New BMW iX3 vs Jaguar I-Pace: practicality

The new BMW iX3 electric SUV treads a less radical path than its proven Jaguar I-Pace rival, but is it the way to go?...

BMW iX3 2021 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

There’s plenty of room to lounge in the front of either SUV; both have lots of head room and enough leg room for somebody six feet tall. Those with exceptionally long pins will find that the iX3’s seat goes back a little farther, but neither car will have you clashing elbows with your front passenger or fighting over storage spaces.

Six-footers will have space to spare in the back of either car, but while the I-Pace has more, the margins are slim and we suspect most will prefer travelling in the back of the iX3. For a start, it’s easier to get into, thanks to having bigger doors and thinner sills to step over, and its larger windows make it feel less claustrophobic than the I-Pace.

Jaguar I-Pace 2021 rear seats

Unlike its rival, the iX3 has a central floor hump to straddle, but the middle rear seat is wider and comfier than the I-Pace’s and can recline for extra comfort.

Both cars have 40/20/40 split rear seats as standard, so you can move long loads while still carrying a couple of rear passengers in comfort. There’s more chance of you needing to extend the boot of the I-Pace, though; it’ll take one less carry-on suitcase than the iX3 below the load cover, and its heavily raked roof limits overall capacity with the seats down.

Boot space


BMW iX3 2021 boot

Boot 510-1560 litres Suitcases 8

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace 2021 boot

Boot 577-1453 litres Suitcases 7

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