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2019 Lexus UX

Starting Price: $33,025 | Price Yours

Above Average: Price, hybrid option, Lexus quality and resale, fuel economy

Below Average: Cargo space, AWD only offered with hybrid and only works at speeds under 43 mph, tepid acceleration and performance, annoying touchpad controller

Consensus: A fuel-efficient small luxury commuter for people who don’t need a lot interior room, but desire the quality, style and status of a Lexus.

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2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Starting Price: $39,895 | Price Yours

Above Average: Adept handling, impressive power and acceleration, real off-road ability, warranty period, standard AWD

Below Average: Starting price, fuel economy

Consensus: A well-equipped, stylish compact SUV with a storied name and great road manners but with a high sticker price and yet to be determined long-term reliability.

The 2019 Lexus UX is basically an entry-level crossover that offers buyers a foot in the Lexus door without breaking the bank. Not intended for off-road duty or rugged rural trails, the UX is more an urban dweller. Its tiny size makes it easy to maneuver in tight city confines, and its hybrid engine option returns a combined 39-mpg, a best-in-class bragging right. Where the UX falls short is in the area of performance, namely acceleration and cornering. Those looking for the sportiest ride possible should definitely step up to the UX F-Sport models. We’d also recommend going with the UX 250h hybrid over the UX 200 gasoline only version as it nets you more horsepower and all-wheel drive, but even then there’s a catch. The UX 250h’s AWD only works at speed up to 43 mph, after which the rear electric motors shut off leaving the front wheels to do all the work.

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace comes late to the subcompact crossover game, but it comes packing a punch. From its impressively powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine choices to its sports car-like ride and handling, the E-Pace is the luxury SUV for the enthusiast driver. At nearly $7,000 more than the entry-level Lexus UX 200, the E-Pace isn’t exactly cheap, although for that price you do get a more powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive and a few more perks. The E-Pace can’t compete with the hybrid UX 250h’s fuel economy, but its all-wheel drive system is quite capable of venturing off-road, something the Lexus can’t do. The E-Pace also matches the UX’s tight turning circle and bests it for interior and cargo space. You’ll also find more high-end options on the E-Pace, such as a massive glass panel roof, active torque vectoring, a rubberized wristband that acts as a remote key fob and 14-way leather power seats.

Lexus UX Advantages

The UX costs less than a comparable E-Pace, and its ride is softer and bit more comfortable. The UX has more front seat legroom and a slightly smaller turning circle, as well as better fuel economy from either the gas or hybrid model.

Jaguar E-Pace Advantages

The E-Pace offers superior performance from its more powerful engine options, better handling and more luxury features, as well as standard all-wheel drive. It can also venture off-road with confidence and offers an additional 10,000 miles on its standard warranty.

Similarities

Both the UX and E-Pace come with a host of standard driver assists, including automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Both offer small turning circles for ease of maneuvering, high-end audio options and strong resale values.

Final Recommendation

When it comes to performance, the 2019 Jaguar E-Pace has it in spades, but with a nearly $40,000 starting price, you’ll pay dearly for the privilege. The Lexus UX isn’t as fast or luxurious, but its also much less expensive, offers superior fuel economy from its hybrid trim and stylistically is a bit more cutting edge.

Ready to buy a compact luxury SUV? Find a Jaguar E-Pace or Lexus UX near you!

  2019 Lexus UX 2019 Jaguar E-Pace
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 169 hp @ 6,600 rpm 246 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 151 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 269 lb-ft @ 1,200-4,500 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 9-spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (29 city/37 hwy) 24 mpg (21 city/28 hwy)
Also Available Hybrid, AWD 296 hp 2.0-liter turbo I4
Specs    
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.9 inches 105.6 inches
Overall Length 177.0 inches 173.0 inches
Width 72.4 inches 78.1 inches
Height 59.8 inches 64.9 inches
Turning Diameter 34.2 feet 34.7 feet
Headroom, Front 37.2 inches 39.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 38.2 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 40.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 33.1 inches 35.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.1 inches 56.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.9 inches 55.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 90.4 cu. ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 21.7 cu. ft. 24.2 cu. ft.
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