Jaguar F-Pace Reviews
Jaguar gets it right first time out with the F-Pace, its new SUV fighting for top honours against stiff competition
Should I buy a Jaguar F-Pace?
The F-Pace offers almost everything that buyers of premium SUVs want and expect. Unsurprisingly, considering Jaguar’s recent form in this area, it’s rather handsome. Quite understandably, that alone could be enough for many. Typical of Jaguar, it’s also great to drive, displaying outstanding chassis balance, composure and responsiveness. Perhaps surprisingly, however, its plush cabin is actually very practical and spacious as well. Only some slightly low-rent cabin materials and a four-cylinder diesel that’s somewhat lacking in refinement let it down, according to Jaguar F-Pace reviews.
What do the reviews say?
Jaguar’s first attempt at a crossover SUV has been met with universal high praise. Based loosely on Jaguar’s EX and EF saloons, the F-Pace benefits from lightweight aluminium construction that provides driving dynamics that are far more car-like than most rivals, and new car reviews all rate it (along with the Porsche Macan) as the most entertaining SUV. It almost sits in a sector of its own size-wise, as it’s bigger than something like an Audi Q5, but smaller than a Q7 (reviewed here). However, it’s priced far closer to the Q5, making it seem like good value from a practical point of view.
What’s it like on the road?
Typically Jaguar, which means excellent chassis balance, composure and agility. Reviews state that it feels very light on its feet for an SUV, more like a high-riding sports saloon or hatchback, in fact, which is as much down to the quick and accurate steering as it is to the excellent body control and grip on offer. The ride is a little firm, but the F-Pace is sensitive to specification: adaptive dampers and smaller wheel sizes are recommended in most tests. In this form, it is satisfyingly fun and capable, yet also relaxed and refined.
Noise levels are generally good, although some reviews mention road noise being a mild irritation. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, but the smooth shifting automatic is by far the preferred option. The F-Pace is an easy car to drive as a result, although visibility isn’t great. Parking sensors help here.
Which engine is the best for me?
The sensible option is the 2.0 diesel, which, in two-wheel drive form, is capable of up to 57.6mpg combined. However, its performance is commonly believed to be no better than adequate, and its refinement is often brought into question. The engine best suited to the F-Pace is the 3.0 V6 diesel. Its effortless performance is more often in keeping with an SUV than the 2.0 and the slightly coarse, loud and revvy delivery of the petrol V6 (although when you’re in the mood, the petrol V6 certainly has appeal). Capable of up to 47.1mpg combined and 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, it’s almost as efficient as the four-wheel drive version of the 2.0 diesel and almost as quick as the petrol V6.
Will it be nice to live with?
The interior of the F-Pace is generally considered to be a pleasant environment in which to spend time, attractively designed and with a luxurious feel. However, there are a few complaints about the quality of the materials used in certain areas. Up against premium brands renowned for build quality, this lets the F-Pace down. However, the Jaguar SUV is very practical, with ample room both in the front and back and a boot that’s bigger than any rival’s, at 650 litres with the seats up and 1,740 with them down.
The technology on board is competitive. Standard is 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with sat nav, DAB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and smartphone app connectivity, along with heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and cruise control. Options include powered boot lid, panoramic roof, keyless entry, self-parking and a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view camera.
What about the sensible stuff?
Jaguar hasn’t historically performed well in ownership satisfaction surveys, coming 23rd out of 26 manufacturers in the 2015 JD Power dependability survey. However, the F-Pace is an all-new model. It hasn’t been tested by NCAP yet, but the XE scored highly and the F-Pace has all manner of driver assist systems to add on top of its standard features, like Emergency Brake Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
How about the costs?
It very much depends on what engine you want to go for. If you choose the 2.0 diesel, then the F-Pace is priced very competitively compared to rivals with like-for-like specification, and it’s cheap to run too. However, if you want either the V6 diesel or petrol, then you must have your F-Pace in one of the higher trim levels, which then puts it in a much higher price bracket. However, residual values should remain strong for the V6 diesel.
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“The Jaguar F-Pace is our 2016 Car of the Year and it has the measure of its SUV rivals from Audi, BMW and Porsche.” Read more...
“The Jaguar F-Pace is a great all-rounder that combines eye-catching looks with plenty of space for five, and entertaining handling.” Read more...
“The Jaguar F-Pace is fun to drive and surprisingly practical… the V6 diesel and supercharged V6 petrol versions are absolute belters if money is no object.” Read more...
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