels. Opting for the larger 22-inch rims slightly reduces the estimated range to 217 miles. The electric Jag features a standard DC fast-charging port that can recharge the battery to 80 percent in as little as 40 minutes. Charging through a 240-volt AC outlet takes slightly over ten hours. Notably, the current version of the I-Pace has a 9.6 kW onboard charger, downgraded from the earlier 11.0-kilowatt charger.

Price & Mileage

The I-Pace is offered in a single trim that comes generously equipped. Encompassing features that luxury automakers often charge extra for, and it is priced at $73,275. Government estimates for the I-Pace vary based on wheel size. Models equipped with 20-inch wheels are expected to achieve up to 85 combined MPGe. With ratings of 89 in the city and 82 on the highway. On the other hand, models equipped with larger 22-inch wheels earned a slightly lower rating of 76 MPGe, with 79 in the city and 72 on the highway.

Acceleration & Features

The tested I-Pace accelerated to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, over a second quicker than a Jaguar F-Pace with a 395-hp 3.0L inline-six. Each I-Pace is equipped with a 10.0-inch touch-sensitive screen for the Pivi Pro infotainment system, positioned above a 5.5-inch display primarily dedicated to the climate-control system. The latest software includes the locations of charging stations, along with their availability, cost, and estimated charging time. The I-Pace features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, played through the standard 825-watt Meridian sound system, and includes Amazon Alexa voice control. To access a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Driver Intelligence Pack needs to be added.

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