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2021 Jaguar E-PACE Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 10, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The Jaguar E-Pace is the smallest SUV offering from the brand Jaguar. It is offered in 6 distinct variants and the range kick starts from just under $40,000. The SUV is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine from the Ingenium series and is offered in two states of tune. In the base P250 trim, the motor puts out 246 horsepower and in the P300, the engine is good for 296 hp which is also shared with the XE and the base Jaguar F-Type P300

The E-pace faces stiff competition from the already existing compact SUVs like the Mercedes Benz GLA, Volvo XC40, and the BMW X1. Here’s our take on the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace that is soon going to be on sale in the US market.

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Pros

Generous cargo space

Potent engine

AWD is standard

Cons

Hefty price tag

Loses out on fuel-economy

Laggy infotainment system

Limited space in the second row

What's New?

A new hybrid powertrain is on the cards


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Jaguar E-PACE Interior video

Ratings

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Jaguar E-PACE Base

Base

power
246 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$39,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P250 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $39,950 MSRP (21/24/28) 246 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SE

SE

power
246 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$43,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P250 SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,700 MSRP (21/24/28) 246 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Checkered Flag Limited Edition

Checkered Flag Limited Edition

power
246 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$46,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P250 Checkered Flag Limited Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $46,400 MSRP (21/24/28) 246 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Jaguar E-PACE R-Dynamic S

R-Dynamic S

power
296 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$46,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $46,600 MSRP (21/24/28) 296 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Jaguar E-PACE R-Dynamic SE

R-Dynamic SE

power
296 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$49,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P300 R-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $49,200 MSRP (21/24/28) 296 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Jaguar E-PACE R-Dynamic HSE

R-Dynamic HSE

power
296 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$52,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P300 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $52,950 MSRP (21/24/28) 296 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Jaguar is a well-known name in the territory of luxury cars and they have produced plenty of memorable models throughout their 98 years of life. Recently, Jaguar launched the E-pace, a smaller sibling to their F-pace as a compact crossover utility vehicle. The 2021 E-pace is rumored to undergo some cosmetic changes on the exterior to make it look even more appealing with rumors of a hybrid powertrain to power the car.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV 3 Quarter View
2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV Rear 3 Quarter View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Features

While it still isn’t clear as to what trims the 2021 E-pace might offer, we can take a look at the 2020 model and get a brief idea. The 2020 Jaguar E-pace comprises six trim options: Base, SE, Checkered Flag Edition, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE. The 2021 edition should also come standard with these trim options. Jaguar equips all the 2020 E-pace trims with the same inline 4 engine, albeit with different power outputs for various models. But we do get the same 9-speed automatic w/ OD and auto-manual transmission in all the six variants. All the trims deliver the same miles per gallon. We also get the all-wheel-drive (AWD) in all the six trims. 

Models*

Base

SE

R-Dynamic S

R-Dynamic SE

R-Dynamic HSE

Checkered Flag Edition

MSRP

$39,950

$43,700

$46,600

$49,200

$52,950

$46,400

Key Features

Driver condition monitor

Adds to Base features

Adds to SE features

Adds to R-Dynamic S features

Adds to R-Dynamic SE features

Adds to R-Dynamic HSE features

 

Emergency braking

360° parking aid

4G WiFi hotspot

19-inch

20 inch five split-spoke Satin grey alloy wheels with contrast Diamond Turned finish

19 inch five-spoke Satin dark grey alloy wheels

 

Grained leather powered front seats

Adaptive speed limiter

Navigation Pro

Grained 14-way power front sport seats with memory

Adaptive cruise control with queue assist

Ebony grained leather with Flamed Red stitching

 

Lane keep assist

Grained leather 14-way front powered seats with memory

Online media

 

Blindspot assist

Fixed panoramic roof

 

LED headlights and LED signature DRL

Heated, electric, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory and approach lights

Pro Services

 

High-speed emergency braking

Keyless entry

 

Heated power exterior mirrors

Meridian sound system

Smart settings

 

Interactive driver display

Metal treadplates with Checkered Flag branding

 

Rear camera

Park assist

Grained leather ten-way power front sport seats

 

Perforated Windsor 18-way front power sport seats with memory

10-way heated front seats with memory

   

Traffic sign recognition

       
   

Rear traffic monitor

       

*2020 Models used for reference

The Base Jaguar E-pace, priced at $39,950, comes equipped with 2.0L I4 with 246 hp, and it houses a lot of primary features for vehicles at this price including driver condition monitor, lane keep assist, leather power seats, full LED headlights, emergency braking, rear camera, etc.

The SE model is priced at $43,700, sports the same engine, and delivers the same 246 hp. On top of the base kit, it further adds a lot of new ones, like 360° parking aid, better seats, adaptive speed limiter, traffic sign recognition, rear traffic monitor, etc.

The R-Dynamic S model starts at $46,600 and it houses the same I4 but with a power bump of 50 hp. It has most of the SE features but also includes 4G WiFi hotspot, online media, Navigation Pro, front sport seats, etc.

The R-Dynamic SE is priced at $49,200 also houses the same I4 with 296 hp output and has all the R-Dynamic S features along with 19-inch alloy wheels and 14-way power front sport seats with memory.

The R-Dynamic HSE is priced at a huge $52,950 and also features the same I4 with 296 hp. It adds to most of the R-Dynamic SE amenities along with 20-inch Satin grey alloy wheels, more premium seats, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot assist, etc.

The Checkered Flag Edition comes in at $46,400 and features the I4 with 246 hp output. It adds to R-Dynamic HSE amenities along with new ebony grained seats, fixed panoramic roof, and keyless entry.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Jaguar E-pace has been quite popular as a compact crossover SUV. But that hasn’t exactly grabbed the attention of critics as it’s reliability is still questioned by many.

Reliability and Ownership costs

Jaguar was ranked 26th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 Reliability Survey and that is testament to the fact that British manufacturer hasn’t exactly been very reliable. The 2020 E-pace also received very average reviews from consumers and critics alike, owing to its poor fuel economy and plasticky and cheap interior for the price point. The E-pace also costs quite high and it faces stiff competition from the BMWs, Volvos, and even Audis at this price point. 

As for the pricing, the 2021 Jaguar E-pace is supposed to be priced more or less the same as the currently available trims, starting at around $40,000. However the 2020 model might face depreciation slowly, as the previous models, and resale value might still be good after a year or two. No recalls have been issued to its 2020 or 2019 models which boost its reputation upon the reliability front. We can only wait until Jaguar comes out with their new E-pace to find out how reliable it will be and how much it would cost you.

Warranty

Jaguar has recently updated its warranty as they received heat from customers who complained that they weren’t protecting their high maintenance cars. The 2021 E-pace is going to have the same warranty period as below:

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

5 years/60,000 miles – whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/60,000 miles – whichever is earlier

Roadside assistance

5 years/60,000 miles – whichever is earlier

Jaguar might have questionable reliability but it’s the warranty period where they shine. They provide a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty along with 24-hour roadside assistance. Jaguar also has an extended warranty option which you can buy after the 5 year period is over.

Miles Per Dollar

The 2020 E-pace has an mpg of 21 in the city. The US average gas price in recent times is around $2.536 per gallon. So the Miles Per Dollar for the Jaguar E-pace is around $8.28. This could all change in the 2021 model however new fuel economy is still a mystery. 

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Buying Advice

Although it’s still a rumor, the 2021 E-pace might feature a hybrid powertrain, which will expand the options and possibilities for potential buyers. The E-pace is priced relatively higher than the competition, and the exact trims are still unknown for the 2021 model, but we would recommend going for the SE trim which is priced at $43,700 which includes most of the base model features with a few more of its own, like the 360° parking aid, adaptive speed limiter, leather seats, and safety features. You could also consider the Checkered Flag Edition with most of the higher-end HSE features and keyless entry and a panoramic roof for $46,400.

The 2020 E-pace is a mixed bag. It simply falls behind the competition like the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. It is a bit overpriced, but we would recommend waiting for the 2021 model to come out and hopefully deliver a piece of convincing evidence to Jaguar's greatness.

Is buying a used car Jaguar E-pace a good idea?

Jaguar isn’t exactly well known for its reliability but the E-pace is a slow depreciating car in 2020. For the first year, they lose about 15-17% of their value, which is approximately $6000. Jaguar provides a long 5 year warranty period so the repair cost can practically be eliminated from the buyer’s mind.

The 2018 models are found to have the best resale values, and they can be found at a decent value in the used automobile market. They should offer good experience for the owner.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Engine and Performance

The 2021 Jaguar E-pace might feature a hybrid powertrain if speculations are true. It might house the same hybrid powertrain as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which is a 2L inline 4 along with a 48-volt mild-hybrid configuration that delivers 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. However, since this is still a mystery, we can rather shift our focus to the 2020 Jaguar E-pace, which features the 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in an inline 4 configuration which churns out 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque at 1,350 rpm for the Base, SE, and Checkered Flag Edition; while the R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE variants output 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All the six trims feature the same 9-speed automatic w/ OD and auto-manual transmission.

Models

2021 Jaguar E-pace*

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 BMW X1

MSRP

$39,950

$34,250

$33,700

$35,200

Engine

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L TwinPower Turbo I4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9 speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automated manual

8 speed shiftable automatic

8 speed automatic

Power

246 hp @ 5,500 rpm

208 hp@ 5,500 rpm

187 hp@ 4,700 rpm

228 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

269 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm

221 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

*2020 figures used for reference

Currently, the E-pace delivers the best power output, albeit at a price. The best power to price ratio is provided by the BMW X1. The X1 costs $154 per horsepower but the E-pace costs $162 per horsepower. In terms of value, the BMW takes the win. However, Jaguar is expected to make big changes under the hood in their 2021 E-pace, so these figures might drastically change in the Jag's favor next year.

2021 Jaguar E-pace Acceleration and Braking Performance

The current 2020 model's 2.0L I4 propels the car from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds for the less powerful engines while the more powerful ones (found in the R-Dynamic models) can do a 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. The E-pace offers a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to allow manual shifting.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 6.7 sec

The E-pace is fairly quick when compared to its competition and it does a quarter-mile in approximately 15 seconds. It comes to a halt from 60-0 in approximately 130 ft.

Models

2021 Jaguar E-pace*

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 BMW X1

0-60 mph

6.7 sec

7.2 sec

7.8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.3 sec

16.1 sec

14.1 sec

Top Speed

139 mph

130 mph

130 mph

137 mph

60-0 mph

130 ft

120 ft

122 ft

122 ft

*2020 figures used for reference

The baby Jag offers the worst braking performance among all the four cars while the Mercedes GLA comes to a halt from 60-0 in just 120 ft. However, only the BMW bests the Jaguar in terms of performance, but the Jaguar still provides the highest top speed.

The 2021 Jaguar model is expected to bring in some refinements to further attenuate the stats of the current model.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Fuel Economy

Fuel economy isn’t exactly a strong suit of the 2020 Jaguar E-pace, however that might all change with the introduction of a hybrid powertrain in the 2021 edition. Currently, the numbers aren’t too impressive and the Jag offers an mpg of 21/28/24 for city, highway, combined driving, but it does offer a fairly large fuel tank as compared to the competition – 18.1 gallons.

Models

2021 Jaguar E-pace

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 BMW X1

MPG (City)

21

24

23

24

MPG (Highway)

28

34

33

33

MPG (Combined)

24

28

27

27

Fuel Capacity

18.1 gallons

14.8 gallons

14.2 gallons

16.1 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

380/506/434 miles

355/503/414 miles

327/468/383 miles

386/531/434 miles

*2020 figures used for reference

The E-pace delivers the least fuel mpg while the Mercedes Benz GLA wins this battle. However, the E-pace does offer a high range, second only to the BMW, thanks to its fuel tank capacity which is the largest among its competitors. Fuel economy should increase if a hybrid powertrain is indeed used in the 2021 edition.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Interior

The 2020 Jaguar E-pace boasts of a posh and beautiful looking interior. It looks premium, owing to the Jaguar badge that it carries, but the interior is majorly made of plastic, which might bother some people. The front cabin is spacious with power seats wrapped in leather. It houses a 10-inch infotainment screen at the center and the steering is also wrapped in leather, behind which the gauge cluster is placed. The back seats, however, are a little cramped. There can be up to 5 passengers seated in the car as an SUV should.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV Cockpit Area

The 2021 edition is expected to make some changes inside the Jaguar, probably fitting a bigger infotainment screen or a bigger gauge cluster. But it won’t feel like an entirely new car, though, as the changes would be quite limited.

Models

2021 Jaguar E-pace*

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 BMW X1

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.4/56.1/40.6

40.0/54.8/41.9

39/56.7/40.9

41.9/55.6/40.4

Rear row(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(inches)

38.3/55.8/35.1

35.4/53.2/27.1

39.1/56.3/36.1

41.9/55.2/37.0

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2020 figures used for reference

It is pretty evident that after the GLA, the E-pace is the one with the most congested back row. It does make up for it though, with its spacious cargo capacity of 24.2 cubic feet and 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded; which is the best in class for any luxury crossover SUV.

How’s the 2021 Jaguar E-pace infotainment system?

The spy shots of the new 2021 Jaguar E-pace suggests that there will be some changes to the infotainment system, like a bigger infotainment screen.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV infotainment System

Currently, the 2020 edition houses a 10-inch infotainment Touch Pro screen with features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard across all models. The system is certainly not the best in the segment, it glitches and is laggy too. We expect the 2021 edition to obviously house these features too but also include some new features. We will have to wait and see.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV Interior Image
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2021 Jaguar E-PACE Exterior

The E-pace always has been a beautiful looking crossover SUV and the new spy shots suggest that the new model's exterior styling might just be the best part about it. It will feature new front and rear fascias, with a new grille, screaming more aggression and style. The headlights look very cat-eye like, and they will be redesigned, just like the taillights. Dimension wise though, there wouldn’t be a lot of changes.

Models

2021 Jaguar E-pace*

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 BMW X1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4035

3164

3574

3554

Length (in)

173

173.9

174.2

175.5

Width (in)

74.8

71

75.2

71.7

Height (in)

64.9

60

65.3

62.9

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

5.3

8.3

7.2

Wheelbase (in)

105.6

106.3

106.4

105.1

*2020 figures used for reference

The E-pace is already the heaviest among all the vehicles and if a hybrid powertrain is added, it will become even heavier; while the Mercedes is the lightest. We can also see it is very compact as it has the shortest length while BMW is the longest. The E-pace is pretty tall too, second only to the XC40 by 0.4 inches.

2021 Jaguar E-PACE SUV Exterior Image
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2021 Jaguar E-PACE Safety

The 2020 E-Pace scored a 5-star rating in the roll-over test conducted by the NHTSA. Jaguar hasn’t revealed the addition of any new safety features in its new E-pace model, and it’s unlikely they would add anything else to the already existing features. Some of which include:

  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Cruise Control and Speed Limiter
  • Driver Condition Monitor
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Front and Rear Parking Aid

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Competition

2021 Jaguar E-pace vs Mercedes Benz GLA 250

The GLA costs significantly less than the Jaguar E-pace, but it doesn’t offer the same performance numbers, owing to the fact that it’s a more luxury-focused car. The GLA sips less fuel; and it will not break your bank either. The E-pace is a better all-rounder but comes with a hefty price tag. A hybrid powertrain in the 2021 E-Pace can change everything in favor of it, though.

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

2021 Jaguar E-pace vs BMW X1

Here it’s a completely different story as the X1 bests the E-pace on almost all fronts. It performs better, it’s more spacious, better fuel economy, features, and almost everything at a lower price. The X1 clearly dominates the E-pace. Now we must sit back and wait for Jag to hit BMW back in 2021 with its hybrid powertrain.

BMW X1

 

2021 Jaguar E-PACE Final Verdict

The 2020 E-Pace, overall, is a bit overpriced considering its specs while it’s competitors especially BMW provide better options at a lower price. However, 2021 is something to be excited about, as it not only brings cosmetic changes but also changes under the hood, apparently. The new spy shots look very promising. It’s always fun to drive a Jaguar and they should be back with a bang with the new 2021 Jaguar E-pace. You should definitely wait for it.