Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0d V6 S - front
30 Jun, 2016 5:00pm

If you want a great handling, fun to drive and sporty premium crossover, you’re no longer limited to mainly German choices like the Porsche MacanBMW X3 or Audi Q5.

That’s thanks to the long-awaited arrival of Jaguar’s highly desirable F-Pace, which adds a bold and distinctive new British option to an already attractive list.

In fact we reckon the F-Pace sits at the head of that extremely competitive field. It’s not quite as sporty as the Macan to drive, but it’s very dynamic, and offers superb ride comfort and refinement. Plus, there’s all the luxury you’d expect from a Jaguar inside an extremely practical and spacious cabin that makes the Macan look cramped.

The F-Pace offers a choice of two-wheel-drive as well as four-wheel-drive, and the cost-effective entry model comes with a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and manual gears. That combination brings economy up to 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km, which means the F-Pace makes lots of sense for family-orientated company car drivers. Adding 4x4 knocks those numbers back a little, but the all-wheel-drive option comes with Jaguar‘s slick eight-speed auto gearbox, so 53.3mpg is still possible on the combined cycle.

The 2.0d will crack 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds but, if you want to push the boat out, the 3.0-litre V6 diesel model offers 296bhp and some serious punch, not to mention a 6.2 second 0-62mph time. The top-of-the range supercharged V6 petrol model will do the benchmark sprint in 5.5 seconds.

With a spec list that includes standard 18-inch alloys, a big touchscreen infotainment system and eight-way electrically adjusted leather seats, emphasizing both the F-Pace’s value, and its premium feel.