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Used Jaguar E-Pace Review

13 Sep 2023

Comfortable, safe and practical, the Jaguar E-Pace is everything you’d expect a compact SUV to be. Jaguar was quite late to the premium-badged compact SUV party, with the E-Pace not launched until 2017. However, the E-Pace has quickly made up for lost time and now this sporty little SUV is Jaguar’s best seller. 

But how does it stack up five years on? And what should you keep in mind if you’re on the lookout for a good used Jaguar E-Pace for sale? We take you through the main considerations in our used Jaguar E-Pace review.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Attractive exterior and interior styling
  • Lots of standard kit included
  • Feels fantastic to drive

Cons

  • High-spec models are pricey
  • Weight hampers performance and economy
  • Interior feels dated

How does it look?

The Jaguar E-Pace is an attractive car with an aggressive and purposeful look that enhances its sporty, compact SUV credentials. It certainly bears a passing resemblance to its larger sibling the F-Pace, but the exterior styling is also notably different and, with or without the R-Dynamic package that brings sportier looks and body-coloured trim, it’s undeniably one of the best-looking cars in its class. 

Inside, the sporting theme continues with a sweeping dashboard, leather trims and lots of metal-effect inserts. However, it’s hard not to feel that the clean and uncluttered cabin of the pre-2021 facelift E-Pace isn’t quite up to the standard you might expect at this price point. 

The 2021 update changed all that, introducing a more user-friendly infotainment system and posher dials. There’s also plenty of leather across the dashboard and doors of the high-spec models, all of which helps to bring the interior of the E-Pace in line with its premium rivals.

What’s it like to drive?

Out on the road, the E-Pace feels reassuringly planted and composed and the high driving position gives you a great 180-degree view. Visibility out the back isn’t quite so good, but every used E-Pace comes with a rear camera and all-around sensor to make parking a breeze. 

Unlike larger SUVs, the compact dimensions of the E-Pace mean it’s equally at home navigating the city streets or chugging up and down the motorways. All engines have more than enough power for comfortable motorway overtaking, while the weighty steering provides good feedback from the road surface and gives you plenty of confidence through twists and turns. 

But while the power and handling are all well and good, the ride is more of a mixed bag. Although the suspension isn’t overly firm, you can be jostled around on pockmarked and damaged urban roads. On the motorway, things are more settled and the E-Pace does a better job of soaking up the bumps. 

Is a used Jaguar E-Pace reliable?

Whether you go for an early used E-Pace or a nearly new post-facelift model, the E-Pace is well-built and durable. That said, the second-hand E-Pace does not perform as well as some other premium-badged compact SUVs in reliability surveys. 

When shopping around for a good used Jaguar E-Pace for sale, always examine the service history for past problems, check all the electric features thoroughly and take the car for an extended test drive at a range of speeds.  

Which is the best used Jaguar E-Pace to buy? 

Initially, the E-Pace hit the market with three 2.0-litre petrol engines (P200 - 197bhp, P250 - 245bhp and P300 - 295bhp) and three 2.0-litre diesels (D150 - 148bhp, D180 - 178bhp and D240 - 236bhp). 

The 2020 facelift brought a raft of changes, with an all-new D165 - a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel - and a D200 - 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel - replacing the three existing diesel engines. A very impressive P300e plug-in hybrid was also introduced, which delivers an immense 305bhp and provides 34 miles of all-electric range. 

Of these, we’d opt for the D180 if you’re looking for a pre-facelift E-Pace, as it has a smooth and economical engine while still providing sufficient power for motorway driving. If you do more driving in urban areas then the D150 is more fuel-efficient and has more than enough grunt to handle these short trips in style. The plug-in hybrid is very good but it’s also quite rare, so expect a second-hand E-Pace PHEV to cost you a premium. 

Trim-wise, you can choose from the standard E-Pace or the sportier R-Dynamic version, which adds a more aggressive body kit, a gloss-black grille and twin exhaust pipes. After that, you can decide how much equipment you want. 

The entry-level E-Pace comes with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and front and rear parking sensors. The S trim adds leather seats and a more sophisticated infotainment system. The more expensive SE and HSE trim packs add bigger wheels, which actually produce a bumpier ride, more safety kit and a wide range of electric seat adjustments. We think the entry-level or S trim is probably the best pick.  

How much is a used Jaguar E-Pace?

If you’re on the hunt for a used Jaguar E-Pace for sale, £18,000, give or take, will get you a 2018 high-mileage diesel, while the earliest petrol engines start at £19,000. An average mileage 180D with a full service history will set you back between £20,000 and £22,000. 

If you want something more recent, expect to pay £25,000 plus for a pre-facelifted 2020 E-Pace, while a car from 2021 will cost you £30,000 or more. You can expect to save up to £5,000 on a nearly new car, making a 2022 E-Pace a tempting used car option. 

Need a new used car?

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