Jaguar F-Pace Review
The Jaguar F-Pace is a slick-looking SUV that should be fun to drive and practical, too. We’ll wait to see if the infotainment system has improved in this latest version.
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The Jaguar F-Pace is the car that puts the ‘Sport’ into ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’, and the latest updates have done nothing to dilute that, while making the car feel better and be more efficient.
The F-Pace has been updated for 2021, to keep it in the mix against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. These premium German brands are like your famous Adidas trainers – German made but internationally renowned – the Jaguar is like a stylish pair of Norman Walsh trainers, trading on its British heritage and craftsmanship.
But for 2021, the F-Pace’s looks are best described as ‘mildly tweaked’, and comprise a new bonnet, remodelled bumpers and updated all-LED headlights.
From the side, the new car looks almost identical to the current model, but new brake lights, a redesigned rear bumper and some new exhaust tips make sure you can tell the newer F-Pace apart.
The number plate now sites in a wider recess in the boot lid, too – it’s a subtle tweak, but it helps the new F-Pace look a little less top-heavy than the outgoing car.
If the old car had a real weak spot, it was the interior, which felt pretty cheap for an upmarket SUV. Jaguar claims the new car feels more luxurious inside because of various new materials, including magnesium, unvarnished wood and laser-etched metal.
There’s some extra storage space under the new Jaguar F-Pace’s revised centre console and you can get it with an optional wireless phone charger.
The F-Pace now comes with an 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system – more than an inch bigger than the outgoing car’s optional screen. And the graphics on the digital driver’s display have been revamped.
The old Jaguar F-Pace was one of the few SUVs on sale that was genuinely good fun to drive, that made it a tempting choice as an entertaining yet practical family car.
But the big news concerns the new hybrid models, which use engines and hybrid systems similar to those in the new Land Rover Discovery Sport hybrid and Range Rover Evoque hybrid.
There are three diesel and three petrol engines – all with eight-speed automatic gearboxes and four-wheel drive. On top of that, the diesels now have a mild-hybrid system in which a small electric motor helps the engine when you accelerate hard, and allows it to drink less fuel at a cruise.
There’s one Jaguar F-Pace that isn’t mild-hybrid – the 250hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol model, which does a claimed 30.4mpg. There’s also a plug-in hybrid version that combines the same engine with a big electric motor to produce 404hp. Jaguar claims it can do 130.2mpg and manage 33 miles of electric-only driving between charges.
The 400hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol model produces almost as much power as the plug-in hybrid but it’ll visit the pumps much more often than the plug-in, despite coming with the same mild-hybrid tech as the new diesel models.
Tap the video below to see how the current Jaguar F-Pace holds up against the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace and F-Pace hybrid are on sale now, and we’ll let you know exactly what they’re like to drive very shortly.