Jaguar F-Pace (2016) Review

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Jaguar F-Pace (2016) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Jaguar F-Pace is a posh SUV that not only looks the business, it's also incredible to drive. The interior is superb, too – especially since the 2021 facelift brought fresh technology.

+Handles incredibly well for an SUV. Very quiet and refined at speed. Huge boot space. Wide range of engines, including plug-in hybrid and monstrous V8 SVR.

-It's not cheap to buy or run.

Insurance Groups are between 27–44
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The Jaguar F-Pace is a sporty alternative to SUVs like the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. It encapsulates all that's great about the British brand – with stylish looks, an upmarket (and spacious) interior and a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience.

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While Jaguar's 'grace, space and pace' marketing slogan precedeeded the SUV boom by a good half a century, it probably describes the F-Pace better than any other car the brand's ever sold. The F-Pace was its first SUV, arriving in 2016 and raising eyebrows when it wasn't based on a Land Rover.

There's a reason for that, though. Jaguar wanted to go its own way with the F-Pace, using the same lightweight aluminium structure as the XE and XF. It does share a range of engines with Land Rover, though, including (from 2021) mild- and plug-in hybrid motors.

A small number of early F-Pace models were sold with manual gearboxes and two-wheel drive, but the majority feature automatic transmissions and four-wheel drive. They suit the car well – changing gear yourself feels a bit pointless in a car like this and the grip provided by four-wheel drive provides loads of confidence.

Indeed, it's the way the F-Pace drives that gives it the edge over competitors. It's only really beaten by the Porsche Macan in this regard, changing direction eagerly and feeling most un-SUV-like in the bends. Pleasingly, it doesn't compromise on ride quality, either. Sure, it's a little on the firm side, but you're not going to flinch at the mere sight of a pothole.

If you really want an entertaining F-Pace, look for an SVR. This uses a thumping great 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, which provides an immense soundtrack and 0-62mph acceleration in 4.3 seconds (or 4.0 seconds flat on later post-facelift models).

No F-Pace will be particularly cheap to run (although the plug-in hybrid P400e can cover up to 33 miles under electric power), but the F-Pace SVR's official 23.1mpg fuel economy figure might soon get a bit tiring.

It's hardly an affordable choice to buy, either, but it's no costlier than other premium SUVs. You get more physical car for your money than something like an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC, with more interior space and a bigger boot than most competitors.

The interior on earlier models is fine, although lacks the sparkle of the GLC. It was much improved in 2021, with a noticeable move upmarket in the quality of materials used. Jaguar's 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen media system arrived at the same time, too – a really modern, slick system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Overall, the Jaguar F-Pace really brings something different to the premium SUV market. It's an ultra stylish choice, with loads of interior space and a delightfully upmarket cabin. It's also great to drive, with a wide range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines to choose from. Its biggest downfall is its price – but that's true for competitors, too.

Ask Honest John

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.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Jaguar F-Pace (2016) cost?

Buy new from £41,732 (list price from £44,480)