2019 Jaguar E-PACE Review

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2019 Jaguar E-PACE Overview

Jaguar added the E-Pace subcompact crossover for 2018 to take on the established German luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Built on a similar platform as the Ranger Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, the E-Pace joins Jaguar’s original SUV, the F-Pace, and the all-electric I-Pace. Trims include Base, S, SE, and HSE, the last of which is only available with the R-Dynamic package. All E-Paces sold in the U.S. are all-wheel drive (AWD).

Under the sculpted hood of the E-Pace is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder available in two different specs, either 246 or 296 horsepower. The engine is mounted transversely rather than longitudinally, a first for Jaguar. The engine drives all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. A top-spec E-Pace can get from 0-60 miles per hour in a little more than 6 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph. The E-Pace will manage 21 mpg city, 28 highway, and 24 combined with the 246-hp 4-cylinder. With the 296-hp engine, mpg drops by 1 mpg for highway and combined.

The E-Pace’s AWD system can shift power output almost completely to the front or rear depending on road conditions. Buyers who opt for the more powerful version of the E-Pace get Jaguar’s Active Driveline system, which can shift power from side to side as well as from front to back. The system can make the E-Pace a rear-drive automobile in desired situations. Top trim levels also come with variable dampers.

While it’s related to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace features an interior similar to the F-Pace. With the Base trim, the E-Pace gets cloth upholstery, a keyless ignition, a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Step up to the S model to get power-adjustable leather seats, navigation, and parking sensors.

The SE trim adds a power tailgate, an improved stereo, and advanced safety features. Adding the sporty R-Dynamic package to either the S or SE trim gets drivers access to the more powerful engine, along with sport seats with contrast stitching and paddle shifters. At the top of the heap, the R-Dynamic HSE has softer leather upholstery with adjustable bolsters and thigh support, a motion-activated tailgate, and a head-up display (HUD). While the E-Pace hasn’t gone through the full run of crash tests, most trims come standard with features like forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. A surround-view camera is also available.

The E-Pace competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q3, BMW X1 along with its cousins from Land Rover. But the Jaguar is bigger than its German competition and better looking as well, so it has a lot going for it in a competitive segment of the market.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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