They say the starting price is around £28500 but I have just been on their website and configured the basic car with just a few of the options available and it comes to a cool 51K. If your going to treat yourself then you may as well get the bells and whistles to this new amazing Jaguar
Jaguar may have been slow to enter the SUV market, but its first effort, the F-Pace, has since taken more than half of the brand’s sales. Like most late bloomers, then, it’s keen to make up for lost time, with this smaller Jaguar E-Pace the first of three additional SUVs on the way.
The E-Pace will cost from £28,500 when it goes on sale later this year, which means it will go head to head with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. However, while those cars closely resemble the bigger SUVs in their respective ranges, the designers of the E-Pace have been bolder, taking their inspiration from Jaguar’s F-Type sports car.
The decision to not just create a Mini-Me version of the F-Pace breaks from recent Jaguar form; even the brand’s design director, Ian Callum, admits that the XE and XF executive saloons look similar.
Jaguar markets itself as a sporty brand, and this is reflected in the interior of the E-Pace, which is very driver-focused. Models with an automatic gearbox ditch the rotary selector used in the F-Pace in favour of a joystick that allows manual shifts, and there’s a central grab handle that seems to fence the passenger off from the dashboard controls.
The layout is user-friendly (at least for the person behind the wheel), because there are simple rotary dials for the air conditioning and the more sophisticated of Jaguar’s two infotainment systems is standard. Called Touch Pro, it’s displayed on a 10.0in touchscreen with a customisable home page that makes most operations quite quick and simple.
Working out if I deserve one now