The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace: What the critics say
Cute though it may be, the 2018 E-Pace is arguably “one of the most important new Jaguars in history.” A smaller, less expensive sibling of the SUV that became the brand’s best-seller the moment it hit showrooms, this compact 4x4 is being counted on to sell even better and to draw new buyers into the Jaguar fold. Though it shares its power train and basic body structure with both the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, it’s “more fun to drive than either of the Rovers.”
The E-Pace’s power advantage “makes itself felt in the first few miles.” Though the top model’s 296-hp four-cylinder “sounds a little rough and unrefined at lower speeds,” it “pulls hard,” and the Active Driveline system makes the vehicle corner almost as if it had rear-wheel drive. “You’re still in a tall, nose-heavy crossover,” but you might not think so.
It’s “notably firm-riding,” though, and it’s heavier than the bigger Jaguar F-Pace, because that SUV has a platform that’s mostly aluminum. Still, it’s “much better looking” than most other compact SUVs and offers the best handling in its class. Despite a few rough edges, “the E-Pace will sell by the truckload” because “it’s exactly what the market wants.” ■