By Kristin Shaw
Jaguar is doubling down on sports car performance in this roomy subcompact SUV, and the market is taking notice of the 2019 E-PACE. The exterior doesn’t bely the space within, which is a lovely surprise once inside.
It’s the perfect ride for the discerning driver who wants space and luxury and a nameplate that elicits a sigh. Roomy and comfortable, the E-PACE offers an impressive amount of usable cargo space (24.2 cubic feet with the seats upright or 52.7 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded down). This means the E-PACE can go from the country to country club to city with ease and style, with seating for five.
MSRP starts at $38,900 for a base model.
DRIVE AND HANDLING
The Jaguar E-PACE is available with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines: the P250 with 246 horsepower and the R-DYNAMIC with 296 hp. Both engines are matched with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission, which means it can tackle just about any weather nature can throw at you. Zippy, responsive paddle shifters make it easy to drive this beauty.
And listen to that gorgeous exhaust note.
Just for fun, take a look at the 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE for heart-pounding performance. Don’t blame me if you decide to spend a little – I mean, a lot – more after that test drive, though.
Two driving features enhance your experience behind the wheel: Active Driveline, which is standard on the P300 engine; and All-Surface Progress Control. Active Driveline increases agility by optimizing traction and providing rear-wheel drive handling characteristics. It also allows up to 100 percent of rear axle drive torque to be distributed to either rear wheel as you need it. ASPC is basically a low-speed cruise control that helps the vehicle in low-traction situations in various weather conditions, which gives you more confidence in slippery conditions.
With the Connect Pro Package, you’ll get Pro Services and 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, Smart Settings, and Navigation Pro. Listen to your favorite music, radio and podcasts on the move. You don’t even need a smartphone. Smart Settings identifies each driver using their key and phone. With this feature, the driver can select preferred seat and mirror positions and play your preferred media as soon as you fire up the ignition.
Borasco Gray Metallic, Caesium Blue Metallic, Caldera Red, Corris Gray Metallic, Farallon Black Premium Metallic, Firenze Red Metallic, Fuji White, Indus Silver Metallic, Narvik Black, Santorini Black Metallic, Silicon Silver Premium Metallic, Yulong White Metallic.
Ebony/Ebony, Ebony/Eclipse, Ebony/Light Oyster, Ebony/Mars Red, Ebony/Sienna Tan, Lunar/Light Oyster
FEATURES WE LOVE
Opt for the premium Meridian audio system, power liftgate, passive key fob entry, automatic high-beams, Park package with 360-degree camera and self-parking assist, and heated front and rear seats for all of the sleek luxury you expect from Jaguar.
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IF THIS CAR WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE
“High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. If you’re driving a Jaguar E-Pace, you probably have a little swagger, right? You’re doing well. You’re rocking it.
“Always had high, high hopes
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million”