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Car Reviews | Jaguar / 11-20-18

2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Edition

The Little Kitten’s Got Game


By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

 

Jaguar’s all-new premium compact crossover is a fabulous new addition to the segment that offers balanced luxury and verve consistent with the brand. It may have quite a lot in common with the more opulent and expensive yet less spacious Range Rover Evoque in terms of drivetrain much like the F-Pace and Range Rover Velar, but the E-Pace has its own distinct personality. Sure it’s 2.0-liter turbo engine is also related to the unit used in a top-spec Escape but it sounds and performs uniquely also because of the recalibrated 9-speed automatic gearbox which completely outgunsthe 6-speed transmission used in the modest Ford.

The huge 20-inch alloys shod with all-season 245/45R20 103W Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires did contribute to at times a less than plush ride expected from a Jaguar along with the primarily front-wheel biased AWD system but the E-Pace was still an enjoyable ride. The interior is consistent with the simpler yet still luxurious design found in the larger F-Pace but the infotainment system featuring a10-inch control screen is conversely not as straightforward. The Jaguar may be very closely related to the Evoque but it is more spacious and performs with more enthusiasm than the mid-spec Evoque. Both little brothers also offer more powerful versions of their engines for those seeking a more visceral drive.

The gear knob feels a bit flimsy unfortunately, but it is quickly forgotten thanks to the exceptional lovely quilted Windsor leather seats. There are no paddleshifts in our lower-powered Caldera Red test unit;those come with the 296 bhp R-Dynamics S variant though our crossover did come packaged with the R-Dynamic body kit. It is a very good-looking crossover which got a lot of very positive comments from complete strangers passing by. More importantly, the E-Pace drove way better than I predicted with a lot of communication with the driver accompanied with a good sounding powerplant that punches well above its weight. I wish there were more frequently used standard switchgear though so you don’t alwayshave to use the touchscreen to manage car functions. My biggest annoyance was the overly protective forward-collision warning system which completely misread situations on way too numerous occasions to the point of being ridiculous.

As a whole, Jaguar’s smallest compact SUV is yet another very attractive and strong performing premium crossover that will appeal to buyers who have long wanted to own a modern British vehicle other than a MINI. For successful active buyers wanting an intimate and versatile everyday premium and uncommon vehicle that genuinely handles and performs with its own unique flair, the E-Pace will not disappoint. Only a steep acquisition price and less standard equipment will hold back its commercial success.

Specifications

Engine

EngineInline-4
Displacement1998 cc
Cylinder Headdohc 16V
Fuel InjectorIntercooled Direct Injection Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm)246 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)269 lb-ft @ 1200-4500 rpm
Transmission9-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed230 km/h (143 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph6.9 seconds

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l)21 mpg City / 28 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP)US$ 54,545.00
What's GreatFull-featured, handsome, comfortable, energetic and entertaining
What's Not SoInfotainment system is a bit clumsy, perhaps a bit too eager, choppy ride, on the small side of premium crossovers
C! Editors Rating10/10