The Pace setter
Jaguar’s entry SUV, the E-pace, oozes style and elegance and promises
to be a sporty drive – but does it deliver like the bigger F-pace?
It was bold for Jaguar to branch out into the SUV sector and it had to create something distinctive and different, both in styling and driving dynamics. It nailed it with the F-pace, the fastest-selling model in Jaguar’s history. It followed it up with the smaller E-pace, inspired by the F-type roadster and Coupe, and all-electric I-pace.
UNDER THE BONNET
The first Jaguar to exclusively feature Ingenium 2.0-litre turbo engines, there are 249PS and 300PS petrol and 150, 180 and 240PS diesels – all available with nine-speed automatic gearboxes and all-wheel drive. The lower-powered diesels are also six-speed manual and the 150PS version also front-wheel drive. The E-pace is no lightweight, yet the P300, with the most powerful engine, is no slouch, but doesn’t feel as quick as the figures suggest.
HOW IT DRIVES
It handles well, feeling taut and agile despite still being a sizeable SUV and no lightweight.
Firm suspension aids roadholding, but makes the ride knobbly on uneven surfaces, especially with 20in wheels.
It’s more composed cruising on smooth roads, but tyre noise is definitely noticeable.
SPACE AND COMFORT
Rear legroom is reasonable and three adults could put up with the rear bench on short trips.
The sloping roof doesn’t affect headroom, but the panoramic sunroof does for tall passengers.
Jaguar says the boot is 577 litres – with a 93-litre load space if a spare wheel is not specified – but, despite a wide opening, it’s not that practical with the sloping tailgate not on a par with some rivals. Rear seat backs split 60/40, but don’t quite fold flat.
AT THE WHEEL
You won’t have trouble tailoring the driving position and the test car’s 12.3in interactive driver display includes a choice of virtual dials or a full-width sat-nav map.
The forward view is good, but tapering rear side windows and a small back screen make you glad a reversing camera and front and rear sensors are standard.
The E-pace is a prestige SUV with a desirable badge so will sell well, and hold its value.
SPEC AND TECH
PRICE: Jaguar E-pace P300 R-dynamic HSE £48,900
(range from £28,930)
ENGINE: 1,999cc, 300PS, four-cylinder turbo petrol with eight-speed automatic gearbox PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 5.9 seconds; top speed 151mph MPG: 35.3 combined
CO2 EMISSIONS: 181g/km