Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Much more modern looking cabin
  • Two big screens control most things
  • Large digital cockpit instead of dials

How is the quality and layout?

First impressions of the I-Pace’s interior are that it’s great-looking and ultra-modern, although a smattering of wood and leather (in certain models) will no doubt please marque traditionalists.

That’s not to say it doesn’t look like an attractive dashboard, with a trio of screens where one might ordinarily expect to see traditional analogue dials and physical buttons. Those screens made their debut in the Range Rover Velar and proved to be easy to use, but prone to greasy fingerprints, disturbing the slick aesthetics.

The controls are logically laid-out, and the touch points all feel better than standard Jaguar products – such as the column stalks, which are basically the same as the JLR lineup, but have additional chrome inserts, which make them feel nicer to use. This attention to detail is enough to distance it from the Tesla Model S and Model X, which both feel significantly cheaper.

Jaguar’s latest infotainment system is swish. There’s a 10.0-inch touchscreen with Jaguar’s latest Pivi Pro software installed that’s designed to work like a smartphone. Anyone au fait with a mobile will quickly navigate their way around it. Technical highlights include over-the-air updates and the ability to connect two phones to it via Bluetooth. Perfect for the buccaneering entrepreneur with multiple devices.

There’s one slight gripe, and it’s with the size of the screen. At 10 inches it looks like there’s a lot to play with. But unlike with a high-end phone, the screen doesn’t stretch to the edge of its housing. This makes it look and feel old.

One quick mention for allergy sufferers – the I-Pace can filter out allergens from its cabin – just like a Tesla.

Comfort

  • Air suspension works well
  • Well-suppressed wind noise
  • Very comfortable overall

Riding on our test car’s air suspension with 20-inch alloys – conventional coil springs are standard, while wheel sizes range from 19- to 22 inches – the I-Pace feels impeccably cushioned and controlled, even over the roughest surfaces.

The smooth ride defines the driving experience at higher speeds, along with wind- and road-noise that’s impressively suppressed, right up to high motorway cruising speeds – the quietness of an electric car tends to emphasise any shortcomings in this department, but the I-Pace’s cabin is hushed and relaxed.

As well as the air suspension of the higher-spec I-Pace, we tried the standard coil spring set-up, and on UK roads, we challenge most buyers to tell the difference. Yes, you get more driving modes and height adjustment with the air set-up, but if you’re not likely to use these and plan to stick with the standard-sized wheels, you might want to consider saving the money and going with the standard set-up.

In terms of interior comfort, the I-Pace scores highly, too. The front seats are supportive and well-shaped, while the rear is as roomy as you’d expect in what Jaguar describes as an SUV. Despite the adventurous roofline, there’s plenty of headroom in the rear, and even with a panoramic roof, there’s more than enough up front.

Another area where the I-Pace scores is in its mechanical refinement. The absence of an internal combustion engine is largely responsible for this, but there’s a hush at speed that’s as much about careful attention to aerodynamics and body engineering. It feels premium in a way that we weren’t entirely expecting.

There is noise, however, a kind of arcade-game jet engine soundtrack that captures both the alien driving experience and the increasing sense of drama as speeds rise – again, this can be dialled up or down via the touchscreen.