Jaguar’s smaller E-Pace follows on the heels of the automaker’s F-Pace SUV, and it brings plenty of dynamism to the entry-level luxury SUV segment, with a perky base engine and sharp handling.

The E-Pace offers two turbocharged, four-cylinder engines paired with standard all-wheel drive. It competes with the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40 in this ever-growing segment of tiny luxury vehicles.

How It Drives?

The E-Pace feels small, light, and nimble out on the road. Even though it shares a platform with the Land Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, it handles with the tenacity we expect of the Jaguar brand.

Quick steering makes it ready to pounce on the nearest corner in sight, entering turns with an eager and responsive nature, while the taut suspension keeps body lean to a minimum.

E-Pace is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a luxurious ride. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is a perky little power plant. It makes a hearty growl when you accelerate briskly; some drivers felt the car should have less roar, more purr.

Leave the rear seats in place and there’s 685 litres of space in the trunk, with more than a metre of width between the wheel arches. Fold down the 60/40 rear seats and that expands to 1,493 litres of room. That’s impressive for so compact a vehicle.

Interior

There’s good headroom up front in the E-Pace, but the left footrest is small and lumpy, and the center console intrudes significantly into the driver’s right knee space. The comfortable and nicely shaped front seats are wide enough to suit most bodies, yet they offer good lateral support to hold you in place through turns. The lack of adjustable lumbar support, though, is a notable omission at this price. Headroom is quite good in the rear seat, especially considering the E-Pace’s diminutive size. The slightly contoured outboard seats are comfy, with good thigh support.

The Jaguar’s cabin is a mixed bag of hard, smooth plastic, and swaths of padded and stitched leather. Felt lining for the glove box and center armrest bin are nice touches, but the overall feeling is one of austerity.

Safety Features

Forward-collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist come standard on all versions of the E-Pace. Front and rear parking sensors also come standard; these are handy in a vehicle with such dismal rear and side visibility. Other advanced safety features, including high-speed automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning, along with convenience features such as adaptive cruise control, are available.

Running costs

The Jaguar E-Pace starts at AED 161700, which is pretty good for a car that looks and sounds like this. For insurance, you’re looking at between AED 6,000 and AED 8,500 for a fully comprehensive policy. And that smaller engine pays dividends at the petrol pumps. It’ll cost you AED 133 to fill the 70-litre fuel tank, but with a theoretical range of 600 km, you shouldn’t have to fill up the E-Pace very often.

Our Verdict

A gorgeous SUV that’s sporty and capable when you want it to be, and comfortable and practical when you just need to get somewhere.