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2019 Jaguar E-Pace Interior Review

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Interior: 7.7

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace has a mostly upscale interior, but there are some second-rate plastic surfaces. While the infotainment features and cargo space are impressive, the E-Pace’s passenger space isn’t all that generous.

  • "While smaller and more affordable than Jaguar’s first utility vehicle, the F-Pace, the 2019 E-Pace retains the bigger model’s lavish feel, with a well-executed balance of classic luxury materials, including leather and wood, along with more modern details like its large touch-screen infotainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Interior materials on the whole are quite nice. The E-Pace's leather seats are soft and supple and the vinyl on the dash and upper door cards is a convincing leather stand in. There's also plenty of nice detailing, such as polished metal vent surrounds and paddle shifters with the 'plus' and 'minus' signs actually carved out of them. Some of the plastic used in the center console area isn't quite up to luxury car standards, but the E-Pace's cabin is certainly deserving of the Leaper badge." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "The interior's a little plain and let down by a few weak material choices-the plastics in the center console don't look luxury grade to me-but the aggressive passenger grab handle and robot finger shifter add a nice air of bad ass. Be brave and pick the red interior if you really want the car to feel vivacious." -- Jalopnik (2018)

Seating

The E-Pace seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Eight-way manual-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Options include leather seats, premium Windsor leather, 10-, 14-, or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats of the E-Pace are comfortable, but it can be hard for the driver to find a relaxing seat position. The back seat is on the smaller side as well. The E-Pace has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections.

  • The downside is that the E-Pace offers a rather downsized back seat, one in which a couple adults might feel cramped on long trips. ... While some competing luxury SUVs trade good driving dynamics for 'command seating' and better visibility, the 2019 E-Pace manages to package them both." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The front seats are comfortable, but the cabin is positioned so far forward that the passenger will notice the wheel well intruding awkwardly into the footwell. The rear-seat measurements look competitive on paper, but in reality, that space is inordinately vertical. Most adult passengers will struggle with kneeroom, even while sitting behind average-size front-seat occupants. " -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • Passenger space is ample in both rows … but ergonomics are a bit wonky. Neither my 6'4" self nor my roughly 8"-shorter driving partner was able to find a truly comfortable driving position (elbow resting positions were either too high or too low, for example), and she also made mention that the end of the seat-bottom cushion rubbed up against the back of her calves." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 E-Pace include dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Optional features include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a panoramic glass roof, proximity key entry, three second-row USB ports, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, a 15-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Optional safety tech includes traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a surround-view parking monitor, automatic parking assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and high-speed automatic emergency braking.

The E-Pace's infotainment system is generally straightforward and user-friendly. Critics appreciate the large physical knobs for climate and volume controls.

See 2019 Jaguar E-Pace specs »

  • "It takes a bit of learning to get the hang of that system, but it is, on the whole, one of the better packages available and, for 2019, adds both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of its new Smartphone Package." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The infotainment system is large and colorful, and the Meridian audio system gets the job done. As anyone with experience with JLR infotainment systems knows, they can sometimes be difficult to navigate and slightly less than intuitive, so we're glad to report this version didn't send us into a blind rage as others that have come before have. We're not willing to call it perfect, but it's certainly livable. The availability of buttons and knobs to control the HVAC was appreciated, but needing to shuffle through endless screens to find the drive modes was not." -- Truck Trend (2018)
  • "Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro 10-inch central monitor works well for all infotainment settings, as does a remarkably conventional gear lever." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Cargo

The Jaguar E-Pace has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row, and a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet with the back seat folded. Those are among the highest values in the class. A power liftgate and hands-free liftgate are optional.  

  • "Cargo space is also a bit compromised." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Twenty-four cubic feet of cargo space, on the other hand, easily surpasses what most competitors can muster." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "We also came away impressed with the E-Pace's overall packaging. Small utility vehicles - particularly from luxury marques - don't typically perform well in this area, but the E-Pace has plenty of cubby spaces for whatever you might need to store. The rear cargo area is also quite generous." -- Left Lane News (2018)
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