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Jaguar F-Pace Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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“Puts the ‘sport’ into ‘SUV’”

Best bits

  • A real head-turning SUV
  • Great fun to drive
  • Decent levels of standard equipment

Not so great

  • Infotainment is frustrating to use
  • Doesn’t have a particularly high seating position
  • Quite thirsty and expensive to run

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Overall verdict

"The Jaguar F-Pace rocked the SUV market when it arrived in 2016. Here’s a car that’s big enough to carry your family yet still fun to drive, while its head-turning looks are bold enough to make some buyers think twice about a BMW X3 or Audi Q5 - and even the Porsche Macan."

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The following years have done little to blunt the F-Pace’s left-field appeal, although stronger competition in the form of the Volvo XC60 means the F-Pace has to work harder to tempt you into parting with your cash.


There’s a number of petrol and diesel engines on hand, made up of four- and six-cylinder units as well as two- or four-wheel-drive. The six-cylinder diesel is the most desirable choice, with effortless performance from its 3.0-litre engine and reasonable fuel economy (although this isn’t a car you’ll run on a budget).


The F-Pace emphasises the ‘sport’ element of SUV, with a fairly firm suspension contributing to agile handling. Models with the adaptive suspension do a better job of ironing out lumps and bumps, but you’d be better looking elsewhere if you want a car that’s going to provide a magic carpet ride.


It’s on a fast, flowing A-road that the F-Pace really impresses. The steering is unusually communicative for an SUV of this size, and it’s only on really twisty roads that you’ll start to notice its considerable mass. On the motorway, it becomes the kind of relaxing long-distance cruiser you’d expect for a premium SUV of this size.


Although most F-Pace models come with four-wheel-drive, this isn’t an off-roader. But that’s what Jaguar’s sister brand Land Rover caters for. The F-Pace’s all-wheel-drive system should provide a little reassurance in slippery conditions, though, and there’s a host of driver assistance systems acting as back-up, too.


These include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and a driver condition monitor - all of which are standard across the F-Pace range and contribute to its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.


All F-Pace models are fairly well equipped, with the range split between luxurious and sporty models. Prestige and Portfolio models make up the former, while the latter consists of R-Sport and S trim levels. There’s also the hot Jaguar F-Pace SVR, if you’d like your SUV with a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine.


With a less than perfect reputation for reliability, buying a used Jaguar SUV might seem like a bold choice. However, despite sharing a lot of mechanicals with sister brand Land Rover, Jaguar often performs well in reliability surveys. 


As it’s been on sale since 2016, there are some good deals available on the used market, too. Less than £30,000 will bag you a lightly-used three-year-old 3.0d in a desirable trim level - representing quite a saving over list price. If you’d prefer a newer F-Pace, there are some strong pre-reg deals on hand. We’ve seen 2.0-litre diesel examples advertised with delivery miles for below £36,000.

 

So, there’s a lot going for the Jaguar F-Pace. It might not be quite as well-finished as alternatives like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 and the infotainment is a bit of a let-down, but it looks the business and is good to drive.



Is the Jaguar F-Pace right for you?

If you want a premium SUV that’s great to drive and is more likely to turn heads than a BMW X3, the Jaguar F-Pace is a strong choice.

What’s the best Jaguar F-Pace model/engine to choose?

We’d recommend the 3.0-litre diesel if budget allows. The posh F-Pace Portfolio is a desirable option, but we’d look for a sporty S model.

What other cars are similar to the Jaguar F-Pace?

Just like the (excellent) Volvo XC60, the Jaguar F-Pace is a slightly obscure alternative to premium SUVs like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3. You could also compare it to the sporty Porsche Macan, or in-house rival the Range Rover Velar. Italy’s answers to the Jaguar F-Pace include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante.

Rating

Bold looks and a fun driving experience are let down slightly by a less-than-perfect interior and below-par infotainment system. Still, if you can live with these little quibbles, the Jaguar F-Pace is a really appealing SUV.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification