E-PACE CHEQUERED FLAG A CARSGUIDE WINNER
IMPRESSIVE LIST OF STANDARD FEATURES
Outside, a ‘Black Exterior Pack’, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and power-folding door mirrors with approach lights, auto LED headlights, and a power tailgate are all standard inclusions. And while Cleary notes “the Jaguar E-PACE options list is stuffed with individual features and packs...the standard fit-out delivers good value in terms of the asking price and category competition.”
STRIKING DESIGN INSIDE AND OUT
He recognises Jaguar’s distinctive design template in the E-PACE, “set in place by breakthrough models like the F-Type sports car, and larger F-PACE SUV”. Dramatic design elements like the Chequered Flag’s dark mesh grille and long tapered LED headlights receive praise for creating a “a recognisably feline face, with dark accenting on the fender grilles and window surrounds adding an extra air of intensity”. The coupe-style roofline, tapered glass and broad haunches complete the eye-catching picture and accentuate the E-PACE’s dynamic look.
Inside, the cabin feels both cozy and spacious at the same time, “with the steeply sloping dash and centre console increasing the feeling of space, yet keeping key controls and storage options within easy reach”. In the driver’s seat there’s ample leg, shoulder and headroom, while accommodation for those seated in the back is also given Cleary’s stamp of approval.
PERFORMANCE THAT DELIVERS
A well-engineered set-up delivers cushy suspension and is tuned to cope with a range of conditions. Four drive modes are offered - ‘Normal’, ‘Dynamic’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Rain/Ice/Snow’ - which adjust inputs like the steering, throttle response, transmission shifts, stability control, torque vectoring, and AWD system. For Cleary “dynamic is the sweet spot, buttoning everything down just a little tighter, without any major effect on refinement, the car remaining quiet and composed even when driver enthusiasm starts to take the upper hand.”
A COMPELLING OPTION
Discover more about Jaguar’s first compact SUV and find out for yourself why James Cleary rates the E-PACE Chequered Flag P250 so highly.