The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Good looking car, but expectation was higher for a Jaguar

Starting price: £36,015

Pros

Good commanding view of the road ahead

Great storage spaces

Comfortable seats

Cons

For the price it is not as luxurious as rivals

Rear doors do not open fully (wide)

Drive is a quite heavy around town

Intro

Jaguar’s first family friendly SUV was the F pace and then came along the smaller E pace knows as the ‘Cub’…quite appropriate for a family car.  Just to confuse the new electric model is called the I Pace.  I hope you are following this!

The model size is on par with the Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3.

The E pace, however, is actually based on the Range Rover Evoque, but with a smaller boot.

We thought the exterior gave off an expensive feel and was a good looking car when whizzing down the motorway.  Eye catching.

The drive itself was very comfortable, but for in town you may find the car to be on the heavy side.  Not quite as nippy as the VW Tiguan with less responsive steering. We drove the diesel model.

Interior

The cockpit was sporty more in line with a Jaguar F type. The seating position is really good. You feel high up with a commanding view of the road and yet the whistles and bells (infotainment through to gear stick) are all comfortably at your fingertips. There is good visibility on the rear seats to keep an eye on small people who maybe bickering or better still…snoozing.  The climate control dials are beautifully clear and easy to operate as opposed to fiddling about on a touchscreen. The screen itself was not impressive and on a sunny day the graphics are not clear.  For the school run the sound system, we can concur, is able to rock out the right noises!

On a downside the rear window is super small.  If the backseat headrests are up or you have two child seats fixed in then the view is close to non existent.  This is not helped by the chunky pillars either side of the window.  Thankfully, unlike my first car, the parking sensors and rear camera are standard!

There are lots of good techie bits for instance it can recognise you by your phone or key and will automatically adjust the media, climate control, mirror and seat settings for you. A quick get away when needed!  There is also an activity band which looks rather like a fitbit was a great idea. You basically leave the key in the car and pop the waterproof band on your wrist.  This band locks / unlocks the vehicle.  Great if your are heading out for run or even off to do something adventurous on the water or by the coast.  We did also think that it would save us digging around the bottom of a handbag whilst hands are full, children are squawking and the rains lashes down!

Seats & Passenger Space

Gone are the days of shuffling your seat back and forth the E Pace learns through repetition for your perfect personal settings.  The seats are comfortable and have good functionality to find your perfect position.

The back seats had good leg and head room to accommodate adults or teenagers.  Although the foot space was not perfect and possibly a little annoying on long journeys.  The rear doors do not open particularly wide which could be awkward if you are trying to put in / out a baby seat(s).  The rear windows go down 80% of the way and would possibly skew the view of smaller children.  There are two outer seat isofix points.  We found that we could only fit in two standard 42cm wide booster seats (or two car seats).  Thankfully the transmission tunnel is fairly close to the floor rather than one of the awkward lumps which is uncomfortable for the passenger who draws the short straw for the centre seat.

Cups & Cubby

When it comes to inhouse storage well the E Pace is ready to store anything from large water bottles to emergency nappies!  The door bins in both the front and back were enormous and would happily each take a large water bottle.  There are two cupholders well positioned in the middle console along with heaps of space under the armrest.  The glovebox, like the door bins, was huge and we were able to hide away a handbag and potentially the kitchen sink.

Both front seats had a netted pocket for simple storage for the rear passengers and if the armrest was pulled down there were 2 neat cup holders.

Boot Space

The boot space of 494 litres is slightly smaller than its rivals, but still a good shaped boot.  No lip which makes life easier when heaving heavy items in or out.  A pram or buggy sits in comfortably with room for shopping and the usual extras like wellies!

The parcel shelf is rather cheap and rather chipboard like!  A rear luggage roller, like in the Audi Q3, would be so much more practical and versatile.

For those in need of a tow there is a brilliant electric deployable tow bar which when not in use is completely hidden.  However, it will cost you and extra £1,000 for the privilege!

Summary

Overall we liked the car.  There were lots of pluses, but we felt it is not the most practical for young families.

The latest models now include a Plug In Hybrid and also optional extras such as a purification system to filter out airborne allergens such a pollen or dust…. a huge tick during the summer sneezing season.

** Car Seats used in this review: Joie Trillo – 48cm wide

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4395 (L) x 2088 (W) x 1648 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

494 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

39.5

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph in 9.1 secs