Jaguar F-Pace (2016) Review

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Jaguar F-Pace (2016) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

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.

Jaguar F-Pace 2016 Range Road Test

Jaguar F-Pace 25t 2017 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

22–55 mpg

MPGs submitted

209

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Are the official fuel economy figures for plug-in hybrids accurate?
"Are the mpg figures for the Jaguar F-Pace petrol plug-in believable? How are they calculated?"
Manufacturers quote fuel economy figures obtained from official tests. These used to be the NEDC fuel economy tests – which were relatively short (testing cars over a distance of fewer than seven miles), which meant that most PHEVs could complete the tests with the petrol engine barely kicking in. The WLTP fuel economy tests were introduced in 2018 and they're meant to be more representative of real-world conditions than the NEDC tests. The test is longer (around 14 miles) and PHEVs are made to complete it in various different states of charge (i.e. from a full to empty battery). The official MPG figure that is quoted is an average of the various different results. This is more realistic than the older NEDC tests, but it's still skewed by a lot of the tests being completed under electric power. This isn't entirely unrepresentative of reality – if you charge a car at home and never travel more than 10 miles away from your house, a tank of petrol in a PHEV could theoretically last for years. At the opposite end of the scale, if you cover a lot of long journeys and never charge it, the petrol engine will be running almost all the time and you'll see appalling fuel economy.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which premium SUV do you recommend?
"I have had a succession of very nice estate cars over the years, but I have been persuaded by my wife that I should now be looking at an SUV. I accept that in my mid 60s, the extra height would make life easier. I think I've narrowed things down to a choice between a Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace or Audi Q5, but they all have their issues. The Velar is undoubtedly beautiful and I can get a big discount, but its reliability and build quality is a concern. The F-Pace also works for me with its slightly larger size over its peers and general all round appeal, but I know a facelift is due soon - hence the offers and reduced APR. The Q5 is probably the sensible choice and as with all Audis is beautifully made and kitted out - but it's not the most exciting, is it? Which would you recommend and is there an alternative that I've missed?I'll be looking to buy a petrol as my mileage no longer warrants a diesel."
I would probably go with the 2.0 TFSI Audi Q5. It has a fantastic cabin and is really good to drive. In my opinion, It's one of the best premium SUVs on sale right. Might also be worth considering the Lexus NX 300h hybrid that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor.
Answered by Dan Powell
I want a premium, comfortable car. What do you suggest?
"I'm thinking about going down to one car. I'm selling my 2004 Jaguar S-Type and my 2016 Honda Jazz. I'm considering a secondhand Jaguar F-Pace. I want something comfortable with a decent suspension as the roads are so bad, as well as all the bells and whistles. What do you think? Thanks."
I'd recommend the Lexus NX; it was rated as the best SUV for comfort, in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/top-10-most-comfortable-cars
Answered by Dan Powell
Is it unusual for the rear brake pads to wear before the front ones?
"In November 2019, I purchased a 2017 Jaguar F-Pace 2.0-litre petrol with 6000 miles on the clock from a main dealer. It now has just over 12,000 miles and has just had its 36-month service. I was surprised that the rear brake pads only have a couple of thousand miles left. I would have expected the front pads to wear first."
This is unusual. I would recommend getting the brake callipers checked as this may be caused by the rear brakes sticking and cause uneven wear.
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What does a Jaguar F-Pace (2016) cost?

Buy new from £37,068 (list price from £40,860)