Electric Jaguar I-Pace named 2019 UK Car of the Year
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Jaguar's new pure electric I-Pace has been voted Car of the Year by a panel of motoring experts, who are tasked with driving the latest models all year round.
Some 12 cars were up for the 2019 UK Car of the Year award across a range of categories, with the zero-emissions SUV getting the nod over other esteemed pieces of machinery including the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Continental GT.
It also beat other celebrated new cars further, including Alpine's A110 sports car, the Volvo XC40 SUV and Suzuki's bargain Jimny 4X4
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John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said the I-Pace was a worthy winner of the 2019 gong, as it was at the head of the contenders for practical, usable and great looking electric vehicles.
'As manufacturers take electric vehicles more seriously, Jaguar is leading the pack with I-Pace, which offers fantastic range and performance as well as a stylish and spacious interior for driver and passengers,' he said when announcing the winner.
'The UK Car of the Year Awards judges are always keen to recognise innovation and that is certainly the case in 2019.'
The I-Pace, which is priced in New Zealand from $159,900, can accelerate from a standing start to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 200km/h.
More importantly for potential customers, it's also has a claimed range of up to 470km on a single charge - though real-world tests show it's closer to 407km - and can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes from a 100kW DC charger.
Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover MD, collecting the 209 Car of the Year gong for the I-Pace
Using a home charger with an AC wall box (7kW), it takes around 10 hours to achieve the same state of charge - which is adequate enough if you're plugging the car into the mains overnight.
Jonny Smith, a judge on the awarding panel who also appears on Channel 5 show Fifth Gear, said: 'Few traditional manufacturers can match the I-Pace for ground-up groundbreaking design and tech.
'A wonderful combo of unique design, spirited driving behaviour and useful EV range/rapid charge capability.'
Collecting the UK Car of the Year Awards 2019 trophy, Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover MD, said: 'This latest major award for I-Pace is something we can all be extremely proud of.
'This car was conceived, designed and engineered in Britain, so to have a selection of the nation’s leading automotive journalists vote it as the overall UK Car of the Year against some stiff competition is a special moment for us.'
Judges revealed that the I-Pace only just took the prize by the skin of its charging cable (or two casting votes), pipping contenders including Alpine's A110 sports car, the Volvo XC40 SUV and Suzuki's cheery Jimny 4X4.
Other contenders included the Volkswagen Polo (Best Supermini), Skoda Karoq (Best Family car), Rolls-Royce Cullinan (Best luxury car), Volvo V60 (Best Estate), Peugeot Rifter (Best MPV), Bentley Continental GT (Best Coupe), Mazda MX-5 (Best Convertible) and Ford Fiesta ST (Best Hot Hatch).
- Daily Mail