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Jaguar E-Pace (2018–)

Last updated 24 January 2018

Decent standard specification and simple equipment grades. Excellent composure on challenging roads. F-Type styling inspiration.
Engines sound a little gruff under hard acceleration. Slightly numb steering feel.
Updated 13 July 2017
Jaguar unveils E-Pace

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Jaguar used to be famous for its sportscars and fast saloons. But like many other car manufacturers in recent years, the brand has had to move with the times - and what buyers want. Which is SUVs. The F-Pace – a rival for the BMW X3 and Porsche Macan – launched in the summer of 2016.

And the smaller E-Pace faces off against the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40. Jaguar hopes its blend of performance and comfort will win it a new audience.

The E-Pace is about the same size as the BMW X1, although it is slightly wider, giving it a more purposeful stance - there is certainly something of the F-Type in its styling.

The entry-level E-Pace is front-wheel drive (the two-wheel drive F-Pace is driven by the rear wheels), and perhaps hints at the first challenge for Jaguar with the new model: how to ensue it feels part of the same family as the F-Type, and not related to the Evoque.

There are two basic E-Pace body variants - the standard car or the R-Dynamic, which has a sports styling kit, and a slightly more aggressive look. Each is then available with optional packs. Upgrading to S costs £4100, going from S to SE is an extra £2850, and the premium for HSE over SE is £2800.

The cabin has a clean, uncluttered design and a premium feel, with most functions found in the touch-screen display with rotary controls for the air conditioning below. There is a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, but it only comes as standard in HSE specification, whereas in a Peugeot 3008 it’s a feature of even on the entry-level car.

This isn’t to say the E-Pace isn’t well equipped. Against premium rivals, it looks to be better value. But Jaguar has probably learned what some customers are prepared to tick option boxes for.

The E-Pace has sufficient depth throughout the range to ensure it’s a tempting proposition to people who haven’t owned a Jaguar before.

Jaguar E-Pace 2018 Road Test


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