Auto: Much better later than never - the Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar has hit the bullseye with its first SUV. The F-Pace is boldly styled, great to drive, refined and proves that you needn’t sacrifice excitement when choosing a family-friendly crossover. The 2.0-litre diesel is a punchy performer and R-Sport models have all the essential kit – although it’s pricey. The F-Pace is as luxurious and comfortable as a Jag 4x4 should be, and both company car drivers and private buyers will find its price and low running costs attractive. All in all, it makes Jaguar’s first effort in the crossover SUV market a notable success, as global demand for the car will surely prove. Only some of the cheap-feeling cabin materials let it down.
Jaguar has finally entered the SUV market with its first-ever offering, the F-Pace. It fills a gap in Jaguar's range to compete against the ever-expanding crop of cars in the crossover market. It will inevitably bring great success to the brand, even if it has to take on SUVs like the Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Audi Q5 andLand Rover Discovery Sport. You can only buy the F-Pace as a five-seater, but it's a spacious model.
You can choose from one of four trims: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. When the car first went on sale, there was also a limited-run First Edition model, which came with a massive equipment list and enormous 22-inch wheels. That model has since sold out, but you can still get most of the options from it on other F-Pace models.
All F-Pace models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, Jaguar's InControl infotainment and sat-nav system and eight-way electrically adjustable leather seats. The interior is suitably plush, and will feel familiar to XE and XF owners, thanks to the rising gear selector on automatic models and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. You can choose from a huge number of desirable options, including a full-length panoramic sunroof and a Meridian sound system.