Design Although it bears a family resemblance to big brother F-PACE, the E-PACE goes its own way with design details like the honeycomb mesh grille, swooping roofline and muscle-bound rear haunches. The LED headlights (LED Matrix lights are an option) extend into the wings for a swept-back, sporting look and at the rear the steeply raked rear window and spoiler give E-PACE a coupé-like profile. Inside, the instrument binnacle and console seem to wrap around the driver, another nod to Jaguar’s long heritage in sports cars. A deep centre cubby box and large door bins create class-leading interior stowage space.
Performance Three petrol and three diesel Ingenium engines are offered, starting with the D150 (150PS) diesel and moving up through D180 and D240 diesels. Petrol engines start with the P200 and include the P250 as well as the range topping P300. Only the D150 is available with a choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive; all other models are all-wheel drive only. Best for mpg and CO2 emissions is the D150 FWD, delivering up to 42.7 combined on the WLTP cycle with 174 g/km. Performance flagship is the P300, with a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds.
Technology As standard, the E-PACE and E-PACE R-Dynamic come with a 10” Touch Pro touchscreen in the centre console which offers customisable home screen and voice control. For the S, SE and HSE models the infotainment is upgraded to Navigation Pro, as well as providing a 12.3” high-definition interactive driver display in place of analogue instruments. Remote connectivity allows you to check and interact with the E-PACE from afar, for example preparing the cabin temperature before you get in, or checking on fuel levels in advance of a journey. The optional Connect Pro pack includes a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
Safety The E-PACE has achieved the maximum EuroNCAP 5-star rating, with driver assistance systems such as Cornering Brake Control, Emergency Brake Assist, autonomous Emergency Braking and Rolls Stability Control. Inside the cabin are six airbags, including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax, while under the bonnet there’s a further airbag which deploys in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, popping up the bonnet and putting an airbag across the windscreen to minimise potential injury.