2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura RDX 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.

Both the RDX 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.


Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the E-Pace. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the E-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 62 percent more Acura dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RDX’s warranty.


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 RDX’s reliability 20 points higher than the E-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.


The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (272 vs. 246) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Acura RDX is faster than the E-Pace P250:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura RDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The E-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the E-Pace.

Brakes and Stopping

The RDX stops much shorter than the E-Pace:



70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RDX has larger standard tires than the E-Pace (235/55R19 vs. 225/65R17). The RDX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Pace (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The RDX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Pace’s standard 65 series tires. The RDX A-Spec’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the E-Pace’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

The RDX 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 RDX’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the E-Pace (108.3 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

The RDX AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The RDX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Acura RDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The E-Pace doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.


Consumer Reports rated the RDX’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the E-Pace’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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

Model Availability

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


Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Acura RDX AWD higher than the Jaguar E-Pace SE.

The Acura RDX outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by over 14 to one during 2018.

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