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Audi e-tron Sportback vs Jaguar i-Pace vs Mercedes EQC review | Luxury SUVs head-to-head | Autocar

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The Jaguar i-Pace is a pioneering EV premium SUV that points the way to the brand’s all-electric future. As sharp to drive as it is to look at, it’s one of our favourite electric cars. Yet amazingly it’s three years old now, so Jag has treated it to a mid-life facelift.

To find out whether these updates are enough for the Jag to remain top of the class, we pitch it against two new rivals from equally established brands - the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro and Mercedes EQC400.

There are some new charging modes and updated infotainment, but under the skin the i-Pace remains largely the same, which means it gets two electric motors that deliver 396bhp, a 0-62mph sprint of 4.8 seconds and a claimed range of 292 miles. Prices start at £65,195, but here we test the £69,795 SE with few optional extras.

Audi’s e-tron is available as both a sensible SUV and a sleeker coupe-inspired Sportback, as tested here. You can get behind the wheel for £69,850, but our more powerful 402bhp 55 S line costs a hefty £79,185. Fitted with a large 95kWh battery it promises 241 miles between charges and a 5.7 seconds dash from standstill to 62mph.

Completing our trio of battery-powered SUVs is the Mercedes EQC400, which starts at £65,720, but weighs in at £74,610 in the AMG-Line Premium Plus tested here. It packs the same 402bhp from its two motors as the Audi, but a lower kerb weight means a just 5.1 seconds is needed for the 0-62mph dash, while you can squeeze a claimed 255 miles out of a single charge.

All three of our talented contenders are proof that EVs should be taken seriously, but is the Jaguar still the cream of the crop? Watch our video as we reveal the winner.

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