Baby Jag's All Paw Roar
There was once a time when owning a Jaguar meant everything about the emotion with everything else a distant second. These days it’s a different story as the new E-Pace ticks all the driving boxes yet doesn’t stir the soul in the same way as a Jag used to.
The new Jaguar E-Pace shows just how far the company has moved in a very short period of time, from the tweed cap-wearing, middle aged Englishmen stereotype to the young, urban professional who is on the hunt for a four-cylinder, compact SUV.
While E-Pace is not Jaguar’s first SUV, following in the footsteps of its bigger F-Pace brother, it is the first model in Jaguar’s history to be powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines.
The F-Type coupe and convertible introduced four-cylinders to Jaguar last year as an extra model alongside its regular V6 and V8 alternatives but the E-Pace doesn’t include options for engines with any more cylinders.
So here we were, nudging along some magnificent roads on the island of Corsica, away from the constant traffic flow on mainland Europe and while the E-Pace did everything we asked of it and more, it still somehow lacked emotion from behind the wheel. [To be continued...]
Jaguar’s new compact SUV moves the cat into new territories dominated by young families and urban adventurers. The E-Pace gives us a hint at where Jag’s future direction lies.
Desperately wanting to shed the tweed cap and fox hunting image, Jaguar has been moving for some years towards a more youthful profile and has reached this point where a four-cylinder, compact SUV joins the family.
The roads around the island of Corsica off the coast of France are among the best in Europe for spirited driving, with little traffic, yet they are well maintained and combine a mix of open, straight roads across the flats with mountainside passes.
It’s no wonder the Rally of Corsica is so popular on the WRC calendar and here we were, punting a four-cylinder SUV along with great gusto which rewarded us along every mile of the journey.
The Jaguar E-Pace not only looks like a five-door version of the F-Type Coupe on the outside as well as on the inside, but it also drives like one too.
With a choice of five engine options, all four-cylinders comprising three diesels and two petrol options, our test car was the range-topping P300 model that, when combined with its intelligent all-wheel drive system, did the perfect impersonation of bolting like a scalded cat out of corners. [To be continued...]