Jaguar E-Pace review

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20 Dec 2017 16:35 | Last updated: 3 Oct 2018 15:45

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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 E-Pace, the company’s smallest SUV, that’s expected to be the biggest seller.

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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. It comes with a range of diesel and petrol engines, most of which with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, although front-wheel-drive and manual gearbox versions are available.

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.

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There are 10 trims available for the E-Pace estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S Black Edition
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E-PACE
Even the entry-level variant gets plenty of kit. This includes 17in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, a 10.0in infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and voice cont...View trim
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R-Dynamic
All the kit of the entry-level E-Pace, plus a sporty bodykit, sports seats, metal pedals and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles for automatic models...View trim
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S
Adds leather seats (electrically adjustable in the front) and a more sophisticated infotainment system to everything you get with the entry-level model. Our favourite trim...View trim
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£30,831
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R-Dynamic S
All the equipment of S, but with sportier alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, contrast stitching on the seats, metal pedals and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles for automatic models...View trim
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SE
Gets you bigger alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, a punchier sound system and extra safety kit over S trim. However, it does make the E-Pace rather too pricey...View trim
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R-Dynamic SE
All the equipment of SE, but with sportier alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, contrast stitching on the seats, metal pedals and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles for automatic models...View trim
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£37,850
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HSE
This range-topping trim gets you massive 20in alloy wheels, keyless entry and 12.3in digital instrument dials over and above everything you get with SE trim. It's too pricey to recommend, though...View trim
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R-Dynamic HSE
All the equipment of HSE, but with sportier alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, contrast stitching on the seats, metal pedals and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles for automatic models...View trim
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