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New Jaguar E-Pace vs Jaguar F-Pace

The new Jaguar E-Pace SUV is expected to become the brand’s most popular model, but how does it compare to the bigger F-Pace?

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New Jaguar E-Pace vs Jaguar F-Pace – interior and equipment

Like the exterior, the interior of the E-Pace takes its inspiration from the F-Type sports car, which means it's very driver focused. A central grab handle seems to fence the passenger off from the dashboard controls, and those controls include rotary air-con dials that can be operated with the minimum of distraction.

Things aren't quite as intuitive in the F-Pace, because you have to stab at buttons to raise or lower the temperature, rather than simply twist a dial. But its centre console is symetrical, which makes it easier for a front passenger to help the driver.

The F-Pace also features the rotary gear selector found in Jaguar's saloons, whereas automatic versions of the E-Pace swap this for a joystick that allows manual shifts. And while every F-Pace has traditional analogue instruments, the E-Pace can be specified with a 12.3in digital display that lets you decide exactly what information is displayed directly in front of you.


New Jaguar E-Pace vs Jaguar F-Pace – infotainment

The E-Pace may be Jaguar's entry-level SUV, but all versions of it come with the more sophisticated of the brand’s two infotainment systems. Called Touch Pro, it features a sizeable 10.0in touchscreen with a customisable home page that makes most operations quite quick.

By contrast, the F-Pace gets the more basic 8.0in InControl Touch system as standard. This still incorporates sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and an in-built wifi hotspot, and can even sync with your smartphone to run a selection of apps. However, it's more fiddly to use on the move due to the screen's smaller size, and is often sluggish to respond. We'd recommend the Β£1780 upgrade.

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