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Used electric SUVs: Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes EQC practicality

Our favourite used electric SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, now faces an equally prestigious (and similarly priced) challenger, the Mercedes EQC. Can the I-Pace retain its crown?...

Jaguar I-Pace rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

The Mercedes EQC in AMG Line Premium Plus trim comes with a standard electric sliding sunroof. That’s great, but it eats into head room more than the optional fixed panoramic roof in the Jaguar I-Pace.

Still, there’s enough head and leg room in the front of both for the 6ft-plus brigade (the EQC has more of the latter). Each car has lots of storage compartments for odds and ends.

The I-Pace is better if you’re travelling with one of two rear passengers. Why? Well, for a start, it has wider door opening, making it easier to get in and out. 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.

Used Mercedes EQC 2019-present rear seats

Six-footers will fit in the back of the EQC comfortably too, and they’ll find 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 rear cupholders in the I-Pace are so shallow that only the brave or foolish would use them to hold a hot latte).

The I-Pace’s boot is deeper but the EQC’s is longer, and each can swallow seven carry-on suitcases. The I-Pace has a second boot under its bonnet that's big enough for the charging cables while in the EQC they fit easily in the 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 more convenient 40/20/40-split seats, and you simply press buttons on the sides of the boot to fold them down.

Boot space

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace boot

Boot 577-1453 litres Suitcases 7

Mercedes EQC

Used Mercedes EQC 2019-present boot

Boot 500-1460 litres Suitcases 7

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