Jaguar’s new E-PACE is a spacious, practical all-wheel drive SUV with a twist: it also packs the punch and performance of Jag’s much sportier F-Type.
The influence of the F-Type on this SUV is clear from the outset; the snarling grille, short overhangs, and optional 21-inch alloy wheels give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful demeanour.
Don’t assume this is a car with a bark bigger than its bite, though. Under the bonnet, the 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-PACE from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 151mph. Or, if you value efficiency over power, the front-wheel drive 150PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
“Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class. Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
When you’ve finally had enough of putting your foot down, the next-generation touchscreen infotainment system gives you the ability to connect to your favourite apps, such as Spotify, and there are also up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.
The large 12.3-inch full colour TFT driver display and Head-Up Display means drivers never take their eyes off the road, which is particularly helpful when making use of the all-wheel drive Jaguar’s lightweight suspension architecture, all-wheel drive, active driveline and torque vectoring to power over off-road surfaces.
For customers who want their E-PACE to truly live up to its sporty reputation, the R-Dynamic model is the best option to go for. A unique front bumper provides deeper outboard air intakes, and the sports-style seats with new shoulder profiles and deeper bolsters further emphasise this motor’s deceptive wild side.
All in all, the E-PACE blends the sports car design of the F-Type with the compact practicality you’d expect from any well-built SUV. The result is a Jag that’s not only a blast to drive, but also perfect for everyday life.
The E-PACE, from £28,500, by JAGUAR