Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Broad range of petrol and diesel engines plus plug-in
  • All-wheel drive only
  • V8 engine provides the most thrills

For a brand synonymous with performance, it’s no surprise that each of the Jaguar F-Pace’s engines are strong - even the plug-in hybrid produces over 400hp.

As of 2021, all models come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard. The auto’s gearchanges are so smooth they’re barely perceptible, and the F-Pace doesn’t struggle deciding which ratio to pick – a problem found on some rivals’ gearboxes.

Earlier lower-spec models were available with rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, but you'll have to seek out a used example if you want one now.

Several diesel choices in the Jaguar F-Pace

The majority of F-Paces you'll see on the road are powered by versions of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder versions badged D165 and D200. All come with mild hybrid technology (MHEV) which can electronically assist the engine with additional torque when accelerating to relieve some of the strain.

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
D165 MHEV
163hp, 380Nm
9.9secs
121mph
D200 MHEV
204hp, 430Nm
8.0secs
130mph
D300 MHEV
300hp, 650Nm
6.4secs
143mph


We'd recommend the D200 for its blend of performance and economy, as the entry-level D165 will need working harder to get up to speed - even if the automatic gearbox does help out with some of the work.

The D165 is more comfortable residing in town environments, or constantly sitting on the motorway at a set speed.

Topping the diesel range is the 3.0-litre straight-six D300. Admittedly this is a nicer unit to drive, mixing smoothness and quietness with its mammoth levels of torque. Like the V6 unit it replaces, it makes the most of the F-Pace's sporty chassis setup and balances huge performance with reasonable running costs - at least, compared with the P400 and the SVR. As an all-round, performance SUV, it's hard to argue against - if you can afford the higher purchase price.

But if you don't have to have the highest level of performance, the D200 diesel makes the most sense as an all-round option - even the D180 it replaces was adequate enough to use in most everyday conditions, only struggling when it was asked to work hard.

Petrol-powered options in the F-Pace

If you don’t cover the kind of annual mileage to warrant a diesel, then one of the petrol choices for the F-Pace may appeal.

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
P250
250hp, 365Nm
7.3secs
135mph
P400 MHEV
400hp, 550Nm
5.4secs
155mph


It’d be easy to discount the P250 engine in the face of the larger, more refined six-cylinder P400 option but it’s actually quite strong. At the very least it offers a quieter cabin on the move than you get in the diesel range and only sounds a little strained at higher revs.

Despite its turbocharged nature, this engine’s power delivery is smooth and the throttle pedal is nicely responsive so long as you keep the revs up, otherwise it is a little flat. Our only complaint is that it never really feels particularly quick, and the relative lack of torque compared to the D200 could make better use of the automatic gearbox to shift down sooner when you’re pressing on.

The middle ground is inhabited by the 3.0-litre P400 engine. It's smooth, quick, sounds fantastic and would be the one we'd recommend - if you could afford the higher purchase price and running costs. This mild hybrid engine is found in other Jaguar Land Rover Products, where it's tuned to be quieter and delivers its power in a more relaxed character. In the F-pace, it's much more exciting and eager to get up to speed.

High-performance F-Pace SVR

You probably know the score already. It's fast. Ballistic, in fact. Here are some numbers for this 550hp range-topping SUV – Jaguar claims the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds and, if you find a stretch of derestricted autobahn long (and empty) enough, the maximum speed is 178mph. Not long ago, only supercars could match these numbers.

Having said that, the SVR's appeal isn't just about its numbers. It makes a great noise – at start up, it barks into life, and at idle, it rumbles away like distant thunder. It bellows like a race car under full acceleration, and in Race mode, it bangs and pops when you back off the throttle, or when it changes gear when you're really going for it. In short, it's a seriously addictive toy for grown-ups.

Plug-in hybrid P400e

The P400e uses a 2.0-litre 300hp petrol engine combined with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 404hp and 640Nm of torque. This is one brisk hybrid capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and reaching 149mph.

If you think this PHEV is solely focussed on maximising fuel economy figures, think again. Even the electric motor produces 143hp and 275Nm of torque when driving in electric-only mode, so it's perfectly sufficient for town use.

Integration of the different power sources is smooth and unjarring in most situations. However, brake feedback could do with some finer tuning, something in fair to Jaguar a lot of plug-in hybrids suffer from. It's often difficult to gauge just how hard you need to press the middle pedal in order to get the amount of stopping power you require.

Jaguar F-Pace charging

Out on the A and B roads that link towns and villages, surely where Jaguar SUVs will spend a great deal of time, the F-Pace hybrid excels. Considering the size and weight of the thing it treads lightly. It doesn't feel as pothole-inducing as other plug-in hybrid SUVs.

Like with the rest of the F-Pace's range, the eight-speed 'box is very hard to trick and responds quickly to paddle shift requests.

The 0-80% charging sprint is dispatched in 30 mins on one of those fast chargers you'll find at motorway services, or around 1 hour 40 minutes from a home charger.

Engines no longer available

The basic four-cylinder diesel also featured in the 25d AWD, but with a twin-turbocharged setup for 240hp and 500Nm of torque from 1,500rpm. It’s appreciably quicker with a 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 135mph but is surprisingly underwhelming when worked.

How does it handle?

  • One of the sportiest SUVs to drive
  • Confidence-inspiring steering set-up
  • Feels more composed on the smaller wheels

As you'd expect, the engineers charged with perfecting the Jaguar F-Pace have done a great job with its dynamics. Unlike a Land Rover or Range Rover, which has to have great off-roading capability in its DNA, the F-Pace doesn't carry this baggage, and therefore should be treated as an off-roader in as much as it will tow a horse box up a muddy hill, and complete a little light green-laning, ably assisted by its intelligent all-wheel drive system.

On road is where it matters to the F-Pace (and where most SUV buyers spend their time anyway) and that's where it scores well. It’s blessed with good steering and a suspension set-up that's capable of delivering great cornering once you're used to the lofty driving position.

The F-Pace is sharp to drive regardless of specification. It manages this through a clever set of chassis components that work in harmony to provide a rear-wheel drive character for the most part, only diverting up to half the available torque to the front wheels when the car senses it’s required.

We found this system uncanny in its performance, with Jaguar’s first SUV genuinely capable of driving as well as anything in the class short of a Porsche Macan – and the latter isn’t quite as spacious or necessarily exciting.

There’s a titanic amount of grip on offer. No matter how quickly you corner we doubt you’ll test the extremities of the wide tyres’ adhesion and the F-Pace’s composure is more apparent with the taller sidewalls you get on smaller wheels.

Its steering is finely honed, with enough feedback to inspire confident cornering and weighting that feels natural in all situations. The handling balance is great too, which further adds to the assured nature of the F-Pace. It always feels solid and composed – valuable peace of mind for the sorts of families who will buy this car.

The only variable in this sense is the four-cylinder petrol engine – because it’s lighter than the six-cylinder petrol and all of the diesels, they lend the F-Pace a much keener rate of turn-in.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR handling

The F-Pace SVR has been tuned for keen drivers, and is the best model in the range for those who value steering feel, decent handling and a sporting drive. Despite tipping the scales at almost two tonnes, it's agile on the road, and is ably assisted by the active electronic differential, which is a first for Jaguar. For those who don't need to know how the diff works, the easiest thing to remember is that the most power will always go to the wheel with the most traction – thus aiding confidence.

Happily, the driver doesn't need to know what’s happening, how it works, or fiddle with settings. It handles well regardless – the accurate, sweet, not-over-assisted steering is a delight to experience, even if it's not quite as overtly sporting as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Off-road in the F-Pace

We’ve driven this SUV on the rough stuff and can confirm it’s extremely capable, tackling far tougher terrain than Porsche dared to subject the Macan to when it was launched. You’d expect that, frankly, because don’t forget this is the same organisation that builds the Land Rovers that lead the field in this respect.

You don’t get quite as many off-road-centric features on the road-biased Jaguar, but you could hardly call it lacking either. We were particularly impressed with the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) system, which acts like cruise control for off-road driving. Set it to any speed up to 19mph and it’ll take care of the car’s speed for you, leaving you to operate the steering.