You can buy an E-Pace for £28,500, but it will have front-wheel drive, come with a six-speed manual gearbox and muster only 148bhp from its 2.0-litre diesel engine. At that price you also forgo leather seats and make do with 17in wheels, although a decent array of safety and infotainment technology is included.
Most buyers will spend rather a lot more. Depending on which engine and gearbox combination you elect for, above the basic specifications you have a choice of S, SE and HSE trims. The changes are mainly cosmetic, but before that you’ll also need to decide whether to go for the more aggressive R-Dynamic bodystyle too.
Once the dust has settled from your box-ticking, don’t be surprised if you’re met with a car costing more than £40,000, particularly if you want one of the more powerful engines.
The E-Pace, then, is substantially more expensive than the class-leading Volvo XC40 once you correct for equipment level. Its residuals are forecast to be nothing short of spectacular, though, so you can expect to recoup some of that expenditure down the line.
Our sources suggest the D180 AWD SE model tested will be worth close to 60% of its original value after three years and 36,000 miles.
A touring economy of 49.2mpg from our test car – commendably close to the official claim of 55.4mpg – endows the D180 with a theoretical range in excess of 600 miles. Those are encouraging figures for anybody who drives mega-mileages, but they don’t fully make amends for the bland performance.