3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Sporty, compact SUV doesn't quite hit the mark

Jaguar E-Pace SUV (17 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £36,355 - £50,240
Lease from new From £457 p/m View lease deals
Used price £19,355 - £48,365
Used monthly cost From £483 per month
Fuel Economy 26.2 - 143.1 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
Insurance group 24 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Simple, easy-to-use cabin
  • Makes Jag SUVs more attainable
  • It's good to drive on A- and B-roads
  • Plug-in hybrid option available

CONS

  • Range Rover Evoque feels more special
  • Pricey upper trims with options
  • Favours handling over comfort
  • Weight dents performance and economy

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Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Is the Jaguar E-Pace any good?

For those looking for a compact family SUV that balances practicality and driver entertainment, the Jaguar E-Pace is one to add to the list. This sporty and stylish alternative to some very talented rivals, such as the the Audi Q3, BMW X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque, is the smallest member of Jaguar’s 'Pace' family of SUVs, joining the larger F-Pace and I-Pace electric SUV.

As with other Jaguar products, the E-Pace continues to make use of aluminum construction to minimise weight and benefit on-road behaviour. Combine this with a range of strong engines and this smart family SUV could prove to be more appealing to those who aren't looking for outright space and comfort.

Read the Jaguar E-Pace verdict

What's it like inside?

The E-Pace was updated for 2021, with the main focus being on the interior. There’s a new climate control system and 11.4-inch touchscreen with Jaguar’s latest Pivi software. Both are slick, intuitive to use and bring the baby Jaguar in line with bigger and more expensive offerings from the firm.

Higher-spec models come with plenty of leather lavished across the interior - including the dashboard and doors. 

The exterior was changed in this update too, but you'll do very well to spot the differences compared with older cars unless they're parked right next to each other. 

Highlights of exterior changes include slightly different bumpers, a new grille, and slimmer headlights.

Read more about the Jaguar E-Pace interior

What models and trims are 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 be.

There is also an E-Pace 300 Sport. This is a standalone trim level acting as the flagship model and only comes with a 300hp petrol engine.

What's it like to drive?

The Jaguar E-Pace engine range consists of two diesels, three petrols and a petrol-powered plug-in hybrid. All, bar the PHEV, are 2.0-litres in size. The entry-level diesel is the only one available with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, the rest come with all-wheel drive and an automatic. 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.

The plug-in hybrid is new for 2021 and combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, offering up an official electrically-only range of 34 miles.

Read more about how the Jaguar E-Pace drives

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Jaguar E-Pace including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

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