Jaguar SUVs

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

John Evans
May 29, 2018

Jaguar may have launched the famous E-type sportscar, but it has more recently been known as the chairman’s choice: a company that produces luxurious and sporty saloon cars that are much admired but bought in small numbers.

But things are changing. 2016 saw the F-Pace became the company’s first sport utility vehicle (SUV), offering buyers a high driving position, extra interior space and the ability to go off-road, along with performance and cornering stability that makes it sporty to drive.

And soon, the company will have a range of three SUVs. A smaller version of the F-Pace has recently been launched, called the E-Pace. And that will be followed by the all-electric I-Pace next year.

It’s a sign of just how popular such vehicles have become, and the profits that car companies can make from these vehicles: the F-Pace now accounts for half of all Jaguar sales.

See below for more details of Jaguar’s SUVs.

Jaguar E-Pace

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The E-Pace is Jaguar’s smallest SUV, designed to square up to rivals including the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and new Volvo XC40.

Underneath the Jaguar's badge are mechanical parts that are shared with its sister company Land Rover, which uses them in the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.

Unlike these cars, the new E-Pace isn’t designed to go off-road: it trades the ability to crawl through rugged terrain, for smoother, more stable and sportier performance on tarmac.

Like most SUVs of its type, the E-Pace is front-wheel drive as standard. The handling is secure, predictable and reasonably fun.

Because it’s based on the Range Rover Evoque, it is, despite Jaguar’s best efforts, a heavy car. Especially in diesel guise, it’s quite slow, and refinement isn't the best. The range-topping petrol version is lighter, livelier and quieter.

The E-Pace claws back ground with an interior that is reminiscent of the sporty F-Type coupe. A 10.0-inch infotainment screen is standard but the X1’s is easier to navigate thanks to its rotary controller down near the gear lever. It generally looks and feels well made, although the XC40 and Q3 have the edge.

Unlike rivals such as the Q3 and X1, you sit quite high in the E-Pace, so visibility, at least through the front, is good. Rearward isn't quite as good but there’s a reversing camera as standard. Also standard in all versions but the most basic are electrically adjustable front seats so you can get your driving position just so.

The E-Pace’s rear cabin is slightly more cramped than rivals, while the seats only split and fold. Whereas the BMW X1 and VW Tiguan's seats slide and recline. The boot is roomier than an Audi Q3’s but you’ll get more in a X1 and a Tiguan.

Prices start at £28,500 for the basic 2.0-litre diesel model, which is competitive. Four wheel drive versions aren’t that much more expensive, beginning at £30,040, again for the diesel version.

If you’re feeling flush, prices go all the way to £50,000 for the top-spec petrol version but that would easily buy a mid-spec Jaguar F-Pace, a larger and more accomplished alternative.  

Read our full Jaguar E-Pace guide 

Jaguar F-Pace

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See our full guide to the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace

The F-Pace was Jaguar's first SUV, and it was a long time coming, being launched more than a decade after the BMW X3  and Audi Q5.

But it’s instantly proved a hit for Jaguar, and rightly so, with a blend of style, family-friendly practicality, and performance. 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, with the extra benefits of an SUV.

Like most SUVs, the F-Pace is not designed for serious off-road use (that’s the job of Land Rovers). 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.

Among its many virtues is a range of powerful but economical diesel engines, including the pick of the range: a 180 horsepower (hp) version, which can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds. Fuel economy is reasonable for a big car - you can expect around 43.5mpg, according to the Equa Index, which produces real-world mpg estimates based on public road testing.

New prices starts at around £34,500, before any Jaguar F-Pace discounts, which is expensive for a family car, but £10,000 less than the cheapest Porsche Macan. Demand for used cars is high, so it retains its value well too.

The high quality interior of the F-Pace can’t quite match the style and luxuriousness of an Audi Q5 or BMW X3 but isn’t at all shabby, with leather seats, an 8in touchscreen and sat nav as standard.

It’s a big bigger than an Audi Q5 but not quite as large as an Audi Q7, so there’s plenty of room in the front and back, but not enough space for seven seats.

Jaguar I-Pace

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Jaguar is the first mass-market manufacturer to take on Tesla and its Model X with its own all-electric SUV, the I-Pace.

It’s no half-hearted effort because the new car isn’t just an F-Pace with an electric motor and a few batteries. Instead, it’s an all-new design that makes the most of the freedom that comes from having no engine to squeeze under the bonnet, or hefty mechanical parts to connect the engine to the wheels.

This makes the I-Pace more spacious than some electric car rivals, and certainly more than most conventional cars. In addition the boot is a generous 656 litres, a little bigger than the one in the F-Pace. Need a bit more luggage room? There’s another 30 litres under the bonnet. Folding the back seats creates 1,453 litres of load space – usefully more than the 1,234 litres on offer in the E-Pace but much less than the Tesla Model X’s 2,487 litres.

The I-Pace’s all-new design also makes it easier to install the 90kWh battery pack as low as possible in the car, to reduce leaning in corners. Jaguar says the car’s real-world range is 300 miles on a single charge. It takes around 90 minutes to recharge the batteries to 80% capacity, with a full charge taking around two hours, or 10 hours using a 7kW home charger.

Performance is very strong with the I-Pace able to go from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, thanks both to the 400hp motor and the extra grip provided by the car’s standard four-wheel drive system. It does this despite tipping the scales at 2.1 tonnes.

As befits such as an advanced car, the I-Pace has 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.

There’s one core version, badged EV400 in four grades of trim. Prices range from £63,495 for the EV400 S to £81,495 for the EV400 First Edition. In comparison, the three-car Tesla Model X line-up spans £71,405 to £129,155.

See our full guide to the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace

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