Buyer's Guide

2022 Jaguar E-pace
Select a Different Model (3 Available): 300 Sport
Fuel Economy $ 21 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 22/50 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 296@5,500
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2022 Jaguar E-Pace MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Elegant styling
  • Surprisingly adept off-road
  • Fun to drive

Cons

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Middling interior space
  • Firm ride

The E-Pace is the smallest and most affordable Jaguar you can buy, serving as a little sibling to the F-Pace and I-Pace SUVs. Jaguar introduced the model for 2018 and gave it a midcycle refresh last year with tweaked styling and a new infotainment setup; as such, we're not surprised to see no changes for 2022. The E-Pace faces off against other subcompact luxury SUVs such as the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and BMW X1.

What We Think

The E-Pace offers unique appeal in the subcompact luxury segment. Jaguar managed to translate its elegant design language to the E-Pace's compact dimensions, which can be a challenge. We've also been surprised by its off-road capability, just in case you ever find yourself on a lumpy fire road. Although its ride is firm, we're willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for the Jaguar's fun driving experience.

That said, the E-Pace finished mid-pack in a three-way small luxury SUV comparison. Back then it was held back by its relatively tight interior, noisy powerplant, and glitchy tech, but the new infotainment system for 2021 is significantly quicker and more intuitive. Likewise, we had previously pointed out lower-quality interior materials than some of its competitors, but the 2021 refresh addressed that issue. The E-Pace holds distinct appeal in its crowded segment and is a sporty, stylish choice.

Performance and Efficiency

Regardless of trim, every E-Pace features a 2.0-liter turbo-four paired with a nine-speed automatic and standard AWD. That said, there are two states of tune for the same engine.

The entry-level E-Pace and E-Pace SE get the less powerful version, which develops 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the top-spec E-Pace 300 Sport, you'll get a variant of the same engine with mild hybrid augmentation and output boosted to 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. Fuel economy is almost identical: 20/26 mpg city/highway for the base engine and 21/26 mpg for the mild hybrid.

The performance difference is more significant than we'd expect looking at the spec sheet. We recorded an E-Pace with the base engine hitting 60 mph in 7.8 seconds while the more powerful model cut that number to 6.4 seconds.

Safety Ratings and Features

Automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system are standard on all trims. E-Pace SE models add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic sign recognition, plus optional adaptive cruise control. The E-Pace has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

In terms of interior dimensions, the E-Pace comes in mid-pack, other than its tight rear seat. The Jaguar offers more cargo space behind the rear seats than the Volvo XC40 and a bit less than the Audi Q3, but more maximum space than the Q3 and significantly less than the Volvo.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space (seats up/down)
2022 Jaguar E-Pace 40.0/35.1 inches 22.4/49.5 cubic feet
2022 Volvo XC40 40.9/39.1 inches 20.7/57.5 cubic feet
2022 Audi Q3 40.0/39.1 inches 23.7/48.0 cubic feet

Technology

The E-Pace was blessed last year with an all-new infotainment system. All models now feature an 11.4-inch touchscreen setup with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and integrated navigation. Owners can also take advantage of Google and Outlook calendar compatibility and over-the-air updates. Those looking for more tech can opt for the available digital instrument cluster and head-up display. Base models make do with six-speaker audio, but 11- and 15-speaker Meridian premium systems are available.

Sporty Influence

Especially from the rear, the E-Pace shares a resemblance to a very different Jaguar. Of course, we're talking about the F-Type, Jag's flagship sports car. The E-Pace taillights are an obvious nod to those of the F-Type, and the E-Pace even shares a hint of the F-Type's wide hips. If only you could get an E-Pace with a 575-hp supercharged V-8.

Recommended Trim

If we were buying one, it seems the E-Pace to own would be the base model. It's relatively affordable at just more than $40,000 and relatively well equipped. After all, the 11.4-inch infotainment display and all its associated features are standard, as are the most important safety features.

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2022 JAGUAR E-PACE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (ZF 9HP48)
Trim
300 Sport
Class
Premium Compact Utility
Horsepower
296@5,500
Standard MPG
21/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated