- Stylish aesthetics
- Surprisingly practical
- Great to drive
- Not as comfortable as some rivals
- Thirsty petrol engine
- Some poor interior materials
Superbly designed luxury SUV.
Jaguar has been a long time coming to the SUV party. But with the F-Pace, it has turned up in style. First introduced in 2016, the F-Pace has gone straight to the top of the charts. It’s eye-catching looks will be enough for a lot of buyers to take the plunge alone. But it has an awful lot more to offer. It handles exceptionally well for an SUV, and with a spacious interior, and a big boot capacity, it’s practical as well. There’s lots of clever inclusions in the equipment list, and though interior quality isn’t quite a match for German rivals, it is without doubt one of the best luxury SUVs currently on sale.
Luxurious, practical, and generously equipped.
When you buy a car from a luxury brand like Jaguar, you expect to be treated to a high-end interior. It doesn’t disappoint. Excellent design, quality materials, and high-tech infotainment all feature. It’s practical as well, making it a great choice for family buyers looking for a bit of luxury in their lives.
The dashboard design in the F-Pace is clean, modern, and elegant. It’s far more attractive than the one you’d find in a BMW X4 that’s for sure. Material quality is on the whole pretty impressive, though there a few harder plastics lower down the dash. But that’s being nit-picky. Controls in the F-Pace do take a while to get used to, but once you do, you’ll really appreciate their functionality. It’s a fantastic interior, there’s no doubt about it.
Though the F-Pace is a luxury car, it’s still aimed at family buyers. Because of this, it needs to be as practical as it is plush. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. There’s more than enough space in the back seats to travel comfortably, even for taller adults. The humongous 650 litre boot capacity is the biggest in its class as well. Making it easy to cart around all the paraphernalia that comes with family life.
Equipment in the F-Pace is generous, no matter which model you go for. The entry-level Prestige trim is so well-equipped it’s almost worth not considering paying more. You’ll get 18” alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, all-round parking sensors, heated leather seats, and a powered tailgate. Mid-range R Sport trim adds bigger alloy wheels, and sportier trim. Portfolio trim adds electric seats, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, and a heated front screen. Whilst range-topping S trim adds 20” alloys and adaptive suspension into the mix.
Overall, the inside of the F-Pace is utterly exceptional. OK, there are a few harder plastics lower down the dash, but other than that it’s borderline perfection. Classy design, immense practicality, and generous equipment, all make the F-Pace’s interior one of the best in its class.
Class-leading handling, but not as comfortable as rivals.
When an SUV looks as sporty as the F-Pace does, you would imagine that it would be just as sporty once you’re out on the open road. The F-Pace certainly lives up to its billing. The steering is precise and well-weighted, and there’s plenty of grip from the tyres. Body roll is also kept well in check, and it glides through the corners like a genuine sports car. If you want a family car that will still put a smile on your face on your Sunday drive in the country, the F-Pace is the SUV for you.
Suspension and Chassis
Whilst the F-Pace is easily the best handling car in its class, the stiff suspension that allows it to be does hinder comfort somewhat. We’re not saying it’s an uncomfortable car. Far from it. It’s just that some of its rivals are a little more composed. The F-Pace has the tendency to fidget over rough surfaces, though at speed this is far less apparent. Road noise also enters the cabin at higher speeds, though wind noise is kept in check. If you’re after a languid motorway cruiser, something like a Mercedes GLC will be more up your street.
Gearbox options in the F-Pace two guises. Half of the F-Pace range is covered by a six speed manual transmission. It’s actually pretty impressive, with a positive action, and a short throw. But Jaguar drivers generally prefer automatics. The eight speed dual-clutch auto that covers the rest of the range is more suited to the F-Pace’s character. It’s a great gearbox, offering smooth changes, as well as responding quickly to when you need a quick burst of power.
Two efficient diesels, and one rip-roaring V6 petrol.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your F-Pace, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There are two diesels on offer, with the lesser powered unit suiting most buyers. Petrolheads can have their fill with the monstrous V6 however.
If it’s all-out power that you want from your F-Pace, the stand out engine in the range is the petrol-powered 3.0 litre Supercharged V6. It produces an incredible 375bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds. That’s hot hatch pace, in a practical family SUV. Quite incredible. It will however cost you a lot to run day-to-day. But if you’re prepared to take the financial hit, you can have a lot of fun in an F-Pace.
Eco-friendly buyers aren’t usually attracted to luxury SUVs, but the F-Pace range isn’t actually so bad. The greenest engine on offer is the diesel-powered 2.0D. It produces 129g/km, which is not bad for a car in this class. It’s not going to save the planet, but it certainly won’t do too much harm. This engine is also the most suited to money savers. Not only will it only cost £110 to tax each year, it’s also the cheapest model to buy. And with fuel efficiency as high as 58mpg, you can have all the luxury, without the cost.
Whichever engine you go for in your F-Pace, you’re not going to be disappointed. All of them are pacy enough for you have to fun, though you might want to stick to the lower-powered diesel if you don’t want to be making expensive trips to the petrol station each week.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but impressive safety tech as standard.
The Jaguar F-Pace hasn’t yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP yet. But Jaguar as a brand that usually does pretty well, so it’s more than likely that it would easily achieve the highest possible 5-star rating. This is backed up when you look at the amount of safety kit on board. All F-Pace’s come as standard with the usual array of airbags, electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking, emergency braking assistance, and lane departure warning. The F-Pace is there to detect and stop a crash, before it happens. So you can keep you and your family safe from harm.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Jaguar F-Pace offers decent value for money for family buyers, though it’s not the cheapest car in its class. This does vary between model to model however. Stick to the entry-level 2.0 litre diesel engine and you’ll get a low tax bill, and impressive fuel economy. If you really want to get value for money, the V6 petrol engine should be avoided at all costs. It’s more expensive to buy, run, and insure.
Insurance groups for the F-Pace again depend on which model you go for. Whichever model you choose, you shouldn’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival. The range starts in group 27 for the entry-level 2.0D Prestige, and climb up towards group 42 for the frighteningly quick 3.0 Supercharged V6 S model.
It’s expected that the F-Pace will depreciate quite slowly, but only after the first year. With first year depreciation generally as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
If you’re on the lookout for a small luxury SUV, you should without a doubt have the Jaguar F-Pace right at the top of your shortlist. It is a car with few flaws. The debut SUV from Jaguar has been worth the wait. It’s stylish, exceptional to drive, practical, and features a luxurious interior. Forget the German competition, the British are back with a bang.
Buying a used Jaguar F-Pace online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Jaguar F-Pace for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used F-Pace. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Jaguar F-Pace online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.