Jaguar F-Pace review
With new on-board tech and hybrid power, the Jaguar F-Pace is still a front runner in the upmarket SUV class
Jaguar hit the bullseye in 2016 with its first SUV. The F-Pace has good looks and a classy interior, and it proves that you don't need to sacrifice driving excitement when choosing a family-friendly crossover. We liked it so much at launch that we named it our Car of the Year, and it's still a leading choice in the premium crossover class. It's got competition from the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3, but the F-Pace remains one of our favourite all-rounders.
Until 2016, people were used to Jaguar selling saloons and sports cars, but the F-Pace began a new era for Jaguar. The British manufacturer's first SUV still retains the DNA that has made 80 years-worth of sporting models so popular both in the UK and abroad - and healthy global sales have backed this up.
About the Jaguar F-Pace
The F-Pace is as luxurious and comfortable as a Jag 4x4 should be, while its relatively high running costs have been somewhat addressed with the introduction of new mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Under the skin, the F-Pace shares running gear with the XE and XF models, but the SUV body means it offers greater practicality than its saloon siblings.
The F-Pace is a front-runner in the mid-sized premium SUV class, where it rivals models such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. Also worth considering are alternative choices such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Porsche Macan, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60, as well as the Range Rover Velar, which is similar to the F-Pace under the skin.
A facelift in late 2020 saw minor revisions to the F-Pace's already handsome exterior, while the cabin was treated to a significant overhaul - the most notable update being the inclusion of a larger 11.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, running Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro operating system.
Customers have a wide variety of F-Pace variants to choose from, with the S, SE and HSE specifications also available as sporty R-Dynamic versions, offering enhanced exterior details, unique alloy wheel designs and upgraded upholstery options. The standalone SVR model, with its huge 542bhp output, sits at the top of the range.
The engine lineup for the F-Pace includes three diesels, two petrols and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Buyers can choose between four- and six-cylinder oil-burners, with the former coming with either 161bhp or 201bhp, and the latter a more powerful 296bhp.
Thre 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol option delivers 247bhp, while the 3.0-litre six-pot offers 394bhp. The plug-in hybrid produces 398bhp, and brings the benefit of travelling up to 33 miles on electric power alone - helping to reduce running costs and lower BiK rates for company car drivers.
Overall, the F-Pace is a great-all rounder. All models use a smooth, eight-speed automatic transmission and offer reassuring all-wheel-drive. It's comfortable even on the large wheel options that are available, but it also handles well, which more than justifies the existence of the rapid 542bhp SVR model.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingWith new on-board tech and hybrid power, the Jaguar F-Pace is still a front runner in the upmarket SUV class
- 2Engines, performance and driveFew SUVs are as fun or capable as the Jaguar F-Pace, and it's nearly as sweet to drive as the Porsche Macan
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe diesel models return decent fuel economy, but the real efficiency champion is the petrol plug-in hybrid
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Jaguar F-Pace offers a fresh exterior look, with a revamped cabin and the latest on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe F-Pace rivals cars like the Porsche Macan and BMW X3, but trumps them both for boot space and rear-seat practicality
- 6Reliability and SafetyJaguar scores well for safety, but customer feedback highlights reliability issues
- 7Deals and offersThe latest finance deals and special offers on the Jaguar F-Pace SUV
- 8Used and nearly newOur Jaguar F-Pace used buyer's guide, covering all models from 2016 on