Jaguar E-Pace – The cat’s whiskers

 

The E-Pace is Jaguar’s latest offering to the SUV market. It slots in below the F-Pace and is basically a compact version of the F-Pace, or you can also say it as a SUV version of the XE sedan (In the same way an F-Pace would be a SUV version of the XF). Having said that technically the E-Pace is based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque’s platform.

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Front Quarter

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Rear Quarter

The E-Pace face quite a few strong competitors in the form of Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mini Countryman and Mercedes GLA.

Basically there are only two engine options available in the form of a 2.0 litre Petrol as well as a 2.0 litre Diesel but with various performance outputs. So you then have the option of 5 output variants. All standard mated to 9-Speed Auto Gearboxes.

The 2.0 Diesel engine outputs are as follow:

  • 110kW/380Nm
  • 132kW/430Nm
  • 177kW/500Nm

2.0 Petrol outputs:

  • 184kW/365Nm
  • 221kW/400Nm

Goodies listed as standard are: a Touch-Screen infotainment system (Touch Pro 10”), Parking assist sensors front and rear (Includes a reverse camera) Dual climate control, keyless start, auto headlamps, auto wipers and a voice command system.

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Navigation System View

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Reverse Camera View

Jaguar claims that the E-Pace is one of the most “connected and intelligent” vehicles in its class. The SUV boasts up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections, and as many of eight devices can stream content on its 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.

Is there styling options?
On the styling front Jaguar has made some good looking options available: The E-Pace Styling Pack, R Dynamic pack and First Edition Pack. Those then further gets broken down in models named: Base, S, SE and HSE
My favorite being the First Edition Pack, which will most probably be outsold by the R Dynamic Pack.

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – LED Headlights

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Side Rear-view mirror

Is it a practical vehicle?

The E-Pace’s interior feels spacious, it has generous Head- and Leg-Room and also has a large boot at 577-litres.

Does the Interior feel premium?

100% yes it does, it is a Jaguar!

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Premium Interior

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Back Seats

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Sun Roof

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Satilite Controls

 

Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 5dr Auto – Gear Selector

 

How does it drive?

It corners well, handles well and also comfortable at the same time. You get a unique balance between agility and ride comfort thanks to its independent suspension system and multi-link rear suspension design.

What about safety?

Jaguar E-PACE has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, which scored highly in all categories. The safety systems includes: Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Lane Keep Assist.

And Maintenance?

For peace of mind all new Jaguar cars come with the Jaguar Five-year Care Plan: a five-year/100 000km service plan, a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan and a five-year/100 000km warranty, as standard.

Verdict:

All round the E-Pace is a great SUV, it’s elegant, it’s different and you would definitely stand out in a crowd. It looks great, it’s comfortable and on the performance front it also delivers well. Furthermore, it handles well, it’s agile and practical.

What more do you really need?

For more info visit: https://www.jaguar.co.za/jaguar-range/e-pace/index.html

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

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