3.6 out of 5 3.6
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Compact SUV is a good looker, but disappointing elsewhere

Jaguar E-Pace SUV (17 on) - rated 3.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £30,925 - £49,965
Used price £15,145 - £39,200
Used monthly cost From £378 per month
Fuel Economy 26.2 - 42.7 mpg
Road tax cost £150 - £475
Insurance group 24 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Eye-catching, classy styling
  • Makes Jag SUVs more attainable
  • A classy premium alternative
  • It's good to drive on A- and B-roads

CONS

  • Expensive as a company car 
  • Pricey upper trims with options
  • Handling favoured over comfort
  • Weight dents performance and economy

Jaguar E-Pace SUV rivals

Audi
Q3
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

The Jaguar E-Pace joins the SUV pack as a strong and stylish alternative to some very talented rivals. As with the rest of the Jaguar range, the E-Pace is made (largely) from aluminum, and is powered entirely by Jaguar's Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. A rival to the Audi Q3, BMW X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace is the smallest member of Jaguar’s 'Pace' family of crossovers, joining the larger F-Pace and I-Pace electric SUV.

What's it like inside?

It's more F-Type than F-Pace inside, which is a very good thing, with an uplift in material quality. One area which Jaguar has received criticism for in recent years is its interior quality, but the E-Pace is an improvement in this area, with higher-spec models coming with plenty of leather lavished across the interior - including the dashboard and doors. It's still not the best, but an improvement all the same with a higher feeling of solidity. There's a set of sporting-looking seats, and the dashboard features the passenger grab rail of the sports car, too. There's plenty of technology inside, with a 10-inch touchscreen for its multimedia system, and the welcome use of rotary controllers for the climate control, with a bank of switches for other heating-related functions.

You get a traditional gear selector, unlike the rest of the Jaguar saloon and SUV range, which can be easier to use than the rotary dial.

There are still some big slabs of black plastic, but overall it feels a solid and premium interior. In terms of room and accommodation, it's commodious upfront but with a cocooning driving position, the rear seat room is acceptable, and the boot is well-shaped and offers up to 577 litres of space (when stacked to the roof) with the seat in place.

What engines does it come with?

The Jaguar E-Pace engine range starts with a 2.0-litre diesel that develops 150hp (badged D150), and comes with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. Given it's a stylish family car on stilts first, all-weather SUV second, that is par for the course. It does, however, make this the only front-wheel drive car in the current Jaguar lineup.

It's efficient on paper, too. The 150hp E-Pace returns an official fuel consumption figure of 42.4mpg and develops 175g/km. There are also 180hp and 240hp diesels on offer, badged D180 and D240 respectively, and are exclusively four-wheel drive. However the D180 is available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions, while the D240 is auto-only. The three petrol options are all 2.0-litre turbos - the P200, P250 and P300.

Plenty of trim levels available

This can be a little confusing at first. When choosing your E-Pace, you can either pick a regular E-Pace or a sportier looking E-Pace R-Dynamic. From here, you then choose S, SE and HSE versions of these models. The more letters, the more comprehensively equipped your car will come.

There was also an E-Pace First Edition available when the car was launched. The First Edition came with ‘Caldera Red’ paint, 20-inch alloys, a head-up display and load rails as standard, but you can spec all of this extra kit on the regular models now the First Edition is no longer available. Since then, the Chequered Flag special edition has taken its place.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Jaguar E-Pace including its practicality, comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Jaguar E-Pace SUV rivals

Audi
Q3
4 out of 5 4.0