The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace faces off against tough rivals – think Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA/GLB and Lexus UX – in the compact premium SUV market. But for 2021 the British contender is revitalized with important design changes and aesthetic upgrades.
We already like the all-wheel-drive (AWD) E-Pace for its spirited driving character and sporty demeanor. In the world of SUVs, the E-Pace – and its bigger brother, the F-Pace – put an unusual emphasis on crisp steering response, which helps make an SUV more fun to drive.
These qualities give the E-Pace an edge over some of its rivals, such as the Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. Like some other Jaguar models, however, the E-Pace has not been up to class standards in its choice of interior materials and infotainment system functionality.
The good news is that Jaguar has addressed these shortcomings in the 2021 E-Pace, which combines visually pleasing exterior styling tweaks with meaningful improvements to the interior.
What’s new for 2021?
Starting on the outside, the all-LED headlights add so-called ‘double J-blade’ shaped daytime running lights to give the car a more aggressive appearance. A revised grille mesh design and a mess insert in the rear lower bumper also enhance the crafted look of the 2021 E-Pace. There is an optional black exterior trim package that enhances the vehicle’s dynamic look further, with black finished grille surround, side vents, window surrounds and badging.
The cabin upgrades are led by a curved 11.4-in touchscreen, which is integrated into the center of the dashboard, rather than sitting proud of the surface as in some rivals.
The touchscreen runs on Jaguar’s Pivi or optional Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is markedly improved over its predecessors. There are revisions to the leather and metal trim elements about the cabin for a more upscale aesthetic. The shift lever is redesigned and soft touch materials are added on touch point areas of the dashboard.
The cabin color palette consists of five choices; ebony, light oyster, deep garnet, caraway and cloud. The range-topping 300 Sport model comes with a suede headliner and grained leather sport seats.
One advantage the E-Pace and other Jaguars have over their class rivals is a lengthier warranty at 5-years/60,000 miles. Find a 2021 Jaguar E-Pace for sale near you
What We Like
Improved infotainment systems
What We Don’t
Cramped rear seat
Sub-par fuel economy
Prices range from $40,995 for the 2021 E-Pace P250 AWD model to $49,995 for the 300 Sport.
The E-Pace has a choice of two, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engines. These send power to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine in the P250 and P250SE models delivers 246 horsepower, while the output of the 300 Sport version climbs to 296 hp with the help of a mild hybrid system.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy numbers for the 246-hp powertrain at 28 mpg on the highway, 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg combined.
Standard Features and Options
For 2021, the E Pace line-up has been trimmed back from six to three versions, the P250, P250 SE and 300 Sport. The P250 kicks off with 18-inch wheels, 12-way adjustable, heated front seat, two-zone climate control with rear air vents and 40/20/40 folding rear seat.
Standard on the P250 ($40,995) is the 11.4-inch touchscreen with Pivi infotainment system, surround view parking camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and wireless smartphone charging.
The P250SE ($46,095) steps up by adding premium LED headlights featuring the J blade daytime running lights, auto high beam assist, a powered tailgate and 19-inch allow wheels. Inside, the P250SE dashboard upgrades to 12.3-inch driver display screen and the more sophisticated Pivi Pro infotainment system for the center touchscreen.
On the outside the 300 Sport The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a midsize three-row SUV that’s all-new for 2021. I ($49,995) dresses up with 20-in wheels, front fog lights, gloss black bumper inserts, side vents and side window surrounds. A split-rim soft-grain leather steering wheel, suede headliner and bright metal pedals distinguish the cabin.
The P250 comes with emergency brake assist, driver condition monitor, lane keep assist, plus front/side airbags and full-length side window curtain airbags. The higher spec E-Pace versions add blind spot assist, rear cross traffic monitor, traffic sigh recognition and adaptive speed limiter.
Crash-test results have not yet been released for the E-Pace by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However European crash tests gave the Jaguar excellent ratings.
Behind the Wheel
We like the improvements made to the 2021 E-Pace, which put this Jaguar on a more competitive footing with its main rivals.
The exterior design brings some fresh visual appeal and interior upgrades are noteworthy, especially in terms of infotainment.
We are also fans of the E-Pace’s fun to drive factor, which can be lacking in top-heavy SUVs.
On the downside the rear passenger compartment is on the tight side and fuel economy is not the best in class.
Overall, the E-Pace steps up its game enough to justify consideration on compact premium SUV shopping lists.
Other Cars to Consider
2021 Audi Q3 – With its technology and stylish looks, the Audi is a solid choice.
2021 Lexus UX – The Lexus’s dd exterior design is balanced by pleasing cabin and comfort features.
2021 Volvo XC40 – Cool, minimalist interior design plus punchy performance are stand-out features of this Volvo.
Used Porsche Macan – This is the choice for enthusiasts if sporty driving manners are a top consideration.
It’s worth opting for the P250 SE trim over the base P250, because of the upgraded infotainment system, dashboard driver display and extra safety features. An extra $1450 will add the optional dynamic handling package, but still save money over the top-of-the-range 300 Sport. Find a 2021 Jaguar E-Pace for sale