Driven - - Re­veal In­ter­na­tional -

The en­gine sound was some­what dis­ap­point­ing, though. One would have ex­pected more of a sporty roar, but even in Sport mode, its snarl was quite muted and sub­dued.

Per­haps the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment was the steer­ing feel. While ac­cu­rate, it felt quite numb and re­mote – pos­si­bly be­cause of the E-PACE be­ing “over-tyred” – and as driver’s cars, the Stelvio and Macan are just so much bet­ter.

LAST WORD

The range, man­u­fac­tured for JLR by Magna Steyr in Aus­tria, is set for lo­cal launch this month and will con­sist of no less than 38 AWD de­riv­a­tives – an in­di­ca­tion of just how im­por­tant this model is to Jaguar.

Prices will range from R598,500 for the en­try-level 110 kW 2.0-litre diesel model, to R895,700 for the 184 kW 2.0-litre petrol First Edi­tion. Pric­ing in­cludes Jaguar’s Five-year Care Plan.

The E-PACE im­pressed with its al­lur­ing de­sign, high-qual­ity in­te­rior, and good per­for­mance. The Cub is also quite spa­cious and prac­ti­cal, mak­ing it an ex­cel­lent trip com­pan­ion – cer­tainly worth con­sid­er­ing in a very com­pet­i­tive class.

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