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 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.
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 detailings, 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 bodykit, 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.
For most of the time, the 2.0-litre diesel does all you could want. However, the V6 diesel offers a more relaxing driving experience. The V6 supercharged petrol sounds great and is seriously rapid, while the lesser four-cylinder petrol is smooth but doesn't have as much punch low-down as the equivalent diesels.
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.
Overall, the F-Pace is a handsome car 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.