Jaguar made a big splash with its first SUV. The F-Pace is a stylish crossover with a refined interior. It proves that driving enjoyment doesn’t have to be sacrificed when you choose a family-friendly model. It was so popular at launch, we named it our 2016 Car of the year. And it is still a top choice in the premium crossover category. Although it’s up against the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, the F-Pace is still our favorite all-rounder.
People were used to Jaguar selling sports cars and saloons until 2016, but the F-Pace marked a new era in Jaguar. British manufacturer’s first SUV retains the same DNA that made the 80-year-old-worth of sports models so beloved in the UK, and has seen healthy global sales.
The F-Pace is luxurious and comfortable, just like a Jag 4×4 should. However, its high running costs and relatively high maintenance have been partially addressed by the introduction of mild-hybrid powertrains and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The F-Pace shares its running gear with the XE, XF and XF models. However, its SUV body allows it to offer greater practicality than its saloon sibling.
The F-Pace is a leader in the premium mid-sized SUV category, where it competes with models like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC. Alternative options include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Porsche Macan, Lexus NX, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60 and the Range Rover Velar. These are all similar to the F-Pace. Although the F-Pace is slightly bigger than most of these models, it’s still more practical and spacious as a family vehicle.
The F-Pace received a facelift in late 2020. There were minor changes to its exterior. However, the cabin was given a major overhaul. The most significant update was the addition of a 11.4-inch touchscreen that runs Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro operating systems.
There are many F-Pace options available to customers. The S, SE, and HSE specifications can also be purchased as R-Dynamic models. These versions offer enhanced exterior details and unique alloy wheel designs. The flagship SVR model is the most powerful, with a massive 543bhp output.
Every car comes with heated windows, two-zone climate control and auto wipers. All models also have heated leather seats, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
F-Pace’s engine lineup includes three diesels, two gasolines, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The D165, D200, and D300 are oil-burning engines that produce 161bhp respectively. The D200, D200, and D300 have 201bhp and 296bhp respectively. The petrol options include the 247bhp (P250) and 394bhp (P400). The plug-in hybrid P400e produces 398bhp and can travel up to 33 miles using electric power. This helps to lower running costs and lower rates for company car drivers.
The F-Pace is an all-rounder. All models have an eight-speed automatic transmission that is smooth and quiet. The SVR model is quick and easy to use, even with the larger wheels.
Engines, performance and drive
Jaguar could have turned its attention to Land Rover, its sister brand, for help in developing its first SUV. Instead, it created its own platform for F-Pace. Jaguar’s iQ-AL platform is the basis of Jaguar’s F-Pace, which also underpins the XE- and XF saloons. The F-Pace is as sporty as it looks. It shares the saloon’s suspension setup, which has double wishbones at its front and a multilink rear axle. This allows for engaging handling.
The Jaguar’s driving style is where it has an advantage over its competitors. The F-Pace has a lot of grip and good body control. It’s hard to believe that a high-riding SUV could handle such a smooth ride. The F-Pace is composed on bumpy roads and delivers fun dynamics. Although the eight-speed auto transmission works well enough, we found that switching to manual shift paddles made for slower gear changes.
The ride is almost as smooth and controlled as the Mercedes GLC with air suspension. Even though larger undulations can cause an SUV to lose its balance, you won’t notice any jolts inside the cabin – even with the larger alloy wheels.
The F-Pace can also be used off-road. The F-Pace can be used in muddy ruts and on grassy fields, even though Jag has left the tough stuff to Land Rover. Although the four-wheel-drive system can sometimes struggle for grip, it’s more due to the road-biased tires. Overall, the F-Pace gives you the confidence to take the car off the beaten path.
The 4WD system is designed to provide a smoother driving experience. It sends more power to rear wheels for a cleaner feel. However, it switches to the front wheels to increase traction when necessary.
Jaguar also offers an optional Adaptive Dynamics Pack for around PS900. This adds adaptive dampers to the vehicle. They are constantly adjustable and adapt to road conditions unlike rivals that have preset modes. Although it’s more expensive, this package offers more comfort and agility.
Jaguar has relaunched the F-Pace engine lineup in 2020 to add mild-hybrid tech to all models except the P250 petrol car. A plug-in petrol hybrid version, the P400e, was also introduced.
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Engines, 0-60 acceleration, and top speed
Jaguar F–Pace customers have a wide selection of engines. The D165 diesel four-cylinder version is the entry-level model. It produces 163bhp, 380Nm torque and allows for a 9.2 second 0-60mph time. The 296bhp D300 oil-burner is the most powerful and fastest, requiring only two additional cylinders to complete the same sprint in just 6.1 seconds. The 201bhp D200, which can go 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds, is a split of the two versions.
Petrol-powered cars are more agile and the P250, even the smallest one, can reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. The sprint benchmark is only a tenth of second faster than the P400e and P400e, while the plug-in version can just beat it with a time of 5.0 seconds.
SVR’s performance-oriented design is truly amazing and will make supercars look foolish. The SUV weighs in at 2 tonnes and produces 542bhp with 700Nm of torque. It can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds before reaching a top speed that is 178 mph.
Interior, design and technology
The Jaguar F-Pace is faithful to the original C-X17 concept, which was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive SUVs on the marketplace. The design of Ian Callum was outstanding. It has a sporty look with its upright, bluff nose, mesh grille and narrow headlights. Its large dimensions are disguised by its sleek shape.
The F-Pace’s front looks intimidating, with its large grille and swept-back lights. Meanwhile, Jaguar’s coupe-like profile adds an aggressive touch. R-Sport models have a unique bumper at the rear that gives it a more aggressive look than the rest. Jag offers many personalization options, including gloss-black trim on the doors, roof rails, and front ends.
The 2020 facelift features subtle visual changes, including new front LED lights with the J-shaped lighting signature that was first seen on the and an enlarged grille. The rear design also features new LED tail-lamps.
The F-Pace’s new gear selector doesn’t rise out of the console. Instead, there’s a stubby palm-shifter’ with cricket ball-like stitching. Jaguar has added some practicality by adding larger storage containers for bottles and moved the electric window switches from the top of F-Pace’s door to the traditional armrest.
Stereo, infotainment, and Sat-nav
Jaguar installed a new infotainment system called Pivi Pro for the latest F-Pace updates. The display is 11.4 inches wide and sits slightly higher than the dashboard. It looks amazing; the graphics are sharp and the colours are vibrant.
The homepage has three sections: media, navigation and phone settings. A main menu is located to the side for all other functions. The loading times are extremely fast. From homepage to postcode entry, the first instruction for a fully loaded road route takes only 20 seconds. This is 12 seconds quicker than the time it took to complete the same process in a Volvo XC60.
Although it’s a shame there are no shortcut controls, the system works so well that they’re almost impossible to miss. The screen is our only complaint. It’s so shiny fingerprint smudges can easily show through.
Reliability and safety
The Jag is a top-rated safety package, with six airbags, lane departure alert, auto braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. The F-Pace received a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for 2017, so it should provide similar protection.
All F-Pace models come with Emergency Brake Assist as well as Autonomous Emergency Braking. This can detect pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes to stop them from impact. A speed limiter and cruise control are also options.
The Jaguar F-Pace is a mixed bag as an ownership proposition. The F-Pace finished in the 40th place in our 2019 DriverPower customer satisfaction poll, but it didn’t make it into the top 75 cars for 2020’s poll. Jaguar was 12th among 30 manufacturers, which is a good result, and well ahead of Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Mercedes.
The Jaguar F-Pace is covered by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, just like many premium competitors. Every new car comes with three years of roadside assistance. This will come in handy if something goes wrong. Jaguar owners have the option to increase their car’s warranty for an additional year, or to add MoT insurance to help ensure that the car passes its first inspection.
BMW offers a similar warranty, but Audi’s is limited to 60,000 miles.
Jaguar provides a variety of options to help you pay for your servicing costs. You have the option to pay nothing and spread your monthly payments over a period of time, or you can choose a 3- or 6-month payment spread plan.
MPG, CO2 and running costs
Jaguar had to improve F-Pace’s running costs and poor fuel economy in comparison to its rivals. With the exception of the entry-level P250 petrol model, all cars now have mild-hybrid technology. The P400e model adds a plug-in hybrid setup to the range.
Both the four-cylinder D165 diesel and D200 diesel engines claim to achieve 42-45mpg combined with identical CO2 emissions at 163-176g/km. Our D165 test car managed 39.5mpg. The manufacturer’s claims seem reasonable.
The six-cylinder D300 will set you back a lot. It costs around PS7-10k more that its lower-powered siblings and it produces only 36-38 mpg.
The P250 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine returns 30.4 mpg, while the P400 six-cylinder produces 28.8 mpg. Both emit over 200g/km CO2.
Jaguar claims that the P400e plug in hybrid will get you 112-130mpg, provided you keep your battery full. The P400e is the best choice for company car drivers, with CO2 emissions between 49-57g/km.
The V8 petrol SVR 5.0-litre V8 petrol SVR is the most powerful and offers 23.1mpg with emissions of 275g/km.
Groups of insurance
The F-Pace’s insurance is very competitive compared to the main competitors. The entry-level car is in group 28 of 50. BMW’s X3 SE base trim is in groups 33 and 32, respectively. The Volvo XC602.0 D4 Momentum is group 32. The F-Pace plug in hybrid is available starting at group 43.
The F-Pace is a solid long-term investment. It has low daily running costs and looks great. Our data shows that the F-Pace will retain between 52-59% and 36,000-miles over a three-year period. The D165 version in S trim is a strong performer.
Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Jaguar F–Pace is designed to appeal to a wide range of SUV buyers and hopes it will steal sales from many of its rivals. These include the BMW X3 & Audi Q5, along with larger models such as the X5 & Q7.
The current body style is the E-Pace. However, if you prefer something smaller and easier to handle, the E-Pace can be found between the two. While the all-electric I-Pace fits in between the two but offers a little more room inside than the F-Pace,
The F-Pace has plenty of space up front, as well as lots of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel. It’s almost coupe-like in proportions. The back space isn’t too bad, either. If you don’t mind the panoramic roof that reduces headroom, you can fit six-foot adults in it.
The Jaguar F-Pace measures 4,747mm long, making it longer than the Audi Q5. However, it is slimmer and more compact than the Q7. It has more space inside than the Porsche Macan and is almost as large as models like the Cayenne in terms of carrying capacity.
Passenger space, leg room, and head room
The Jaguar F-Pace car is extremely comfortable to drive. The Jaguar F-Pace well-suited for all road conditions, including urban and motorways. It’s comfortable and has plenty of adjustment so even the most fussy drivers can get behind the wheel.
The back has plenty of leg and knee space. If you don’t want the full-length panoramic roof, there is enough headroom to accommodate taller adults. The narrow windows let in plenty of light. Because you are low in the car, the coupe-style roofline won’t impact headroom. Even tall people will feel comfortable. The F-Pace is a great alternative to the Porsche Macan, which can feel rather cramped.
The doors open wide, making it easy to fit an ISOFIX child car seat in the back. The seats can be folded 40:20/40 to allow for many seating options depending on what you are carrying.
The beautifully packaged Jaguar F-Pace. The Jaguar F-Pace is large enough to hold five adults of six feet. It also has 650 litres of storage space, which is twice the size of the larger BMWX5. When the seats are folded down, it expands to 1,740 L
Problem is when you want to load up on the tip. The beautiful details, such as the brushed metal boot lip, are vulnerable to being scratched. However the soft leather seats won’t look the same after 60,000 miles. It’s easy to secure loose loads thanks to the numerous tie-down points. You can slide larger items down the middle of the seats, which folds 40:20/40.
Jaguar F-Pace’s maximum trailer braked towing capacity is 2,400kg. The exception being the hybrid P400e, which can tow a maximum of 2,000kg.