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Test drive: LLM motoring editor Lisa Curtiss reviews the Jaguar E-Pace, a sportscar-inspired SUV

By Lisa Curtiss  |  March 1, 2020

One of the most stylish and desirable SUVs around, Jaguar’s excellent E-Pace offers a matchless blend of quality, class, versatility, looks and sportscar honed performance.

The distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches – all alluding to ample power and strength – are instantly recognisable from the company’s stunning F-Type.

Slip inside, and you’ll find more sportscar touches, and a cabin that’s superbly appointed and luxurious throughout. Jaguar interiors always match the quality of those in models costing tens of thousands of pounds more, and this one is no exception. From ceiling to floor, every material and finish is top notch, and the ergonomic dash tech-rich – with the all the latest infotainment, ambiance, safety and performance gadgetry right at your fingertips.

Roomy too – this model may be under 4.4 metres long, but has exceptional interior space and can seat five in comfort – as well as holding a weekly mammoth Waitrose shop and golf clubs in the boot with ease.

The E-Pace is available with a range of powerful and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 300PS petrol turbo version powers the sporting SUV from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, and, for customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150PS diesel delivers CO2 emissions of a respectable 124g/km. An excellent all-rounder guaranteed to please.

Our model on test was the D240 R-Dynamic HSE, with a 6.8 secs. sprint resplendent in a gorgeous Farallon Black Pearl paint optional extra, with striking Mars Red interior. Additional options fitted included the Black Exterior Pack, privacy glass, head-up display and heated steering wheel – handy for this cold weather.

Out on the road, this car is a dynamic joy to drive. A high driving position and acres of glass give excellent visibility, the seats are super supportive and comfortable on even the longest journeys. It’s most definitely right at the top of the very best cars of its class we’ve tested to date and is highly recommended.

Prices start from £28,300