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Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Driver-focussed cockpit
  • Inspired by F-Type interior
  • Quirky Jaguar cub graphics

2019 Jaguar E-Pace dashboard

The E-Pace’s cockpit is a similar layout to the F-Type’s and looks quite clean and uncluttered, with many functions taken care of by the new(ish) central touchscreen. Jaguar’s engineers were keen to point out it was important to retain some physical controls for things like the air-conditioning, and the design of these was inspired by a Leica camera lens. A central grab-handle divides the dashboard into wraparound driver and separate passenger zones, and on the whole the materials used are plush and nice to look at.

Whether or not you pick the 12.3-inch digital dials and full colour head-up display, all of the information and controls for the E-Pace are pointed inwards to the driver. The wheel itself contains a lot of buttons for things like menu selection and cruise control, while a stick-type gearshifter is used rather than the more normal Jaguar rotary dial.

Some quirky features we’ve not seen in a JLR car before give the E-Pace some personality, such as the cub graphic along the bottom of the windscreen and Jaguar animal print on the rubber storage box mats.

Plenty of cabin space up front

This isn’t a huge SUV so front seat passengers naturally do better for room, but those in the back aren’t short changed thanks to extra space liberated by scalloped seat backs.

We found the panoramic roof to be a bit whistley on the move and the Ingenium diesel engines are noisy when pushed hard. The seats are firm and supportive, encouraging good posture rather than letting you slouch into them, which is actually quite advantageous on a long journey.

2019 Jaguar E-Pace front seats

Neat touches bolster usability

You can tell Jaguar’s designers were thinking about passenger comfort when they sketched out the interior of the E-Pace thanks to simple things like providing a USB charging point for each person.

There’s an 8.4-litre stowage compartment between the front seats plus a 12-volt socket and a smartphone holder and tablet retainer, too. The lockable glove box adds a further 10.1 litres of space, the same measurement as each of the front door bins that contain special bottle holders too.

Comfort

  • Harsh ride on standard dampers
  • Big wheels don’t help in this regard
  • Adaptive dampers worth considering

The E-Pace with standard suspension has quite a firm ride which is only made worse if you get tempted into paying extra for larger wheels. There's every chance you will be tempted into doing this as they make a dramatic improvement to the E-Pace's style. Things improve if you opt for optional adaptive dampers, making the car much less fidgety and uncomfortable, but you will have ended up laying out quite a bit more cash than originally intended. Sadly there's no real middle ground to get the best of both worlds, unless you're happy to plump for a standard setup and make do with the firmer suspension. It's far from uncomfortable, but just isn't as relaxed around town than a Volvo XC40 or Audi Q3, for example. 

The good news is that all seats available in the E-Pace are comfortable, compensating for the car's firmer ride. They offer plenty of adjustment and you feel cocooned in the interior of the car. Refinement isn't too bad either - it's only if you opt for those larger wheels when a bit more noise makes its way into the cabin.