Jaguar F-Pace review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The F-Pace rivals cars like the Porsche Macan and BMW X3, but trumps them both for boot space and back-seat practicality
There’s currently only one body style, but if you want something a bit smaller and more manageable, there's always the E-Pace, while the all-electric I-Pace slots between these two, but has a bit more space inside than the F-Pace.
Back to the F-Pace, and there’s plenty of room up front and loads of adjustment for the seats and steering wheel. Considering it’s almost coupe-like proportions, space in the back isn’t bad either, and if you avoid the full-length panoramic roof that restricts headroom then you’ll be able to seat six-foot adults in the rear.
The Jaguar F-Pace is 4,747mm in length, which makes it longer than an Audi Q5, although slimmer and stubbier than a Q7. There’s much more room inside than you’ll find in a Porsche Macan, and it very nearly matches models like the more expensive Cayenne for outright carrying capacity.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The Jaguar F-Pace is an extremely comfortable car to drive. It seems perfectly suited to all types of road – munching motorways, A-roads and urban environments with ease. The seats are supportive and there’s loads of adjustment to allow even the fussiest drivers to get set behind the wheel.
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In the back, there’s loads of leg and knee room, and – providing you avoid the full-length panoramic roof – there’s enough headroom for even taller adults. Despite the narrow windows there’s plenty of light, and because you sit low in the car the coupe-style roofline doesn’t affect headroom too much. This means that even tall adults will be comfortable. Where the Porsche Macan feels rather claustrophobic, the F-Pace exudes a sense of spaciousness that isn’t usually possible on cars with such stylish sloping rooflines.
Access is good, too, thanks to doors that open wide – meaning fitting an ISOFIX child seat in the rear is all too easy. The seats fold 40:20:40, allowing a myriad seating combinations depending on who or what you’re carrying.
The Jaguar F-Pace is impressively packaged. As well as being big enough to carry five six-foot adults, you’ll also find a decent 650 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place - that's as much as the larger BMW X5. That expands to 1,740 litres when the seats are folded flat.
The problem comes when you want to slide in big, mucky loads for the tip. Beautiful details like the brushed metal boot lip are just asking to be scratched, while the plush leather seats aren’t likely to look as fresh in 60,000 miles time. There are various tie-down points, though, meaning it’s fairly easy to secure loose loads. The seats fold 40:20:40, allowing you to slide longer items straight down the middle.
The maximum braked trailer towing capacity for the Jaguar F-Pace is 2,400kg, with the exception of the P400e plug-in hybrid version which has a 2,000kg rating.
In this review
- 1Jaguar F-Pace reviewWith 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 P400e plug-in hybrid
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a fresh exterior look and revamped cabin with the latest on-board tech, the F-Pace a high-quality bulked-up SUV offering
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe F-Pace rivals cars like the Porsche Macan and BMW X3, but trumps them both for boot space and back-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