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.
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.