Jaguars First SUV the F-Pace
Jaguar has finally taken the leap into the SUV market releasing its first SUV. The F-Pace is a masterpiece with a bold style, smooth drive and spacious interior. It has been so popular that AutoExpress named it their 2016 Car of the Year.
The 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine makes up 70% of the models, being a high performer with all the essential kit. The F-Pace is as luxurious as you would expect a 4x4 Jaguar to be with its low running costs and price it will be very attractive for a company car or for private buyers.
The F-Pace completes Jaguars car range which will inevitably bring a lot of success to the company. It rivals the likes of the Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. In terms of size the Jaguar F-Pace sits somewhere in the middle between its rivals, it is longer and fatter than the Audi Q5 but shorter and slimmer than a Q7.
The model comes with a lot of options for extras and designs with Jaguar’s InControl infotainment and sat-nav system and eight-way electrically adjustable leather seats. Options include a full-length panoramic sunroof and a Meridian sound system.
Jaguar could have asked Land Rover for help with its first SUV yet it decided to run solo creating its own platform for the F-Pace. It shares some engineering with the XE and XF, making it feel very car-like to drive. The lightweight aluminium structure doesn’t overwhelm the Ingenium engine despite having a bulky external body.
On the road the steering is pin sharp with a well judged ride so even when you push hard on the SUV it won’t upset the balance. Although being a 4x4, Jaguar have left the intense off roading to Land Rover, with the F-Pace being more comfortable going through a grassy field or rocky ravine. Compared to the BMW X3 where the ride is firm and fidgety, the F-Pace has very little road or wind noise providing a supple and controlled drive.
Designer Ian Callum has done a spectacular job styling the F-Pace making it arguably the best looking SUV currently on the market. The sporty angles and headlights hide the bulkiness of the SUV. With posh leather seats which sit very comfortably yet still maintain great support, the F-Pace takes all the top aspects from the XF and XJ translating it into a high-riding SUV package.
The InControl Touch Pro Pack with a sharp 12.3-inch infotainment system makes using programs such as the Sat-nav and stereo easy to use. The touch screen enables pinch to zoom and navigation making it easy to use and view whilst on the road.
The interior is very spacious boasting a boot 100-litres larger than the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. If you don’t take the full-length panoramic roof then you can fit three 6-foot adults in the rear.
Jaguar has nailed their first attempt at an SUV. Challenging cars like the Porsche Macan is no easy feat yet this F-pace not only looks great it also drives well and beats its rivals on space and practicality.