New Mercedes EQC vs Jaguar I-Pace
As Mercedes’ first dedicated electric car and a luxury SUV, the EQC goes toe-to-toe with the Jaguar I-Pace. Let’s see which one comes out on top...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
In AMG Line Premium Plus trim, the EQC comes with a standard electric sliding sunroof. That’s great, but it eats into head room more than the I-Pace’s optional fixed panoramic roof (£960). Still, there’s enough head and leg room in the front of both for the 6ft-plus brigade, and the EQC has more of the latter. Each car also presents a multitude of storage compartments for odds and ends.
The I-Pace is preferable if you’re travelling as one of two rear passengers. Why? Well, for a start, it’s easier to get in and out of, thanks to wider door openings. You’ll also have significantly more leg room and a bit more head room, while that glass roof makes it feel as airy as an observatory under a star-spangled sky.
Mind you, six-footers will still fit comfortably into the back of the EQC, and they’ll find that it has better foot space and a far more tolerable middle seat for a third passenger. You also get bigger door bins and two useful cupholders; the I-Pace’s rear cupholders are so shallow that only the brave or foolish would use them to hold a hot latte in place.
The I-Pace’s boot is deeper, while the EQC’s is longer. As a result, each can swallow seven carry-on suitcases. The I-Pace has a second boot, under its bonnet, big enough for the charging cables. In the EQC, these fit easily in its boot’s bigger underfloor storage area.
In terms of seating flexibility, the I-Pace comes with manually folding 60/40-split rear seats. The EQC has a more convenient 40/20/40-split seats, and you simply press buttons on the sides of the boot to fold them down.
Front space is good in both, but the I-Pace has better head room. It’s roomier for two passengers in the rear, but storage options are limited. There’s a touch more boot space than in the EQC.
Boot 577-1453 litres Suitcases 7
EQC has more front leg room, but its standard glass roof eats into head room. Middle rear seat is comfier; seatbacks split 40/20/40 and drop using convenient switches by the boot entrance.
Boot 500-1460 litres Suitcases 7
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