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
The Jaguar F-Pace is aimed at a variety of SUV buyers and hopes to steal sales from a range of rivals. These include the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, as well as larger models like the X5 and Q7.
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 sits somewhat in a class of its own. At 4,731mm in length and 2,071mm wide, it's bigger than an Audi Q5, but slimmer and stubbier than a Q7. That means 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.
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.
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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.
There are three maximum braked trailer towing capacities for the Jaguar F-Pace: 1,600kg, 2,000kg and 2,400kg. If you need the maximum pulling power there is the choice of 2.0- and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel units, along with two- and four-wheel drive. However, those okay with less pulling power can opt for the lower power 2.0-litre diesel.
In this review
- 1Jaguar F-Pace reviewWe named the Jaguar F-Pace our 2016 Car of the Year, and it's 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 CostsGo for the diesel model and the Jaguar F-Pace will return decent fuel economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe F-Pace takes all that is good from the XF and XJ and translates it into 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