Jaguar I-Pace SUV - Interior & comfort
Interior is smart and modern but the ride can feel firm
The interior of the I-Pace is smart and a welcome evolution of the familiar Jaguar design seen in existing models in the range. All three core trim levels come with plenty of standard equipment. The ride feels on the firm side, particularly at low speed, but it doesn’t make the car uncomfortable and it's very refined, with just a little tyre and wind noise at higher speeds. The optional air suspension is worth considering, as it helps the ride settle at high speed and takes the edge off the thuds from potholes, providing better composure than the Tesla Model S.
Jaguar I-Pace dashboard
The dashboard of the I-Pace represents a modernisation of the design used in the existing Jaguar range. It’s still a conventional layout; nothing gimmicky has been added to shout about the I-Pace’s all-electric nature, which seems appropriate for a luxury car. As electric cars become the norm, it makes sense that they should have traditional interiors that appeal to the average car buyer.
The I-Pace is available in three core trim levels, called S, SE and HSE. The entry-level S has 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, sports seats, a 10-inch touchscreen, sat nav, DAB radio, cruise control and a rear camera.
The SE gets 20-inch alloy wheels, Premium LED headlights with daytime running lights, a powered tailgate, auto-dimming power-folding wing mirrors and leather upholstery.
The range-topping HSE has an alternative 20-inch alloy wheel design, matrix LED headlights, gesture-controlled tailgate, Windsor leather upholstery and a surround-sound stereo.
Buyers have a choice of two solid paint colours, seven metallic shades and two special metallic colours. There’s a carbon-fibre styling pack that gives the car a sportier appearance, five alloy wheel designs, a contrasting black roof or panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, window surrounds, matrix LED headlights (if you don’t buy the HSE with them already specced) and a range of different colours for the leather.
Active air suspension, four-zone climate control and ambient interior lighting are available, as well as safety packs and a cold climate pack, which includes a heated windscreen and heated steering wheel.
The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which is made up of a 10-inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a smaller five-inch screen beneath it in the centre console, looks great and is quick and simple to use. It can occasionally feel complicated when trying to adjust certain settings, as there are several layers of menu that make it easy to get lost, and there's no haptic feedback. The I-Pace is the first car in Jaguar’s range to get a new configurable multifunction steering wheel and also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The I-Pace has ‘Smart Settings’ that use artificial intelligence to learn your preferences for climate control, seat position and preferred radio station. Smart charging means home charging can be pre-set to coincide with when electricity is cheapest on your energy tariff.