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3.2 (Good)

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2020 Base All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $39,950
2020 SE All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $43,700
2020 Checkered Flag Edition All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $46,400
2020 R-Dynamic S All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $46,600
2020 R-Dynamic SE All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $49,200
2020 R-Dynamic HSE All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $52,950

Overview

What's New

Returning for its third year on the market, the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace sees mostly minor changes. The base trim gets extra standard features, and the S trim is now only available with the upgraded engine. A new Checkered Flag Edition is new for 2020. Perhaps of more interest to most buyers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are now standard.

Choosing Your Jaguar E-PACE

The E-Pace comes in five main trims: E-Pace, SE, Checkered Flag, S, and HSE. The new Checkered Flag Edition is based on the S trim, although it borrows a few features from the HSE. Pricing starts at $40,945 including destination for the standard E-Pace and extends up to $53,945 for an HSE.

It's important to note that the E-Pace is available in three distinct models: regular E-Pace, R-Dynamic, and Checkered Flag. The regular model is available in E-Pace and SE trims; the R-Dynamic is offered in S, SE, and HSE guise; and the Checkered Flag is exclusively offered with, you guessed it, the Checkered Flag trim.

Engine Choices

The E-Pace comes with two available engines, or rather, two tunes of the same engine. Only the SE trim is available with either engine – the E-Pace and Checkered Flag are only available with the lower tune, while the S and HSE only come with the extra power.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
P250 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder246 hp269 lb-ft24 mpg
P300 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder296 hp295 lb-ft23 mpg

Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, which isn't the case for many rivals. The system on the upgraded engine is more sophisticated, capable of shuttling power to any wheel for better grip.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Although it competes against compact crossovers and SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class or BMW X1, the E-Pace is a little larger than either of those two. As a result, it seats five in relative comfort, though it’s better for four.

Cargo space is also strong, with 24.2 cubic feet behind the seats. Fold down the second row, and that number rises to 52.7 cubic feet – 9 more cubic feet than the GLA-Class.

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Safety Features

The E-Pace gets a fairly comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and driver attention monitors.

Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and high-speed automatic emergency braking are available through the $1,700 Drive Pro Pack. A surround-view camera, park assist system, and rear cross-traffic alert are bundled in the $700 Park Pro Pack. Prices can vary based on the trim.

Connectivity

A 10-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard on every E-Pace. It comes with USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is newly standard for 2020. Navigation is a $900 option on the base model, but standard on all other trims.

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E-PACE - From $40,945

Although it’s the cheapest way into an E-Pace, the base model is well equipped. It comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and LED headlights. The exterior gets 18-inch wheels and heated side mirrors.

Though the base model may not come with as much standard equipment as the rest of the lineup, option selection is uninhibited. Everything from a surround sound system ($870) to a head-up display ($970) to heated seats ($510 per row) to a panoramic moonroof ($1,225) may be added à la carte.

SE - From $44,695

The E-Pace SE is the only trim to come with either engine, but the upgrade costs $5,500. The SE gets navigation, a wi-fi hotspot, an 11-speaker audio system, a power liftgate, and the contents of the Park Pro Pack as standard.

Buyers can equip their E-Pace with a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield, and heated washer jets with the $640 Cold Climate Pack.

Checkered Flag - From $47,395

Although designated as a special edition, the Checkered Flag is essentially an S trim with the base engine. It does get a few unique aesthetic upgrades like Checkered Flag badges, 19-inch wheels, and black exterior accents. It also gets a few feature upgrades like blind-spot monitoring and heated seats.

The Drive Pro Pack is cheaper here ($1,200) thanks to the standard blind-spot monitoring.

S - From $47,595

Though the R-Dynamic S costs more than the base model SE or the Checkered Flag, most of that money goes toward the engine (and the more capable all-wheel drive).

The S doesn’t include the parking features or the upgraded audio system that come with the SE. The R-Dynamic S does get aerodynamic accents and sport seats, and paddle shifters.

HSE - From $53,945

The HSE is the king of the E-Pace hill. This means 20-inch wheels, keyless entry, Windsor leather, and all active safety features included standard. The driver gets an upgraded digital instrument display, which is optional on other trims. A head-up display is a $970 standalone option.

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The base 2020 Jaguar E-Pace model comes with a good set of features, but prices increase quickly with option selection. If it were us, we’d keep a light hand in the configurator.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Attractive styling
  • Playful handling
  • Plenty of cargo space
Cons
  • Too expensive
  • Cheap interior for price
  • Poor gas mileage for class
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Grace, space, and pace. The lifestyle vehicle has taken over. That's millennial-speak for a single car that can answer the call of the average young urbanite's practical and recreational demands. Whether it's camping, commuting, or going out on the town, these vehicles are expected to do the bidding of their owners without so much as a peep of protest.

The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace sets out to accomplish this by turning to the brand's old tenets of grace, space, and pace. Notice there's nothing in that phrase about value. Apropos, because a base E-Pace costs $40,945, a good $4,000 to 6,000 over its competitors from Volvo, BMW, and Lincoln.

But that money buys upscale driving dynamics, plenty of space, and an elegant look inside and out. For some buyers, that's all the lifestyle they're looking for.

Spacious but low-rent trappings. There's no shortage of space in the E-Pace. It starts with cargo room: there's 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, a number that swells up to 52.7 cubic feet once the split-folding second row is dropped down.

These numbers better the BMW X2, Volvo XC40, and Cadillac XT4. One of the few cars that can out-stow the E-Pace is the Lincoln Corsair, which has 27.6 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 57.6 cubes total. The Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is another cubic-foot champion, offering an incredibly generous 62 total cubic feet of cargo space.

Room for passengers isn't quite as generous as the room for cargo, however. The typical second-row squeeze that taller rear riders can suffer from in cars of this stature rears its head in the E-Pace. The rear legroom of 35 inches trails all of the competition quoted in the prior paragraph. The space those cars give up in the cargo area, it seems, they give back to rear passengers. The E-Pace chooses to prioritize your grocery bags.

Up at the helm, there's ample space, complemented by great sightlines all around. Unfortunately, the cabin is let down by questionable materials that are at their worst in the most apparent of places.

The whole interior isn't rental grade, but there are enough signs of cheapening that the general vibe is one of a product watered down to a price point. The fact the E-Pace costs thousands over any competitor only adds to our disappointment in this regard.


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Zippy engines. The E-Pace is strictly a four-cylinder affair, with two different states of tune available. Most buyers will opt for the standard 246-horsepower model, but the R-Dynamic trim bestows buyers with an uprated 296-hp version.

We've had seat time with both, and while there's certainly a dollop of extra power with the high-output version, we're more smitten with its standard torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. This advanced traction system can independently alter the percentage of torque being routed to any particular wheel, helping on-road cornering performance and adding to the playful nature of the E-Pace.

Not that the base version of this Jag is any recalcitrant curmudgeon. Stick with the base 246-hp engine, and you get an eager motor that offers strong acceleration: 0-60 mph occurs in just 6.7 seconds, likely helped by the standard AWD system. The nine-speed automatic transmission that comes paired to this engine isn't our favorite, though, as it can easily get confused and will occasionally stumble through gearshifts.

Drive the E-Pace in a more relaxed manner and you're met with a quiet, composed ride that doesn't bristle with pent-up performance or flounder with overly soft rebounds. You can extract from it some sharp moves or let it waft along with easy confidence. In other words, a proper Jaguar.

Lackluster fuel efficiency. Sticking with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder design even for the uprated engine keeps mileage competitive, but the E-Pace ultimately falls just mid-pack when compared to rival crossovers.

Fuel economy for the standard engine is rated at 21 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 combined, according to the EPA. The more powerful variant is rated at 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).

That looks good on paper, but, in practice, it's not impressive. The X2 gets 24/32/27 mpg, the XC40 achieves 23/33/27 mpg, the GLB-Class checks in at 23/30/26 mpg, the XT4 gets 24/30/26 mpg, and the Corsair provides 22/29/25 mpg. This leaves the Jaguar looking like one thirsty kitty.

Does the E-Pace beat anything in the gas-mileage arms race? It does – the Audi Q3, for instance, only gets 19/27/22 mpg. The Jag can also tie the Lexus NX for highway mileage, though the Lexus does do a tick better during around-town driving.

Final thoughts. In a crowded field of cutthroat competition, the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace does a lot well, but it doesn't come across as a clear winner the way some vehicles in this class do. What we do like is its attractive and rather low-key styling, it's choice of two decent four-cylinder engines, and some of the best cargo space in its class.

But that's where the accolades stop. An interior showing the scars of cost-cutting as well as underwhelming gas mileage, along with a price that's well above the rest of the class, balance out the scorecard. These drawbacks aren't middling ones; they're egregious enough to make the purchase of an E-Pace difficult to justify for even the most ardent fans of the marque.

What Jaguar is ultimately asking shoppers to do is pay more money for less car. That's a tough pill to swallow when there are so many more well-rounded options in the segment. If it were our money, we'd be shopping around and seeing what other choices are out there – because we know we can find better elsewhere.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 246 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Efficient Driveline Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 246 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Efficient Driveline Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$69
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
52.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
173.0 "
Exterior Width
74.7 "
Exterior Height
64.9 "
Front Headroom
38.4 " / 39.2 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 " / 38.2 "
Front Legroom
40.1 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,035 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
19.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather / Suedecloth Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 11 Meridian / 14 Meridian
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation / High Speed Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot / Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Condition Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High Beam Assist (ahba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / 360 Parking Aid Front And Rear / Park Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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