Jaguar E-Pace is all class.
It is, after all, a Jaguar.
Video review below
Interior review below
Like most Jags before it, E-Pace has space, grace, and pace. That was Jaguar founder, Sir William Lyons’, favourite saying.
Simple, elegant, lines make the metalwork clean and clutter free. The sporty “coupe” silhouette may cut a dashing figure, but the sloping rear window cuts significantly into the cargo volume. It may be a form-over-function feature too far.
Signature LED tail lights trace a slit across the rear end and blend seamlessly, especially on a red car like our test car. Front lights are LED too, and include a signature J-blade DTRL (daytime running light) and indicator array.
Jaguar’s “growler” badge sits proudly in the centre of the grille. The leading Jaguar on the rear hatch is called, funnily enough, the Leaper. E-Pace looks every bit the XE sedan in SUV form.
Our E-Pace came with an impressive set of 20” wheels, worth an extra $2,740.
Like the XE sedan, E-Pace has an elegant, yet simple interior.
10-way power seats are clad in ebony grained leather with light oyster stitching. Sport seats are usually firm and these are no exception. It does give good support though, and are comfortable even after a few hours in the saddle.
Driver instruments have a couple of traditional dials with an MFD (multi function display) between them. Controls and se
ttings are split between this display, and the large 10” Touch Pro screen in the centre stack. SatNav is standard.
Steering wheel buttons scroll between functions easily. Jaguar’s optional full LCD dashboard is much easier to use and is much more informative. It is worth the extra shekels on the order sheet.
Climate control is dual-zone with neat dials displaying the set temperature. All controls are intuitive and take no time at all to get used to.
Rear seat legroom is sufficient, but rear cargo area is limited by the sloping window of the rear hatch.
Some of the plastic feels no quite up to traditional Jaguar standards, but that is just being nit-picky. The average punter will never notice because the over-all ambience is calm, considered, and classy.
Ambient lighting casts an ethereal glow at night.