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Jag's biggest SUV is good to drive and smartly styled

Jaguar F-Pace (16 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £41,015 - £78,165
Lease from new From £525 p/m View lease deals
Used price £17,720 - £81,585
Fuel Economy 23.1 - 130.2 mpg
Road tax cost £130 - £490
Insurance group 23 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Great handling and steering
  • Practical and roomy interior
  • Low-cost 2.0-litre diesel option
  • SVR offers supreme performance

CONS

  • Firmer ride quality
  • Plug-in hybrid model expensive
  • Macan better to drive quickly
  • Refinement bettered by rivals

Jaguar F-Pace rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

The Jaguar F-Pace is the British marque's first SUV, combining eye-catching, sporty looks and an equally car-like interior that just happens to be hidden beneath the tall bodywork. It's certainly done a lot as part of Jaguar's mission to reinvent itself along with the rest of the updated range.

It shares many mechanical components with the likes of the Range Rover Velar and other Jaguar models like the XE and XF as it was conceived with a simple mission - to be the best SUV to drive. It's not alone, and it competes for sales with popular premium 4x4s like the Alfa Romeo StelvioAudi Q5BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

To give it an edge over rivals, it makes extensive use of aluminium and other lightweight materials in its construction – and Jaguar says you feel this behind the wheel.

That XE and XF link certainly results in the F-Pace feeling lighter and more agile, with all models delivering decent performance. It's a good place to start, although the F-Pace still isn't as light as it should be considering such extensive use of lightweight materials.

Facelifted for 2021

The Jaguar F-Pace received a number of major revisions for the 2021 model year, with subtle changes to the exterior and a significant interior upgrade. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model was introduced, along with mild hybrid tech for the diesels and a pair of 3.0-litre straight-six engines replaced the previous V6 units of the same size.

Unless you're a seasoned car spotter, the changes to the way the Jaguar F-Pace look might pass you by. Not that this is a bad thing – the F-Pace is a good-looking SUV, so modifying it too much might lose some of the appeal and the changes here are limited to the finer details. As a result, you get slimmer LED headlights (with optional matrix tech) and rear lighting clusters, along with slightly more aggressive bumpers.

What's it like inside?

When it first arrived, the F-Pace's interior was largely lifted from the smaller XE saloon and felt decidedly low-rent. Thankfully, the 2021 facelift adopts the same updated cabin fitted to the larger XF, bringing a far more appealing cabin that's easier on the eye and feels more upmarket. The general layout remains much the same, but the steering wheel from the I-Pace is carried across and there's a new, chunky drive selector on the centre console, which is being rolled out across the entire Jaguar range.

The biggest evolution, though, is that the old (and increasingly dated) infotainment has been thrown out in favour of an all-new Pivi Pro set-up which debuted in the Land Rover Defender. The new 11.4-inch touchscreen is significantly faster and far more user friendly than the old set-up.

The rest of the cabin continues to look and feel decidedly sporty thanks to a relatively low driving position for this type of car, coupled with a high window line and centre console between the seats. Those looking for a lofty SUV feel may want a Land Rover instead. That said, you still get an excellent view ahead that SUV buyers crave, managing to blend traits of an SUV with a regular car well in this regard. 

High-performance SVR for enthusiasts

In March 2018, the long-awaited range-topping Jaguar F-Pace SVR was introduced. It's powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that F-Type owners will be more than familiar with, developing 550hp. The 2021 update trimmed the 0-62mph time down to 4.0 seconds and, unlike its German rivals, its maximum speed isn't limited, either – so it tops out at 178mph.

It features uprated suspension, a rear electronic differential and torque vectoring to manage the power, and a Quickshift automatic transmission. To make it look the part, the SVR has a meaner-looking front end, a rear bumper that houses four exhaust tailpipes and a mini flip-up spoiler. Standard wheels are 21-inch alloys, but 22-inch wheels are an option.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Jaguar F-Pace including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Jaguar F-Pace rivals