2021 Jaguar E-Pace

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2021 Jaguar E-Pace Review: A Fun Yet Classy Subcompact

by Aiden Eksteen

To boost its allure within the ever-popular crossover classification, Jaguar introduces the 2021 E-Pace with a fresh new design, some performance enhancements, and a good selection of new features. With compelling competitors, such as the BMW X2, Volvo XC40, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, existing within the premium subcompact crossover space, too, Jaguar's choice to ameliorate the E-Pace is more a necessity than a move to up the ante. That being said, the E-Pace does possess a uniquely entertaining drive character that's been fused with a polished ride, suave styling, and premium constitution. These qualities are carried throughout the E-Pace line from the 246-horsepower P250 models to the 296-hp P300 Sport model. All come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, nine-speed auto transmission, and an all-wheel drivetrain, though the P300 Sport boasts added proficiency thanks to a mild-hybrid setup and more finely tuned underpinnings. Even so, the E-Pace isn't the sportiest or the most luxurious premium crossover out there at its price, but it just may be the most entertaining and attractive.

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2021 Jaguar E-Pace Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 E-Pace?

Jaguar has the E-Pace crossover roll into the 2021 model year with the most enhancements and changes its seen since its debut in 2017. New LED headlights with 'double J-blade' daytime running lights, a fresh new grille design, and a revised front fascia with more pronounced apertures announce the E-Pace's evolution. In terms of performance, some powertrain and chassis enhancements aim to improve throttle responses, ride comfort, and cabin noise. Finally, within the cabin, the steering wheel, shifter, and HVAC controls have been redesigned, and there's now a larger 11.4-inch curved infotainment touchscreen and an available digital rearview mirror.

Pros and Cons

  • Suave, eye-catching design, outside and in
  • Entertaining and refined drive qualities
  • Modern, intuitive infotainment system
  • Improved cabin design and quality
  • Relatively spacious trunk
  • More expensive than its competitors
  • Slower acceleration versus rivals
  • Fairly cramped back seats
  • Uncertain reliability record

What's the Price of the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace?

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2021 Jaguar E-Pace Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
P250 SE
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
P300 300 Sport
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 E-Pace Exterior

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  • 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
  • Curb Weight 3,925.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Caldera Red +$350
  • Santorini Black Metallic +$650
  • Yulong White Metallic +$650
  • Firenze Red Metallic +$650
  • Bluefire Blue Metallic +$650
  • Borasco Grey Metallic +$650
  • Eiger Grey Metallic +$650
  • Portofino Blue Metallic +$650
  • Hakuba Silver Metallic +$650
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic +$1,350
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic +$1,350
  • Fuji White

2021 E-Pace Performance

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Side Angle Driving Jaguar
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2021 Jaguar E-Pace Wheel Jaguar

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2021 E-Pace Interior

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Driver Area Jaguar
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Seating and Interior Space

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

2021 E-Pace Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Open Trunk Space Jaguar
2021 Jaguar E-Pace Trunk Space Jaguar
2021 Jaguar E-Pace Armrest Storage Jaguar

2021 E-Pace Safety and Reliability


  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace A Good SUV?

With its $40,995 starting price, the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace crossover is a really expensive vehicle, even within the premium subcompact classification. You do get a whole lot of value for the money, though, from its fun and playful performance to its very many creature comforts and conveniences, even from the P250 models. Though more proficient and competitive in terms of speed and dynamic handling, the P300 Sport delivers a rougher ride quality than the P250 models because of its sportier-tuned underpinnings. The P250 models can be just as entertaining, however, and maintain a luxurious ride quality that is usually what's sought-after within this class. The E-Pace is impressively fuel-efficient regardless of the powertrain in play, which is a factor that could justify its hefty price tag. It's a suave-looking and contemporary 5-door crossover that oozes class and sophistication. Though there is no official safety review for the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace, its first-rate design and its extensive consignment of driver-assistance systems and safety features bring peace of mind. Buyers drawn in by the Jaguar E-Pace's good looks and spritely handling will happily overlook its high asking price.

What Jaguar E-Pace Model Should I Buy?

Though the P300 Sport, with its 296-hp turbocharged engine and numerous sport-tuned underpinnings, is a tempting offer, we're more inclined to recommend one of the P250 models with the less powerful 246-hp power plant. The E-Pace is an entertaining and engaging car regardless of which powertrain is in play, and while the stronger engine, firmer chassis and suspension, and larger 20-inch wheels on the P300 Sport do improve its proficiency, they detract from the E-Pace's smooth and refined ride quality, which we value more in this segment. To get the most out of the Jag's comfort bias, we'd suggest opting for the P250 SE model. It gets the Pivi Pro setup with a 12.3-inch interactive driver display and several navigation functions. It also comes with a good number of additional driver-assistance features over the regular P250.

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