Jaguar SUVs

The full guide to the E-Pace, F-Pace and future Jaguar SUVs - including an all-electric one

Simon Ostler
Mar 24, 2021

Jaguar has long been flying the British flag in a market dominated by the German giants, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes. This traditional manufacturer is best known for its classic wooden interiors and smooth styling, but in more recent times it has been attempting to modernise itself and offer genuine alternatives to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes E-Class. Now it also offers a range of practical SUVs with the intent of challenging the likes of the BMW X1Audi Q5 and even the Tesla Model X.

The current crop of Jaguar SUVs consists of the compact E-Pace, the lumbering and spacious F-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace. Each offers decent performance on the road, with quality engines and contemporary design and are priced competitively as new cars -while used car prices on BuyaCar are similarly good value.

Diehard fans of the Jaguar name may recoil in horror at the though of this brand spending the majority of its budget on the development of practical SUVs in the place of sporty and stylish coupes, but it speaks volumes of the current market that any company seeking to turn a profit simply must comply to modern demand. SUVs are the car of choice for families all over the UK, and the clamour to take a share of that demand is intense.

However, if you're on the hunt for an SUV and you're a Jaguar fan, then you might well be singing the praises of these cars, because you'll be able to carry out the school run in your Jag.

Jaguar E-Pace

The cheapest model in the Jaguar SUV range, the E-Pace is a direct rival to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, while other alternatives include the stylish Volvo XC40, and cheaper models such as the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Jaguar works under the same umbrella as Land Rover so much of the internals you'd find on a Discovery Sport or Range Rover Evoque can also be found here, with an emphasis being placed on powerful but frugal diesel engines alongside a pair of higher-performance petrol motors. The diesels feel a little cumbersome, though, so if you're after something with a bit of punch you should aim for the petrol version.

But that close bond with established off-roaders does not make the E-Pace a particularly capable car over rough terrain. This is a car designed to make on-road travel comfortable with an element of driving joy. While it's not as well engineered as a BMW for instance - the ride is a little jerky - but it's still more enjoyable to drive than many of its small SUV rivals.

The E-Pace is also less practical than some of its key competitors, although the interior itself is high quality. A 10.0-inch media display set into the smooth dashboard is easy to use thanks to Jaguar's rotary controls, and the general look and feel of the cabin is up there with the best in class. Standard interior tech includes a reversing camera, electrically adjustable front seats and a pair of USB sockets.

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Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace was the company's first SUV when it launched in 2016, but it was a full decade later than rival manufacturers' first attempts: the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

But even with that delayed onset, the F-Pace has proved to be a hit for Jaguar, with its blend of style, family-friendly practicality, and performance proving popular in tre UK. The driving experience comes close to the luxurious and fun-to-drive feel of a sporting saloon like the BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF, but those all-important extra benefits of an SUV such as a raised ride height.

Like most SUVs in this area of the market, the F-Pace is not designed for serious off-road use. There are four-wheel-drive versions but the system is set up for better performance on slippery roads or muddy fields rather than hauling you through swamps. There's also a range of powerful but economical diesel engines offering plenty of push when the going gets tough.

However the F-Pace can’t quite match the style and luxurious nature of an Audi Q5 or BMW X3 when it comes to interior quality, but it's still perfectly acceptable and far superior to cheaper alternatives such as the Nissan X-Trail or Peugeot 5008. There's plenty of decent kit including leather seats, an eight-inch touchscreen media system and sat-nav as standard.

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Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar has projected that it will become an exclusively electric manufacturer by 2025. The first step on that road was the introduction of the I-Pace in 2018, Jaguar's first all-electric car. At the time it was touted as the first serious contender to challenge the Tesla stranglehold over the high-end electric car market, with competitive pricing and a 90kWh battery capable of more than 200 miles of driving per charge.

It's an entirely new car built from the ground up specifically for electric power, meaning it offers more space inside the cabin and also in the boot. A 656-litre offering is bigger than you'll find in the F-Pace, fold the seats down and that grows to 1,453 litres which is very usable, but still some way smaller than the 2,487 litres on offer in the back of the Tesla Model X.

In terms of charging, a 0-80% charge takes roughly 90 minutes while a full charge can be completed in two hours with rapid-charging, or 10 hours with a conventional 7kW home charger. The performance of the electric motor is more exciting than all that though, 400hp means 0-62mph takes just 4.5 seconds, while a standard four-wheel drive setup means there's plenty of grip on the road, too.

Inside, the I-Pace comes equipped with a 4G WiFi hotspot and six USB ports. The sat-nav is optimised to generate the most range-efficient guidance, and there’s an Alexa link so the driver can interrogate the car’s charging status.

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