The New 2018 Jaguar E-PACE Stands Strong Against Rivals from BMW, Audi, and Lexus

The new subcompact luxury crossover segment is one of the most popular and fastest-growing markets because of the unique versatility and usability of the style. These smart and performance-oriented SUVs offer the functionality and capability of a utility vehicle, with the convenience, efficiency, and light responsiveness of a much smaller car. Add in the comforts and modern tech features of a luxury brand, and you take that fantastic mixture to a new level.

One of the most recent additions to the segment is the stunning--and stunningly powerful--2018 Jaguar E-PACE. It's the newest addition to the brand's new lineup of luxury performance SUVs, and follows in the footsteps of the legendary Jaguar F-PACE. Its top competitors include the popular 2018 BMW X1, the recently-redesigned 2018 Audi Q3, and the reliable 2018 Lexus NX.

We compare these four luxury subcompact SUVs to help you decide which will be the best fit for you.


Jaguar E-PACE vs BMW X1

  • BMW X1 has the lower starting price
  • AWD is standard on the Jaguar E-PACE
  • The Jaguar E-PACE is more powerful than the BMW X1

Or, should we say, the Jaguar E-PACE is significantly more powerful than the BMW X1; this "Sports Activity Vehicle" offers 228 horsepower from its standard engine, and no more. Standard power for the Jaguar E-PACE comes from a 246-HP engine, and select models boost up to 296 horsepower. All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the Jaguar E-PACE, but xDrive AWD is a pricey add-on for the BMW X1. Two of the only advantages for the BMW X1 are total cargo space, and cheaper starting price--but if you're looking for a sports-car feel, the Jaguar E-PACE is well worth it.

Jaguar E-PACE vs Audi Q3

  • The Audi Q3 offers the lowest max horsepower
  • Both models come standard with AWD
  • The Jaguar E-PACE offers more max cargo room

In somewhat of a surprise, the new Audi Q3 comes in with the lowest total horsepower--just 200 HP from its turbocharged engine. Compare that to 246 horsepower from the Jaguar E-PACE's entry-level powertrain, and it's obvious which brand is more committed to sport performance. But, in this comparison, the E-PACE comes out on top in more than just sheer muscle. The Audi Q3 gives up about 50 cubic feet of space with the middle row folded; the Jaguar E-PACE, however, gives you a full 52.7 cubic feet of storage area. In a subcompact crossover, those nearly 3 cubes can make a difference.


Jaguar E-PACE vs Lexus NX

  • The Jaguar E-PACE offers more standard and available horsepower
  • The Lexus NX design is mundane and uninspired
  • The Jaguar E-PACE boasts more standard cargo room

It's almost unfair to compare a Lexus to a Jaguar, because--while both are considered luxury cars--they are playing in distinctly different leagues. The Lexus NX has taken some visual cues from its Toyota cousins, and it's a look that just can't hold up to the sleek, agile design of the Jaguar E-PACE. The Jaguar SUV is also more powerful, boasting 246 HP - 296 HP from its two available engine options, while the lesser-powered Lexus is only good for a range of 194 HP - 235 HP. Need more reason to choose the Jaguar over the Lexus? With just 17.7 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat, the Lexus NX is less versatile than the E-PACE, which gives you a large 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space.