2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano (except S/SV) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The E-Pace doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Murano 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 all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Murano the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’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 Murano’s reliability 56 points higher than the E-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The E-Pace isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 63 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (260 vs. 246) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the E-Pace P250:

 

Murano

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The E-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the E-Pace (19 vs. 18.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Murano’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 Murano stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

 

Murano

E-Pace

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the E-Pace (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The E-Pace doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the E-Pace (111.2 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 200 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the E-Pace (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Murano 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 Murano has .7 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

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

 

Murano

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

54”

51.6”

Min Width

43”

41.6”

Height

33.7”

29.4”

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

Ergonomics

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

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace isn't recommended.

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