Review: Jaguar F-Pace (2016)
Economical with 20d engine. Handles incredibly well for an SUV. Very quiet and refined at speed. Huge boot space. Decent value alongside the competition. Electric boot as standard.
Rear legroom is limited with taller driver and front passenger. 30d is far superior but expensive to buy new.
Jaguar F-Pace (2016): At A Glance
- New prices start from £37,395, brokers can source from £32,301
- Contract hire deals from £372.31 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 27–44
- On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
The F-Pace is Jaguar's first ever SUV but there's more to this than meets the eye. For starters - and quite surprisingly - it's not based on a Land Rover. Instead Jaguar has developed the F-Pace itself using its own lightweight aluminium structure - the same that's used for the XE and XF.
Of course it does share some things with Land Rover. It's engines being the main ones.
The most popular F-Pace is the 20d which uses the same Ingenium diesel engine as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Surprisingly for this size of car, it comes with a manual gearbox and the cheapest version is two-wheel drive and around £35k.
However, the F-Pace is far better with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive, with official economy only suffering slightly at 53mpg. The 20d engine has decent power, although it does lack the effortless in gear power of the 30d and as a result can feel strained at times. But then it's far cheaper to buy and run.
The F-Pace is competitive in terms of price with rivals like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC but offers more interior space. That means a big boot and enough width for three to sit pretty comfortably in the back, albeit with a wide transmission tunnel.
The F-Pace really excels is when it comes to handling. It matches the excellent Porsche Macan for cornering prowess and feels more like a sports saloon than a big SUV, with surprising agility.
And that's not at the cost of ride comfort either, the F-Pace is very smooth and refined on the motorway with very little noise.
Interior build quality is very good, as we've come to expect from Jaguar, although the design does feel a little ordinary when compared to something like the GLC. What is much improved is the touchscreen system. Gone is the grainy display and clunky operation of older Jaguars, replaced by a far superior system that's simple to use.
There's plenty to like about the F-Pace, not least its imposing styling and refined nature. The 20d is decent enough but doesn't really sparkle, however the Jaguar makes up for that with very keen handling and a comfortable ride. But what will attract most people is the value for money it offers along with low running costs. It makes the F-Pace an incredibly attractive SUV.
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Jaguar F-Pace (2016): What's It Like Inside?
- Euro NCAP rating of five stars
It's no huge surprise that the F-Pace looks and feels very much like an XF inside, aside from a different dash top design. So what you get is a good quality interior with a neat design combined with that raised driving position that every SUV driver likes.
It feels like a well built and solid car but it is somewhat lacking when it comes to that 'premium' feel. It's really a mixed bag, with some high quality elements like the rotary dial gear lever that rises out of the central console, but some of the buttons could be better and seem a bit ordinary in their design. A Mercedes-Benz GLC does it better.
One thing that Jaguar has improved massively is the touchscreen infotainment ystem. And it was much needed - the old one was slow to react and the display was poor. Now called InControl Touch Pro, Jaguar rather grandiosely describes it as the 'world’s most advanced infotainment system'.
We wouldn't go that far but it is much better and it's simple to use too. Not only is the display a far higher resolution but things like connecting phones via Bluetooth and calculating routes on the navigation are much quicker.
The driver's seat has plenty of adjustment, particularly height, so it's easy to find a good driving position, whether you're a big burly rugby player or more on the petite side. Rear visibility isn't the best but the F-Pace does come with parking sensors, both front and rear, as standard.
When it comes to practicality the F-Pace is impressive with a big 650-litre boot. Enough to get a pushchair in and still have plenty of room for shopping. The boot opening is wide, there's barely any load lip and all models come with a (thankfully speedy) electric tailgate as standard.
What's not so good are the rear doors. They're incredibly thick and bulky which means getting out of the F-Pace in a narrow parking space (yes we're looking at you multi-storey car parks with pillars) is not at all easy. And trying to get a baby seat out is pretty much impossible if you're in a tight spot.
For those who like outdoor sports there’s something called the ‘activity key’ - a waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder. This allows the key to be securely locked inside the vehicle. The wristband works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. And the activity key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
Prestige comes with 8x8 way Taurus Leather Seats, Variable Heated Front Seats, 18-inch Vortex Alloy Wheels, Halogen headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, Jaguar 80W Sound System, Gloss Black Veneer, Satin Chrome Roof Rails, Powered Boot, Front and Rear Parking Aid, Torque Vectoring, Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter, InControl Touch SD Sat Nav, InControl Remote, WiFi and Apps, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Split Fold Rear Seats, Bluetooth Connnectivity and Streaming, DAB AM/FM Radio, Interior Ambient Lighting and Hill Launch Assist/Descent Control.
R Sport adds Sports Taurus Leather Seats, 19-inch Bionic Alloy Wheels, Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, Headlamp Powerwash, Etched Aluminium Veneer, R-Sport Front and Rear Bumpers, R-Sport Side Sills, R-Sport Satin Chrome Side Fender Vents, Leatherette Wrapped Instrument Panel Topper, Bright Metallic Sports Pedals, Jet Headliner, Gloss Black Roof Rails, Gloss Black Window Surrounds, R-Sport Interior Sill Finishers and R-Sport Multifunction Steering Wheel.
S gets 300PS Diesel/380PS Supercharged Petrol, 10x10 Way 'S' Sports Taurus Leather Seats, 20-inch Blade Alloy Wheels, Red Brake Calipers, Configurable Adaptive Dynamics, Dark Hex Aluminium Veneer, S Front and Rear Bumpers, Heated Front Screen and Washer Jets, Powerfolding Exterior Mirrors, Heated Front Screen and Washer Jets, Jaguar Smart Key System, Meridian 380W Sound System, Rear View Camera, Premium Carpet Mats, S Interior Sill Finishers and S Multifunction Steering Wheel with Satin Chrome Paddles.
First Edition comes with 10x10 Way Windsor Leather Seats With Houndstooth Embossing, 22-inch Double Helix Alloy Wheels, LED Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, Gloss Black Veneer with Houndstooth Pattern, Panoramic Roof, Suedecloth Headliner, Gloss Black Side Fender Vents, First Edition Carpet Mats, InControl Touch Pro SDD Sat Nav, InControl Pro Services, Illuminated Sill Finishers and Loadspace Scuff Plate, TFT Virtual Instrument Cluster, Luxury Interior Ambient Lighting, Rear Electric Seat Recline and Luggage Rails in Boot Floor.
Portfolio comes with 10x10 Way Windsor Leather Seats, Windsor Leather Arm Rest, 19-inch Razor Alloy Wheels, Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, Headlamp Powerwash, Gloss Figured Ebony Veneer, Heated Front Screen and Washer Jets, Panoramic Roof, Powerfolding Exterior Mirrors, Jaguar Smart Key System, Meridian 380W Sound System, Leatherette Wrapped Instrument Panel Topper, Rear View Camera and Premium Carpet Mats
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What's the Jaguar F-Pace (2016) like to drive?
- Engines range from 2.0i 250 Automatic 4WD to SVR 5.0i 550 4WD
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 23–55 mpg
Jaguar describes the F-Pace as a performance crossover that's designed to 'offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for'. It also mentions phrases such as 'unrivalled dynamics' and 'everyday versatility'. Thats a lot of things to combine into one car. So has it managed it?
Well it's certainly impressive through corners. Mightily impressive in fact. This may be a big SUV that's close to five metres long but thanks to its aluminium body structure it weighs as little as 1600kg (that's if you go for the entry-level manual two-wheel drive model). The benefits of this are immediately apparent when you push the Jaguar into a corner.
It feels like a low slung sports car with incredible grip, great body control and a surprising agility. It certainly feels reassuring - even in the wet - and manages to match the Porsche Macan for handling capability. The steering is responsive and nicely weighted too, which adds to the confidence you feel behind the wheel.
Fortunately that doesn't come at the expense of ride comfort. The F-Pace is very good on the motorway with a forgiving suspension set-up and impressive damping. It's also very quiet with minimal wind or road noise. It certainly feels like a luxury SUV here.
It's not all positive though. While the 20d is the mainstay of the engine range, it doesn't quite suit the 'premium' feel the F-Pace conveys. On paper it looks more than adequate with 180PS and 430Nm of torque but it's quite noisy on start-up and, while fine around town, it can get pretty loud when you ask it to accelerate.
The engine start stop system is slow to restart in traffic and while the eight-speed automatic gearbox offers rapid upshifts, it can occassionally be caught napping when you ask for in-gear acceleration. Still, it's a better choice than the manual which doesn't suit the premium F-Pace and will be harder to sell as a used car.
The 30d is a far superior engine but is also far more expensive. If you're looking at new prices, it will cost more than £50k as it only comes in F-Pace S trim.
Perhaps we're being quite harsh on the 20d engine as it does offer reasonable performance and strong fuel economy. In the base level manual two-wheel drive model it has a claimed 57.7mpg with CO2 of 129g/km which makes it an ideal company car choice.
However, the automatic is much better suited to a big car like the F-Pace and it doesn't harm economy too much with four-wheel drive auto models averaging an official 53.3mpg.
|2.0d 163||50–51 mpg||10.2 s||126 g/km|
|2.0d 180||58 mpg||8.5 s||129 g/km|
|2.0d 180 4WD||54 mpg||8.7 s||134 g/km|
|2.0d 180 Automatic||48–49 mpg||8.5 s||134 g/km|
|2.0d 180 Automatic 4WD||46–53 mpg||8.7 s||139–155 g/km|
|2.0d 240 Automatic 4WD||42–49 mpg||7.2 s||153–171 g/km|
|2.0i 250 Automatic 4WD||35–36 mpg||6.8 s||170–175 g/km|
|2.0i 300 Automatic 4WD||34–35 mpg||6.0 s||174–182 g/km|
|3.0d 300 Automatic 4WD||43–47 mpg||5.7–6.2 s||159–170 g/km|
|3.0i 380 Automatic 4WD||32 mpg||5.5 s||209 g/km|
|SVR 5.0i 550 4WD||24 mpg||4.3 s||272 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Jaguar F-Pace (2016)
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