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The bottom line on the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is that if you're shopping the luxury compact SUV market, this crossover will match or beat other luxury brands at every point.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is a luxury compact crossover SUV that is available with two versions of a powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.Jaguar startled the automotive world a few years ago when the legendary British sports car maker announced its first SUV. The F-Pace is a mid-size crossover that brought together the best of Jaguar's sporty breed with Land Rover's world-renowned expertise in all-wheel-drive and off-road capability. Now Jaguar brings us the E-Pace, a compact crossover SUV with the same sporty credentials as its older and larger littermate.

The basic E-Pace is powered by Jaguar's Ingenium 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, rated at 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. If you choose the upgrade R-Dynamic trim level, the same engine is boosted up to 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with Jaguar's 9-speed automatic transmission. The base engine will pull the E-Pace from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds, while the R-Dynamic engine will do it in 6.1 seconds.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The well-appointed interior of the 2018 E-Pace is evidence of the many years that Jaguar has been building luxur vehicles.

Inside, the E-Pace reminds you that Jaguar's been doing sporty luxury for almost 100 years. Heated front and rear seats upholstered in fine Windsor leather, dual zone climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment interface with Navigation, and a Meridian 10-speaker audio system are all available.

Technology and advanced safety features include Jag's InControl remote control, which allows you to preset the climate, lock or unlock the vehicle, and beep the horn and flash the lights to find the E-Pace in a parking lot. On the safety side, you get a rear view camera on all models, and a surround camera system is optional. The E-Pace offers lane keep assist and a driver condition monitor, high speed emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, and reverse cross traffic detection.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The front bucket sport seat s in the 2108 Jaguar E-Pace are supportive enough for hard cornering.

Additional SUV features include a powered gesture-activated tailgate and Jaguar Land Rover's amazing All Terrain Progress Control. This system allows you to set a speed and let the E-Pace find its way over rough terrain. You'll be amazed at how the E-Pace handles off-road driving, even with high performance summer tires on the vehicle.

On the road, the E-Pace lacks a bit of the aplomb and power that made the F-Pace a sensation, but compared to competing compact SUVs the E-Pace is a strong contender. The Ingenium engine provides plenty of power and the handling is first rate. There's plenty of room in the cabin, including cargo space in the back. Second row seating is perfectly adequate for adults, or you can put three kids back there easily.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Eve rear seat passengers ride in luxury in the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace.

The bottom line on the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is that if you're shopping the luxury compact SUV market, this crossover will match or beat other luxury brands at every point. Luxury is still a matter of personal preference, so the best way to decide if the E-Pace is for you is to take a test drive.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Base price: $39,595

Price as tested: $54,190

Type: Compact crossover SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 (246 hp, 269 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 21/28

Overall length: 173 inches

Curb weight: 4,035 pounds

Final assembly: Graz, Austria

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