JAGUAR E-PACE vs MINI COOPER S COUN­TRY­MAN vs VOLVO XC40

Which of th­ese “baby” SUV mod­els will prove to be the most ir­re­sistible to well-heeled sub­ur­ban­ites search­ing for a sporty run­about?

Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - STORY JEREMY CHUA PHOTOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DI­REC­TION MICHAEL CHIAN

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two of the three ve­hi­cles we’ve gath­ered here are ac­tu­ally the en­try-level SUV mod­els in their re­spec­tive line­ups: the Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40. The Coun­try­man is the sole SUV in the MINI range.

How­ever, this doesn’t change the fact that the three con­tenders are all sim­i­lar in size, per­for­mance and price. So, if you’re con­sid­er­ing one, you’re prob­a­bly think­ing about the other two cars as well.

Sure to give buy­ers plenty to think about is the Volvo XC40. It may be the brand’s small­est SUV, but it is stylish, has a long list of stan­dard safety fea­tures, and packs a rather po­tent pow­er­train, too.

The most ath­letic-look­ing SUV in this com­par­i­son test is the Jaguar E-Pace, which takes its de­sign cues from its F-Type Coupe/Road­ster sib­lings. But does this Jag have the per­for­mance to match its looks? The most estab­lished SUV in this story is the MINI Coun­try­man, which is al­ready in its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion. Apart from be­ing roomy and prac­ti­cal, the Coun­try­man prom­ises to be fun, too. Which of th­ese baby SUVs will well-to-do sub­ur­ban­ites in Sin­ga­pore find the most ir­re­sistible?

JAGUAR E-PACE 2.0 ver­sus MINI COOPER S COUN­TRY­MAN 2.0 ver­sus VOLVO XC40 T5 MO­MEN­TUM 2.0

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