Jaguar I-Pace interior
The Jaguar I-Pace’s interior looks and feels plusher than a Tesla’s, but its infotainment system doesn’t have quite the wow factor or ease-of-use that its alternatives’ systems do.
And the I-Pace’s interior is futuristic but also genuinely plush – something you couldn’t honestly say about a Tesla – with lashings of leather, cool brushed aluminium and soft plastic trims dotted around its cabin.
Entry-level S models get faux leather electric sports seats, while mid-level SE cars upgrade these to full real leather with more movement and memory. Then, range-topping HSE models get the plushest leather pews and more movement than you could adjust a stick at.
You can also choose between various interior colours, which costs extra on S and SE models, but is a no-cost option if you spend the extra for HSE trim. Ambient lighting and illuminated treadplates cost extra across the range if you want to spice things up a bit further.
Like moths to a flame, most people are naturally drawn to a Tesla's huge screen, but this I-Pace is undeniably better-built throughout.
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Where Teslas comes with one vast portrait touchscreen, the Jaguar I-Pace has three smaller displays. There’s one behind the steering wheel replaces conventional analogue dials while the two on the centre console control all the car’s climate control, satellite navigation and media playback functions.
Its screens are all bright and responsive to use, but its menus could be simpler to understand and the way the dash-mounted ones are angled means they can reflect sunlight quite badly, making them difficult to see clearly while driving. Still, at least DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav and are all included, and so too are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are two levels of Meridien sound system to choose between, the entry-level 380-watt coming on S and SE cars, and the 825-watt one on HSE models. In truth, they both sound great.
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