The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace is a small premium crossover. Size-wise, it’s one step down from the F-Pace. If anyone loves that particular compact-to-midsize crossover, but would prefer something smaller, then your next vehicular purchase awaits in the form of the E-Pace. Age-wise, it’s in its second year of existence, so the technology and designs are still fresh.
The E-Pace even has the looks and talent to out-sell its bigger sibling. The interior also appears to be classier than the F-Pace’s (the only main complaint about that vehicle).
Fun fact: the E-Pace is being built by Magna Steyr in Austria, a facility that produces several high-end vehicles for German companies, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, for example.
What’s New for 2019?
Apart from a couple of extra paint choices — Narvik Black and Caldera Red — most of the changes center on the updated infotainment setup. The navigation system can now be controlled using voice commands. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration becomes a new options package. And a feature called Smart Settings is available, which identifies each driver with their key and smartphone, and adjusts things like seat/mirror positions and media preferences accordingly. It will also learn habits and patterns, like if a driver always phones their mother on the way home from work on a Friday. See the 2019 Jaguar E-Pace models for sale near you
What We Like
Styling; excellent road manners; lots of comfort up front.
What We Don’t
Not so much comfort in the back.
One makes 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving.
The other, found in the R-Dynamic variants, develops 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The EPA puts consumption at 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined. Both engines require premium gasoline.
The all-wheel drive system in the R-Dynamic models (called Active Driveline) is the more sophisticated of the two. Whereas the regular E-Pace’s system features permanent all-wheel drive, the Active counterpart runs purely as a front-wheel-drive setup in undemanding conditions to optimize fuel efficiency. When a situation arises that demands more traction, the system can send torque to the rear axle or both axles, and even favor some wheels over the others.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace is available in standard and more powerful R-Dynamic guises. The former comes in base, S and SE trim levels, while the latter’s trims are S, SE and HSE.
The entry model E-Pace ($39,595) has selectable driving modes, push-button start, 17-in 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 warning, lane-keeping assist, 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.
S ($41,895) 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), a 360-degree camera system, road sign recognition and reverse traffic detection.
SE ($44,495) comes with 19-in alloy wheels, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a powered lift gate, 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 ($47,395) 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 ($49,995).
The R-Dynamic HSE ($53,845) rolls with 20-in alloy wheels, keyless entry, perforated leather seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with memory and a gesture-controlled lift gate (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, perpendicular/parallel self-parking function, a panoramic sunroof, 21-in alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, multi-colored ambient LED cabin lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated windshield washer jets, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, 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, then the vehicle is locked by placing the Activity Key on 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.
In addition to all the mandatory safety equipment, such as stability control, airbags (including an exterior pedestrian airbag) and anti-lock brakes, the E-Pace also has emergency braking assistance, hill-start assist, trailer stability assistance and Corner Brake Control.
The E-Pace has not yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A similar program in Europe (EuroNCAP) gave the E-Pace its top overall score of five stars.
Behind the Wheel
Every Jaguar has a well-tuned suspension that not only achieves the seemingly impossible task of providing precision while remaining comfortable, but makes it seem easy. The E-Pace benefits from this expertise. And that’s before paying extra for the adaptive suspension. Handling is further enhanced by Jaguar’s "torque vectoring by braking" system that will subtly apply the brakes to one or some wheels to maintain the desired line through a corner. This small luxury crossover should be able to keep up with many sport sedans.
Jaguar’s sister company, Land Rover, has contributed a little expertise in the form of All-Surface Progress Control, which is like a slow-motion cruise control for when things get tricky underfoot.
Occupant space is not an issue up front, it’s more than pleasant in that location. It’s in the back where legroom and headroom is limited. Then again, there’s a reason why this crossover is called small.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Audi Q3 — A new generation debuts in 2019 and it’s a vast improvement over the outgoing model.
2019 BMW X1 — Superb to drive, well packaged, extremely practical and a little pricey.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque — The original petite luxury crossover. There’s even a convertible version. New generation due for 2020.
No need to go for a more powerful R-Dynamic version unless you’re really into the power. The regular engine is still energetic. Look at an SE variant as a first step. The adaptive suspension option costs $1,050, which seems reasonably affordable. Find a Jaguar E-Pace for sale