Monday, 14 September 2020

2020 Jaguar E-Pace Review

2020 Jaguar E-Pace


With its muscular bodywork and unmistakable branding, the E-Pace is the crossover equivalent of the British automaker's F-type sports car, emanating performance vibes and promoting an upscale lifestyle. 

What the 2020 E-Pace lacks in refinement and value, it makes up for with engaging driving characteristics and luxurious features. 

Unfortunately, it fails to feel as sophisticated as more well-rounded rivals such as the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40

Still, the E-Pace makes an impression whether it's cruising down the boulevard or carving up the back roads.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

What's New for 2020?

For 2020, Jaguar updates the E-Pace lineup by adding newly standard features and a limited-edition model. 

Every E-Pace now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, which were previously optional with the Smartphone Pack.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

The new Checkered Flag Limited Edition is only available with the less powerful four-cylinder engine, but it brings unique exterior addenda as well as distinct cabin appointments. 

This setup also includes better standard equipment and all-wheel drive.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  P250: $40,945
  •  P250 SE: $44,695
  •  P250 Checkered Flag Edition: $47,395
  •  P300 R-Dynamic S: $47,595
  •  P300 R-Dynamic SE: $50,195
  •  P300 R-Dynamic HSE: $54,455

    The E-Pace offers up to 296 horsepower with the hotter turbocharged four-cylinder, but I think the standard engine's 246 ponies are more than adequate. 

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    I'am also not convinced this Jaguar lives up to its loftier price points, so I'd harness the value offered on the lower SE model. 

    Among its upgraded standard features are 19-inch wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, a power tailgate, and a better infotainment system with built-in navigation, a mobile hotspot, and a Meridian audio system. 

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    To spruce up the unremarkable interior quality, I'd choose one of the Windsor Leather Comfort Seats along with the highly adjustable heated and cooled front seats with heated rear seats. 

    Likewise, I'd select the head-up display and fully digital gauge cluster to further enhance the E-Pace interior. 

    The Drive Pro package rounds out our recommendations with high-speed automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    As with most crossovers in this class, the E-Pace has a turbocharged four-cylinder power-train.  

    The P250 and the P300 . Both use a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

    Thankfully, the engine avoids the coarseness that has plagued other Jaguar four-cylinders, and the exhaust elicits a snarling note at higher revs.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    While every E-Pace has all-wheel drive and substantial towing capability, only the R-Dynamic models have added power and torque-vectoring technology for improved handling. 

    With soft dampers that absorbs road imperfections and isolated passengers. 

    While its 20-inch wheels thudded over choppy roads, the ride quality otherwise upheld the company's luxury mission. Initially, the E-Pace felt unsteady when driven enthusiastically.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Its light and precise steering is also partially responsible for that title. Its brake pedal had inconsistent feedback in normal conditions, but applying regular pressure increased responsiveness.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The 2020 E-Pace interior surrounds the driver with a sloping dashboard design that puts all controls near the driver's hands. 

    Unfortunately, the attractive leather seats and surfaces are neutralized by a mix of hard plastics and irregular panel fitment. 

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Otherwise, the optional digital gauge cluster and its customizable settings is nice. Too bad the back seat compress adult frames. 

    It may have mediocre back-seat space, but it can carry a piece of luggage for each passenger plus one. 

    (For those poor at math, that means six.) With competitive carry-on capacity and plenty of storage spots, the E-Pace is a useful travel companion.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Every model has a 10-inch touchscreen located in the center stack that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

    An enhanced version with navigation and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot is also available. While the 2020 E-Pace has abundant USB and 12-volt outlets, Jaguar's track record of glitchy infotainment software makes me wary.

    2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The 2020 E-Pace hasn't been crash-tested but it has lots of standard driver-assistance technology, and the roster can be increased with various high-tech upgrades. 

    While the base model is excluded from these options, the rest are available with a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, and self-parking assist that controls the steering wheel to make both parallel and perpendicular parking easier. 

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard automated emergency braking
    •  Standard front and rear parking sensors
    •  Standard lane-keeping assist

    • 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Jaguar provides exemplary limited and power-train warranty coverage that is highlighted by lengthy complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    •  Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
    •  Power-train warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
    •  Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
    • 2020 Jaguar E-Pace


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