Jaguar F-Pace Review 2022
Jaguar F-Pace At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 27–50
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.
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.