Jaguar E-Pace interior

The controls and buttons on the Jaguar E-Pace’s dashboard are all easy to use but its design lacks flair and there are too many cheap-feeling plastics

Style

Top-of-the-range Jaguar E-Pace interiors are thickly padded with leather that makes them look and feel posh and you can choose from a range of brighter leather colours to add a bit of flair to the cabin.

It’s much needed too, because the Jaguar E-Pace’s interior can seem quite dark and you can’t get it with swathes of contrasting trim pieces like in an Audi Q2, BMW X2 or Mercedes GLA. On the upside, you get large knobs to control the ventilation system and the stereo, so it’s easy to make adjustments as you drive along.

What isn’t so good is the interior quality. The plastics in the centre of the dashboard, around the gearstick and near the steering wheel have a hollow feeling to them that you wouldn’t get in the hewn-from-granite Audi Q2 or the plush BMW X2. There are even a few rough edges to be found beneath the steering wheel.

It’s a shame because the rest of the dashboard is covered in leather and the plastics used on the tops of the doors (in the front and the back) are soft to the touch.

There are four trim levels, starting with the basic car, rising through S, SE and on to HSE

Basic cars don’t even get leather trim or electric adjustment for the seats, so are best avoided. S adds heated and electrically adjustable front seats, LED headlights and power-folding door mirrors. To this, SE adds, auto full beam, a powered tailgate and a Meridian sound system. HSE tops the lot with 20-inch alloys, keyless entry, more luxuriant leather and a driver display in place of traditional dials.

If you like your E-Pace even sportier than the rest, there’s an R Dynamic version of each trim level, which brings sports seats, a bodykit, twin tailpipes and a soft-grain leather steering wheel.

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