Jaguar and Land Rover have both recently released new models to their line-ups, both are SUV’s but what sets them apart? The Evoque is known as the first luxury baby SUV, but the E-Pace has a lot to offer from their sister brand. Let’s take a look at their differences.
The baby Jag, better known as the E-Pace is the entry level into the world of Jaguar ownership. Prices start at just under £29,000 making it even cheaper than the Discovery Sport and £1,600 less than the brand new Evoque.
Entry level money will get you the D150 2.0-litre diesel front wheel drive combo, perfect for around town and city driving. All-wheel drive will set you back around £800 more but isn’t needed unless you live in the country or fancy a bit of off-roading on occasion.
The most expensive engine in the range is the P300 AWD, this is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol which launches the E-Pace to 60 I just 6.1 seconds, but performance comes at a price, £44,510 to be precise.
Exterior wise you get chunky if slightly stout looking SUV. There are some lovely details hidden within the design, a bulging bonnet, F-Type style lighting all around and vents on the front wings.
That entry-level 2.0-litre diesel provides plenty of poke for everyday driving, and the Jaguar E-Pace is soft enough to make it a comfy cruiser. Sadly the manual gearbox is a bit of a slog to use, a heavy throw makes switching gears a notchy affair, and in a car like this you’re probably best off going for an automatic, but that means you’ll need to spend £32k for the AWD auto model.
Once inside you’ll find the now familiar Jaguar layout, a driver-focussed cabin with F-Type style grab handle for the passenger. The infotainment screen can’t be angled and when in direct sunlight it can become impossible to read.
Dash plastics are far more plasticy in nature compared to that of higher end Jaguars, but all of the touch points feel premium enough.
Rear seat legroom is good for an average sized adult, but taller passengers will struggle with headroom. Boot space measures in at 577 litres, which was more than the outgoing Evoque but it now measures at 14 litres less than the new model.
Land Rover has totally updated their little SUV, the Evoque, and although it may look like a facelift, this is in fact a whole new platform. But to the untrained eye, they’ve simply grafted the front and rear of a Velar onto the familiar outline we’ve known for years.
Starting at £31,600 for the same D150 front wheel drive manual as the E-Pace you can see it commands a premium. The engine line up is nearly identical to that of the Jaguar, with the most potent version still being the P300 AWD option.
There is a range-topping ‘First Edition’ model which has every optional extra and exclusive details such as branded tread plates and twin tone leather throughout. It’s only available in Nolita Grey, Seoul Perl Silver or Yulong White.
Inside materials have been upgraded all round, making them more modern and of a higher quality than the outgoing model. Usually this is coupled with a big price hike, but costs are being kept in-line with the original to make sure buyers don’t stray to other brands.
Underneath the chassis is ready for hybrid powertrains which are coming next year, there will even be a three-cylinder 48v mild-hybrid option, in fact, everything but the entry-level D150 engine will be a 48v mild-hybrid from launch. A fully blown EV variant has yet to be announced but may happen depending on the space they’ve left for batteries, a plug-in hybrid is definitely on the cards for 2020.
Ride should be vastly improved too, with new fancy fluid filled hyrdrobushes at the front which will isolate road noise. While at the rear you’ll find the integral link setup from the Velar. This is where the boot space saving has been made.
Land Rover has pitched the new Evoque to be the segment leader in quietness and refinement; we wait to see from the first reviews if they’ve accomplished this.