£35,020 - £52,300 Price range
31 - 57 MPG
The Jaguar F-Pace is a family crossover that’s also the British carmaker’s first attempt at entering the increasingly popular small SUV market. Its rivals include the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and Range Rover Evoque, but they aren’t as fun to drive as the F-Pace.
The F-Pace’s leather-wrapped dashboard cocoons you in a capsule of luxury just as Jaguars of old did, and the whole interior feels very well made. There’s ample space inside for five adults and the boot is the biggest among rivals.
The engine lineup covers the full spectrum of crossover buyers – a cheap-to-run diesel kicks off the range, a vocal petrol V6 with 375hp tops the pack, while the 3.0-litre diesel is widely considered as the sweet spot providing plenty of performance without the fuel bills of the petrol.
In terms of the way it drives, the F-Pace seems to have dethroned the BMW X3 as the most dynamic crossover currently on sale. Testers report there’s little body lean in fast corners and a natural balance that inspires confidence in the driver – this is an SUV that you’ll want to drive like a sports car. The latest in traction control technology makes sure you have grip in any road conditions.
Equipment levels are good, and even entry-level cars come with sat-nav and parking sensors as standard, but be careful with what trim level you go for – the price difference between the cheapest Prestige model and the top of the range First Edition is close to £30,000!
Check out the upcoming F-Pace SVR for a glimpse at this high-riding SUVs sportier cousin. Jaguar could be planning to launch a coupe SUV in the near future – read our Jaguar C-Pace article for full details or read our I-Pace electric SUV article for details on the British brand’s first all-electric SUV.
Step inside the F-Pace and you’re greeted by a tall dashboard that wraps around you as you get comfortable in the electrically adjustable seat (a £765 optional extra). The sense of occasion in the F-Pace is arguably the strongest in class – few other cars make you feel like you’re sitting in something made for you, rather than the mass market.
Almost everything inside is wrapped in leather and reviewers say it’s the best interior to grace a Jaguar since the XJ. The latest InControl infotainment touchscreen system responds quickly to your commands and is standard across the range. Entry-level F-Pace models get an eight-inch screen while trims higher up get the highly recommended InControl Pro version. Its 10.2-inch touchscreen provides crisp graphics and quick navigation through the menus, but you need to take your eyes off the road in order to operate it, unlike BMW’s iDrive with its intuitive rotary controller.
You can order the F-Pace with another 12.3-inch screen in place of the regular instrument binnacle for an extra £1,710. It’s similar in functionality to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit meaning you can have it display a full-sized screen for the sat-nav instead of digital dials.
Jaguar F-Pace passenger space
The standard seats are comfortable, but more importantly hold you in place when driving fast – crucial in a sporty crossover. The driver’s seat is mounted close to the floor, like in a sports car, but the overall driving position still provides good visibility over the roofs of other cars.
Even the tallest of passengers should have no problem getting comfortable in the back of the F-Pace, because despite its sporting aspirations, the roofline is almost flat, like that of an estate car. The seats are also mounted a bit higher than the front ones, so kids riding in the back have a good view out.
Jaguar F-Pace boot space
With a 650-litre boot and a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, Jaguar hasn’t forgotten that a crossover also needs to be practical to sell well. Compared to rivals the F-Pace is the most practical leading the Range-Rover Evoque (575 litres) and the Mercedes GLC (550 litres) in terms of boot space.
Jaguar says much work went into making the F-Pace a driver’s SUV and reviewers say they’ve succeeded – the Jaguar is so controllable and agile that it rarely surprises the driver. The Porsche Macan was the driving benchmark that the British carmaker aimed to beat and even though the Porsche is still a sharper car to drive than the F-Pace, the Jaguar is a much better all-rounder with its nicely judged ride. Wheel sizes available for the sporty SUV range from 18 to 22 inches, but even fitted with the largest critics have no complaints. As always, picking smaller wheels increases comfort even further.
Thanks to a clever traction control system called Adaptive Surface Response, the F-Pace has huge reserves of grip. The system constantly juggles power between each of the four wheels and also chooses the best suspension and throttle response settings depending on the road conditions. Unlike in rivals, the F-Pace’s driver has little say in the matter – everything is done automatically. Still, there are two selectable driving modes – Normal and Dynamic which give some choice and considerably change the way the Jaguar drives.
Jaguar, being part of Land Rover, has equipped the F-Pace with another clever system called All Surface Progress Control – it’s like a cruise control for off-road use, letting you navigate tricky inclines without using the accelerator or brake pedals. When the time comes to go back downhill, the system doubles as a hill descent control and gets the 1,800kg SUV safely back to the bottom with minimal driver inputs.
Many of the F-Pace’s rivals offer numerous engine and gearbox choices, yet the Jaguar comes only with a choice of three. However, each is quite different than the other and in their entirety they cover everything a Jaguar SUV buyer could want.
Jaguar F-Pace diesel engines
The diesels are inevitably going to be the best-sellers, so a lot of attention has gone into making them as refined and as quiet as possible. The entry-level diesel is the company’s 2.0-litre unit with 180hp called the ‘Ingenium’. This lightweight all-aluminium engine is mated to a six-speed manual, and in its cheapest version, sends power only to the rear wheels.
Some might argue the point of having a two-wheel drive SUV, but if you spend most of your time on paved roads, the cheaper running costs make sense in the long run. With a combined fuel economy figure of 57.7mpg the 2WD F-Pace is the cheapest to run further helped by the reasonable £110 annual road tax.
Next up is a the 3.0-litre diesel, which is aimed at those who want some performance to go with the good looks of the F-Pace, but without the running costs of the petrol V6. The V6 diesel produces 300hp which is enough for a 0-62mph sprint in 6.2 seconds, but buyers will enjoy more the huge pulling power of the engine – helpful when towing or overtaking. That performance doesn’t come with unbearable running costs, though, with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 47.1mpg and a £180 annual road tax for the big diesel.
Jaguar F-Pace petrol engines
The only petrol engine in the lineup is a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 taken straight from the F-Type sports car. It’s a gem of an engine and produces 375hp, but its most redeeming quality is the sound it makes – none of the rivals can match the F-Pace in this regard. The power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. There is no manual option, but the auto fits the character of the petrol F-Pace perfectly.
The V6 F-Pace’s 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds is slower than the 4.8 seconds it takes the Porsche Macan Turbo S. That’s excusable because the Porsche packs 400hp, however Audi’s diesel SQ5 – with 340hp – is quicker than the F-Pace too, taking 5.2 seconds to reach 62mph from a stop.
Running the petrol F-Pace wouldn’t be a huge expense if we went by the official combined fuel consumption figure of 31.7mpg, but the real-world figure will be closer to 20mpg. CO2 emissions of 209 g/km mean annual road tax will cost £290. In terms of running costs, the petrol F-Pace is exactly on par with rivals – those mpg and CO2 figures are the same as a Macan Turbo S.
It’s too early in the F-Pace’s life to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the rest of the Jaguar range that has been tested received the full five stars. There is little doubt that the F-Pace won’t score similarly, because not only does it come with an extensive range of airbags and stability control systems as standard, but also lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition as well as autonomous emergency braking.
Available on the options list are a £355 reversing camera and a £500 blind-spot monitoring system for further peace of mind.
There are several trim levels available for the F-Pace and each adds a lot of equipment, but also costs considerably more than the one before it. The most expensive F-Pace is nearly double the price of the cheapest.
Jaguar F-Pace Prestige
Even the cheapest F-Pace comes with leather upholstery as standard along with 18-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system with sat-nav and wi-fi connectivity plus parking sensors to help fitting it in tight spots. A powered tailgate to improve practicality and ease of use is also standard on all models. As with the pricier R-Sport and Portfolio trims, the only engine you can get in an F-Pace Prestige is the 2.0-litre diesel.
Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport
The R-Sport trim level is pretty self explanatory – it’s the sportiest version of the F-Pace if you don’t go for the more expensive S with its bigger engines.
Its standard equipment includes things such as sport seats, xenon headlights and more aggressive looking front and rear bumpers.
Jaguar F-Pace Portfolio
This is the luxury F-Pace. It has lots of bells and whistles such as a panoramic roof, rear-view camera, a heated front screen, 19-inch alloy wheels and a powerful Meridian sound system with 11 speakers.
Jaguar F-Pace S
If you want either of the 3.0-litre engines you’d have to take the plunge and get the F-Pace S. You don’t just get the bigger engines, though, because the S also comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, bigger brakes, adaptive sports suspension and an even more aggressive body kit than the R-Sport.
Jaguar F-Pace First Edition
If money’s no object and you want to have the best F-Pace then the First Edition is the one to have. It comes with absolutely everything as standard including a bespoke colour, huge 22-inch alloy wheels, 10-colour ambient interior lighting, stitched leather seats, a head-up display along with everything else from lesser trim levels.
The F-Pace is a very commendable first effort in the fast-moving family SUV market, and it’s already looking like being one of the more accomplished crossovers in terms of driving enjoyment. After the initial wave of reviews many critics confidently say it’s the new class-leader in the premium crossover market thanks to its broad range of talents and striking looks. It’s very close to its Audi and BMW rivals in terms of interior quality too; there’s little reason not to put it at the top of your SUV shopping list.