2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review | Asian Car Guide
February 18, 2020

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review

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Jaguar knows how to do sports cars and Land Rover knows its off-roaders.

Lock the two in a nice room with some candles and lovely music, wait for the inevitable fusion of their DNA, and the dynamic E-Pace is the eventual result.

The new E-Pace has the basic bone structure of a Range Rover Evoque, upon which you find the graceful looks of a modern day Jaguar.

As for its name, “E” might suggest it runs on some sort of battery power, but is there because “E” comes before “F”, saying the E-Pace is a smaller car than Jaguar’s other SUV, the F-Pace.

jaguar e-pace interiorViewed from the side it is easy to see “F-Type-ishness” in the E-Pace, especially the top half of the car.

Overall, the silhouette of the new SUV is arguably the sportiest in the segment right now and Jaguar has hit a home-run in this department.

The E-Pace is a compact unmistakably sporty SUV that goes up against the likes of Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the recently launched Volvo XC40.

But unlike those cars, the Jaguar E-Pace is designed to look more prominent and purposeful.

The sportiness extends into the well-appointed cabin as well.

Suitably sporty features include double-stitched leather upholstery, body-hugging front seats with high backs, rotary dials with tactile analogue feel for climate control, stainless steel pedals with rubber inserts, deep-set driver instrumentation meters and grab handle which “envelopes” the gear-lever console, touchscreen and central blower vents.

The impression of being in a sports car is furthered by high window sills and smallish rear windscreen.

Rear seating is just as supportive as up front, accommodating two adults, three if you do not mind loss of personal space. Headroom is adequate.

On-board storage options include a clever configurable cubby box between front seats. This voluminous space can fit two 1-litre bottles or an iPad plus iPhone, in separate holders if needed.

There are five E-Pace models available – D150, D180, D240, P250 and P300, (three diesel, two petrol) with spec levels ranging through S, SE, HSE and R-Dynamic.

All the different versions are fitted with Jaguar’s Ingenium performance technology 4-cylinder 2-Litre turbo engines, tweaked to increasing levels of power and torque output.

The E-Pace I tested was the petrol variant P250.

The exterior features includes the gloss black finish for the grille, chrome trim, LED headlights with daytime running lights and power side mirrors with auto fold and heating, as well as interior goodies such as aluminium paddle shifters, 10″ touchscreen with navigation, various connectivity functions and reverse camera with sensors.

Optional features found in the test car are the Meridian premium audio system and head-up display.

“Sporty” is the word I would use to describe the way the E-Pace drives and handles. Equipped with MacPherson-strut front and multi-link rear suspension setup, the all-wheel-drive SUV acquitted itself well over bumpy roads.

Grip was in abundance, thanks in part to the optional 20-inch tyres, and the car felt balanced most of the time.

When the E-Pace carries too much speed into a corner, understeer is the first thing experienced, but the intelligent Active Driveline system which allows up to 100% of rear-axle drive torque to be distributed to either rear wheel depending on available grip, works well to keep trouble at bay.

With 183kW of power and 400Nm of torque from the turbocharged 2-litre 4- cylinder motor, the century dash would be done and dusted in just 7 seconds. Put pedal to the metal and the speedometer’s needle could sweep to 230km/h.

Gear changes by the ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic gearbox were good enough to let me enjoy speedy progress as I travelled along the winding Great Ocean Road.

Leaving the transmission in “D” was my preference.

The steering was sufficiently communicative, while JaguarDrive Control, accessed via vertical flickable switch near the gear-lever, enables me to select Normal, Eco, Dynamic or Winter mode.

Each mode subtly changes the steering and throttle mapping. When in “Dynamic” (the sportiest mode), the E-Pace was at its best as it felt the most “connected”.

The new Jaguar E-Pace does have the necessary tools to compete with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Volvo XC40, just to name a few.

The E-Pace comes with three-year/100,000km warranty, including paint and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

2018 jaguar e-paceServicing plan is $1500 for five years, with Service intervals of 12 months/26,000km for diesel engines or 24 months/34,000km for petrol models.

THE JAGUAR E-PACE Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: From $47,750 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel and petrol
  • Power: diesel – 110kW, 132kW, 177kW and petrol – 183kW, 221kW
  • Torque: diesel -380Nm, 430Nm, 500Nm and petrol – 365Nm, 400Nm
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic, all-wheel drive