What is the Jaguar E-Pace?
The Jaguar E-Pace is the baby Jag that customers are clamouring for. The XE saloon is a lovely car to drive, but it hasn’t delivered the goods in terms of introducing new people to the brand. The E-Pace small SUV, on the other hand, is in much stronger demand – it’s not only outselling the XE, it’s also now beating the bigger F-Pace in the sales charts.
Challenging the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, it’s also the sportier alternative to its sister Range Rover Evoque in JLR showrooms. Oh, and when we say baby Jag, we mean it: there’s even a cute little graphic of a jaguar and her cub on the windscreen.
- Top-speed: 120-149mph
- 0-62mph: 6.5-10.7 seconds
- Fuel economy: 26-42mpg
- Emissions: 143-203g/km CO2
- Boot space: 577-1,234 litres
Which versions of the Jaguar E-Pace are available?
Jaguar offers the E-Pace in a single small SUV body style. It is available in two guises, standard and R-Dynamic; this is your first decision, before picking the trim line you’d like to equip it to – basic E-Pace, S, SE or HSE.
Most prefer R-Dynamic: it adds gloss black and satin chrome exterior detailing, extra body colour-coding, chrome tailpipe finishers, front foglights and, inside, a black roofliner, sport steering wheel and seats, metal pedals and automatic gearshift paddles. Engines are either four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel or 2.0-litre turbo petrol, of various power outputs. A hybrid is not (yet) available.
What is the Jaguar E-Pace performance derivative?
There is no Jaguar E-Pace R variant, but you can create a fairly potent one yourself by mating R-Dynamic trim with the P300 petrol engine. This delivers the power of a punchy hot hatch and, with the aid of all-wheel drive, can accelerate from 0-62mph in a pacy 6.5 seconds. It has a top speed just shy of 150mph.
An ample 295lb ft of torque from just 1,500rpm means it is responsive to the accelerator. Just be sure to pick HSE trim, so you get the 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels to match.
Jaguar E-Pace styling and engineering
The Jaguar E-Pace is another Ian Callum SUV success. Following on from the groundbreaking F-Pace, Jag’s first SUV, the more compact E-Pace (not to be confused with Jaguar’s electric SUV, the I-Pace) is perfectly proportioned and lives up to Callum’s description of it as a ‘cute cub’. The firm offers some punchy colours to further help it stand out, including Caldera Red, Yulong White and Caesium Blue. Borasco Grey is a nice modern hue, too.
Engineering-wise, it is derived from the older JLR steel architecture also used by the first-generation Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport; it is not aluminium-intensive like other Jags. Inside, it is, by Jaguar standards, modern and distinctive – arguably more so than the older F-Pace. The shape of the dashboard is sportier and more distinctive (the references to the F-Type sports car are obvious) and materials quality is higher than some other Jags. Rear-seat space isn’t bad either. Some rivals are bigger but it’s still reasonably accommodating, and the 577-litre boot is a good size. This extends to 1,234 litres with the seats folded (and maximum boot width of 1.3 metres is pushchair-friendly).
How does the Jaguar E-Pace drive?
Our earlier description of the Jaguar E-Pace as a wannabe hot hatch is fitting, because that’s exactly how it drives. The emphasis is weighted towards sporty prowess through the corners rather than cushioned comfort on the straights. It’s a firmly suspended car with a taut feel that will pick out city centre lumps and bumps. It’s not excessively crashy or uncomfortable, just on the sporty side of focused – but grin-inducing lack of roll when you chuck it about may, for many, compensate. Besides, JLR dealers have the new Evoque for those who want comfort.
No matter if you choose petrol or diesel, all the engines are a bit on the vocal side, albeit smooth enough. The nine-speed automatic that’s standard on most variants is also fussy, rarely seeming to settle on a choice of gear. It’s preferable to the standard manual, but it really should be better.
How much does the Jaguar E-Pace cost?
The Jaguar E-Pace has a headline-grabbing entry-level price from under £29,000. Of course, that’s not the car you’ll want to buy; add on R-Dynamic trim, a more powerful D180 engine instead of the base D150, all-wheel drive and the automatic transmission, and the price rises to just under £35,000.
When you start moving up through the model grades, prices quickly leap up: an R-Dynamic D180 S is £37,870, SE is £39,990 and HSE is over £42,000. The entry petrol model, the P200, is priced from around £33,000, with all-wheel drive and an automatic ’box standard. Those who want the ‘hot hatch E-Pace’ had better have deep pockets: P300 prices start from beyond £46,000, or £11,000 more than a Volkswagen Golf R.
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Jaguar E-Pace Model History
Current generation Jaguar E-Pace Model History
The Jaguar E-Pace was the first Jaguar entrant in the small SUV sector, and only the second SUV from the British firm. Years ago, though, it offered another entry-level all-wheel-drive with a roomy boot and family-friendly interior layout. Although the X-Type Estate wasn’t quite as well-received as the E-Pace, it did sell in surprisingly strong numbers.