A car’s interior amenities greatly affect a car buyer’s decision, mainly because it’s the place where the car owner spends his or her time mostly. We reckon, the quality of materials and the way each part of the car’s cabin radiates its overall vibe is almost as essential as its ride comfort.
The 2018 JAC S3 got a pretty decent score in my general review. Aside from its high score in its technology and safety offerings, the subcompact crossover’s interior amenities also pulled the score up. Here’s a closer look into the things that could make or break your decision to buy the car.
As mentioned in my general review, it’s a mixed bag inside the 2018 JAC S3. There are seemingly high-quality leather parts found on some parts of the cabin such as the dashboard, door cushions, and seats while contrasting red stitches provide accents for a sporty appeal. The leather is generally soft but the steering wheel material is a bit on the rough side but it’s soft, nonetheless.
On the contrary, some hard plastics can also be found in the JAC S3’s cabin, particularly by the cupholders near the gear-shifter. These could have been made better if they’re masked with a matte finish. To even things out, despite the lack of telescopic steering wheel adjustment, finding a comfortable driving position in the JAC S3 is a cinch while driving visibility isn’t hampered with the huge windshield glass and corner glass windows by the A-pillar.
At the rear, there are USB ports and air-conditioning vents, while a foldable armrest with cupholders can also be used if there will only be two passengers. Those would be the only toys for rear passengers, plus the bottle holders by the doors.
As for space, what the JAC S3 can offer is expected – rear leg-, wiggle-, and head-room is sufficient for those standing 5’7” and below. In contrast, though, the average space is coupled with a not-so-pleasant ride comfort brought about by its stiff suspensions. Humps, dilapidated roads, and even rumble strips are found to be mayhem for the passengers, which is something that JAC could improve about the S3 in the future. Engine vibration is greatly felt by the driver, as well.
Surprisingly huge cargo space
While it isn’t all aces for the S3 for its passengers, the cargo area is one of its greatest strengths. It could fit a standard-sized child stroller while still having enough two months’ worth of groceries. It also has a trunk lid to keep groceries out of sunlight exposure.
Just in case it isn't enough, you can extend the space further by folding the rear seats in 60:40 fashion and removing the trunk lid. The latter can be done in a snap, by the way, which adds flexibility to the whole car.