2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

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Safety

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The NX Series’ optional 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.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus NX Series 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that 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 NX Series 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, 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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the NX Series 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 43 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the NX Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 NX Series’ reliability 78 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 Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the NX 300 is faster than the E-Pace P250:

NX Series

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.4 sec

13.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX Series gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

MPG

NX Series

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

E-Pace

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

Transmission

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The NX 300h 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

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The NX Series stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

NX Series

E-Pace

70 to 0 MPH

183 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The NX Series 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.

The NX 300 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the NX Series’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the NX 300 F Sport AWD is quieter than the E-Pace SE:

NX Series

E-Pace

At idle

37 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has 2.7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1 inch more rear legroom than the E-Pace.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The NX Series has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (54.6 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

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

NX Series

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36”/71.5”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

53”

51.6”

Min Width

44.3”

41.6”

Height

27”

29.4”

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

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 56% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The NX Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The E-Pace does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the NX Series F Sport has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The NX Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the NX Series will cost $170 to $2115 less than the E-Pace over a five-year period.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the E-Pace only retains 42.93% to 43.12%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus NX Series will be $6423 to $14263 less than for the Jaguar E-Pace.

Recommendations

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

The Lexus NX Series outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by almost 14 to one during 2018.

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