While I don’t make any money from reviews sometimes I get to drive a car that really makes up it and the Jaguar F-Pace is one of those cars.
I was amazed at how the F-Pace drove when I first drove one a couple of years ago, and to say that amazement hasn’t abated after driving it this time around.
Jaguar have managed to make an SUV without compromising the poise, handling and performance you would expect from a Jaguar.
The F-Pace S I’m driving here is powered by Jaguars 3.0L V6 turbo diesel which is rated at 221kW and a stump pulling 700Nm of torque backed to an 8 speed auto with paddles shifters meaning 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 I spent most of the week in this mode 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.
Switching to Dynamic mode and watching the gauge lighting turn red told me I was in for some fun and the F-Pace didn’t disappoint specially when coupled with paddle shifters. There was a couple of times I had to remind myself I was driving an SUV and not a sports sedan.
The S comes equip with Adaptive Dynamics which will match the conditions and your driving style by constantly analysing the Steering and body movement and adjusting the Electronically controlled dampers to optimise the suspension settings and the Configurable Dynamics system allows you 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.
I found the F Pace to be remarkably smooth on the road it felt 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.
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 Loire Blue paint job really suited the car nicely and was set off by the optional black pack which includes Gloss Black side vents, Gloss Black grille with Gloss Black surround, Body-coloured door claddings with Gloss
Black finishers, S Rear bumper with Gloss Black valance, the optional 20 inch gloss black finished rims completes the overall look.
On the inside the S 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 12.3″ Instrument Panel Display with Virtual Dials and full screen 3D Map View not only looked and was easy to read in any light but is configurable so you can choose between full screen 3D Map View or one 4 graphical themes.
The centre stack which is home to the 10 inch 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, now while the standard 380w Meridian sound system is great this car was fitted with the optional 880w Meridian surround sound system and the sound 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.
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, in fact this car was over $20,000 more then the base price once all the extra’s were added up.
But the biggest downside for me is that I can’t afford to buy one.
When i first drove an F-Pace a couple of years ago the 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 S 30d
Price: From $100000
Engine: 3.0 litre V6 221kW Turbocharged Diesel
transmission & drive: 8 speed auto with paddle shift, all Wheel Drive
Fantastic looking for any angle
Great ride and handling
Diesel can return decent economy and mind numbing performance
Extremely comfortable and spacious interior
Options list is long and can get expensive
I can’t afford one