Jaguar F Pace, buyers guide

Hi guys, today we are reviewing the Jaguar F-Pace, and discussing the many different engines and trim levels that it comes in. If your more of a watching, than a reading person, just skip to the video at the end.

The F-Pace is actually the British manufacturers first SUV style vehicle. It shares many mechanical components with the Range Rover Velar as well as other jaguar models the XE and XF, mainly interior similarities.

Aluminium and other lightweight materials are used in the construction of the F-Pace , as Jaguar's goal was to produce an efficient agile machine. It’s rivals on the used car market are mainly other premium SUVs, to name a few, the BMW X3, Audi Q5Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC.

When it comes to the engine, the 2.0 diesel is the most commonly found on the roads. The F-Pace was engineered from the outset to make great use of the company's efficient diesel engines. The 2.0-litre diesels do provide a good blend of performance and economy, although we'd certainly recommend the more powerful V6 diesel if the budget will allow it. The engine is smooth, fast and surprisingly economical if you drive it carefully.

There's a smaller selection of petrol engines available as well. While these are likely to appeal to some who are put off by diesel, the fuel economy may be an issue. Still, if you're doing lower annual mileage it could make sense, so it's definitely worth crunching some numbers before you commit.

Topping the range, is the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. It's powered by a mighty 5.0-litre supercharged V8, which produces 550hp, and it will dash from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds. Unlike its German rivals, its maximum speed isn't limited, either, so it tops out at 176mph.

It features updated suspension, a new rear electronic differential to manage the power, torque vectoring, and a Quickshift automatic transmission. To make it look the part, the SVR has a revised and clean-looking front end, and a rear bumper that houses four exhaust tailpipes, and a mini flip-up spoiler. Standard wheels are 21-inch alloys, but 22-inch wheels are an option

To drive on the roads, the F-Pace handles more like a sports car than a SUV. The steering feels precise, and the seating position is nice and raised, giving a good view of the road ahead. Most F-Pace models do come with intelligent all wheel drive system which is great for towing, or those country lanes. Lets not get to crazy as the F-Pace was designed to be driven on the roads, where the average SUV driver does all their miles anyway.

No F-Pace will disappoint when it comes to interior quality, with even the entry-level Prestige model featuring eight-way electrically adjustable heated front seats, leather trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, navigation and DAB radio. Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro multimedia system is a significant leap over the firm’s earlier offerings. It represents a big step forward in terms of its responsiveness, and connectivity options. Its not quite at the cutting edge of what's on offer though. Porsche certainly has the Jaguar beaten in this area.

Back to the Jag, In-car wi-fi along with a number of apps are on hand to make best use of the car’s systems. Other clever features include an Activity Key, which is a waterproof, wearable car key for those that have a more active life at the weekend. It also boasts a powered tailgate, which is standard on all models.

As this is a large family sized vehicle, safety should be top priority, and Jaguar didn't disappoint. They scored five stars when tested by Euro NCAP in 2017. The standard safety kit that comes with the car includes.
lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, whiplash protection for front seats and Isofix child-seat lashing points in the rear.

The F-Pace is a pretty chunky SUV on the outside, which thankfully means it's a spacious and practical option for those looking for some room. Firstly, the F-Pace sits quite high so it's more of a step up into the cabin than you'll find with the GLC or Q5.
Once you're in, the cabin features a number of storage spaces including door pockets with tons of space for even large bottles, while the central storage cubby is large and houses USB and 12-volt connections along with HDMI connections in some as optional extras.

Some models have added reclining rear seats as well, adding further luxury for your passengers. Its a bit of a climb getting into the rear because of the huge wheels and wheel arches, but there’s plenty of headroom for four occupants to sit in comfort once they have made it inside, plus a panoramic roof on some models helps brightens things up, with a roomier feel.

Boasting a huge 650-litre boot, its clear to see the F-Pace was built with practicality in mind. It's accessed via a powered tailgate and rear seats that almost fold flat in a 40:20:40 split, this means you’re able to load longer items of up to 1.8 metres into the car. Otherwise it's a nice, deep load bay that's bigger than you'll find in the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rivals, plus it's nice and deep if you're carrying anything chunky. The only slight downside’s we noticed is that the electric tailgate can be slow and the loading lip is comparatively high when lined up next to its rivals. Bear this in mind if you're looking to regularly load heavy items as you will need to lift them over and in. Its load space expands to a total of 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded, while the boot floor is reversible and rubberised on one side for durability and easy cleaning after carrying loads.

Here is a fun fact... Jaguar actually started off in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company building sidecars for motorbikes, before they got into manufacturing cars. It wasn't until 1945 that the company shareholders changed the name to Jaguar Cars Limited, and now they make beautiful machines like the F Pace.

Thanks for reading, and drive safe