- Dynamic driving experience
- Latest technology
- Premium feel
- Stylish looks
There is nothing like diversity, but it is still hard to believe that there are no less than 27 different variants of the Jaguar E-PACE.
That fact in itself is testament to the faith the premium manufacturer has in its stylish compact SUV.
Engines and Performance
The engine options range from the entry grade D165 diesel model with 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, to the flagship P300e R-Dynamic HSE all-wheel drive automatic PHEV.
For the model we drove, we move close to the top of the pile in classy R-Dynamic SE trim for the P300e plug-in hybrid combining a 197bhp 1.5-litre Ingenium petrol engine with an 80kW motor, adding an extra 108bhp of punch.
The E-PACE is both smooth and refined anyway, but the plug-in hybrid makes a marked difference, making it more efficient than ever.
Its new P300e PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain provides the ability to drive for up to 34 miles in zero emission EV mode and low CO2 emissions of 44g/km.
Of course, you need to be disciplined and make sure to keep the battery topped up, but the benefit is having a fuel economy of up to 141mpg compared to a fraction of that figure if you merely rely on the petrol engine.
None of this impacts on performance either, as the Jaguar has plenty of acceleration and torque, feels agile around rural lanes and remains very stable at higher speeds as you flick through the 9-speed auto gearbox with its steering wheel-mounted manual shift paddles.
Drive modes of Eco, Comfort and Dynamic are selected via a rocker switch, while fully electric driving can be enabled at the push of a separate button.
Design and Practicality
Bringing an extra touch of drama to the party is a new Black Edition featuring gloss black design touches as well as an enhanced specification.
As for passenger space, the cabin is more accommodating than it may initially appear, especially at the front.
There are lots of storage options including the likes of deep door bins, front and rear cup holders, large glovebox, and deep central container.
A powered tailgate ensures easy boot access and the rear seat has a split of 60/40 for flexibility, which is just as well because the load area is on the smaller side, although there is a separate compartment below.
Equipment and Technology
There are some 91 standard or trim grade-specific features included on the E-PACE already, as well as plenty of optional extras to choose from.
These include 19-inch 5-spoke gloss black wheels, a fixed panoramic roof, a Technology Pack, a ClearSight interior rearview mirror, wireless device charging with phone signal booster, head-up display with interactive driver display, Meridian sound system, heated steering wheel, privacy glass, a cabin air purification system, and a home charging cable.
The car is also packed with useful technology led by the latest Pivi Pro infotainment set-up including Software-Over-The-Air updates.
The ambiance inside the car is exceptional, making you feel distinguished as you sit firmly in the sculpted, multi-adjustable leather seats, facing a high grade dash with its piano black and shiny alloy highlights and 12.3-inch touchscreen.
The E-PACE is a terrific SUV and has some lovely features for both drivers and passengers to enjoy. With a whole host of top-level technology and plenty of optional features to add, you will get the full, exciting SUV experience.
The luxury and refinement of the Jaguar E-PACE R-Dynamic SE is unmatched, as is standard of Jaguar.