Get beyond the slightly incongruous sight of a relatively short car towing an enormously long caravan, and the question is – how well does the E-Pace tow? The answer is – not as well as most Jaguars.
On the plus side, the engine has enough power and torque to cope with a heavy tourer. The 30-60mph time of 11.1 seconds isn’t exactly scintillating, but the E-Pace is far from underpowered. It handled the hill-start test easily, too.
However, the E-Pace doesn’t feel as comfortable and controlled at 60mph as the best heavyweight tow cars.
It struggled in the lane-change test, being pulled around by the caravan so much that we decided against carrying out the third and fastest attempt at the manoeuvre.
You expect a supple ride from a Jaguar, but that’s not what you get with the E-Pace. It’s too firm, and long journeys on anything other than a perfect surface would become wearing.
Our practicality testers were also underwhelmed. The boot is too small for a typical load of touring holiday luggage, and there’s no self-levelling suspension.
This an expensive car for its size, but at least resale values are predicted to be strong.