2018 Jaguar E-Pace reader test team review

A small SUV with the style and luxury of a Jaguar sounds like a sure-fire hit. So, what will our readers make of the Jaguar E-Pace?

Words By Doug Revolta

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Lauren Casoria-Lambert

Age: 35 Job: Teacher Drives: Audi A6

β€œI want a car that’s high-riding, ergonomic and suitable for our kids, and my husband wants something sporty. It has to be comfy over long distances, too.

β€œTo find that compromise, we’ve looked at every premium small SUV, and the E-Pace seems well placed in this market.

β€œThe quality of materials inside Audis is very high, but I actually think the E-Pace is better in that respect. The standard of finish is well above what you’d expect. It feels so luxurious, with the leather seats, fine stitching and suede roof lining.

β€œThe shape of the rear windows is good for kids; they can’t even see out in the Range Rover Evoque. The rear seats are quite spacious, but I’m not sure there’s room for three child seats.

β€œThere’s plenty of storage inside, particularly in the centre console and doorbins. I wouldn’t fancy a trip to Ikea, but the boot is roomy enough for day-to-day life.

β€œI think the β€˜jaguar cub’ imagery is a bit patronising; I still want something that’s sporty and really shifts when it drives.

β€œI wasn’t impressed with howthe F-Pace drives; it felt heavy. With this smaller car, I’d hope that the chassis could keep up better.”

Rated 4 out of 5

Stuart Wix

Age: 54 Job: Lead nurse Drives: Jaguar XJ

β€œMy partner and I are in the market for a small SUV, and the key consideration for us is practicality. We have a dog, so a large hatchback boot is crucial.

β€œMy XJ is my first Jaguar, and it’s made me want to stick with the brand, for its interior quality and the way it drives.

β€œThe E-Pace’s entry-level price is very attractive, but we’d go for a model in the low Β£30,000s to get the nine-speed automatic gearbox rather than the six-speed manual, making it more relaxing to drive. I’d have a diesel engine for the fuel efficiency.

β€œThe connectivity is great; there are loads of USB ports.

β€œBoot space is very good for a car of this size. The rear seats have plenty of leg room, and they’re easy to get in and out of.

β€œThe E-Pace is very attractive, from any angle, in particular the rear. Jaguar describes it as a β€˜cub’, and it certainly has character, whereas most of its rivals don’t.

β€œNow Jaguar has moved into SUVs, it’s a much β€˜younger’ brand. It’s always been seen as a β€˜man’s brand’, but I think the F-Pace and E-Pace appeal to a much broader audience than that.

β€œThere really are no serious drawbacks to the E-Pace.”

Rated 5 out of 5

Keith Digby

Age: 55 Job: IT consultant Drives: Mazda 6 Tourer

β€œI’m interested in changing my estate for an SUV because they’re more practical and, I think, more sporty looking.

β€œI’ve always fancied a Jaguar, but the brand has always had an β€˜old man’ image – all wooden and fusty. However, the current range looks fresh and is quickly doing away with that. The E-Pace will definitely further the change.

β€œInfotainment is very important these days. The E-Pace’s system has a nice big 10.0in touchscreen, and it’s pretty slick in its operation. I’m not so sure about the 12.3in digital instrument display, though; I think the traditional dials look better.

β€œThe driving position is very comfortable, especially with the top-spec, 18-way-adjustable electric seats.

β€œI’d go for entry-level S trim, because it’s so well equipped.I’d get bigger wheels than the standard 17s, though, because they don’t look in proportion.

β€œThe pricing starts reasonably, but gets expensive very quickly. It’s not unreasonable, though.

β€œThe rear seats are a bit tight for adults and the boot’s a bit small, but neither is much worse than those of the E-Pace’s rivals.”

Rated 4 out of 5

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