What's the used Jaguar F-Pace like?
While rivals such as Porsche, BMW and Audi have been attracting new customers with their SUVs, Jaguar has had to get by courting buyers with its range of saloon cars. Since 2016, though, the British company has been making up for lost time with the Jaguar F-Pace.
There is an engine to suit most needs in the F-Pace range, from a relatively frugal four-cylinder diesel, to a refined 3.0-litre V6 diesel, all the way up to a rapid supercharged V6 petrol. The bodywork consists of aluminium and other lightweight materials to keep weight down and that has brought benefits for both performance and fuel economy.
You can have an F-Pace with rear-wheel drive to save on weight and cost, or one with an all-wheel drive system. Having said that, this system is only part-time since it spends most of its time powering the rear wheels of the F-Pace, with only the front wheels coming into play when needed. This means that while there is a little bit of a fuel economy penalty by having this extra off-road capability, it has been reduced to only a few miles per gallon.
But, fuel economy isn’t the main attraction of this car. That would be the way it drives. This is in part due to the lightweight construction, but it is also due to having underpinnings which have quite a lot in common with Jaguar’s XE and XF saloons; both of which have been applauded for having superb handling. The F-Pace doesn’t disappoint here either because it genuinely feels like a hot-hatch on stilts: it can flow through bends better than any SUV this side of a Porsche Macan. It’s only the tightest of bends that will remind you that you are driving a taller vehicle.
Usable boot space is as good as rivals such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and a BMW X3 since you can get a couple of large suitcases in there with ease. If you have a young family, the buggy will go in there too.
Overall, the F-Pace is a handsome SUV with all the practicality buyers of premium SUVs expect. It is also great to drive, gets some fuel-efficient engines and chucks in plenty of standard equipment too. It may not have the best interior in terms of outright quality but, it seems that buyers aren’t overly fussed by this because they have gone for the F-Pace in a big way, bringing much needed custom back to Jaguar.