Jaguar E-Pace review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Both the D150 and D180 cars shouldn’t be too expensive to run, but more powerful versions aren’t frugal
A diesel E-Pace makes sense if running costs are a concern, although Jaguar's fuel economy ratings aren't that great in comparison to rivals, especially with the latest WLTP test to contend with. The most basic E-Pace – the front-wheel-drive D165 equipped with a manual gearbox – is the best performer, claiming up to 46.5mpg with tailpipe CO2 emissions as low as 159g/km. While these figures are poorer than the 50-plus MPG achieved by previous models under the older NEDC test, in real world conditions, you can probably expect this E-Pace to easily return over 40mpg.
The overwhelming majority of buyers will specify an automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive. Here, the D165 AWD Auto returns a best MPG figure of 44mpg , but emissions climb to a relatively dirty 168g/km. Buyers who step up to our pick – the D200 MHEV Auto – will find that there is no meaningful fuel economy penalty.
Despite all being four-cylinder options, the petrols are thirsty. The basic P200 chalks up a best official economy figure of 31.5mpg, while the lowest emissions stand at 202g/km. The E-Pace P250 also claims the same figures on the WLTP test. Meanwhile the P300 dips further to 30.8mpg, but a CO2 figure of 207g/km means first year tax rate isn’t hiked compared to other petrol models.
The P300e PHEV model is the most advantageous on tax with a 44g/km of CO2 rating meaning vehicle excise duty (VED) is set at zero and there are big Benefit-in-Kind advantages with business users attracting an 11 per cent rate.
It will cost you less in fuel too if you can make good use of the 34-mile electric-only range, and for comparison the WLTP figure is 143.1mpg. Charging the PHEV’s 15kWh battery from 10 to 90 per cent takes an hour and twenty minutes from a 7kW wallbox, or 30 minutes from a rapid charger.
Of course, many of these higher-powered E-Pace models stray over £40,000, meaning your annual road tax rate for the first five years will be bumped up by more than £300. As far as trim is concerned, there are no differences in official fuel economy and CO2 between regular and R-Dynamic finished E-Paces, although adding bigger wheels and moving to higher (and therefore better equipped and heavier) trim grades will have an effect on emissions. It's best to check with your local Jaguar dealer to find out specific emissions information about a potential purchase.
There’s no denying that the E-Pace occupies lofty insurance groups. The most basic and cheapest version sits in group 24, while our choice – the D200 – is in group 29. Compared to the Range Rover Evoque the Jaguar should theoretically be cheaper to insure, although it should be said that other rivals slip into lower groups. The Audi Q3, for instance, is lower across its entire line-up.
Residual values for the E-Pace look very good indeed, with values for both the D150 and D180 versions predicted to remain strong over three years. Our pick – the D200 in S trim with an automatic gearbox – is predicted to retain 56 per cent of its worth, while higher spec models such as the HSE D200 approach nearly 60 per cent of their value after three years. Petrol versions are worse, and expect any given petrol powered E-Pace to be worth around 45 per cent what you paid for it three years down the line, if you stick around 10,000 miles a year on the car.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Jaguar E-Pace has its work cut out in the ultra-competitive small premium SUV market
- 2Engines, performance and driveE-Pace boasts good steering and is decently grippy, but engines are dull and it feels a little heavy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingBoth the D150 and D180 cars shouldn’t be too expensive to run, but more powerful versions aren’t frugal
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe E-Pace stands out with its sporty exterior design, but the interior feels a little plain
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceE-Pace’s sporty outlook belies its practical side, with good headroom and a decent boot
- 6Reliability and SafetyA good Euro NCAP score puts the Jag in good stead, but we’re still waiting for owner feedback on reliability