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Jaguar F-PACE review

The Jaguar F-Pace is a slick-looking SUV that’s fun to drive and comes with a great new infotainment system. There are roomier SUVs if that’s more important, though. 

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What's good

  • One of the best large SUVs to drive
  • Great new infotainment system
  • Keenly priced yet well equipped

What's not so good

  • There are roomier SUV options
  • Road noise on larger wheels
  • Some fiddly switchgear

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Is the Jaguar F-PACE a good car?

The Jaguar F-Pace is a stylish premium SUV that has recently been heavily updated. It’s bigger than Jaguar’s other SUV, the E-Pace, putting it up against alternatives such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.

But park the F-Pace next to these other SUVs and it’s like sitting James Bond next to Indiana Jones. They can all handle a bit of rough and tumble off the beaten track, but the F-Pace is somehow more sophisticated doing it.

That starts with its looks. Its striking grille, air intakes, slim headlights and bonnet creases give it a sporty look, but it’s somehow a classier effort than from those across the water.

The F-Pace’s interior never used to rival the Germans’, but this update has changed things massively. Gone is the disappointing quality and lacklustre tech, replaced by posh trims, plush materials and a real ‘mini-Bentley’ feel.

Part of the visual drama is the F-Pace’s new 11.4-inch curved touchscreen. It’s located nicely on the dash to help when driving and integrate it seamlessly into the sleek design. BMW’s iDrive and Mercedes’ MBUX systems are both easier to use while driving, but as touchscreen’s go, Jag’s effort is sharp, responsive, feature-packed and very easy to navigate. Importantly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard.

Cars higher up the range also come with slick digital driver’s dials and a rearview mirror you can flip from a standard glass reflection to a camera mounted on the tailgate. It looks cool, but also works well. It’s a shame the F-Pace’s touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons are a tad fiddly to use, though.

Most people will find the D200 diesel is their best bet, while R-Dynamic SE trim gets all the important bits of kit and looks the part

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
carwow expert

The F-Pace isn’t the most spacious car in the medium-sized premium SUV class, but it’s far from cramped, with plenty of room for four and their luggage.

If you need to carry three adults in the back you’ll find it more cramped than those others, though, and there’s no seven-seat option. Still, you do get a decent boot, which is bigger or matches that of all of the competition.

There are petrol, diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engine options for your F-Pace. If your yearly mileage is small and you’re mostly bumbling around town or on the school run, the smooth, quiet yet punchy 250hp P250 petrol will be fine. If you cover more miles, often on the motorway, then the 204hp D200 is the pick for us. It’ll return better fuel economy and feels stronger at low revs thanks to its mild-hybrid tech.

Of course, there’s also that plug-in hybrid, which if you’re planning on running your F-Pace through work or regularly do short urban journeys, might work out to be the cheapest to own if you can stomach the initial outlay. If you do, you’ll find it a great option: it’s brisk, refined and very economical if used right – you need to charge it up regularly to get the best fuel economy.

The punchy and nice-sounding six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are the quickest of the range, helping you make the most of the F-Pace’s sharp steering, great body control and huge grip. There’s also the hilarious V8-powered SVR if you really want performance.  All are comfy and quiet in town, too, and only the very largest wheel option can slightly affect the ride.

So, the F-Pace is a huge improvement inside and is still every bit as good to drive. Thankfully, Jaguar has also simplified the range and dropped its price, too. To see for yourself, and see how much you could save on top with us, head to our deals page.

See how the previous version of the Jaguar F-Pace stacked up against the Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.

How practical is it?

There are roomier SUVs around at this price point than the F-Pace, but it’s hardly cramped

Boot (seats up)
485 - 595 litres
Boot (seats down)
-

If you and three mates decided to do that long-discussed road trip, they’ll be plenty happy with the interior space on offer in the F-Pace.

It’s certainly less tight than a Porsche Macan inside, for example. Up-front space is generous, with plenty of adjustment in the seats for the ideal position. You’ll have few complains with legroom in the back, either, and headroom is fine – although specify the panoramic glass sunroof and six-footers will find their heads brushing the roof.

The seats are a little firm and the backrest is also quite upright, although the optional electric recline function solves the second issue.

The only time you’ll find the F-Pace isn’t up to scratch is when you carry three people. The middle seat is very firm and the Jaguar’s relatively narrow body doesn’t offer the shoulder room you get in a Mercedes GLC or Audi Q5, and the big hump in the floor means there isn’t space for three pairs of feet either. If you’re after a practical family SUV with space for plenty of passengers, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is worth a look.

Fitting a child seat isn’t too much of a hardship because the Jaguar F-Pace’s height means you don’t have to bend your back when you’re fitting it and the Isofix points are easy to latch on to. The only difficulty comes when you’re manoeuvring the seat onto the base – the Jaguar’s doors don’t open quite as wide as they do in the Mercedes GLC or Audi Q5.

The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t compromise on boot space for its svelte looks – in fact it has one of the biggest carrying capacities in its class at 650-litres with the seats up.

Being an SUV the load lip is quite high, but once in there’s loads of space and all models come with an electric tailgate to make it easier to access. You can option a ‘gesture’ tailgate where you wave your foot under the boot to open it, but you shouldn’t really bother with that as those systems don’t always work well.

Folding the seats is no hardship, and they split 40/20/40 to make it more flexible, and once you’ve done that there’s a huge amount of space on offer. Also optional is luggage rails on the boot floor.

What's it like to drive?

The F-Pace is still the best car in its class if you enjoy driving, although some others are a bit more refined

The F-Pace is available with a decent variety of up-to-date engines, including four and six cylinder diesels, four, six and eight cylinder petrols and a plug-in hybrid.

All but the rather gutless (and two-wheel drive-only) D165 diesel engine offer the pretty strong performance and refinement in the latest model. In fact, all you really need is the D200 diesel, which can do 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds, or the base P250 petrol which is slightly quicker still, if thirstier.

However if you really want the luxury of having ample performance in reserve, you’re well served by the punchy and smooth six-cylinder D300 diesel or the brisk P400 petrol. The latter can do 0-60 in about five seconds, which is near sports car pace.

But what if ‘near sports car’ isn’t near enough? You’ll want the thunderous SVR model with it’s thumping 5.0-litre supercharged V8. It’s fantastic, but you’ll need to open a tab with your local petrol station as it drinks heavily.

The P400e plug-in hybrid is well worth a look, and very much at the other end of the coin economy-wise. As with most plug-in hybrids you’ll need to take the claimed 130mpg with a pinch – or maybe a fistful – of salt. You’ll need to plug it in pretty much every time you’re stationary, and only do fairly short journeys, to achieve that. Still, the 49g/km CO2 output is nice and low.

The P400e puts out a healthy 400hp – easily enough to offset the increase in weight over lesser models. Performance feels strong and despite only being a four-cylinder the engine doesn’t sound or feel strained, thanks to the electric assistance. It’ll do 0-60 in five seconds and nudge 150mph, so it’s pretty quick.

 

If you’re looking for a tall, heavy SUV that doesn’t really feel like a tall, heavy SUV to drive, you’ll hit the jackpot with the F-Pace.

It was clear with the previous version that the money the company scrimped on the underwhelming interior was instead spent on making it ride and handle better than the competition. The new model hasn’t seen big changes to the way it drives, which is a relief.

Models without adaptive suspension do have a firmer edge to the ride than a BMW X3, so it’s well worth speccing. You can add it as an option on less variants, but it’s standard on HSE trim, and with the D300, P400 and P400e engines.

Doing that lets the F-Pace feel like a sports saloon in Dynamic mode, with good steering, an agile feel and a well-controlled body. Switch back to Comfort and it’ll waft along nicely for your more mundane journeys.

The P400e is a bit less enjoyable to throw into bends on account of it being a fair bit heavier, and the ride is a touch bouncier. But it’s still pretty good.

 

 

What's it like inside?

The latest F-Pace is vastly improved inside over the outgoing car, and it needed to be to match the Germans

Jaguar F-PACE colours

Metallic - Eiger grey
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Metallic - Firenze red
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Metallic - Hakuba silver
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Metallic - Santorini black
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Metallic - Ultra blue
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Metallic - Yulong white
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Solid - Fuji white
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Metallic - Bluefire Blue
From £740
Metallic - Portofino blue
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Premium metallic - Carpathian grey
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Premium metallic - Charente grey
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Amethyst grey purple
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Atacama orange
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Constellation
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Ethereal silver
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Flux grey
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Ionian silver
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Ligurian black
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Petrolix blue
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Sanguinello Orange
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Sorrento yellow
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Sunset gold
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Tourmaline brown
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish - Velocity blue
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in gloss finish- Desire Red
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SVO Special effect paint in gloss finish - Icy white
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Ethereal silver
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Flux grey
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Ionian silver
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Ligurian black
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Sorrento yellow
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Sunset gold
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Tourmaline brown
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SVO Ultra metallic paint in satin finish - Velocity blue
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SVO Special effect paint in satin finish - Icy white
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