What you should know: 2018 Jaguar EPace • Type: Four-door, all-wheel-drive compact utility vehicle • Engine (h.p.): 2.0-litre DOHC I-4, turbocharged (247/296) • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic • Market position: The E-Pace joins the legion of smaller premium utility vehicles, many of which are derivatives of midsize or larger tall wagons. In some cases, these models are replacing traditional sedans in their respective lineups. • Points:
Nicely balanced design presses all the right must-have buttons.
Both base and higher-output versions of the turbo-2.0 engine should prove more than acceptable in the power department.
Jaguar’s aversion to offering manual transmissions is unfortunate.
Surprisingly heavy when compared to similarly sized wagons. • Active safety: Blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert (opt.); active cruise control (opt.); emergency braking (opt.); lanekeeping assist (std.) • L/100 km (city/hwy) n.a. • Base price (incl. destination) $45,500