2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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2020 Jaguar E-Pace Review

The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace has an expansive cargo hold and playful handling, but many of its rivals have peppier engines and roomier cabins with richer interior materials. The E-Pace doesn't have an overall ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo room
  • Comfortable ride
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Poor fuel economy

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is unranked in Luxury Subcompact SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Jaguar E-Pace's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury subcompact suvs.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury subcompact suvs.
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Is the Jaguar E-Pace a Good SUV?

The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is a good luxury subcompact SUV. It has standard all-wheel drive, capable engines, a ton of cargo space, and straightforward infotainment controls. However, it's plagued by tight rear seats, below-average fuel economy, and some low-rent cabin materials. Also, there are other small performance-oriented crossovers with stronger engines.

Should I Buy the Jaguar E-Pace?

The E-Pace has a steeper base price than many rivals, including some that place higher in our rankings. Both the athletic BMW X1 and the roomy Volvo XC40 are worth considering. You may also want to look at the Jaguar F-Pace, the E-Pace’s larger and all-around better cousin. Going with the F-Pace instead will cost you about $5,000 more, however.  

Compare the E-Pace, X1, and XC40 »

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

Jaguar launched the E-Pace as an all-new model for 2018. For 2019, it gained Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options. Both features became standard for 2020, as were a few other features. You might be able to get a similarly outfitted used model for less money.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Jaguar E-Pace and 2019 Jaguar E-Pace reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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How Much Does the Jaguar E-Pace Cost?

The 2020 E-Pace has a retail price of $39,950. That’s one of the highest starting prices in the luxury subcompact SUV class. Even some luxury compact SUVs retail for less than that.

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Jaguar E-Pace Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar E-Pace or Cadillac XT4?

The Cadillac XT4 is fairly similar to the E-Pace. Both luxury subcompact SUVs have a somewhat coarse powertrain with a transmission that can be slow to shift through the gears. These two SUVs also get mixed reviews for their infotainment systems. Each has its own strengths: The Cadillac has more rear-seat legroom, but the Jaguar has more cargo space and sportier handling. That helps give the XT4 the edge in this side-by-side comparison.

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

The Jaguar F-Pace is a luxury compact SUV, and as the E-Pace’s larger cousin, it has more room for passengers and more cargo space behind the rear seats. It also boasts a wider array of engines. The F-Pace's diesel option was discontinued for 2020, but a supercharged V6 and V8 are available. The F-Pace's base MSRP is about $5,000 more than that of the E-Pace, but if that’s in your budget, the larger Jag is the way to go.

Compare the E-Pace, XT4, and F-Pace »

E-Pace Interior

How Many People Does the E-Pace Seat?

The E-Pace seats up to five people in two rows. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Premium Windsor leather seats are available. Other upgrades include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats of this Jaguar are spacious, but comfort is hampered by some odd design choices. For example, the wheel well intrudes into the passenger’s foot room. Additionally, the rear seats are cramped, even for a subcompact SUV.

E-Pace and Child Car Seats

This small crossover SUV comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

E-Pace Interior Quality

There's a mix of high-end materials and soft plastics in this Jaguar's cabin. However, it isn't as upscale as some rivals.

E-Pace Cargo Space

Cargo room clocks in at 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Folding down the rear seats gives you a total of 52.7 cubic feet. Both figures rank near the top of the class, surpassed only by the BMW X1.

E-Pace Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The E-Pace comes with the Touch Pro infotainment system, which features a 10-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. For 2020, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay become standard.

Available tech upgrades include a navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11- or 15-speaker Meridian stereo, three second-row USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

You may want to test out the infotainment system in the E-Pace, as critics are divided over how intuitive and responsive it is. However, this Jag's driver-focused 12.3 inch digital display, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster, is certainly a crowd pleaser.

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E-Pace Performance

E-Pace Engine: Solid Power

You can choose from two engines in this Jaguar. The standard offering is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 246 horsepower. A stronger turbo-four that produces 296 horsepower is available. No matter which engine you choose, a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Both engines deliver plenty of pep, but some critics report it feels and sounds a bit rough when idling. The lone transmission also garners mixed reviews, with some critics finding it smooth and responsive while others say it shifts too leisurely.

E-Pace Gas Mileage: Not So Great

With the base engine, the E-Pace gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are poor ratings for a small luxury crossover. With the stronger engine, this Jag returns the same city rating, but the highway estimate drops 1 mpg.

E-Pace Ride and Handling: Mixed Feelings

Some critics say this Jaguar has sporty handling worthy of its brand name, but some bemoan its vague steering and excessive body roll. On the plus side, it rides smoothly over most surfaces. All-wheel drive comes standard.

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E-Pace Reliability

Is the Jaguar E-Pace Reliable?

As of this writing, J.D. Power has not evaluated the 2020 E-Pace for predicted reliability.

Jaguar E-Pace Warranty

Jaguar covers this SUV with a five-year/60,000-mile limited 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 this crossover as of this writing. That’s not uncommon for luxury vehicles.  

E-Pace Safety Features

In addition to rain-sensing windshield wipers and a rearview camera, the base E-Pace comes standard with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a driver attention monitor.

Available active safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and a head-up display.

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E-Pace Dimensions and Weight

This luxury crossover is about 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,035 to 4,175 pounds.

Where is the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace Built?

Jaguar builds the E-Pace in Austria.

Which Jaguar E-Pace Model Is Right for Me?

Jaguar offers the E-Pace in two main variants: standard and R-Dynamic. The main difference between these two relates to the powertrain. Base models have a 246-horsepower turbo-four engine called the P250 by Jaguar. The R-Dynamic upgrades to the P300 with 296 horsepower. Regardless of the powertrain you choose, the E-Pace comes equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Once you’ve settled on a powertrain, you can choose from a few trims: base, SE, HSE, and – new for 2020 – Checkered Flag. The S trim was eliminated from the standard lineup but remains available with R-Dynamic models. The base trim is a good bet, as it’s well-equipped and comes with several packages featuring more safety, tech, and comfort features.

Jaguar E-Pace

With an MSRP of $39,950, the entry-level E-Pace features the Touch Pro infotainment system, a 10-inch tablet-style touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, and a driver condition monitor.

Heated front and rear seats are available for $1,020, or you can just opt for the front seats to be heated for $510. There's also optional 14-way power-adjustable seats, which cost $555. You can get HD Radio and satellite radio for just over $500, as well as a Meridian sound system for $360 (11 speakers) or $870 (15 speakers). A head-up display costs $970.

Other packages include the Park Pro package. It costs $700 and adds a surround-view parking camera system, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic park assist. The Drive Pro package adds blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed automatic emergency braking for $1,700. Finally, a Wi-Fi hot spot is available for $420.

Jaguar E-Pace SE

The Jaguar E-Pace SE costs $43,700. It gains automatic high beams, a power liftgate, an 11-speaker Meridian stereo, and 14-way power-adjustable front seats.

In addition to the same options, the SE can be outfitted with a surround-view parking camera system for $360 and blind spot monitoring for $500. You can add proximity keyless entry for $565, and if you add that, a hands-free liftgate is available for another $100.

Jaguar E-Pace Checkered Flag

Checkered Flag models cost $46,400. They have most of the same standard features and options as the base trim, though they pick up a few distinctive styling elements and blind spot monitoring.

Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic S

The Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic SE has an MSRP of $46,600. In addition to the stronger engine, it comes similarly equipped to the base trim, and it has many of the same options as well.

Jaguar E-Pace HSE

The HSE trim only comes in the R-Dynamic variant. Retailing for $52,950, it adds a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, upgraded leather seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, high-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is a sporty and stylish luxury subcompact SUV with lots of cargo space, but it’s also very expensive. Shop around, and you'll find rivals with greater athleticism and interior opulence. Many of them have roomier cabins too.

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

  • "Overall, though, the E-Pace is a well-rounded subcompact SUV that brings driving thrills to this otherwise fairly ho-hum class." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2019)
  • 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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