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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

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