2020 Jaguar E-Pace

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Review: For Families With Style

by Morgan Carter

The Jaguar E-Pace has been slightly refined for 2020, but it remains mostly unchanged. It still presents buyers with a choice of two capable turbo-four engines, developing either 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, or 296 hp and 295 lb-ft for all four wheels. This gives it plenty of power in the subcompact segment, and, coupled with nimble handling, it delivers a pretty compelling driving experience. Apart from good looks on the outside, the inside of the Jag is handsome, too, although some odd choices when it comes to materials hold the SUV back from feeling truly worth its premium price tag. Still, if you're looking for a well-appointed, stylish family subcompact, the E-Pace is worth considering. It provides a fair amount of passenger space, plenty of cargo space, and more than a few standard comfort and convenience features, if you're willing to pay, that is.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 E-Pace?

Only a few changes were made for the 2020 E-Pace, such as making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard features at every trim level. The Checkered Flag is also a new limited edition model, standing out from the pack aesthetically, even though it may be restricted to the weaker powertrain. The previously standard P250 has been dropped from the line-up, and the R-Dynamic HSE has been added, too.

Pros and Cons

  • Two capable powertrains
  • Agile handling
  • Handsome Jag styling
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Pretty spacious trunk capacity
  • Expensive at any trim level
  • Mismatched interior quality
  • Rear seats are a tad cramped

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P250
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Other
$39,950
P250 SE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,400
P300 R-Dynamic S
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,600
P300 R-Dynamic SE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$49,200
P300 R-Dynamic HSE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$52,950

E-Pace Exterior

While the E-Pace may share a platform with the Range Rover Evoque, it certainly doesn't look at all like one. Sleek curves make the SUV particularly attractive, with J-shaped LED headlights and an understated grille. LED daytime running lights come standard, too, and the crossover can ride on anything from 18-inch alloy wheels to 20-inch variants on the upper-tier R-Dynamic models. Those same upper trims also get front fog lights to match the standard rear fog lights. A tailgate spoiler comes standard, while a panoramic sunroof is available. The special edition Checkered Flag model gets the sunroof as standard, along with 19-inch Satin Dark Grey wheels and unique branding on the tread plates and side vents.

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Dimensions

The subcompact Jag crossover may be relatively heavy, between 4,035 - 4,175 pounds, but its other dimensions are more in-line with the segment. The 105.6-inch wheelbase is housed within a 173-inch long body. But, while it may not be very long, the E-Pace is relatively wide at 78.1 inches with the windows folded down. Keeping in line with the SUV trend of giving drivers a good view of the road, the Jag stands 64.9 inches tall.

  • Length 173.0 in
  • Wheelbase 105.6 in
  • Height 64.9 in
  • Max Width 74.7 in
  • Front Width 64.0 in
  • Rear Width 65.1 in

Exterior Colors

The E-Pace is available in 13 different colors, with only the special edition Photon Red being exclusive to the Checkered Flag model. Every other trim level gets access to three solid paints: Fuji White and Narvik Black for free, and Caldera Red for $305. The standard metallics each cost $610 and comprise Santorini Black, Yulong White, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Firenze Red, Caesium Blue, and Borasco Grey. The premium palette options cost $1,325 and include Farallon Black and Silicon Silver. Aside from the exclusive Photon Red, the Checkered Flag also gets access to Yulong White and Corris Grey at no additional cost, although that concludes its limited palette.

  • Caldera Red
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Corris Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Caesium Blue Metallic
  • Borasco Grey Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Farallon Pearl Black Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White
  • Narvik Black
  • Photon Red

E-Pace Performance

The Jag E-Pace may not be as quick as rivals like the BMW X2, but it's far from slow, either. In its standard P250 tune, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 246 hp and 269 lb-ft, which is more than enough to get the hefty SUV moving. In fact, the P250 models manage to make the 0-60 mph sprint in a brisk 6.7 seconds, while their top speeds are rated at 143 mph. With a total of 296 hp and 295 lb-ft, the P300 engine cuts about half a second off this sprint time, managing to reach 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds from a standstill. It also boasts a slightly higher top speed of 149 mph.

All-wheel-drive is standard in any configuration of the E-Pace, and regardless of the powertrain you opt for, the crossover's maximum towing capacity is rated at 3,968 lbs, which isn't half bad for a subcompact. The BMW and Audi are not officially rated for towing in the US, but the former can reportedly match the E-Pace, while the latter falls a little short.

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Engine and Transmission

While two powertrains are available to the E-Pace, they both take the form of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In its P250 configuration, the engine develops 249 hp and 269 lb-ft. This is more than enough power to move even a hefty crossover like the Jag, both around town and on the highway. However, even more power is available to the P300 models. With a little retuning, the four-cylinder engine throws out an extra 47 hp and 26 lb-ft, for a total of 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. Passing on the highway becomes a breeze, while the occasional red light around town will barely slow you down.

Regardless of tune, the four-cylinder engine always comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that does a pretty good job of rowing the gears, although it can be a bit recalcitrant at times. Power is directed to all four wheels as standard, with no two-wheel drivetrain on offer like it is on the BMW X2.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, Other

Handling and Driving Impressions

While the stubby SUV may be a bit heavier than the norm for the segment, at over two tons, it is still remarkably spry on the road. Both engines deliver energetic acceleration, which combines with precise steering to produce an engaging driving experience.

At low speeds around town, the SUV's steering is light, making it even easier to maneuver around tight streets and busy parking lots, but it gains some heft at higher speeds with good on-center feel. Despite its size and weight, the E-Pace handles more like a car than a typical crossover. It bobs and leans a little during spirited driving, but this actually improves the fun rather than inducing terror.

The standard all-wheel drivetrain gives the Jag impressive handling and power distribution, but the torque vectoring system that comes with the R-Dynamic offers even better traction by directing power to any of the four wheels independently. And while the SUV might offer a smooth ride, upgrading to the 19- or 20-inch wheels does have a negative impact on this.

The cabin is well-insulated and dampens most exterior noise, but there have been a number of complaints about the engine noise leaking in, especially when it whines during high acceleration.

E-Pace Gas Mileage

While it may only get a single engine, the E-Pace offers the turbocharged four-cylinder in two states of tune. Regardless of configuration, though, the engine comes paired with an all-wheel drivetrain. The lower-powered configuration, named P250, gets fuel economy figures of 21/28/24 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles, while the stronger P300 gets 21/27/23 mpg. This compares favorably with the Audi Q3, which gets 19/27/22, but it's a bit behind the BMW X2, which manages 24/31/27. With an 18.1-gallon tank of premium gasoline, the E-Pace is able to cover up to 434 miles between visits to the gas station.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/28 mpg
* 2020 Jaguar E-Pace P250 AWD

E-Pace Interior

The Jag's cabin is certainly an interesting place to be. It looks extremely attractive with plush leather upholstery coming standard in a variety of eye-catching hues. However, the presence of several hard plastic surfaces interrupts the otherwise-premium veneer. Still, there is a fair amount of passenger space, especially up front, with plenty of cargo space, too. And every trim level provides power-adjustable front seats as standard. The controls and infotainment are laid out for ease of access, with smartphone integration coming standard on the latter. There are a decent number of advanced driver-assistance features too, with more available on the upper trims.

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Seating and Interior Space

There is a decent amount of passenger space inside the cabin of the Jag, but those up front certainly get the lion's share. Head- and legroom are more than ample for those in the front seats, and ten-way power seats come standard on the base model. The SE models get 14-way power front seats while the R-Dynamic trims get sport seats. The HSE gets 18-way power front seats, instead. Regardless of trim, rear passengers shouldn't lack for headroom, but legroom is a little less generous. Installing the optional sunroof barely impacts the available headroom. Overall visibility is pretty good, given the stubby dimensions of the SUV, but there are a variety of driver-assistance features to help you in a pinch. Getting in and out shouldn't pose a problem for those up front or in the back.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.3 in

Interior Colors and Materials

There are certainly a lot of plush materials plastered around the interior of the E-Pace, but there are a fair number of hard surfaces, too, which counteract the otherwise premium feel of the cabin. The base model comes upholstered in leather, available in Ebony/Ebony or Light Oyster/Lunar. The Checkered Flag gets the same material, but the Ebony leather comes with unique red stitching. The R-Dynamic HSE gets standard Windsor leather that is available to the lower-tier R-Dynamic trims. This premium material is offered in Ebony/Ebony, Light Oyster/Ebony, Siena Tan/Ebony, Mars Red/Ebony, and Eclipse Ebony.

E-Pace Trunk and Cargo Space

While it might not look particularly cavernous from the outside, the Jag is actually eminently practical in terms of storage capacity. With the rear seats in place, the trunk offers up an impressive 24.2 cubic feet of space. This is certainly more than enough for most daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, and you could even stow a fair amount of luggage for all five passengers without much trouble. However, if you still need more space, the rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split to free up a total of 52.7 cubic feet of space.

There is no shortage of small-item storage around the cabin, either. There is a standard passenger-side glove compartment, a spacious center console cubby box, as well as two front cupholders. Each door offers a spacious door pocket, and several of the bins around the cabin are lined with rubber mats to ensure the safety of your small items.

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E-Pace Infotainment and Features

Features

The Jag crossover is well-appointed in any configuration, with the base model equipped with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and keyless entry. The S trims get ten-way power front seats, while the SE trims get 14-way power front seats with memory, and the HSE gets 18-way power front seats. The standard leather upholstery is also upgraded to Windsor leather on the HSE. The safety suite comprises a rearview camera, front and rear sonar, automatic emergency braking, and a driver condition monitor, which is expanded with adaptive cruise control, park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera on the SE, with blind-spot monitoring and high-speed automatic emergency braking reserved for the HSE.

Infotainment

The ten-inch touchscreen still supports Bluetooth capabilities, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim level this year. The standard sound system comprises six speakers that support AM/FM Radio playback, while SiriusXM is an optional add-on. Navigation and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are added to the suite on the SE, while the sound system is upgraded to an 11-speaker Meridian setup. To ensure your smart devices stay charged, there are two USB ports in the front, while the center console provides one of the two available 12-volt power outlets.

E-Pace Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has not given the Jag a dependability rating to date, but the model has only been subjected to two recalls in recent years, both for 2018. The reasons for these included a fuel leak in the engine compartment and possible leakage of brake fluid from the brake hose. Jaguar offers a pretty lengthy warranty plan on new purchases, with the limited and powertrain warranty valid for 60,000 miles/60 months, while the complimentary maintenance schedule is valid for the same timeframe.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

E-Pace Safety

While the Jaguar E-Pace may not have an official safety rating from the IIHS or the NHTSA, it has been evaluated by the Euro NCAP. However, the most recent crash test was done in 2017, for which the crossover received an overall rating of five stars.

Key Safety Features

The subcompact SUV certainly isn't lacking when it comes to standard safety features, although you will still need to tack on a package or two to get it all. The base models come equipped with ABS, EBD, traction and stability control, as well as six airbags: front, front side, and side curtain. Other standard features include front and rear sonar, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, hill launch assist, and a driver condition monitor. The SE models also get traffic sign recognition, park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera. The HSE gets the Drive Pro Pack as standard, which adds blind-spot monitoring and high-speed emergency braking.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace a good SUV?

The E-Pace is a bit of an out-of-place crossover, trying to fill a segment below the compact F-Pace, while delivering the same level of quality. And, while we may love the F-Pace for hitting nearly every nail on the head, the E-Pace seems to leave us with more sore thumbs than anything else.

For reasons unknown, Jaguar used the bulkier platform of the old Range Rover Evoque as the foundation for the subcompact E-Pace. This means the designers had to shave off a few inches to fit the segment, resulting in a slightly snub-nosed appearance. And, though the E-Pace may still manage to look pretty good, it inherits the absurd weight of the larger Evoque. This means that the engines available to the subcompact, while still competent, can feel slightly underpowered. But the E-Pace is still a pretty fun and engaging driver, despite these shortcomings.

Inside, it provides quite a bit of space, especially for cargo, but the rear seats can feel a little cramped over long drives. However, Jaguar made some unusual choices when it comes to materials. The standard leather upholstery is quite plush, but hard plastics around the cabin ruin the premium feel that we have come to expect from our Jags.

For those looking for a smaller version of the F-Pace, the E-Pace is certainly a viable alternative. But, in this price range, there are certainly better choices out there, especially if you look at the German market.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace?

Any way you look at it, the Jaguar E-Pace is not a cheap crossover. Yes, you get good looks, a capable powertrain, and a fair amount of tech, but the base-level P250 is still pretty pricey at $39,950 MSRP. Up a trim level, the SE pushes the price up almost $4,000 to $43,700. Like those powered by the P250 engine, the P300 R-Dynamic range starts with the S, at $46,600. For an extra $2,600, you can pick up the SE, while the top-of-the-range HSE will cost you $52,950. For 2020, there is a special edition Checkered Flag trim, which will cost $46,400. These prices are exclusive of tax, registration, licensing, and Jaguar's $995 destination charge.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Models

For 2020, the Jaguar E-Pace is available in six trim levels: both the P250 and P300 are available in either S or SE trims, while the HSE is a P300 model only. The limited-edition Checkered Flag trim draws from P250 and P300 lineup features. The P250 engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 246 hp and 269 lb-ft. The same engine develops 296 hp and 295 lb-ft when tuned for the P300 models. In any configuration, the engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that directs power to all four wheels.

The P250 trim rides on 18-inch alloys and comes equipped with automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and rear fog lights. Key features include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and ten-way power front seats. The infotainment suite comprises a ten-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth, paired with a six-speaker sound system. Two USB ports and two 12-volt power outlets provide charging around the cabin. Driver-assistance features include front and rear sonar, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitoring, and a rearview camera.

One trim level up, the P250 SE gets larger 19-inch alloy wheels, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, auto high-beam assist, and a power tailgate. It also gets 14-way power front seats with memory, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, navigation, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. The advanced driver-assistance features get expanded too, with the addition of adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, park assist, a surround-view camera, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Each of the R-Dynamic models on from their P250 namesakes, but the R-Dynamic S also gets

heated power-folding exterior mirrors, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Standard R-Dynamic upgrades include front fog lights, an aerodynamic body kit, and sport seats. The HSE gets even more upgrades with 18-way power front seats, keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, and high-speed automatic braking.

The special edition Checkered Flag benefits from the Black Exterior Pack, and gets all the tech of the R-Dynamic S aside from the Meridian sound system, adaptive cruise control, and surround-view camera.

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Additional Packages

While each of the standard models come with more than their fair share of standard features, the Jag E-Pace still offers buyers a variety of ways to upgrade and customize their purchase. The Drive Pro Pack ($1,700) adds blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking, while the Park Pro Pack ($700) adds park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera. The Connect Pro package ($420) adds a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and Smart Settings. SiriusXM can be added to the infotainment suite for $510, while a hands-free power tailgate is available for $460.

🚗What Jaguar E-Pace Model Should I Buy?

The Jaguar E-Pace is not a cheap crossover, so those who want the best value for their money should probably set their sights low. That's not to say you will be getting very little, though. Even the base-model P250 comes with a capable powertrain and a well-appointed cabin. It may not look quite as sporty as the R-Dynamic models, but it will deliver just as much fun on the road. The smaller wheels also give you the best ride comfort, and the leather-appointed ten-way seats are certainly more than comfortable enough. The available Drive Pro and Park Pro packages add some nice-to-have driver-assistance features, but they push the price up a fair amount. You'll need to balance convenience and comfort with your checkbook.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Comparisons

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Land Rover
Jaguar F-Pace Jaguar
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jaguar E-Pace246 hp21/28 mpg$43,700
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 246 hp20/27 mpg$42,650
Jaguar F-Pace 247 hp22/27 mpg$45,200

2020 Jaguar E-Pace vs Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

While the E-Pace may be based on the same platform as the old Range Rover Evoque, the latter is a bit more truck-like than the sleek and curvy subcompact. The E-Pace also shaves a few inches off the Evoque's platform to squeeze it into the subcompact segment. Oddly enough, the larger SUV actually provides less cargo capacity behind the rear seats, but passenger space is mostly on par. With its complete redesign for 2020, the Evoque is far more modern than it used to be, with all the same features you'll find in its Jag cousin. However, the materials inside the Evoque are far more consistent, giving it a more quality feel. In true Land Rover fashion, the Range Rover Evoque is the more capable off-roader, but it can't tow quite as much as the E-Pace, with a max capacity of 3,306 lbs. Between the two SUVs, the Evoque is the more premium, and more expensive, choice, but the E-Pace is almost as good. So, it will mostly come down to personal taste on style and interior quality.

See Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

2020 Jaguar E-Pace vs Jaguar F-Pace

The big brother to the E-Pace, the Jaguar F-Pace gets everything you'd expect from a larger segment, including the higher price tag. The standard engine on the compact SUV is comparable with that on the E-Pace, developing 247 hp and 269 lb-ft. However, the available supercharged V8, with 542 hp, gives the F-Pace insane performance to go with its impressive handling. It doesn't hurt that the compact weighs in a bit lighter than the subcompact while still providing more passenger and cargo space. The interior is a bit more premium, too, but that's to be expected from a higher price bracket. If you can afford it, the F-Pace is the better choice between the two crossovers, and it doesn't have the same snub-nosed appearance as the E-Pace.

See Jaguar F-Pace Review

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