Jaguar's foray into the compact-luxury SUV seem to be doing exceptionally well so far and positive E-Pace reviews are pouring in from global automotive publications including Motor Trend. They've recently published a buyer's guide online with nothing but praise for E-Pace.
Though it may share a chassis along with other miscellaneous pieces of hardware with the Evoque and the Discovery Sport, Jaguar's compact SUV is said to be even more fun to drive than either of them. To further entice buyers, the E-Pace is reasonably priced with an entry-level model going for just $39,000 in the States and a fully loaded model can be purchase at $55,000.
Even though there is noV6 offering, the E-Pace's 2.0-liter turbocharged Ingenium gas engine is still impressive no matter which version you choose. There's a 246-hp variant with 269 lb-ft of torque and then there's the more powerful option delivering 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. No matter which variant you choose, they all come standard with a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Speaking of AWD, the E-Pace is quite unique as its electronically controlled Active Driveline can quickly shift 100% of torque to either the front or rea axle when needed and also between the rear wheels. That means the E-Pace can act like a FWD vehicle while cruising in order to save gas.
Jaguar's plan for the E-Pace was to drawn in new buyers from other brands and they seem to be achieving that goal if U.S. orders are any indication. A whopping 90% of orders placed are from buyers new to the brand.