2019 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The E-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The X3 has standard Active Protection, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the X3 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X3 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X3’s reliability 60 points higher than the E-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

The X3 M40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 59 more horsepower (355 vs. 296) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the X3 s/xDrive30i is faster than the E-Pace P250:

 

X3

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive30i gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace P250 (22 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Transmission

The X3 M40i’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The E-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X3’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

 

X3

E-Pace

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the E-Pace are solid, not vented.

The X3 stops shorter than the E-Pace:

 

X3

E-Pace

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 xDrive30i has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace. The X3’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the E-Pace.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The E-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X3 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The E-Pace’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the E-Pace (112.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the E-Pace’s (58.7% to 41.3%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the X3 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the X3 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the X3 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The E-Pace doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The X3 has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the E-Pace’s in almost every dimension:

 

X3

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.5”/69”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

47”

51.6”

Min Width

43.3”

41.6”

Height

30.1”

29.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The E-Pace doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The X3’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the E-Pace’s (4400 vs. 3968 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the X3 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the E-Pace. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 16% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X3 has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The X3 is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the BMW X3 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace isn't recommended.

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