Jaguar E-Pace Review 2022

Jaguar E-Pace At A Glance

3/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Jaguar E-Pace is a stylish SUV that's recently been improved with hybrid engines and fresh infotainment. It's still an expensive choice, though, and the interior isn't as impressive as a Volvo XC40's.

+Sporty little SUV. Plug-in hybrid P300e can travel up to 34 miles under electric power alone. Much improved infotainment system from 2021.

-Surprisingly expensive to buy. Interior doesn't feel as plush or as spacious as rivals. Petrol models will cost a lot to run.

New prices start from £32,590
Insurance Groups are between 28–42
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The Jaguar E-Pace is a stylish small SUV that now shares a platform with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. It's been given quite a heavy mid-life facelift to make it more competitive against cars like the BMW X2, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 – but is it enough to justify its high price tag?

One of the most significant updates for the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace includes the addition of a new flagship plug-in hybrid model badged the Jaguar E-Pace P300e. This combines a little 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine with a 108PS electric motor on the rear axle and a 15kWh battery, giving it an electric range of up to 34 miles.

The PHEV is also the quickest Jaguar E-Pace in the range, although it doesn't feel quite as sprightly as its combined 309PS and 6.5 second 0-62mph time suggests. It's a sportier choice than a Volvo XC40, though, with sharp steering and a relatively firm suspension setup.

If you're not ready to splash a serious amount of money on a plug-in hybrid, you can still buy a Jaguar E-Pace with a conventional petrol or diesel engine. These are 2.0-litre units, available with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes as well as two- or four-wheel drive.

Most Jaguar E-Pace models are now badged R-Dynamic, which comes with desirable tech and some snazzy exterior highlights. You can also opt for one of a variety of option packs (S, SE and HSE) allowing you to pick and choose desirable features.

The cabin has a clean, uncluttered design although – on pre-facelift models (that's those sold before 2021) – it wasn't quite up to the standard you'd expect for a premium SUV.

A new infotainment system was added to the E-Pace in 2021. With its 11.4-inch touchscreen display, this is much better than the older 10-inch system, which wasn't the most user-friendly. The later system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too, allowing you access to your phone's apps through the car's media display.

The latest updates mean the Jaguar E-Pace is easier to recommend than before, although we still think a Volvo XC40 does the whole 'non-German small SUV' thing better. You may also wish to look at the Lexus UX – which is also sold as an electric vehicle and is likely to be more dependable on the reliability front than the Jaguar E-Pace.

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What's the best used, premium SUV?
"I'm after a used, premium SUV. It needs to be automatic, of decent spec and petrol. I have £20,000 - £25,000 to spend and am looking at the Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. I'd welcome your thoughts, tips, suggestions and recommendations!"
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Answered by Dan Powell
My car struggles at 30mph but refuses to change down a gear - is this a common issue with modern autos?
"My 2018 Jaguar E-Pace struggles at 30mph but refuses to change down a gear. There is a similar problem at 50mph (common speed limit at motorway roadworks). It would seem that the software is set at too high a gearing. I have spoken to Jaguar but they do not seem able to recognise the problem. Is this s common issue?"
This is pretty standard, I'm afraid. These days, automatic gearboxes are tuned to hold onto high gears in a bid to reduce emissions and provide better fuel economy. If you press hard on the accelerator it should drop down a gear or two. Modern autos will also learn your driving style, so it might get better over time.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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