It’s been a while since we drove the E-Pace, Jaguar’s entry in the sharply competitive subcompact luxury SUV segment. (It’s also now Jag’s entry-level model, following the XE sedan’s death.) Our verdict from past test drives was mixed: We loved the way the E-Pace drove, but we were put off by the interior’s cheap plastic bits and a glitchy and confusing infotainment system. Jaguar revised the E-Pace for the 2021 model year, and guess what’s changed?
Jaguar worked to rectify those previous E-Pace faults, and by and large it succeeded. The cabin is purged of most low-rent plastics, and the new pieces that replace them fit in much better with the baby Jag’s rich leather upholstery.
The new infotainment system leaps forward like a Jaguar. Anything would have been better than Jag’s old system (anyone have a spare Nintendo Wii lying around?), but the new stereo and nav setup is a serious improvement. The screen is larger, the hardware more powerful, and the home screen makes more sense, now divided into three zones for navigation, audio, and your connected device, be it Apple or Android. It’s a much simpler piece of equipment to use, and in our week with the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace, it behaved itself nicely, which is a major upgrade. Color us satisfied.
Jaguar also freshened the E-Pace’s front styling. The differences are subtle enough that you pretty much need to park the old and new cars side by side to see them, but the updates give the 2021 E-Pace a harder, more aggressive look. We like it.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.