First review Jaguar E-Pace P300e: a plug-in hybrid, but exciting

What is striking about the Jaguar E-Pace P300e?

That you never actually encounter another Jaguar E-Pace on the way. The compact Briton – at least in the Netherlands – does not benefit from the still growing SUV market. Since its introduction in 2018, we have not even sold 400 copies. So it is hoped for Jaguar that the recent facelift will give the E-Pace a boost.

The external changes are modest. You can easily recognize the new Jaguar E-Pace by its headlights, which have been given a clearly different layout (with two j’s as daytime running lights above each other). Furthermore, the grille and the bumpers at the front and rear have of course been addressed, but you only see that when you put an ‘old’ E-Pace next to it.

The interior of the Jaguar E-Pace remains largely the same. The changes that immediately catch the eye are the new digital cockpit and the much larger touchscreen on the center console. That measures 11.4 inches and is linked to Jaguar’s new infotainment system. The handle of the automatic transmission on the middentunnel is no longer as bulky as before.

What’s good about the Jaguar E-Pace P300e?

To begin with: its drivetrain. Because who would have ever thought that one Jaaggg would be a good idea with a three-burner? The petrol engine is a great match for the E-Pace. The beetle hums modestly in the background and – depending on the selected driving mode – sometimes hands over the reins to its electric buddy. Together they reach 309 hp and 540 Nm. And you notice that. If there is enough energy in the battery, the electric motor quickly helps the heavy E-Pace (almost 2200 kilos) with its instant torque. The P300e is fast, with a sprint time to 100 km / h that is about 6.5 seconds.

The interaction between combustion and electric motor is excellent. In general, you will notice little of it when the three-cylinder in the front is switched on. Only in very rare cases – if you as a driver do what the electronics did not expect – you sometimes feel a hiccup going through the powertrain. In regular driving mode, the E-Pace makes extensive use of the electric motor and the battery level drops sharply. After half an hour to 45 minutes you are already at the bottom.

Compared to the plug-in variants of the Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40, the Jaguar E-Pace is clearly sportier. It steers sharply and directly, turns tight, but sometimes rolls and dives a little more than you’d like. Oh well, it is hard to charge a SUV … Jaguar has put down a wonderful reisauto with the E-Pace P300e. One with excellent driving comfort, appealing performance, a quiet cabin and a first-class infotainment system.

It’s called Pivi Pro (stop chuckling, back there!) And works quickly and easily. Conveniently, the home screen is divided into three large vertical sections, so that you immediately have the most important menus at your fingertips. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The latter is now finally officially available in the Netherlands (why did it take so long, Google?). The round buttons on the center console, which have multiple functions related to the air conditioning and seat heating, take some getting used to, but look beautiful.

What could be better about the Jaguar E-Pace P300e?

That will be putting salt on snails, because in general we are very pleased with the Jaguar E-Pace P300e. If we do have to think of a downside, then we come to the consumption, which of course is not at all 1 in 50, as Jaguar states. In normal driving mode, especially when used on the highway, we reached about 1 to 14.5 in a week. If you drive shorter distances in particular, you will benefit to the maximum from the electric range of 55 kilometers and you will probably end up much more favorable.

When will the Jaguar E-Pace P300e arrive and what does it cost?

The plug-in hybrid E-Pace can already be ordered, for a starting price of 61,538 euros. This makes the 309 hp P300e not only the most powerful E-Pace, but also the second most affordable. Only the E-Pace P160 is less expensive (60,928 euros).

Compared to the competition, the E-Pace P300e is pricey, even if you consider the power differences. Mercedes delivers the 218 hp and 450 Nm delivering GLA 250 e for 50,102 euros. And at Volvo, the XC40 T5 Recharge (262 hp / 425 Nm) is ready from 47,495 euros.

What do I think of the Jaguar E-Pace P300e?

I was genuinely sorry that after a week I had to return the E-Pace P300e to the importer. Jaguar’s smallest SUV has been refined bit by bit into a fine competitor of the Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40. He doesn’t have his price, but his character does. With some cars you don’t feel anything; they leave you cold. But the Jaguar has charm and charisma, especially when compared to other plug-in hybrids. His new interior is a big improvement; we are fans of the Pivi Pro multimedia system. And in the right (read: sporty) version, the Jaguar E-Pace is just a nice SUV to see. A little too convex, perhaps, but impressively stocky and wide at an angle from the front.

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