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?...
Age: 35Job: TeacherDrives: Audi A6
“I 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.
“To find that compromise, we’ve looked at every premium small SUV, and the E-Pace seems well placed in this market.
“The 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.
“The 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.
“There’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.
“I think the ‘jaguar cub’ imagery is a bit patronising; I still want something that’s sporty and really shifts when it drives.
“I 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
Age: 54Job: Lead nurseDrives: Jaguar XJ
“My 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.
“My 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.
“The E-Pace’s entry-level price is very attractive, but we’d go for a model in the low £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.
“The connectivity is great; there are loads of USB ports.
“Boot 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.
“The E-Pace is very attractive, from any angle, in particular the rear. Jaguar describes it as a ‘cub’, and it certainly has character, whereas most of its rivals don’t.
“Now Jaguar has moved into SUVs, it’s a much ‘younger’ brand. It’s always been seen as a ‘man’s brand’, but I think the F-Pace and E-Pace appeal to a much broader audience than that.
“There really are no serious drawbacks to the E-Pace.”
Rated 5 out of 5
Age: 55Job: IT consultantDrives: Mazda 6 Tourer
“I’m interested in changing my estate for an SUV because they’re more practical and, I think, more sporty looking.
“I’ve always fancied a Jaguar, but the brand has always had an ‘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.
“Infotainment 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.
“The driving position is very comfortable, especially with the top-spec, 18-way-adjustable electric seats.
“I’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.
“The pricing starts reasonably, but gets expensive very quickly. It’s not unreasonable, though.
“The 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