Configurator Challenge: Jaguar E-Rate

Customisation is in vogue at the instant, but decision can be severely baffling. In our new configurator challenge, we’re heading to allow the CarAdvice group unfastened on a manufacturer’s website to build their excellent spec of a particular product.

For this edition of the Configurator Problem, we’re creating the perfect Jaguar E-Rate.

Enable us know what you imagine in the feedback, and which cars you’d like to see future!


Mandy Turner, Road Tester & Podcast Host

When it will come to SUVs, I don’t like to stand out far too considerably, but I also really don’t want to mix in with the rest of Australia. That is why I went with the E-Pace HSE R-Dynamic P250 in Borasco Grey. It’s the correct shade to hide filth, but also gentle more than enough to however demonstrate off the vehicle’s curves.

Despite the fact that I do travel to the nation each individual now and once again, electrical power is extra of a priority, consequently why I went with the 2.-litre 183kW turbocharged petrol motor in excess of the diesel.

I chose the even larger 21-inch ‘Style 5053’ wheels as there will be no off-roading likely on, and they just look to go perfectly with the exterior paint.

Really do not get me wrong, black wheels do search fantastic, but I handed on the Black Exterior Pack which would’ve matched them. The cause? I just appreciate as substantially chrome as doable, which is why I selected the chrome aspect window surrounds as nicely.

The Matrix LED headlights existing a much cleaner glance, really don’t you believe? *tilts head to the side*

Panoramic sunroofs belong in SUVs, so it was a no-brainer with this 1, and finding some vitamin D is in no way a poor thing.

Black interiors are just monotonous, so I went for the Ebony/Eclipse interior and Light-weight Oyster Morzine headlining. The colour plan would make it glance a very little much more quality.

Some other choices I ticked ended up 18-way electrical heated, memory entrance seats since heated seats are a blessing in winter.

I adore my music, so this E-Speed will be bopping down the street with DAB radio and the optional 825W Meridian Surround Seem Method with 15 speakers.

A head-up screen and 360-diploma surround digicam are two points I just cannot live without the need of in autos these days, so all those options have also been added. My guilty satisfaction possibility? I ticked the configurable ambient inside lights – because rainbow colours. And it is a thing to mess all over with while stuck at the targeted visitors lights.

Even however I desire wagons around SUVs, I would be pleased to travel this new addition to the Jaguar loved ones in this spec.


James Wong, Journalist

This week we’ve got a pair of firsts – it’s an SUV and my specification isn’t environmentally friendly. I have absent for a seem extra about understated luxurious rather than striving to get people’s awareness.

In terms of trim stage, I went for the E-Pace SE with the 183kW/365Nm ‘P250’ 2.-litre turbo petrol, simply because most British vehicles are most effective served in mid-tier ‘SE’ spec and the P250 engine is a excellent equilibrium of general performance and economy devoid of breaking the bank.

Annoyingly, the E-Pace isn’t obtainable in British Racing Eco-friendly on the on-line configurator, which is a single of my favourite colors specifically for a British vehicle, so I have long gone for this lovely Caesium Blue metallic. I switched out the common turbine alloys for these 19-inch 5-spoke rims in Satin Dim Grey, mainly because they look a minor sportier and the chubbier tyres necessarily mean ride consolation will not be compromised.

I’ve also ticked the containers for a mounted panoramic roof and a black contrasting roof panel, which I feel goes effectively with the dark alloy wheel end and the Black Exterior Pack – which adds gloss black accents for the aspect vents, window surrounds and grille. You may also detect the purple-painted brake calipers, which are possibly silly on a car like this but they increase a wonderful contrast to the blue system and dim wheels.

For the inside, I have opted for the Gentle Oyster Windsor leather-based trim with Lunar/Gentle Oyster inside colour plan, which also has a attractive diamond pattern for the seat inserts, mixed with the Ebony Morzine black headliner. The front pews are also 18-way electric power adjustable, heated and cooled, when also obtaining a memory function.

The steering wheel has been upgraded to tender-grain leather for a far more top quality search and truly feel, and I have also added a head-up exhibit and the 12.3-inch digital driver’s instrument colour – although the pictures never show the latter, regretably.

Further more possibilities? Bins ticked contain de-badging for the engine designation mainly because ‘P250’ looks bizarre, carpet mats, configurable ambient interior lighting, DAB radio, a 360-diploma digicam system, a gesture-operated electricity tailgate – for the reason that what if I’m holding the young ones and need to have to open the boot – keyless entry (shouldn’t that be standard?), and gloss-black roof rails.

Certain, my selections may well not be as fascinating as some of my colleagues, but the Wongy-spec E-Tempo makes for a relaxed, useful and understated compact family hauler.


Scott Collie, Journalist

My automobile isn’t blue this 7 days, and it’s not a comfort and ease-centered specification. It is a murdered-out, top rated-spec get on Jaguar’s (pretty neat) compact crossover, suit for rappers and yummy mummies alike.

I have opted for the most powerful petrol ‘P300‘ powertrain, making 221kW and 400Nm. As opposed to sensible James, my E-Rate is the extra pricey HSE R Dynamic specification, as well. The exterior is concluded in Santorini Black, correctly matched with black 20-inch wheels and purple brake calipers.

As you’d hope, all the exterior chrome has been subbed for gloss black. Even the Matrix LED headlights are dim – except for when you turn them on. Then they are tremendous brilliant, but which is kinda the stage.

Due to the fact this is meant to be semi-sensible, the automobile has gloss-black roof rails and privacy glass. The former opens the door for all method of ski, surf or bicycle-based enjoyment, the latter to hold friends (I’m much too youthful for kids at the instant) neat in summer season.

Where the exterior is all-black, my cabin is light-weight and airy. The 18-way adjustable heated athletics seats and sprint are the two trimmed in Gentle Oyster Windsor leather, whilst the headlining has been specced to match. It’s welcoming in a way most British vehicles (and men and women?) are not.

On the selections entrance, my Jaguar has been de-badged – no-one desires to know how much it price – carpet floor mats, and the full suite of adaptive dynamics methods. As a modern Jaguar, it is meant to be sporty. The adaptive systems give it the ideal attainable prospect.

I skipped DAB radio and the head-up screen, because both of those are frivolous and hardly ever utilized, even though the 360-degree digicam also missed the slice. It’s a tiny SUV, not a dual-taxi monster. Discover how to park.

All explained to, you are left with a sharp-hunting, sharp-driving compact Jaguar SUV. The only selection it is lacking? If there was an selection box to convert it into a Volvo XC40, I would’ve ticked it.


Next week’s Configurator Challenge will function the Lexus LC. Stay tuned!