2020 Jaguar E-Pace PHEV: prices, specifications and electric range

The Jaguar E-Pace is now available with plug-in hybrid power, up to 34 miles of electric-only range and fuel economy of up to 141mpg

James Allen
Dec 8, 2020

If you’re shopping around for a new upmarket plug-in hybrid SUV, you can now put the Jaguar E-Pace on your shortlist, as a petrol-electric option has been added to the engine range.

As is the case with many plug-in hybrid cars, the big appeal of the PHEV E-Pace is its very low running costs - provided you make sure to charge the batteries regularly. According to Jaguar, the plug-in E-Pace is able to return up to 141mpg - though, in order to get close to that on the public road, you’ll need to predominantly do short journeys or recharge on longer trips so that much of your driving is using the car's electric-only range of up to 34 miles.

The new plug-in hybrid option isn’t the only big change to the Jaguar E-Pace. It’s also been given a thorough going-over inside, too, with the most obvious change being the huge 11.4-inch curved touchscreen media system that replaces the 10-inch version on the pre-facelift E-Pace. In comparison, the exterior tweaks aren’t so drastic, with differences being limited mainly to subtly-revised bumpers and slimmer LED head and taillights.

Do also be prepared to pay quite a bit of a premium to get plug-in power in a new Jaguar E-Pace. While the prices for the regular E-Pace start at £32,575, the most affordable E-Pace PHEV will set you back at least £45,995. As a result, if you're considering a plug-in hybrid to save money, you'll need to do a lot of short journeys on electric power alone for the fuel savings to start clawing back the plug-in hybrid's price premium.

Quick facts

  • Claimed fuel economy of 141mpg
  • Up to 34 miles of electric range
  • All-wheel drive and automatic gearbox
  • Updated interior
  • Prices from £45,995
  • On sale now

2020 Jaguar E-Pace PHEV performance

The plug-in hybrid Jaguar E-Pace has a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine under its bonnet, which is the smallest engine you can specify for the upmarket SUV. However, thanks to the assistance from the electric motor, it’s also the most powerful option overall. Combined, the petrol-electric setup produces up to 309hp and 540Nm of torque - which makes the plug-in hybrid E-Pace more potent than the entry-level version of the Jaguar F-Type two-seater sports car.

Much like many other plug-in hybrid cars, the E-Pace PHEV is also a very efficient car according to its quoted fuel economy figures. Jaguar claims this version of the E-Pace can return up to 141mpg, which is quite a bit more than some rivals like the plug-in versions of the BMW X3 (up to 128mpg) and Volvo XC60 (up to 113mpg).

However, you’ll need to drive as often as you can on electric-only power in order to match that in day-to-day driving - meaning regular charging and lots of short journeys. Otherwise, the E-Pace will drive more like a petrol-only car - burning lots of petrol in the process once the batteries are empty, as you won’t be getting much fuel economy-improving electric assistance.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace PHEV range 

If the claimed stats are to be believed, it should be possible for the plug-in Jaguar E-Pace to cover at least some shorter journeys using just the electric motor - provided you've charged the car beforehand. Jaguar claims the car can be driven up to 34 miles on electric power alone on a fully charged battery - though you’ll likely only be able to match that on the public road if you predominantly drive at low speeds in towns and cities.

It’s an added bonus if you can find a 32kW charging point at which to recharge the car - plug the PHEV E-Pace into one of those and, according to Jaguar, it’ll take 30 minutes to recharge the batteries up to 80% (the equivalent of up to 27 miles of range). Expect charging to take longer at less powerful charging points.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace PHEV in-car tech

Three trim levels are available on the Jaguar E-Pace: ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘HSE’. As standard, entry-level S cars come with 18-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a large 11.4-inch touchscreen media system and a lane keep assist that can help prevent the driver from drifting out of their lane on the road.

The SE grade builds on that spec with extra features like a powered tailgate and a blind-spot monitoring system, and the HSE trim builds on that even further with a 12-speaker sound system and adaptive cruise control.

For the time being at least, all plug-in hybrid versions are also available only in the R-Dynamic spec. Rather than add any extra equipment to the car, this trim primarily gives the Jaguar a bit of a sportier look over the regular E-Pace, thanks to features like the black skid plates in the bumpers and the slightly bigger front air intakes.

Despite the need to package a fairly big 15kWh battery pack in the car, it seems the E-Pace PHEV is just as practical as the regular versions. Jaguar is claiming the plug-in E-Pace has up to 601 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up and up to 1,386 litres with the rear seats down, which are identical to the ones Jaguar quotes for every other E-Pace variant.

2020 Jaguar E-Pace PHEV prices and release date

The plug-in hybrid Jaguar E-Pace is available to order now. Prices start at £45,995 for the least expensive R-Dynamic S version, and rise to £50,860 for the most expensive R-Dynamic HSE model.

 

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