2018 Jaguar E-Pace – Automotive Review

With coupe-like lines, wide low stance, with wheels ranging from 17” to 21, subtle F-Type features, the E-Pace immediately looks the part of a Jaguar SUV.

The E-Pace is Jaguars very first compact SUV. They’ve been making quite the name for themselves in the luxury SUV market with the incredibly desirable F-Pace, but will the E-Pace be able to join its ranks? With the single available engine offering, with two different power figures, the E-Pace already puts itself ahead of the competition. 

Sitting on the Evoque and Discovery chassis, the E-Pace’s shell embodies an F-Type inspired design, and I love it. The headlights and taillights are straight from the F-Types blueprints, and the front end is delicately aggressive with its mesh grill accents. Above the rear wheel arches sit body lines that resemble shoulders for a beautiful widebody look. The E-Pace struts more of a boxy look than the F-Pace does with its shorter wheelbase, making visibility a tad bit more driver friendly. The rear hatch window still sits at a wild angle which makes looking for on-comers a little tricky at times. Jaguar had always made the right choice when it came to wheel design and size, making sure the rims didn’t look too cartoonish while still filling the wheel wells perfectly.

The interior is snug but not crowded. It gives you a nice sporty feel with practical and straightforward media controls. Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is on duty in the E-Pace, with a 10” touchscreen featuring tiles that include a touch of whimsy: The tile to connect your phone bears an image of the iconic red telephone booths that were once scattered on the British landscape. WiFi hotspot is available in the S trim level and up. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats offer acceptable legroom, with their lower cushions providing good under-thigh support. With better but still only okay visibility, the crystal-clear parking cameras and 360-degree sensors come in handy. There is an optional panoramic glass roof that lets a significant amount of light in, but it doesn’t open, meaning Jaguar does not offer a sunroof for the E-Pace which is odd. Ambient lighting puts you in the mood for a nice calm drive, and the color options for the leather seats are eye-catching.

The E-Pace offers single available engine offering, with two different power figures. It comes with a 2.0 litre in-line four AWD engine that produces 246hp and the R-Dynamic models are tuned to fire out 296hp and do the 0-60 stint in 5.9 seconds (versus 6.4 seconds for the X2 and 6.5 for the XC40) and features a more advanced AWD system that will power all 4 wheels only when needed. To add the cherry on top, its all connected to a 9-speed ZF transmission that gives you the acceleration at any time in the perfect gear and cruises at highway speeds at low revs. The engine has a great growl at wide-open throttle, and it revs eagerly to it’s red-line. All models come with the auto-start/stop feature. The E-Pace offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sports setting, which provides maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. EPA estimates 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the E-Pace P250, similar figures for the R-Dynamic.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the E-Pace offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. For a few extra bucks you can opt for the Park Assist that’ll take the lead on attempting the treacherous parallel park. Forward collision warning and lane-keep assist come standard in the E-Pace. Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA, Volvo XC40 are in the same class, have similar safety features, comparable price tags, competitive power figures, and are all good contenders for your ownership. The midrange P250 SE trim starts at $45,295, and the R-Dynamic reviewed above came with a hefty dollop of options that lifted the final tab beyond $54,000. So, if you’ve got the wallet, a test drive wouldn’t hurt.

Key Features:

  • P250 – 2.0L i4 246 HP TURBOCHARGED GAS AWD
    • Starting at MSRP $49,500 CND 
    • 0-100km/hr 7 sec.
    • Combined Fuel Efficiency of 9.8L/100km
    • 246 HP @ 5,500 RPM
    • 269 ft-lbs torque @ 1,200 – 4,500 RPM
  • R-Dynamic P300 – 2.0L i4 296 HP TURBOCHARGED GAS AWD
    • Starting at MSRP $55,200 CND
    • 0-100km/hr 6.4 sec.
    • Combined Fuel Efficiency of 10.1L/100km
    • 296 HP @ 5,500 RPM
    • 295 ft-lbs torque @ 1,200 – 4,500 RPM
  • Curb Weight 1832 Kg.
  • Trunk Volume 577 L.
  • Seats 5
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