Used test: Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S

Two premium electric cars do zero-emissions battle as we line up a Jag and a Tesla. Bought used they'll save you a packet, too, but which should you buy?...

Jaguar I-Pace front and side

What are they like inside?

Interior quality isn’t normally a Jaguar strength, but the I-Pace is different. Not only is the design suitably swish, but the fixtures and fittings also feel robust and built to last. Okay, material quality still isn’t going to worry the likes of Audi, but the I-Pace is as classy inside as electric cars get and feels like it’s worth its asking price.

2018 Jaguar I-Pace - interior

The Model S is more of a mixed bag. Our test car suffered some squeaks and rattles, something we’ve experienced before in other examples, while some of the dashboard buttons and panels feel a bit flimsy compared with their equivalents in the I-Pace. The overall impression is suitably futuristic, though.

There’s nothing wrong with either driving position. You sit much higher in the I-Pace, but whether that’s a good thing really comes down to personal preference. The electrically adjustable seats and steering wheels in both cars offer plenty of adjustment, but the I-Pace’s leather sports seats (standard with SE trim) are more supportive around the sides than those in the Model S.

Tesla Model S

Visibility is acceptable rather than exceptional in both. The front pillars can impede views at junctions, but more so in the I-Pace.

Despite their disparate body styles, the passenger space on offer inside both cars is very similar. As a result, taller adults sitting in the front of either will have no complaints at all.

In the rear seats, leg room is identical, while the I-Pace edges it for head room and the Model S for shoulder room. The I-Pace’s roof slopes down quite aggressively, though, so taller folk in the back will feel more hemmed in.

The Model S’s main boot is massive, plus there’s a decent amount of underfloor storage and another small boot under the bonnet. The I-Pace is still decent for luggage, but its main boot is much smaller and its front boot tiny.


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