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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2020, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hello All,

We just purchased a new 2020 E-Pace SE. While the panic of the virus has limited my time wit the new car (working from home), I have had fun so far.

I am coming from an Infiniti G37. I really loved that car. Great look, drove well, had lots of power, and very little in the way of issues. It was just hitting the 10 year mark and I was still feeling good about the car.

We had paid off my wife's Volvo XC60 T6 a year ago. I was next in line for the car replacement. I was going to hold out longer, but the longer I held out, the longer she had to wait. She was anxious to get things moving. .

Using "wife tricks", she got me to thinking about what I wanted in a new car. Then once I was hooked on knowing what I wanted (sporty SUV), she got me to test drive some cars. It snowballed from there and I drove home with the E-Pace.

Given that I was not spending over 50K for a new car and limiting it to a sport SUV really zoned in my options. The E-Pace won the day purely on an emotional decision. I just really enjoyed driving it. It was sporty to drive. It was sporty to look at. That is what got me to pull the trigger.

Charlie.
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Hello All,

We just purchased a new 2020 E-Pace SE. While the panic of the virus has limited my time wit the new car (working from home), I have had fun so far.

I am coming from an Infiniti G37. I really loved that car. Great look, drove well, had lots of power, and very little in the way of issues. It was just hitting the 10 year mark and I was still feeling good about the car.

We had paid off my wife's Volvo XC60 T6 a year ago. I was next in line for the car replacement. I was going to hold out longer, but the longer I held out, the longer she had to wait. She was anxious to get things moving. .

Using "wife tricks", she got me to thinking about what I wanted in a new car. Then once I was hooked on knowing what I wanted (sporty SUV), she got me to test drive some cars. It snowballed from there and I drove home with the E-Pace.

Given that I was not spending over 50K for a new car and limiting it to a sport SUV really zoned in my options. The E-Pace won the day purely on an emotional decision. I just really enjoyed driving it. It was sporty to drive. It was sporty to look at. That is what got me to pull the trigger.

Charlie.
Congrats! I did about the same thing, except I had just purchased a 2019 Mini Clubman S last July. I was absolutely NOT HAPPY with that car, so I decided a sporty SUV sized vehicle better fit my bill. I test drove the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Volvo XC40, and the Range Rover Discovery Sport. My driving style dictated that the E-Pace was the obvious choice. We couldn't be happier. I dropped it off on Monday for the software upgrade and to get the windows tinted, and all I can say is Wow! The tinted fronts on the white car looks incredible. This SUV rides more like a sporty car than it does an SUV, and it has plenty of space.

Some folks say the interior feels "cheap," but I don't get that at all. It is on par with my past 5 cars - Mini Clubman, Volvo S60 Inscription, Audi TT, BMW 550ix, and Mini Countryman - except it has more "bells and whistles" and a smoother, quieter ride.

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My test drives were the Mazda CX9, the Mercedes GLB, Discovery Sport, and E-Pace. The CX9 was actually a nice car and it would have been picked over the GLB. But I quickly drifted to the Sport and E-Pace. That was a bit harder to decide because the Sport had more room and was a more "business" like look. While the E-Pace has great room for the front and back passengers, the trunk space gets tight.

While the 5 year Maintenance and Warranty was not a big push for me, that was a nice benefit.

I am glad to hear your response on the interior. During my test drive I did not notice anything that seemed out of place in terms of quality. I guess I will know more as the years go on. I would like to know how the E-Pace 18 and 19 models look on the inside after some use. But...i saw a complaint on the gear shifter. They said it was cheap. I dont feel that. The "feedback" is loose, but not cheap.
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My test drives were the Mazda CX9, the Mercedes GLB, Discovery Sport, and E-Pace. The CX9 was actually a nice car and it would have been picked over the GLB. But I quickly drifted to the Sport and E-Pace. That was a bit harder to decide because the Sport had more room and was a more "business" like look. While the E-Pace has great room for the front and back passengers, the trunk space gets tight.

While the 5 year Maintenance and Warranty was not a big push for me, that was a nice benefit.

I am glad to hear your response on the interior. During my test drive I did not notice anything that seemed out of place in terms of quality. I guess I will know more as the years go on. I would like to know how the E-Pace 18 and 19 models look on the inside after some use. But...i saw a complaint on the gear shifter. They said it was cheap. I dont feel that. The "feedback" is loose, but not cheap.
It's funny you mention the gear shift. Driving the E-pace and discovery sport back-to-back, the gears shifts seem identical...The interiors feel almost the same to me, but the Jaguar feels quicker and, without a doubt, LOOKS way more sporty. The Jaguar also handles better around corners, and seems to have a better feeling suspense response than the Discovery. I do agree, the Discovery looks a lot more "business," or like my wife said, it looks a lot like an American SUV of 5 or 10 years ago...

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I am waiting to get my 2K miles on it so that I can really start to drive it. Trying to follow the recommended Break In period and rules...ugh. I did put it into Dynamic, Sport, and Manual a couple of times for fun. Dont think that will be a problem.

I will have to try one of those program resets after the Break In. With the E-Pace learning your driving style, I want it to remember the more aggressive driving that I like. Mind you...not aggressive to other drives, but I really enjoy jumping off the line.

My wife's Volvo XC60 is turbo and has some pickup. But it does not have that same fun feel that the E-Pace has on it. The engine specs are roughly the same, but Jaguar did something to make it fun.
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I am waiting to get my 2K miles on it so that I can really start to drive it. Trying to follow the recommended Break In period and rules...ugh. I did put it into Dynamic, Sport, and Manual a couple of times for fun. Dont think that will be a problem.

I will have to try one of those program resets after the Break In. With the E-Pace learning your driving style, I want it to remember the more aggressive driving that I like. Mind you...not aggressive to other drives, but I really enjoy jumping off the line.

My wife's Volvo XC60 is turbo and has some pickup. But it does not have that same fun feel that the E-Pace has on it. The engine specs are roughly the same, but Jaguar did something to make it fun.
My guess is the 4.56 axle. It shifts the powerband to lower rpms for better acceleration in lower gears. For that reason lifted trucks with heavy oversized tires need a 4.56 but when you put that axle in a small soccer mom SUV it becomes a rocket.
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Hello All,

We just purchased a new 2020 E-Pace SE. While the panic of the virus has limited my time wit the new car (working from home), I have had fun so far.

I am coming from an Infiniti G37. I really loved that car. Great look, drove well, had lots of power, and very little in the way of issues. It was just hitting the 10 year mark and I was still feeling good about the car.

We had paid off my wife's Volvo XC60 T6 a year ago. I was next in line for the car replacement. I was going to hold out longer, but the longer I held out, the longer she had to wait. She was anxious to get things moving. .

Using "wife tricks", she got me to thinking about what I wanted in a new car. Then once I was hooked on knowing what I wanted (sporty SUV), she got me to test drive some cars. It snowballed from there and I drove home with the E-Pace.

Given that I was not spending over 50K for a new car and limiting it to a sport SUV really zoned in my options. The E-Pace won the day purely on an emotional decision. I just really enjoyed driving it. It was sporty to drive. It was sporty to look at. That is what got me to pull the trigger.

Charlie.
Did your E-Pace come with the lid thingy that covers the center console cupholders?
Mine didn't and the salesperson doesn't know why or what happened to it.
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Hello All,

We just purchased a new 2020 E-Pace SE. While the panic of the virus has limited my time wit the new car (working from home), I have had fun so far.

I am coming from an Infiniti G37. I really loved that car. Great look, drove well, had lots of power, and very little in the way of issues. It was just hitting the 10 year mark and I was still feeling good about the car.

We had paid off my wife's Volvo XC60 T6 a year ago. I was next in line for the car replacement. I was going to hold out longer, but the longer I held out, the longer she had to wait. She was anxious to get things moving. .

Using "wife tricks", she got me to thinking about what I wanted in a new car. Then once I was hooked on knowing what I wanted (sporty SUV), she got me to test drive some cars. It snowballed from there and I drove home with the E-Pace.

Given that I was not spending over 50K for a new car and limiting it to a sport SUV really zoned in my options. The E-Pace won the day purely on an emotional decision. I just really enjoyed driving it. It was sporty to drive. It was sporty to look at. That is what got me to pull the trigger.

Charlie.
Did your E-Pace come with the lid thingy that covers the center console cupholders?
Mine didn't and the salesperson doesn't know why or what happened to it.
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Interesting about axle sizes. That is something interesting to look into when we get our next car, which hopefully will be a long time. If all goes well, I will have my E-Pace for ten years (at least).

I have read some complaints of how the E-Pace shifts its gears. Coming from the G37...It shifts very similar to that, so I am used to it. Would be nice to be a bit smoother.

I do not have a cover for the cup holders. I wonder if other do on the 2020. Maybe they stopped putting it in those?
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I have the cover for mine. I don't know what it's useful for, but I have the cover (2020 SE). About the cup holders...I wish Jaguar had made the driver side cupholder just a little bit bigger, like the passenger side cupholder, to be able to fit a can of Diet Coke...

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