2018 Jaguar E-Pace: How Does Jaguar’s New Crossover Handle Gold Mine Hill?

We take this big cat for a walk in the woods!

Jaguar has a reputation for comfortable rides and good handling suspension. However, recently they have begun building SUVs and crossovers. Furthermore, Jaguar have been making an effort to build in some off-road ability into their new higher-sitting SUVs. We got our hands on a 2018 Jaguar E-Pace, and decided the best way to test off-road ability was taking the Jag up Gold Mine Hill.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Off Road Goodies

What has Jaguar borrowed from Land Rover in order to give the E-Pace some off-road cred? Well certainly not the tires. This one is on Pirelli Scorpion Zeros, which is an ‘all-terrain tire’, but certainly no BFG KO2. Approach angle is 22.8 degrees, break-over is 21.1 degrees, and departure angle is 29.4. Ground clearance is an acceptable 8-inches. The most impressive stat here is probably water fording depth. The E-Pace can cross water as deep as 20 inches.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace

There is no off-road ‘mode’, but there is a little button for All Surface Progress Control, ASPC. This is like crawl control. You select a gear and a speed and the Jag keeps you going at a constant speed. This also functions as hill descent control when going downhill.

Powerplant

All that off-road tech would be useless without an engine. Under the hood of the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The Jaguar F-Pace sports a 2.0-liter turbo engine, in two available states of tune. [Photo: Jaguar]
This should be enough to take the Jag from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds down at sea level (according to Jaguar). However, up here in the mountains the highway sprint takes a ‘leisurely’ 9.01 seconds.

How did it do?

Stage 1 was no problem for the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. Stage 2… Well that took a few tries. But, to see how stage 3 went, you’re just going to have to watch the whole video.

Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews and, of course, more videos on the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace.

Michael Curtis
Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently works for TFL full time as an editor, videographer, presenter & writer. In his spare time, he stays plugged into the car community through meets and other events.