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Jaguar E-Pace review

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

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Jaguar E-Pace estate running costs

The E-Pace costs a bit more to buy than many rivals, including the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. However, the flipside is that it’s predicted to hold onto its value for longer than its peers, helping to reduce the amount it will cost you to own in the long run.

If you’re buying on PCP finance, monthly fees won’t be as high you might expect, although an equivalent XC40 will still cost you considerably less. While leasing rates are competitive for company car users, expect to pay more in benefit-in-kind tax due to relatively high CO2 emissions.

We have yet to put the E-Pace through our real-world True MPG tests. Claimed fuel economy isn’t anything to write home about, though, with the biggest-selling 178bhp diesel with an automatic gearbox promising an average of just over 50mpg. Expect a fair bit less in the real world, however.

Jaguar E-Pace estate equipment

Choosing a trim level for your E-Pace is a two-stage affair. First, you have to choose whether you like the look of the standard car or prefer the sportier styling of the R-Dynamic version. The latter gets you a more aggressive bodykit, satin chrome side vents, a gloss-black grille and twin tailpipes.

After you’ve made that decision, then you have to decide how much equipment you want. All versions come with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights, but we’d recommend spending a bit extra on the S trim, which adds leather seats (electrically adjustable in the front) and a more sophisticated infotainment system.

SE and HSE trim packs add bigger wheels, more electric seats adjustment and increasingly more safety kit. Unfortunately, going for one of these means paying a price that could get you into an altogether bigger and better SUV.

Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar E-Pace estate reliability

Jaguar didn’t do particularly well in our most recent reliability survey, finishing a disappointing 26th out of 32 manufacturers. The E-Pace itself was too new to feature.

Like all Jaguars, the E-Pace comes with a three-year warranty as standard, although this can be extended if you’re prepared to pay extra.

Jaguar E-Pace estate safety and security

The E-Pace is, quite simply, one of the safest cars in the class. All models come with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and a system that monitors how tired the driver is. Upgrade to S trim and you’ll also get traffic sign recognition, while SE versions and above add high-speed emergency braking and blindspot monitoring to that list.

Unsurprisingly, Euro NCAP dished out the full five-star safety rating for the E-Pace, although it’s hard to compare the breakdown of individual scores with those of rivals such as the X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan. That’s because the E-Pace was tested under a newer, more stringent set of criteria.

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Verdict

Great to look at and well equipped, but rivals are better to drive, plusher inside and cheaper to buy

  • Great driving position
  • Slow depreciation
  • Well equipped
  • Unsettled ride
  • Diesel engines lack punch
  • So-so interior quality
There are 10 trims available for the E-Pace estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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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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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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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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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