Jaguar may have been a day late to the SUV market, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. Like a Hollywood star showing up fashionably late to an afterparty, it swooped in with the sharp, svelte F-Pace in 2016 and duly stole the limelight. In fact, the F-Pace became the fastest-selling model in the British brand’s history.
Like any successful newcomer, Jaguar is keen to capitalise. Soon it will launch the fully electric I-Pace SUV and later there will be the bigger J-Pace. But it’s the Jaguar E-Pace, the company’s smallest SUV, that’s expected to be the biggest seller.
Described as the 'cub’ of the range, it competes with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. However, the E-Pace is designed to look more purposeful than those models, with design cues borrowed from the F-Type sports car. From headlights that stretch back into the bonnet to side windows that taper to a point above the flared rear wheel arches, this is a distinctly sporty choice.
But is the E-Pace actually any good to drive? How does it fare for space and practicality? And does it make financial sense compared with its less-posh-badged rivals? Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you all you need to know.