Styling; excellent road manners; lots of comfort up front
Not so much comfort in the back
The E-PACE is totally new this year.
By all means, get the more powerful engine, but the regular SE will probably be quick enough and sufficiently well-equipped to please most buyers.
The 2018 Jaguar E-PACE is available in standard and more powerful R-Dynamic guises. The former comes in base, S and SE trim levels; the latter's trims are the S, SE and HSE.
The entry-model E-PACE ($39,595) has selectable driving modes, push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 8-way manually adjustable front seats, 60/40-split/fold rear seats, a rearview camera, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, driver-fatigue monitoring, parking sensors front and rear, a 10-in infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice control, a 6-speaker audio setup, two USB ports and four 12-volt outlets.
The S ($42,495) adds 18-in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a self-dimming rearview mirror and side mirrors (the latter incorporating puddle lamps), leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, Wi-Fi (for up to eight devices), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a 360-degree camera system, road-sign recognition and reverse-traffic detection.
The SE ($45,295) comes with 19-in alloy wheels, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a powered tailgate, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, blind spot monitoring and an 11-speaker/380-watt Meridian audio-system upgrade (Meridian systems are highly regarded in the automotive-audiophile world).
The R-Dynamic S ($48,245) has its own cosmetic additions to go with the more powerful engine and more advanced all-wheel-drive system. It also gets bigger front brake discs. Otherwise, it mirrors the regular S trim. That's also the case with the R-Dynamic SE ($51,045).
The R-Dynamic HSE ($54,095) rolls with 20-in alloy wheels, keyless entry, perforated leather seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, and a gesture-controlled tailgate (a wiggled foot will work).
Much of the standard equipment in the higher trims is available at extra cost in less-expensive variants.
A 12.3-in configurable digital driver information display is on the options list. So is a head-up display, a perpendicular/parallel self-parking function, a panoramic sunroof, 21-in alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, multicolored ambient LED cabin lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated windshield-washer jets, side steps, stainless steel/rubber sport pedals and a 15-speaker/825-watt Meridian Surround Sound system.
Another noteworthy option is the Activity Key. It goes on the wrist and looks like a fitness gadget; it's waterproof and shockproof, so it can be worn while surfing or rock climbing, etc. It enables the user to leave the usual key in the vehicle; the vehicle is then locked by placing the Activity Key on the tailgate's sensor. It doesn't need a battery.
Cargo space with the rear seats in place is 24.2 cu ft.; folding them down creates 52.5 cu ft. That compares well with rivals.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Audi Q3 -- The 2018 Q3 is due for replacement. If you can wait for a while, the 2019 version shouldn't disappoint.
2018 BMW X1 -- All-new for 2018. Like its predecessor, it's superb to drive, well packaged, extremely practical and a little pricey.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque -- The original petite luxury crossover. There's even a convertible version.
2019 Lexus UX -- Due on sale December 2018. Like the E-PACE, it's a completely new model.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class -- Based on the A-Class platform. Classy, slightly understated, yet well-equipped for the price.
2019 Volvo XC40 -- Yet another all-new vehicle, and earning rave reviews from everyone who drives it because of its style, driving manners and safety tech.