Inside, those F-Type cues from the exterior continue, with a grab handle on the transmission tunnel for the front passenger and Jaguar’s usual simple controls. Callum was insistent that he didn’t want the E-Pace’s dash to be dominated by touch-screens that required you to take your eyes off the road to use on the move. It’s packaged well too, with plenty of storage space and surprisingly good head and legroom for adults in the back seats. A neat detail is the silhouette of a Jaguar and its baby cub hidden in the base of the windscreen surround and also in the puddle lights at night.
As we said earlier, that the E-Pace will be a huge sales success and end up being Jaguar’s biggest seller was never going to be in doubt. The good news though is that this new E-Pace is good enough to deserve that top slot. That fact alone should please Jaguar fans, both new and old.
Engine: 1998cc, in-line 4, twin-turbo, petrol
Transmission: nine speed automatic
PS/ Nm (bhp/ lb ft): 300PS @ 5500rpm/ 500Nm @1500rpm (295bhp/ 368lb ft)
0-62mph: 6.4 seconds (0-60mph in 5.9s)
Top speed: 151mph top speed
Price as tested: £50,710 (range from £28,500)