2020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC40’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.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC40 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.

The XC40 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XC40 offers an optional CTA Auto Brake 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 XC40 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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 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 XC40 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.

Warranty

The XC40’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 78 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC40’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 XC40’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 Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 28th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the XC40 T5 is faster than the E-Pace P250:

XC40

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.4 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC40 gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

MPG

XC40

FWD

T4 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

E-Pace

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The XC40 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.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC40’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

XC40

E-Pace

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.8 inches

The XC40 stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

XC40

E-Pace

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC40 has larger standard tires than the E-Pace (235/55R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The XC40’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC40 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

Suspension and Handling

The XC40 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC40’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC40’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC40 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the XC40 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Volvo XC40 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD is quieter than the E-Pace SE (43 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space

The XC40 has .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The XC40 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (57.5 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC40’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The E-Pace doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Jaguar E-Pace is limited to 3968 pounds. The XC40 offers up to a 4630 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the XC40’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the E-Pace’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC40 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Pace doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC40 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC40 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

The XC40 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2018 issue and the Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD won out over the Jaguar E-Pace SE.

The Volvo XC40 outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by almost three to one during 2018.

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