Jaguar F-Pace review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £40,875What Car? Target Price from£38,589
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Jaguar F-Pace undercuts most of its main rivals, including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60. That’s rather impressive when you consider how well equipped it is as standard. It should also be worth more than many of its peers when you decide to sell on in the future, and that relatively slow depreciation helps bring attractive monthly finance rates. That means the F-Pace is cheaper than you might imagine if you're buying on PCP finance.

For company car drivers, the D165 or D200 2.0-litre diesels in S trim are the only models in the current range with low enough CO2 emissions to keep the F-Pace out of the top benefit in kind (BIK) tax bracket, although for the cheapest monthly tax you'll want to go for the plug-in hybrid P400e.

Fuel economy for the D200 and P400e plug-in hybrid either matches or exceeds equivalent rivals while petrol models (even with mild-hybrid technology) are noticeably thirstier than the competition. You can use our True MPG calculator to see what your car really does to the gallon.

Equipment, options and extras

The entry-level S-grade Jaguar F-Pace is not stingy on standard kit. It comes with 12-way electrically adjustable leather seats, cruise control, automatic LED headlights and wipers, a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, a 360deg camera and the 11.4in Pivi Pro infotainment we mentioned earlier. Because of all that, it's our favourite trim – but you might wish to dip into the optional extras list to add a couple of things: we’d suggest the Interactive Driver Display and Driver Assist Pack. 

Stepping up to SE trim adds a powered steering column, keyless entry, 16-way electrically adjustable sports seats, digital dials, directional indicators and additional safety kit. It’s also worth pointing out that R-Dynamic-grade cars also get more aggressive styling, including black detailing, bigger alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. 

Range-topping R-Dynamic HSE trim gets luxuries including 21in alloy wheels, Performance Seats (when R-Dynamic is specified), a fantastic Meridian Sound System and adaptive cruise control with steering assistance.

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Reliability

In our What Car? Reliability Survey, the F-Pace finished in a disappointing 17th place out of 22 cars in the large SUV category, ahead of the Land Rover Discovery Sport but behind the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60.

This is backed up in our overall table, where Jaguar as a brand finished a disappointing 21st out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey, below Lexus and BMW, but ahead of Audi and Mercedes. 

Every new Jaguar comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty as standard. That can be extended if you’re prepared to pay extra, and you can also add MOT cover for a small fee.

Safety and security

In Euro NCAP safety tests, the Jaguar F-Pace scored a maximum five stars. However, looking more closely at its adult, child and pedestrian safety scores shows that it doesn't score as well as a Volvo XC60 for adult or child protection – although the XC60 is one of the safest cars NCAP has ever tested.

However, automatic emergency braking is on hand to help you avoid a shunt in the first place, as is a driver attention monitoring system and a lane-departure warning system. Stepping up to SE trim brings blind-spot monitoring, a clear exit monitor and reverse traffic detection, while range-topping HSE features a rear collision monitor. These systems are also available on lesser trims as part of a Driver Assist Pack.

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Overview

There are other large SUVs out there that are more spacious and have more polished interiors, but the Jaguar F-Pace stands out for its fantastic driving dynamics, generous amount of standard kit and competitive list price.

  • Great handling
  • Spacious interior
  • Undercuts rivals yet offers plenty of standard kit
  • Rivals are a bit quieter
  • So-so interior quality
  • Poor reliability

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