Once upon a time if you were in the market for a premium car, no matter what your choice, it would be German - BMW, Mercedes and Audi. In the past decade, however, Jaguar has been reintroducing itself to the market, starting oﬀ with the XF. Many years down the line, the innovative F-Type debuts, and even the F-Pace SUV.
Having built a rival to the BMW X3, Jaguar’s next mission was to tackle the segment below in which sits the BMW X1 with its brand new E-Pace. Unlike most of its rivals, as opposed to taking design cues from the other SUVs in its lineup, in the case the F-Pace, it takes subtle features from the top of its range, the F-Type sports car.
Its short overhangs and teardrop-shaped rear windows give it a more coupé-like style, similar to the BMW X4 and X6. Nevertheless, from the front, it's still an SUV thanks to the large, bold grille and muscular stance. Other familiar Jaguar feats are the J-blade LED daytime running lights which double as indicators.
You can take your E-Pace down two routes, the family-friendly E-Pace or the more aggressive EPace R-Dynamic which makes use of a sportier bodykit, sports seats and gloss black exterior detailing. Both of these are then followed by the suﬃxes S, SE or HSE, denoting the level of standard equipment.
Don’t be fooled by its name, there’s nothing electric about this baby SUV.
Instead, JLR is oﬀering a selection of 2.0-litre Ingenium engines - three of which are diesel, two of which are petrol. The entry-level D150 makes, you guess it, 150 hp, as well as 380 Nm. This is the only front-wheeldrive (yes, front-wheel-drive!) in the lineup, which helps it achieve a claimed 60.1 mpg, emitting as low as 124 g/km of CO2. The D180 produces a higher 430 Nm, while the D240 kicks out no less than 500 Nm of torque.
There’s no small ﬁgures over where petrol is concerned either, with the P250 and P300 reaching 62 mph in under 7.0 seconds. These engines produce 365 and 400 Nm of torque respectively. The D150 and D180 engines come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, however as an option you can upgrade to the revised 9-speed ZF automatic which is found as standard on the D240, P250 and P300.
Practicality hasn’t taken a hit despite the equally sporty design and engines. The 577-litre boot can be made up to 1,234 litres with the back seats folded ﬂat. It’s a shame that, in a car of this league, the seats split 60:40 as opposed to 40:20:40 like many of its rivals. In the cabin there’s a total of 5 USB ports and another 4 12v sockets. You can even specify your E-Pace with the Activity Key - a waterproof and shockproof wristband that acts as a spare key where a conventional key may seem inappropriate. It can withstand depths of 18 metres and temperatures between -50 and 85 degrees Celsius.
Priced from around £28,500, the Jaguar E-Pace will go on sale later this year with an additional First Edition trim (at a premium).