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Published Date: 31/10/2017

Combining the SUV body style’s highly coveted visibility and safety benefits with Jaguar’s contemporary and truly beautiful design language, it’s no surprise that the revered British firm’s crossover debut, the F-Pace, has driven JLR to record UK and global sales. Opening up the privilege of Jaguar ownership to compact crossover customers, the eagerly anticipated E-Pace is also now on sale. How does it compare with the F-Pace?

Alluring and dynamic exteriors

Both the F-Pace, which is currently Jaguar’s largest luxury performance SUV, and its compact sibling the E-Pace, are significantly inspired by the firm’s heart-racing F-Type sports car - so breathtaking styling is a given.

With a footprint that is 351mm longer and 86mm wider, the F-Pace naturally possesses a more sizeable physical impact, but the more compact E-Pace matches it for road presence, sharing a gaping honeycomb mesh grille, bonnet power bulge and flared arches. Jaguar’s J-blade daytime running light signature is present on both cars, but the F-Pace’s headlights are wider and flatter from front-on, while the E-Pace’s light units extend further back along the bonnet from the side.

Each car looks dynamic and exciting - the F-Pace appearing more aggressive at the front, while their rears equally ooze F-Type design cues, most noticeably the light clusters, though the roundels have been squared off on the E-Pace. From the side, the more compact E-Pace has a sportier and more curvaceous silhouette overall and its roofline and rear windows are more steeply raked, emphasising its athletic prowess.

Conclusion: If outright sporty looks matter more than space, the E-Pace wins.

Contemporary class inside

While continuing the tradition of paramount luxury associated with Jaguar interiors, the E-Pace and F-Pace’s cabins are thoroughly modern and boast JLR’s latest infotainment screens, customisable mood-lighting and high quality British craftsmanship.

The compact E-Pace’s wraparound interior is much more driver-focussed and sporty in feel, complete with a boldly-styled grab handle and the F-Type’s SportShift gear selector, creating a stronger sense of driver engagement. The F-Pace features JLR’s iconic rotary rise-up gear selector, conveying a more executive aura. Its centre console is closer aligned to the XE and XF, with more buttons visible compared to the E-Pace’s minimal approach, and comes complete with three large circular climate dials. Rich, leather options are available for both cars, the ultimate choice being the F-Pace in Luxury trim.

The F-Pace’s cabin is naturally roomier and its driving position somewhat more commanding, but luggage space is a strong area for both the E-Pace and F-Pace, with a massive and class-leading 577 litres and 650 litres respectively.

Technophiles will be delighted with the InControl, Touch Pro and Connect Pro systems available for each Jaguar crossover, the E-Pace receiving slightly newer versions. Other standout interior options include a head-up display, brilliant Meridian sound system, and high definition instrumentation. Families will be both reassured by the cars’ safety features and wowed by practical touches like the optional Activity Key and powered gesture tailgate.

Conclusion: F-Pace is best for regularly carrying larger loads or rear passengers

Impressive modern engines

Jaguar’s sporting expertise really shines through in both the F-Pace and E-Pace, their dynamic chassis and advanced aerodynamics honed to maximise driver thrills. It’s therefore no surprise that the engines on offer blend responsiveness, efficiency and performance to deliver a highly rewarding overall experience.

  • The F-Pace’s advanced Ingenium diesel engines commence with the rear-wheel drive, turbocharged 163PS 2.0-litre unit delivering a 0-60mph acceleration time of 9.7 seconds and combined fuel consumption of upto 59.2mpg.
  • This highly regarded 4-cylinder engine is also available in 180PS form in both RWD and AWD, as well as a 240PS variant producing, a top speed of 135mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of just 6.7 seconds.
  • Petrol buyers will delight in the F-Pace engines on offer, spanning from a 2.0-litre, 250PS AWD powertrain through to 300PS twin turbocharged and 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 units, the latter impressively capable of hitting 60mph in a mere 5.1 seconds.
  • Jaguar’s E-Pace newcomer is also equipped with exceptional Ingenium engines and clean diesel technology, with the 150PS D150 producing the same torque as the entry level engine in the F-Pace.
  • There’s also the D180 and D240, the latter of which is a twin turbocharged, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder unit with plenty of power courtesy of 500Nm torque, and impressive economy of 45.6mpg and 162g/km CO2 emissions.
  • Jaguar’s intelligent Continuously Variable Valve Lift (CVVL) petrol engine technology bestows the initial E-Pace engine lineup with a pair of exceptional 2.0-litre powerplants. The P250 and P300 are both AWD Auto models, the more powerful of the two benefiting from an uprated compressor wheel and ceramic bearings to achieve maximum power.

Conclusion: 180PS diesel AWD models provide an excellent mix of power, refinement, all-weather ability and attractive running costs

In numbers…

 

F-Pace

E-Pace

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

163

380

150

300

Fuel (comb MPG)

31.7

59.2

35.3

60.1

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

126

209

124

181

Top Speed (mph)

121

155

124

151

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

5.1

9.7

5.9

9.5

Price

£34,730

£53,365

£28,500

£48,410


The Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs may share similar styling at first glance, but look at a little deeper and subtly enticing differences distinguish the two. The more compact E-Pace focusses on sport both inside and out while the larger F-Pace has a slightly more executive interior and offers tremendous space for both passengers and luggage.

 

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