The roads on the island of Corsica are among the best in Europe for spirited driving. It’s no wonder the Rally of Corsica is so popular on the WRC calendar and here we were, punting a four-cylinder SUV along with great gusto. The Jaguar E-Pace not only looks like a five-door version of the F-Type Coupe on the outside as well as on the inside, but it also drives like one too.
With a choice of five engine options, all four-cylinders comprising three diesels and two petrol options, our test car was the range-topping model that, when combined with its intelligent all-wheel drive system, did the perfect impersonation of bolting like a scalded cat out of corners.
Toggling through driver modes from Eco to Dynamic gave control with individual settings for the throttle, auto transmission ratios, steering and the optional Adaptive Dynamics suspension. This sensed driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loaded the suspension and chassis to adjust the damping.
Overall though, it felt very much rear-wheel biased except when powering out of tight corners when you could feel the front wheels scramble for traction as it transferred drive to all four wheels.
Jaguar’s SUV range wears the ‘Pace’ badge so the E-Pace sits below the F-Pace and above the yet to be launched I-Pace baby and takes on the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.