Ostensibly known for its luxury and performance over the years, Jaguar is taking an all-new direction by dipping its toe into the popular small-SUV segment. Among its newest creations is the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace, which is a compact luxury crossover that translates the sheer lines and sporty demeanor of the F-Type coupe into an SUV that is functional and fun to drive. When stacked against the competition, the E-Pace more than holds its own, thanks to a set of turbocharged engines, stunning style, and exceptional performance capabilities on and off the road.
Under the hood, the Jaguar E-Pace goes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes with either 246 or 296 horsepower depending on the model. The engine connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission and comes with all-wheel-drive as well as an enhanced performance version on the R-Dynamic models. The E-Pace is also quite fuel-efficient, getting up to 28 mpg on the highway.
Six trims are available for the 2020 E-Pace, each coming with some terrific standard equipment. The standard for the base model includes LED headlights, auto-dimming and heated power mirrors, leather seating, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, and a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system with voice control plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Higher-trim levels come with 20-inch aluminum wheels, a head-up display, 18-way power-operated front seats, Activity Key, and an Active Driveline all-wheel-drive system. If you’re an audiophile, you are sure to appreciate the 380-watt/12-speaker Meridian sound system. Those who reside in colder climates will want to get the Cold Climate Package as it includes heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and a heated windshield.
The folks at Warren Henry Jaguar of Miami emphasize that there are a ton of technological advancements available for the 2020 E-Pace, including with InControl Touch Pro or Touch Duo Pro infotainment system, which consumers can customize with navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The advanced technology carries over to the safe side with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver monitor, and front and rear parking aids. The all-wheel-drive system is accompanied by JaguarDrive Control, All Surface Progress Control, hill-launch assist, and torque vectoring. New driver aids include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot assist, high-speed emergency braking, and 360-degree parking aid.
Sporty driving dynamics and eye-popping styling have been apart of Jaguar’s makeup for decades. Those who were skeptical of Jaguar jumping into the SUV market can put their fears to rest thanks to the E-Pace’s impeccable design and top-notch performance. With an easy to understand lineup that includes a well-equipped base model and high-level luxury trims, the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is one of the best SUVs out there. Once you get your ideal configuration and jump behind the wheel, you’ll find that the E-Pace is one of the most comfortable driving vehicles out there. The turbocharged engine is mighty, and the handling is impeccable. Most will be huge fans of the luxury cabin materials and design. Best of the bunch us the HSE R-Dynamic, which includes a high-output engine with adds 50 more horsepower and even more customizable features to the already terrific lineup. Overall, the E-Pace is a well-rounded subcompact SUV that trills the otherwise ho-hum class.