Having only been released in 2016, the Jaguar F-Pace is definitely the new kid on the block when you consider rivals have been battling it out since the end of the noughties. No matter though, because Jaguar have successfully managed to knock it out the park with the F-Pace. This, by and large, is because the F-Pace is a fantastic all-round SUV that is incredibly refined and beautifully well-made. In fact, you'd almost be forgiven for thinking the F-Pace feels very similar to the Range Rover Velar. But shush, you didn't hear that from us!
It's a struggle to think of a time when Jaguar made cars that weren't very good-looking. The designers at JLR seem to have nailed it with the styling of the F-Pace because they have ensured the brand's notorious features haven't been spoiled by enlarging the proportions to make an SUV. The front end features that stunning honeycomb grille that has been accompanied by those aggressive slanting headlights. The smooth and purposeful lines continue towards the back of the F-Pace, that has a tasteful twin-exhaust set-up and a sloping roof-line.
Jaguar know a thing or two when it comes to constructing an interior, and we're pleased to tell you the F-Pace is Jaguar's best one to date. A lot of features have been borrowed from the popular XE and XF. However, it is the addition of the stunning InControl Pro infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen that really impresses. It's also worth noting that the F-Pace is quite a wide car (nearly 2 metres) and has a long wheelbase too. The result of this? A colossal amount of space in the cabin for you and the whole family.
'Performance crossover' were the words Jaguar used to describe the F-Pace when it launched in 2016. And for a large SUV, it does handle surprisingly well. And the refinement levels are, of course, utterly superb. The body feels a lot tighter than a softer sprung Land Rover, but the F-Pace manages to do this without compromising the comfort when driving on Britain's questionable road surfaces. The F-Pace definitely feels most at home on a long stretch of road, where the effortless torque delivery and silky smooth chassis make mile-munching a sheer pleasure.
This shouldn't be too difficult. The Jaguar F-Pace is a large (literally huge) SUV that has acres of space inside wherever you look. Three grown-sized adults can sit in the back in complete comfort due to the sheer amount of head and leg room they will have. Head to the boot and you'll find a massive opening tailgate (that can be opened with an optional wristband) alongside 650-litres of loading space. The elevated ground clearance also makes off-roading (or soft-roading) an absolute doddle. The F-Pace genuinely is a jack-of-all-trades vehicle.
Engines and transmissions
There is a range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. And all are paired with either a manual or automatic gearbox, naturally. The diesels are typically the most popular option because of the excellent fuel efficiency they offer, with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine appearing the most appealing thanks to its monstrous amount of torque. However, it's also easy to recommend the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine, which manages to provide keen progress from the bottom of the rev-range right to the red-line. Sitrep, petrol for owners who drive mostly in the urban jungle, and diesel for those who do a hefty amount of mileage on the motorway. Regardless of which you choose, you will benefit from seamless progress and utterly exquisite levels of refinement.
The Jaguar F-Pace is a fantastic all-round SUV that really matches - if not beats - some of its rivals where it really matters. The sheer amount of space inside alongside the immense practicality makes the F-Pace the perfect addition to any family. Whether it's that weekly trip down to the supermarket, or a weekend away at the coast, the F-Pace will serve you well. On top of this, the efficient choice of engines and high levels of refinement make the F-Pace an ideal motorway companion.