2018 Jaguar E-Pace Walk Around


Penned by youthful Jaguar designers, the sultry, sharply sculpted E-Pace aims at a comparable audience.

Comparatively tall for the compact class, the E-Pace looks lower than its measurements suggest, courtesy of sculpted lower-bodyside lines. The hood seems longer, too. Flared arches top each wheel. Slinky headlights seem out of place, but stylists have skillfully adapted the familiar Jaguar nose.

Long overhangs are softened by such details as simulated ducts and carefully considered bends. Because the roofline doesn’t drop dramatically, interior space isn’t compromised.

Interior

Inspiration for the efficiently laid-out cabin hails from Jaguar’s F-Type sports car as well as the larger F-Pace crossover. Quality of materials, however, falls short of Jaguar’s usual level.

Climate controls operate quietly and confidently, but hard-grained plastic doesn’t match the E-Pace’s price. R-Dynamic models get a stitched dashboard that looks good, but doesn’t feel sufficiently supple. Some combinations of leather upholstery are excessively dramatic.

Passengers can expect surprising spaciousness, promising comfort on long treks. Because front-seat occupants are closer than usual to the front wheels, their arches protrude into footwells. A high seating position provides good visibility over the deceptively short hood.

Rear-seat riders get more than 35 inches of legroom, which feels even longer. A wide back seat accommodates three, at least for shorter trips.

Cargo space is sizable. With rear seatbacks up, volume totals 24.2 cubic feet. Folding the seats expands space beyond 52 cubic feet.

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