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Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

| | February 2, 2018

We headed to the French island of Corsica to spend some quality time behind the wheel of Jaguar’s beautiful baby crossover. In R-Dynamic trim, it packs a zippy 296hp turbo 4, and its active driveline offers fantastic control and handling. Plus it seats five, and looks spiffy.

Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

Jaguar's pint-sized crossover offered the perfect mode of transport around the island, whether on the on dirt, rough gravel, or the occasional paved road.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

The E-PACE may offer seating for five, but its design is very clearly inspired by a two-seater - the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe. Just look at those J-blade LED headlamps and aerodynamic grille.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

While it's got muscular looks from the front, the E-PACE is pretty darned adorable when viewed in profile. But you're immediately reminded of its performance chops by the sporty wheels in sizes all the way up to 21".Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

The eager E-PACE may look sporty, but its surprisingly adept off-road too. Every E-PACE sold in the US has an all-wheel drivetrain to improve traction and handling on a variety of terrain and driving conditions. We enjoyed our time equally as well on or off the tarmac.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

From this angle, the E-PACE is like a little jackrabbit, reared up and ready to pounce. With a 0-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 151 mph, the R-Dynamic version has the power and speed to match that image.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

While we spent most of our time behind the wheel of the neutrally-hued Borasco Grey E-PACE, we're betting Jaguar will sell a ton of these in this "look at me" Caesium Blue. Regardless of color, each E-PACE offers agile, sporty handling, and the R-Dynamic's active driveline means it can instantly send as much power as needed to either the front or rear wheels for traction, or powersliding fun.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

See that little dip in the horizontal line on the taillamps? It's called the "chicane line," inspired by the little kinks in a racetrack that go by the same name.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

In the front seat, it's all about the driver, with a boldly sculpted, leather-wrapped dashboard, available digital instrument cluster, and a sport steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

We see red, we see red, we see red. While you could go for a more subtle interior color choice, this brilliant red leather interior looks amazing, accompanied by dual-line stitching, and a grey alcantara headliner.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

Lest you think Jaguar forgot the E-PACE is a utility vehicle, there's plentiful storage in the center console, a large, lockable glovebox, and huge door pockets. Plus, five strategically-placed USB ports ensure everyone can keep their gadgets charged up.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

And there's no lack of light streaming into the luxuriously sporty cabin thanks to the big panoramic glass roof above.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

Unlike the two-seater that inspired it, the E-PACE seats five, and offers a 60/40 split folding rear seat for flexibility.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

With those seats folded, you get up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, along with a flexibile tie-down system for versatiliy. Seats up? You still get 24.2 cubic feet, more than the trunk space in just about any sedan.Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

The Jaguar E-PACE is available from US dealers now, with prices starting at $38,600 for the 246 hp model, and $47,250 for the 296 hp models.

Be sure to check out our full review on 95octane.
Driven: 2018 Jaguar E-PACE


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