Jaguar have a reputation for making some of the worlds best sports cars and sedans over the years but they raised a few eyebrows when they announced they were going to make an SUV the F-Pace.
One big question I had when I heard the news was can Jaguar make an SUV without compromising the poise, handling and performance you would expect from a Jaguar.
The F-Pace comes in 4 models Prestrige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S and comes with 4 engine choices 2 diesel engines a 2.0L 4 cyl turbo diesel, 3.0L V6 turbo diesel and 2 supercharged 3.0L V6 petrol one rated at 250kW and one rated at 280kW Supercharged Petrol.
All engines are available throughout the range accept the 280Kw super charged V6 which is the sole engine choice for the range topping S model, this week I’m testing the R-Sport 30d model powered by the 3L turbo diesel V6.
The F-Pace in my opinion is one of the best looking if not the best looking SUV on the market, Jaguar have nailed the looks from the onset, the F-Pace looked good in the pics I had seen but it looks even better in the flesh.
The R-Spec looks specially good thanks to its R-Sport specific styling which includes a unique front bumper with larger air intakes, a black grille with satin chrome surround and side power vents, body coloured door cladding with Satin Black finishers and Gloss Black window surrounds. This specific car was riding on the optional 22inch black rims and while the colour set off the cars overall picture. I’m not a fan of big massive rims and they were probably the only thing I didn’t really like on the car I would stick with the standard 19inch rims the car comes with.
On the inside the R-Sport not only gives off a sporty feel thanks to the well bolstered and supportive front sport seats, but also also exudes luxury thanks to the to acres of leather. The instrument panel with analogue dials with 5″ Full Colour TFT display which can be configured with different themes not only looks good but is easy to read in any light.
The centre stack which is home to the 8inch touch screen for the mulitmedia system is well set out and all buttons are in easy reach from the drivers seat.
Jaguar’s intouch multi media system is extremely easy to use and the sound from the 380w Meridian sound system was amazing, with full bluetooth capability I was able to listen to spotify with ease, the Satnav was also very easy to use.
The wide console which is home to rotary shifter which rises up when you start the car, has 2 nice sized cup holders and the buttons to change the driving modes.
Legroom front and rear was great and there was plenty of storage spots through out the car including large door bins.
boot space is good at 508L which expands thanks to the 40:20:40 split fold rear seat.
Under the bonnet is where the magic happens this R-Sport came with the 3.0L turbo diesel V6 with 221kW and a stump pulling 700Nm of torque backed to an 8 speed auto with paddles shifters the F-Pace is not short of performance, Jaguar claims a 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds and after spending a week in it I don’t doubt it one bit.
The turbo diesel is extremely tractable meaning that you can easy drive around town with a care in the word, yet should the mood strike you there’s of fun to had specially when you explore the Dynamic drive mode.
The F Pace features the JaguarDrive Control system which allows you choose between Dynamic, Eco and Rain Ice Snow Modes the names pretty give you an idea of what they do.
Eco mode was great for economy and relistically the mode I used most of the time because it make difference as far economy goes, and with 700Nm of torque on board there was always enough grunt available for any situation in day to day driving.
But switching to Dynamic mode and watching the gauge lighting turn red I knew this was going to be fun. The F-Pace didn’t disappoint coupled with paddle shifters felt almost sports sedan like the first time I put my foot in dynamic mode I kept thinking this is an SUV it’s not suppose to do this.
The R-Sport also comes with Adaptive Dynamics which will match the conditions and your driving style by constantly analysing the Steering and body movement. Adjusting the Electronically controlled dampers to optimise the suspension settings.
The car benefits from an Configurable Dynamics system allows to personalise your car to more suit your driving style by allowing you to adjust the dynamics for throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and damper settings.
The F Pace is remarkably smooth on the road despite riding on the optional 22inch alloys, it felt rather sure footed and there was no bang or crash transmitted into the cabin that you get on your normal Sydney b grade roads.
Being a Jaguar you would expect the F Pace to handle well and it really does, it sits flat in corners with hardly any body roll and the steering is sharp and well weighted. The Torque Vectoring helps to keep things under control even in tight corners.
Safety wise as you would expect the F-Pace is fitted with a massive a mount of safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning, Valet Mode, Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control, Perimeter sensing alarm and immobiliser, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless Start, Power operated child locks.
Airbags Driver and front passenger, with seat occupant detector for passenger, front side, full length side window curtain.
The F-Pace scores full points for the front and rear parking sensors and gets bonus points for the rear view camera.
After a week in the F-Pace I didn’t really want to give it back as it was a pretty damn good to drive, it’s loaded with safety features, it has plenty of room for the family. It not only goes,handles and rides extremely well but can return awesome economy around town as well.
There are a couple of downsides one is that like most European luxury cars you do have to pay extra for some things that other manufacturers include as standard fit and the options list is rather long so ticking a few boxes could see the price blow out a bit.
But the big downside for me is that I can’t afford to buy one.
As I said in the being of this review I had one big question when I picked up the F-Pace and that was can Jaguar make an SUV that does the name proud at their first attempt and I can answer a definate yes to that and the F-Pace should be on your list if you are looking for a luxury SUV.
Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 30d
Price: From $$100000
Engine: 3.0 litre V6 221kW Turbocharged Diesel
transmission & drive: 8 speed auto with paddle shift, all Wheel Drive
Trailor Stability Assist, All Wheel Drive (AWD), Configurable Dynamics, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter,
All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), 8-Speed automatic, Dual tailpipes with 84mm finishers.
Hill Launch Assist, JaguarDrive Control, Power steering, Speed proportional steering, Torque Vectoring, Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Brake pad wear indicator, 350mm front brakes, R-Sport front bumper, Body Coloured rear valance with Chrome blade, Body-coloured R-Sport door claddings with Grained Black finishers, Satin Chrome side power vents with R-Sport badge.
Variable intermittent wipers, Electric front and rear windows with one-touch open/close and anti-trap, Approach Illumination, follow me home lighting, LED tail lights, Heated door mirrors, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Headlight Powerwash, Front fog lights.
Heated door mirrors with Memory and Approach Lights, Powered tailgate, 19″ Alloy space saver spare wheel, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Auto-Dimming interior rear view mirror, Metal treadplates with R-Sport branding.
Carpet mats, Colour-coded touchscreen surround, Twin front cupholders, Additional power sockets, Lockable glovebox, Centre console storage surround finishers in Satin Chrome, Manually adjustable steering column, Interior lighting, Split fold rear seats – 40/20/40.
Reversible loadspace floor switchable from luxury carpet to a rubber surface, Sunglasses holder in overhead console, JaguarSense with overhead light console, Rear passenger air vents, Front armrest with storage compartment, Loadbay with premium luggage tie downs, Centre console with side stowage, Shopping bag hooks in boot, Black gearshift paddles, 2-Zone climate control, 4-Way Electric lumbar adjust.
Bluetooth® connectivity, Bluetooth® Streaming, Dynamic Volume Control, InControl Touch (SD) Navigation, Analogue dials with 5″ Full Colour TFT display,
Front Parking Aid, Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Aid, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning,
Valet Mode, Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control, Perimeter sensing alarm and immobiliser, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless Start, Power operated child locks, Airbags – Driver and front passenger, with seat occupant detector for passenger, front side, full length side window curtain, Hazard lights under heavy braking, ISOFIX rear.