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We drove the $87,000 Jaguar I-Pace to see if it s ready to challenge electric SUVs from Tesla, Mercedes, and Audi — here s the verdict

Editorial note: Business Insider will name its 2018 Car of the Year on Monday, November 19. Each day this week, we re taking another look at the five vehicles that were runners-up that were selected from a pool of 15 finalists. We featured the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast earlier this week. Today, it s the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE s turn to shine. The Jaguar I-PACE first luxury crossover SUV to hit the market. The I-PACE is driven by dual electric motors that produce 394 horsepower. According to Jaguar, its EV can do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Jag has a 90kWh battery pack that and a range of 234 miles on a single charge. The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while our top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720. Electric cars are the future. Even though people have been saying this for years, only recently have the world s mainstream automakers really taken this to heart. Sure, relatively affordable EVs have been on the road a decade now. But for far too many brands, going electric was more of a strategically prudent way to satisfy increasingly stringent emissions standards than a true commitment to electric mobility. Things are different now. Tesla can t make enough of its electric cars to keep up with demand. GM and Nissan are fully committed to production EVs. While luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche have all prepared purpose-built EVs set to hit the market in the near future. And then there s Jaguar. Once the byword for stodgy British retro luxury, Jag is now all-in on electric. In fact, Jaguar beat out its rivals to become the first mainstream luxury brand to have an EV with enough range to legitimately compete against Tesla. The Jaguar I-PACE enters the market in a unique position in that it s the only car in its segment. Including the I-PACE, there are only four luxury EVs on the market and three of them are the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3. With the Model X the only other SUV. However, it should be noted that the Model X is a larger, mid-size three-row crossover SUV and doesn t compete directly with I-PACE that is significantly less expensive. Specifically, the Jag will be the only electric compact crossover available until the Audi E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQ C, and Tesla Model Y hits showrooms. Recently, Business Insider spent a week with a 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE test car in Corris Gray. The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while the top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720. Here s a closer look at the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE:Earlier this year, we had the chance to drive the I-PACE at Jaguar Land Rover s North American headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey. However, it was just for a few minutes and around a track in their parking lot.

So, we brought the electric Jag back for a more in-depth experience.

The I-PACE is currently the lone player in the in the electric luxury compact crossover SUV segment. However, it won t be for long.

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