What's the used Jaguar F-Pace estate like?
While rivals such as Porsche, BMW and Audi had been busy attracting new customers with their SUVs for what seemed like a hundred years, Jaguar had to get by courting buyers with its range of saloon cars. It took until 2016 before the British company started making up for lost time with, first of all, this striking Jaguar F-Pace large SUV, then came the smaller and equally handsome E-Pace, and finally the innovative and all-electric I-Pace.
There is an engine to suit most needs in the early F-Pace range, from a relatively frugal four-cylinder diesel with either 178 or 237bhp; a refined 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, a perky 247bhp 2.0-litre petrol, a rapid 375bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol, and a bonkers 542bhp 5.0-litre V8 petrol in the F-Pace SVR. The range was heavily updated in 2021.
There are four trim levels to choose from, split into two categories - Luxury and Sport. Luxury-trimmed Prestige models come with 18in alloy wheels, satin chrome roof rails, chrome exterior detailing, a powered tailgate, leather upholstery and ambient interior lighting as standard. Opting for the Portfolio trim adds 19in alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, xenon headlights, auto-dimming and power-folding wing mirrors, Windsor leather upholstery, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats, keyless entry, a rear-view camera and a 380W Meridian sound system.
R-Sport trim heads up the Sport range, kitting the F-Pace out in 19in alloys, a sporty body kit, satin black exterior details, gloss black roof rails, xenon headlights, sports seats and satin chrome paddle shifters. The range-topping S model, which is only available with the 3.0-litre V6 engine, gets 20in alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, bigger front brake discs, red brake calipers, heated front screen and washer jets, 10-way electrically adjustable seats, keyless entry, a rear view camera and a 380W Meridian sound system.
Dominating the centre of the dashboard is Jaguar's InControl infotainment system, which comes with an 8.0in touchscreen display surrounded by traditional physical shortcut keys, a DAB radio, sat-nav, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration and a wi-fi hotspot. Upgrade to the InControl Pro system and you'll get a 10.2in touchscreen system complete with a more advanced sat-nav system, a Meridian sound system, 10GB of on-board storage, various Jaguar online services and a customisable 12.3in digital instrument cluster.
But it's the way it drives that Jaguar hopes set the F-Pace apart. 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.
Inside is a commanding driving position with plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and seat. Visibility is good, at least to the front and the sides, and there's plenty of space up front. Two rear-seat passengers get plenty of head and leg room, although adding a third passenger limits shoulder room somewhat.
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.
To keep it competitive, the F-Pace was treated to a mid-life refresh in 2021, with super-slim front and rear LED lights, re-profiled bodywork, a larger grille and, best of all, a heavily revised interior that resembles the one in the Jaguar XF saloon.
There's also a refreshed engine line-up that includes a range of mild hybrid petrols and diesels, along with a full plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). There's a 247bhp 2.0 P250, a 395bhp 3.0 P400, a 399bhp 2.0 plug-in hybrid P400e, a 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 296bhp 3.0 D300 diesel.
Trims were revised, too. The entry-level F-Pace (it's simply called F-Pace) is not stingy on standard kit. It comes with LED headlights, eight-way part-electrically adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera, but you also get cruise control, a heated steering wheel, a heated windscreen, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, two-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors and 19in alloy wheels.