Jaguar E-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

Mid-size SUVs are highly desirable in today’s car market and although relatively few people take theirs off-road, many motorists are reassured and proud to drive a model bearing the iconic Land Rover badge, the Discovery Sport sat perfectly between the Evoque and Velar in the range. Britain’s other mainstream premium marque, Jaguar, has entered the SUV market more recently. The E in the name of its latest SUV doesn’t stand for electric, that job undertaken by the forthcoming I-Pace. The E-Pace, rather, opens up Jaguar SUV thrills to a wider audience thanks to its more compact dimensions and excellent Price. How does it compare with the Discovery Sport?

Aesthetics under the microscope

The Jaguar E-Pace and Land Rover Discovery Sport each have chamfered frontal styling giving them an elegant and universally appealing allure. The Jaguar has a more prominent grille and looks more modern, as you might expect with it being a brand-new model, whereas the Discovery Sport’s face makes it appear bigger and closely resembles its larger siblings. In profile, the Land Rover is the boxier car with a more typical SUV silhouette. The Jaguar, on the other hand, is rakish and resembles a sporty hatchback or coupe from some angles. It’s more dramatically-styled at the rear, too, although its narrower window above the slit-like taillight clusters isn’t as good in terms of visibility when compared to the Discovery Sport, which has an attractive rear LED light signature.

Conclusion: if stylish design flair is important, go for the Jaguar E-Pace

Cabins and practicality compared

The Jaguar E-Pace’s interior is driver-focussed with a strong emphasis on well-positioned controls, such as the SportShift gear selector. The luxury associated with this British marque shines through via features like a frameless rear-view mirror plus numerous personalisation options when it comes to the leather and trim. Characterful touches adorn the modern cabin, from Jaguar prints incorporated into the cubby and central storage console, to the ‘Jaguar and cub’ design in the corner of the windscreen. Tailored ambient mood-lighting, a large touchscreen with JLR’s InControl and Touch Pro infotainment systems, a head-up display, digital instrumentation, awesome Meridian sound system and an array of connected apps and services ensure the E-Pace is at the forefront of modern technology. Safety is also assured thanks to features like lane keep assist and emergency braking, while Jaguar’s compact SUV manages to incorporate a surprisingly cavernous 577-litre boot.

On-board the Discovery Sport, meanwhile, a pampering yet dependable vibe is conveyed, with chunky dials, additional grab handles and the controls for Land Rover’s revered Terrain Response and All Terrain Progress Control off-road systems. Depending on the variant chosen, beautiful leather can also be applied to the dashboard, a powered gesture tailgate makes light work of loading items into the boot, and a fixed panoramic roof bathes the car’s occupants with increased levels of light. Coming from the same automotive family, the same Meridian audio system, head-up display and other packs can similarly be specified. What really sets the Discovery Sport’s cabin apart is its ability to seat seven people, courtesy of a third row of seats that is standard on various models. With all seven seats in use, the boot provides 194 litres, which increases to 829 litres with the rearmost row of seats flattened and a massive 981 litres if the middle row is slid fully forward.

Conclusion: the longer Land Rover Discovery Sport has the more practical and versatile interior

Engines weighed up

Jaguar’s exciting new E-Pace SUV has sporting prowess and handling in mind.

  • The most powerful engine currently available is the P300, the number describing its output in PS or horsepower. A 2-litre petrol unit with peak torque of 400Nm, it shifts to 62mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 151mph, its average combined fuel economy cited as 35.3mpg.
  • A slightly less powerful P250 petrol engine is also available for the E-Pace.
  • The three diesel options start with the D150, its 60.1mpg consumption a highlight of its performance, while the D180 with punchy torque of 430Nm sits in the middle.
  • The most powerful diesel is currently the D240 that takes just 7 seconds to reach 62mph but can return up to a cited 45.6mpg at the pump.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has off-road ability woven into its DNA, with wading through rivers and climbing rocky hills part of its capabilities and with specialist tow bars and trailer monitoring technology featuring in its options lists.

  • Nevertheless, a potent petrol engine is offered in the form of the Si4 in 290hp guise, which is mated to four-wheel drive, just like the most powerful E-Pace.
  • A 240hp version is also available.
  • Meanwhile, the Land Rover’s diesel line up comprises the 240hp SD4 at the top end, with average combined fuel consumption published at 44.1mpg.
  • Again, a 180hp model occupies the middle-ground, while the most efficient Discovery Sport is the 150hp eD4 model in unique ‘Pure’ trim, equipped with a manual gearbox, front-wheel drive and five seats.

Conclusion: the Jaguar E-Pace P250 is an excellent choice for sporty performance

In numbers…

 

Jaguar E-Pace

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

150

300

150

300

Fuel (comb MPG)

35.3

60.1

33.6

60.1

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

124

181

123

190

Top Speed (mph)

124

151

112

135

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

5.9

9.5

6.5

10

Price

£28,545

£48,115

£28,400

£49,425


Representing the very best in compact to mid-size luxury SUV motoring, these two British models are superb choices. The
Jaguar E-Pace combines modern styling and sporty handling with practicality, while the Land Rover Discovery Sport offers even more space. It seats up to seven and can confidently venture well off the beaten track. Test drive each at Inchcape Jaguar and Inchcape Land Rover and you’re sure to be smitten.