Is there anything interesting about its design?
There are some things you just need to do in life; one is brushing your teeth, and another is bowing down and praising the brilliance of Jaguar's director of design, Ian Callum. Every car (or SUV) the bloke draws is beautifully proportioned and appears fast even while parked, and the E-Pace is no exception.
The E-Pace looks exactly how a small Jaguar SUV should, with the rounded headlights and blade-like taillights of the F-Type, the large upright and gaping honeycomb grille of the XF and XE, and the beefy rear haunches and stubby rear end that they all share.
The E-Pace has more than a passing resemblance to its F-Pace sibling, and without seeing them side by side it's easy to think they're close in size, too. The dimensions show that while the E-Pace is only 10mm narrower, at 1.9m across, and just 18mm shorter in height, its length end-to-end is 0.6m less than the F-Pace, at 4.1m.
Our test car was the S grade, which is a step above the entry grade E-Pace and that adds 18-inch nine-spoke alloy wheels. The wheels you can see in the images are 20-inch style 5051, which are optional (prices below) but they look stealthy cool in that gloss-black finish and are damned easy to keep clean – which is code for 'they hide dirt well'.
Apart from the wheels there are no other differences to the exteriors of the E-Pace and E-Pace S – both have satin-chrome side vents and satin-black window surrounds and twin chrome tail pipes integrated into the rear bumper.
The S's standard ebony leather seats instantly give the cabin a premium edge over the entry E-Pace's cloth ones. Again, you'll see from my images that our E-pace S had the optional Siena Tan Windsor leather with a quilted pattern – which made some people gag and others, including me, swoon.
Almost every car comes with black leather now, which makes this Siena style feel that bit more special and, while it's a light colour, it's blue-jeans proof, which most white leather certainly isn't.
The rest of the S's interior is the same as the base E-Pace. Sure, there's quite a bit of plastic on the dash and doors, but this is still a stylish and cleanly designed cockpit, with touch of ruggedness, thanks to those chunky climate-control dials, the metal plate surround on the shifter and the centre console grab handle.
The only downside to the design of the E-Pace is something you can't see – the platform of the car.
The E-Pace uses the Evoque's heavy-steel platform as opposed to the F-Pace's lighter weight one, which makes use of a stack of aluminium.
Yes, the E-Pace's bonnet wheel guards, roof and tailgate are made of aluminium, but the petrol four-cylinder version weighs 1.9 tonnes – about 100kg more than the (larger) F-Pace.