Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
If you're not fussed about performance, the entry-level D165 diesel is worth a look. It has enough oomph for driving around town and the odd motorway stint. Our favourite engine, though, is the D200 diesel. It's much stronger and can officially haul the E-Pace to 60mph from a standstill in a respectable 8.0 seconds. The only frustration is the automatic gearbox – when you put your foot down, there's often a long pause before acceleration starts to arrive.
The fastest and most powerful Jaguar E-Pace is the P300e plug-in hybrid. It can officially manage 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, but the main draw of this model (apart from cheap company car tax, of course) is its ability to run solely on electricity. Its claimed electric range is up to 34 miles, but you'll be lucky to get more than 25 in real-world driving before the petrol engine fires up.
That said, even with the big 20in alloys fitted to HSE and Sport 300 models, the ride isn't horrendously firm or crashy. We recommend avoiding the enormous optional 21in wheels, though.
A Jaguar can almost always be relied on to deliver when it comes to handling, and the E-Pace is no exception – up to a point, anyway. It's taller and heavier than family SUV rivals such as the BMW X1, so it doesn't turn into bends quite as eagerly. Nevertheless, it stays pretty upright through tight twists, grips well and stays neatly balanced.