What is it?
It’s a small SUV – just like a BMW X1 or Volvo XC40 – but from Jaguar? Surely Jaguar doesn’t do small, or SUVs. Well it does now. These days, legislation has to be adhered to, market demands met and niches filled
Jaguar’s E-Pace ticks a couple of those boxes, particularly in terms of market demand for B-segment crossovers. It might appear to be a Jaguar XE with a new top hat, but the E-Pace actually sits on the same platform as the Range Rover Evoque – which means steel rather than aluminium – which keeps costs down. Lower priced versions also come with very un-Jaguar front wheel drive, something not seen since the X-Type in the days of Ford ownership. Jaguar, however, would much rather people bought the all-wheel-drive versions which is what we tried here and despite the fact that it has E in its name, it’s not electric. That’s the I-Pace and a whole different story altogether.
A very enjoyable ride , the E-Pace does bring the Jaguar brand within reach of smaller budgets with the range starting at just over £29,000 with the more expensive versions featuring all-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox while the engines all have four cylinders and are all turbocharged.
Diesels range from 148bhp via 178bhp to 240bhp while petrol engines range up to 300hp. It feels punchy enough when it comes to overtaking and purrs happily, as every good cat should, on the motorway. In terms of ride and handling, the E-Pace is proper Jaguar which means it is smooth and comfortable with super body control for an SUV.
Gear changes from the nine-speed auto are super smooth and, whilst it is good looking on the outside, it’s just as impressive inside which is where Jaguar scores against many rivals. Inside, you’ll find polished metal trim finishes and solid plastics. There’s plenty of seat adjustment whether you want to sit low and laid back or high and mighty.
The high body style also means there is plenty of room in the rear seats – and you can’t always say that about Jaguars. Someone six-feet plus will not be found wanting for leg or head room. All E-Paces get the 12.3-inch InControl Touch Pro nav-media centre, which is easy to use while there are a couple of USB sockets under the armrest and some useful cubbyholes.
The sloping rear window means the boot is not the biggest but there’s still plenty of room for multiple golf bags. Jaguar does claim around 50mpg from the 240hp diesel although on a mix of town, country and motorway we achieved the mid-30s. There are cheaper and more frugal models out there but the E-Pace handles better than its rivals and can also boast a lot more refinement.
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