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Should you buy a Jaguar E-Pace? 

The small SUV market is an increasingly crowded place and, as such, the Jaguar E-Pace needs to offer more than just sharp driving and sharper looks to stand out against the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA. We love the way the E-Pace looks and steers but have not been set alight but the engines on offer, or the frankly eye-watering price of some of the upper-tier models. 

Those on a budget will want to seek out a manual, two-wheel drive D150 model because it’s the cheapest to buy and run. Performance is a little lacklustre and the manual gearbox isn't the best to use, but it's still a serviceable small SUV if lower running costs are a big concern.

That’s also a good choice for a company car driver, although the D180 automatic all-wheel drive version won’t exactly break the bank and offers a lot more car.

For the ultimate in E-Pace performance, you’ll want the P300 model which offers a 6.4-second 0-62mph time and urgent acceleration throughout the rev range. That said, anyone wanting a balance of performance and running costs should look to the diesel D240 model. The P300 petrol has a big thirst for petrol and won't act as a substitute for a typical high-performance hot hatchbacks.

Other than the entry-level car, the Jaguar E-Pace is quite well equipped, so you’ll be well looked after in an SE model, especially with the attractive R-Dynamic bodywork.

In terms of options we’d recommend the adaptive dampers, particularly if you like big wheels, as these are an essential item on the larger F-Pace.

Whichever model you choose, the Jaguar E-Pace is a smart-looking SUV that drives well, but provides little more practicality over its rivals. This small SUV from Jaguar certainly doesn't perform badly in any area, but it doesn't shine in any of them either, making it difficult to justify when it comes to the higher asking price over its rivals.

2019 Jaguar E-Pace rear