Jaguar’s playful cub takes on rivals
Lerato Matebese tests the Jaguar E-Pace to see if it can upset the compact premium SUV establishment
Jaguar is continuing with its ambitions in the premium SUV establishment. The F-Pace that launched locally in 2016 has become the outfit’s bestselling range, making it an important cog in the firm’s overall sales growth trajectory. Earlier in 2018, the company added another feather to its SUV cap in the form of the E-Pace, which is significantly smaller than the F-Pace and is said to take the fight directly to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC, so it has its work cut out for it. Unlike its bigger sibling, the F-Pace, which is mostly constructed of aluminium, the E-Pace uses steel for the most part and in spite of its relatively compact proportions, it still weighs a rather portly 1,926kg. Styling wise, the model cuts a relatively good if a tad softer pose than its F-Pace sibling, but it is a striking looking thing with F-Type sports car design cues such as the swept-back headlights and rear light clusters. Our R-Dynamic test unit also featured 20-inch ...