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- Highs Assertive but cute bodywork, handling traits that make the driver giggle, pleasant exhaust note.
- Lows More expensive than its classmates, back seat isn't very big, most rivals are more fuel-efficient.
- Verdict Despite a small back seat and hefty price, the E-Pace charms with its stylish design and playful driving manners.
The 2022 Jaguar E-Pace is the British brand's attempt to seduce younger buyers seeking a small crossover with a luxury pedigree. While Jaguar's reputation was born from sedans that shuttle society's richest members, it now butters its bread with profits from SUVs such as the mid-size F-Pace. The tinier E-Pace exists below the F and competes with subcompact rivals such as the BMW X2 and Volvo XC40. The turbo-four-powered, all-wheel-drive Jag isn't as quick, fuel-efficient, or practical as those two—or most of its peers, for that matter—but it's still a hoot to scoot down winding roads. Its cargo area and back seat don't qualify as big, but its cockpit is driver-focused and available with desirable features. The 2022 E-Pace is pricier than most of its classmates and not as classy, but its exclusiveness and stylishness might offset some of those compromises.
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What's New for 2022?
For 2022, Jaguar hasn't made any significant changes to the E-Pace lineup. Although the SUV did just receive a series of updates for the previous model year that included improved interior materials and a more intuitive infotainment system.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While the P300 Sport gets the 296-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, we're content with the less powerful, albeit more affordable, 246-hp version that comes on the P250 models. We'd also recommend the mid-range SE trim, which nicely balances creature comforts and value. Its standard features include a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster and an 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We'd also opt for the Dynamic Handling package that adds adaptive dampers for adjustable ride quality and handling characteristics.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
As with most crossovers in this class, the E-Pace has a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain. The P250 generates 246 horsepower, and the P300 adds a mild-hybrid system and another 50 ponies for 296 total. Both engines use a nine-speed automatic transmission that took too long to downshift for our preferences. At least the exhaust elicits a snarling note at higher revs. The P250 that we tested was heavier than some rivals with turbo-four engines, which contributed to its slower acceleration times. While every E-Pace has all-wheel drive and substantial towing capability, only the P300 Sport has torque-vectoring technology for improved handling. The P250 was especially comfortable, with soft dampers that absorbed 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. However, we eventually found its loose body motions to be downright playful during a comparison test against the BMW X2 and the Volvo XC40. Sure, the Jaguar still finished last in this test, but it was unanimously named the most fun to drive. Its light and precise steering was also partially responsible for that title. Its brake pedal had inconsistent feedback in normal conditions, but applying regular pressure increased responsiveness.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The E-Pace isn't the thriftiest subcompact luxury crossover, with lower estimates than many of its all-wheel-drive rivals. The P250 model earned ratings of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway while the P300 earned 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen—the P250 earned 27 mpg and the P300 netted 26. Those figures did align with a Cadillac XT4 Sport (27 mpg), but they trailed an Audi Q3 (31 mpg) and were way behind an all-wheel-drive BMW X2 (36 mpg). For more information about the E-Pace's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The E-Pace interior surrounds the driver with a sloping dashboard design that puts all controls near the driver's hands. Our favorite parts of the interior include the silver trim throughout the cabin and the optional 18-way, quilted leather seats. Jaguar enhances the cabin with desirable options such as the 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster and digital rearview mirror, as well as a head-up display and wireless smartphone charging. The cabin has more soft-touch surfaces and some nicer materials than the previous model year, too. Unfortunately, the back seat that compressed our adult frames carries on. 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.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The E-Pace's infotainment system is channeled through its curved 11.4-inch touchscreen mounted in the middle of the dashboard. While base models come standard with Pivi software that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, higher trim levels support Pivi Pro, which adds built-in navigation and accepts over-the-air updates. Along with abundant USB ports and 12-volt outlets, the E-Pace offers a Wi-Fi hotspot and a powerful Meridian stereo.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The E-Pace offers 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, and self-parking assist that controls the steering wheel to make both parallel and perpendicular parking easier. For more information about the E-Pace's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jaguar provides exemplary limited and powertrain warranty coverage that is highlighted by lengthy complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $54,190 (base price: $39,595)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 cu in, 1998 cc
Power: 246 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.7-in vented disc/11.8-in disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season, 245/45R-20 103W M+S JLR
Wheelbase: 105.6 in
Length: 173.0 in
Width: 74.8 in Height: 64.9 in
Passenger volume: 95 cu ft
Cargo volume: 24 cu ft
Curb weight: 4223 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 7.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 20.5 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 36.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.6 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 135 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.83 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 18 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 27 mpg
Highway range: 480 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 24/21/28 mpg