2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Pros: Roomy interior for its compact dimensions; lively performance; agile handling

Cons: High prices; stiff ride in some versions

CG Says: Jaguar introduces an all-new ultra-compact crossover SUV for 2018. The E-Pace has a 13.3-inch shorter overall length than Jaguar’s other SUV, the F-Pace. Though its name might suggest that the E-Pace is an electric vehicle, it’s not. (However, Jaguar is introducing its first pure EV for 2019—the I-Pace compact crossover.) The E-Pace shares a platform with the Range Rover Evoque built by Jaguar’s corporate partner Land Rover. The sole engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that is available in two states of tune: a standard 246-horsepower unit or a 296-hp version in R-Dynamic and First Edition form. All E-Paces have a 9-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system can direct all power to the front wheels during steady-state cruising for increased fuel economy. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition, driver-condition monitor, forward-traffic detection, and blind-spot alert. Other available features include parking assist, a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, head-up instrument display, and LED headlights. Also available is Jaguar’s Activity Key, a waterproof wristband that can lock and unlock the vehicle and allow the key to be left securely inside while the driver participates in water sports. The traditional luxury-vehicle market has certainly been transformed by the continued popularity of crossover SUVs, and the E-Pace shows that Jaguar is ably keeping up with the times. Despite a few downsides (such as steep pricing and a stiff ride in some trim levels), the E-Pace is a compelling new entry into the category; it offers surprisingly decent space inside for its small overall dimensions, high-class cabin trimmings, athletic handling, and zippy performance from its turbo-four engines.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jaguar
Nation of Manufacture Austria
Base Prices Base: $39,595
S: $42,495
SE: $45,295
R-Dynamic: $48,24
First Edition: $54,545

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
246 (Base, S, SE) 296 (R-Dynamic, First Edition)
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-28

HyperFocal: 0
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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