Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
So far, all the models we’ve tried have been fitted with a panoramic roof – a feature that almost always impacts on head room. Even so, you’d have to be very tall to notice your barnet brushing the E-Pace’s ceiling. There interior is also fairly broad, so you won’t feel as though you're shoulder-to-shoulder with your front passenger.
The door pockets are rather slender, but there’s a small tray in front of the gear lever to stow your phone, plus a couple of cupholders in front of the central armrest. Look under this armrest and you’ll find a giant cubbyhole.
The E-Pace has enough rear leg room to keep tall adults fairly happy, provided they aren't sitting behind equally lofty people in the front. Head room is good, though – even those over 6ft are unlikely to have to cower, which is impressive considering that all versions we’ve tried so far have been fitted with a panoramic glass roof.
But while the E-Pace isn't exactly cramped in the back, rivals such as the BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40 are considerably more accommodating. These cars can also carry three adults sitting side-by-side more comfortably.
Seat folding and flexibility
While many rivals, such as the Q3, X1 and Tiguan, are available with sliding and reclining rear seats that also fold in a handy 40/20/40 split, the E-Pace isn’t anywhere near as clever. Nope, its rear seats divide in the same 60/40 split as those of most conventional hatchbacks, and there's no sliding or reclining feature.
A 10-way electric front passenger seat is standard on S trim and above, while SE and HSE models come with an even greater range of electric seat adjustment.
Ignore the official boot capacity that Jaguar publishes; the brand measures boot space in a different way to most other manufacturers. In simple terms, you can squeeze slightly more clobber in an E-Pace than you would an Evoque, but the Tiguan, X1, and XC40 can all carry significantly more luggage.
We managed to fit six carry-on sized suitcases below the parcel shelf, compared with five in the Evoque, eight in the XC40 and nine in the X1. Thankfully, though, the E-Pace's boot is a nice square shape, with a wide recess right at the back of the car – a handy feature if you play golf. There’s no lip to speak of at the boot entrance and there’s a small amount of underfloor storage.
Fold down the rear seatbacks and they lie almost – but not quite – flat. The extended load area is big enough for most family chores although, again, many rivals can carry more.
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