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2019 Jaguar E-Pace Review

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace ranks in the middle of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It fails to stand out from a performance point of view, and its interior is less than impressive, with cramped rear seating and lackluster materials quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo room
  • Controlled ride and handling
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Underwhelming acceleration

Is the Jaguar E-Pace a Good SUV?

The 2019 E-Pace is an OK luxury subcompact SUV. It has a ton of cargo space and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Although its handling is decent, it still comes up short of other more performance-focused crossovers in the class. Both of the E-Pace's available engines get the job done, but don’t expect the liveliest performance or even good fuel economy. Second-row space is pretty cramped in this Jag, and some low-grade cabin materials look out of place in a luxury SUV. 

Should I Buy the Jaguar E-Pace?

Despite having one of the highest retail prices among luxury subcompact SUVs, there's little reason to buy the E-Pace over many other class competitors. Standouts in the class include the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40, which both start several thousand dollars below the E-Pace. If you were planning on spending even more than the E-Pace's already high base price, you might as well put that cash toward the larger Jaguar F-Pace, which is a better SUV.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar E-Pace?

Jaguar introduced the E-Pace as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year. The most notable change for the 2019 E-Pace is the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as options. If you don't care that much about these smartphone integration features, you may be better off shopping for an otherwise similar used 2018 E-Pace. Doing so would likely save you thousands of dollars over a new model.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 13 Jaguar E-Pace reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 E-Pace is the right new car for you. This 2019 Jaguar E-Pace review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which includes the 2018 and 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Jaguar E-Pace Cost?

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace is one of the most expensive luxury subcompact SUVs, with a starting price of $38,600. That’s about $5,000 more than rivals like the BMW X1 or the Volvo XC40. The E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE is the highest trim, starting at $52,850. But prices can approach $61,000 with added options and packages.

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Jaguar E-Pace Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar E-Pace or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 is the total package in the field of small luxury crossovers. It has class-leading cargo space, a roomy second row, a top-notch infotainment system, sports-car-like handling, and a punchy turbocharged engine that returns slightly better gas mileage than the E-Pace. Considering that the X1 starts at thousands less than the E-Pace, the choice between these two is clear: Go with the BMW.

Which Is Better: Jaguar E-Pace or Volvo XC40?

The all-new Volvo XC40 is the Swedish automaker’s first entry in the luxury subcompact SUV segment, and it’s a home run. Though it costs thousands of dollars less than the E-Pace, the XC40 boasts what might be the nicest interior in the class. It also has more space in the second row and a longer standard features list that includes satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Volvo gets excellent fuel economy for the class, and its well-rounded performance combines zippy engine power and agile handling with a comfortable ride. You're much better off skipping the E-Pace and going with the XC40 instead.

Which Is Better: Jaguar E-Pace or Jaguar F-Pace?

Those set on driving a Jaguar SUV will want to check out the F-Pace. This luxury compact SUV was the brand's first foray into the crossover SUV market. The F-Pace's larger size means it can swallow up a lot more cargo than the E-Pace, as well as carry adults more comfortably in the second row. The larger Jag has dynamic handling and a couple of muscular engines choices, such as a supercharged V6 and new supercharged V8 in the SVR trim. You can also outfit the F-Pace with an efficient turbodiesel powertrain, or one of the two turbo-fours also offered in the smaller E-Pace. The F-Pace’s starting price is about $6,000 higher than that of the E-Pace, but the larger Jaguar is worth the jump in price.

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E-Pace Interior

How Many People Does the E-Pace Seat?

The Jaguar E-Pace seats five people, but the rear seats are fairly cramped. A lack of leg- and kneeroom is the most common gripe for those sitting in the back. Things are marginally better up front; the seats themselves are comfortable, but a few quirks might prevent you from finding a relaxing position. The front wheel well cuts into cabin space, particularly in the footwell, and the armrest is in an odd position.

The E-Pace's standard seating amenities are fairly austere. Despite being a luxury model, the base E-Pace comes with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. You can upgrade to get leather or premium leather upholstery, as well as 10-, 14-, or 18-way power-adjustable front seats. Other options include heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

E-Pace and Car Seats

The Jaguar E-Pace has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections. The system hasn't been fully evaluated for its ease of use. The lower anchors are located behind plastic flaps, which make them easier to find than in vehicles that have anchors buried in the seat cushion.

E-Pace Interior Quality

There are enough quality materials in the E-Pace to justify its luxury badge, but some cheap-feeling plastic surfaces detract from the otherwise opulent atmosphere. You might expect a lot more lavishness from an SUV with one of the highest price tags in the class. The E-Pace’s higher trims have richer interiors, with most surfaces covered in leather.

E-Pace Cargo Space

What the E-Pace lacks in passenger accommodation, it makes up for in cargo space. This Jag offers 24.2 cubic feet behind its second row, which expands to a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet when you fold the back seat down. Those are great numbers for the class. In fact, they're only bested by the BMW X1 and its 58.7 cubic feet of cargo room.

E-Pace Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 E-Pace comes standard with a sleek 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system. It's easy to use, especially compared with the interfaces in some other Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles. There are prominent physical knobs for adjusting temperature and volume settings.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make their first appearance in the E-Pace for 2019, though they're still on the list of optional features. Other available amenities include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, three second-row USB ports, an 11- or 15-speaker Meridian stereo, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

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E-Pace Performance

E-Pace Engine: Two Sides of the Same Coin

The 2019 E-Pace comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 246 horsepower. Models branded R-Dynamic have the same engine, but with an output of 296 horsepower. That's a big difference on paper, but critics note that the two powertrains feel pretty similar when put to the test. You'll have enough gusto to get going from a stop, but throttle response isn't that great with either engine. Reviews are mixed when it comes to the standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Some are pleased by its performance; others say it shifts too slow and sometimes inaccurately.

E-Pace Gas Mileage: Not That Great

The E-Pace’s base engine returns fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are unimpressive for a luxury subcompact SUV. The good news is that you won't sacrifice much by going with the more powerful engine, which returns 21/27 mpg city/highway.

E-Pace Ride and Handling: Sets a Good Pace

The E-Pace doesn’t quite move with the poise of the big cat that inspired its brand name, but it holds its own with stable, confident handling. A standard all-wheel-drive system keeps it glued to the road, giving it reasonably good cornering abilities. The ride is comfortable over broken pavement, and most models and trims are available with a dynamic adaptive suspension that you can tweak to prioritize athletic handling or ride quality.

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E-Pace Reliability

Is the Jaguar E-Pace Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Jaguar E-Pace doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar E-Pace Warranty

Jaguar covers the E-Pace with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty.

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E-Pace Safety

E-Pace Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the E-Pace. That's pretty common for many luxury vehicles.

E-Pace Safety Features

The 2019 E-Pace comes standard with a solid amount of driver assistance and advanced safety features. These include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver attention and drowsiness monitoring lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Standard forward collision warning and pedestrian detection compliments low-speed automatic emergency braking.

A long list of optional safety tech includes traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a surround-view parking monitor, automatic parking assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and full-speed automatic emergency braking.

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Which Jaguar E-Pace Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace comes in standard and R-Dynamic models with several different trim levels. The regular E-Pace features a 246-horsepower engine, while the R-Dynamic’s engine produces 296 horsepower. This racier model also comes with sportier interior and exterior styling. However, we recommend the standard edition over the R-Dynamic model, due to the increase in price yet lack of noticeable performance enhancements. Still, you'll want to at least upgrade to the E-Pace S. It adds comfort features like leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats, as well as navigation and a Wi-Fi hot spot. This model also gives you access to a ton of options and packages.

Jaguar E-Pace

The 2019 E-Pace starts at $38,600. Standard features include cloth upholstery, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driver attention monitoring, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Heated front and rear seats are optional for $1,020, while satellite and HD Radio costs an extra $510.

Jaguar E-Pace S

The E-Pace S retails for $40,900 and adds 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiting.

Individual options include a panoramic glass roof, proximity key entry, a power liftgate, premium Windsor leather, heated front and rear seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, three second-row USB ports, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, a 15-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, satellite and HD Radio, a head-up display, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display. Additional performance options include an adaptive suspension and a dynamic mode configuration system.

The Smartphone package ($300) adds support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Drive package ($970) consists of blind spot monitoring, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and high-speed automatic emergency braking. The Park package ($700) includes a surround-view parking monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic parking assist. It’s easier to stay warm with the Cold Climate package ($795), which adds a heated steering wheel, heated windshield washer jets, and a heated windshield. These packages are also available for the higher trims.

Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic S

The E-Pace R-Dynamic is first available at the S trim level for a cost of $46,400. It features many of the same standard and optional amenities as the regular E-Pace S. Like all R-Dynamic models, it has a stronger engine that gives it a 50-horsepower boost over the base engine, though many won’t notice to difference in power.

Jaguar E-Pace SE

The E-Pace SE starts at $43,500. This trim adds an 11-speaker Meridian stereo, automatic high beams, a power liftgate, a surround-view parking monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic parking assist. The E-Pace R-Dynamic SE retails for $49,000.

Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE

Available only in R-Dynamic configuration, the E-Pace HSE starts at $52,850. This range-topping model features proximity key entry, Windsor leather seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, blind spot monitoring, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and high-speed automatic emergency braking. Ventilated front seats are an option unique to the HSE.

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The Final Call

The Jaguar E-Pace does little to stand out against the rest of the luxury subcompact SUV class. Its deft handling is offset by blasé engines, and its loads of cargo room come at the expense of second-row seating space. Throw in a lofty base price for the class, and the E-Pace's appeal diminishes even further.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • If you’re looking for a utility vehicle that offers surprisingly good manners, both on-road and off, as well as head-turning design, you’ll certainly want to consider the 2019 Jaguar E-Pace. … The downside of the Jaguar E-Pace is that its sleek, sporty design results in some real compromises when it comes to 2nd-row passenger room and cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • With the E-Pace, Jaguar has proven that the F-Pace wasn't a one-off fluke - the sedan-maker really can make a stylish and luxurious SUV. However, in the case of the E-Pace, that comes at the expense of the excellent driving dynamics we've come to expect from Jaguar in recent years. High prices also tarnish what is an otherwise a very good package. If you don't necessarily need the E-Pace's well-packaged interior, you could take home a loaded version of the competition for much less." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • If you want a practical and reasonable luxury crossover that looks awesome, the E-Pace is suddenly one of your best options. I bet you'll even catch yourself staring back at it every time you park it. But if you're dreaming of an F-Type and hope this will satisfy that itch without sacrificing utility, stop. Just get a Mazda CX-3, which manages to be more fun, and put the difference toward a used Porsche Cayman. Or something else that offers actual thrills." -- Jalopnik (2018)
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