Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
All Jaguar F-Paces come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The P400 is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol, which, like most of the engines, has mild hybrid (MHEV) tech to make it more efficient. It’s impressively quick, too, thanks to 395bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds. It’s a worthy Porsche Macan S rival, but the Macan has a more linear accelerator response and a more responsive auto 'box than the P400.
For company car drivers, the P400 and the cheaper, 247bhp 2.0-litre P250 are somewhat overshadowed by the P400e plug-in hybrid. With a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, it has a combined 399bhp, making it quicker than the P400 (0-62mph in 5.3sec) and more muscular from low revs. Officially it's also capable of up to 33 miles of electric-only driving and, as we’ll discuss in detail later, it's a lot cheaper on benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.
Suspension and ride comfort
If you're buying the F-Pace because it's a sportier SUV like the Macan, rather than for outright comfort, we reckon you'll find the ride quite appropriate.
The standard suspension set-up is firm around town and the larger alloy wheel options tend to exacerbate that, but it's not harsh. Things settle down and improve with speed, although the ride is still busier on motorways than a well-specified Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Volvo XC60. On the plus side, it's well controlled, so there's very little bounce along undulating country lanes.