10 reasons to buy a Jaguar F-Pace

If it feels like everybody’s been talking about the Jaguar F-Pace, that’s because they have – Jaguar’s first ever SUV takes the fight to the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5. Here’s why you should buy one

Words By Jimi Beckwith

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Previously, Jaguar wasn’t a brand associated with SUVs in the same way its rivals are, but all that has changed with the advent of the F-Pace. It comfortably lives up to the hype around it in most ways, and even leads its class in some areas.

The SUV segment is an area of the market that is growing quicker than most; the F-Pace’s long list of rivals includes old favourites like the BMW X3, along with other new offerings like the Porsche Macan and Land Rover Discovery Sport. With such formidable opponents, any praise the F-Pace garners is a considerable accolade for Jaguar’s first SUV effort.

We have plenty of praise for the F-Pace, and here are the reasons we think you’d love being the owner of one.

10 Reasons to buy a Jaguar F-Pace

10. Quiet interior

The 2.0-litre diesel engine is as smooth and quiet as its rivals’, and the V6 diesel is smoother and quieter still. There is, however, a bit of road noise, but little wind noise, even at motorway speeds.

9. Plenty of room

Unsurprisingly in the SUV segment, there’s space aplenty, but the F-Pace takes it to another level. There’s a fair amount of space in both the front and rear, even with a panoramic glass roof installed; far more than the F-Pace’s closest rival, the Porsche Macan.

8. Respectable visibility

Despite its swooping bodywork and tapering roofline, the F-Pace is easy to see out of, at the front. Front and rear parking sensors from the entry-level car up are a great help, in addition to the optional self-parking system and 360-degree bird’s eye view camera.

7. Flexible space

Not only is there a remarkable amount of space, the interior is flexible so you can make the most of the abundant room inside. The rear seats have a 20/40/20 folding pattern, and frequent rear-seat passengers will appreciate their optional electric reclining function, should you choose to add them to your F-Pace. There are a number of seat adjustment options on top of this.

6. Benchmark technology

An 8.0in touchscreen is standard on all F-Pace trim levels, which includes sat-nav, a DAB radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a wi-fi hotspot. There’s also a reverse traffic detection system, which warns you if a car is approaching when you’re reversing out of a parking space or driveway.

5. Safety equipment

Standard safety equipment is generous in Jaguar’s first SUV; automatic emergency braking is standard, and so is a lane departure warning system. The reverse traffic detection system listed above is a gem, too. We can’t comment on the F-Pace’s overall safety, however, as it’s not yet been given the Euro NCAP once-over.

4. Large boot

The F-Pace’s boot is the largest in its class, with a capacity of 650 litres according to Jaguar. It’s easy to access too, with those folding rear seats and a powered tailgate as standard. If you’re willing to pay more, a load space partition net and luggage rails are available, or you can activate the tailgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

3. High-performance engines

There’s an engine for most tastes in the F-Pace line-up; the 2.0-litre diesel will be the most popular, and should prove most satisfying for those with a light right foot. There are also two V6 engines; a petrol and a diesel, the former being the most punchy, but also the most thirsty.

2. Generous equipment

Entry-level Prestige trim is the one to go for. It comes with 18in alloys, heated leather seats, keyless start, climate and cruise controls on top of all the standard equipment already listed. While R-Sport trim spices things up with sporty exterior styling, xenon headlights and 19in wheels, we’d stick to Prestige, and add a smattering of optional extras, taste depending.

1. Handling

Keener drivers will love the F-Pace’s handling. It’s bettered only by the Porsche Macan – an admirable and more expensive assailant – and handles like a much smaller car the vast majority of the time. Not bad for a 1.8-tonne SUV.

What about buying used?

You won’t find many F-Paces on the used market given how new the car is, and the few there are, are only a fraction under the car’s new asking price.

Dashboard rattles and electrical niggles have been reported in the XF, so look for any issues with these further down the line in the F-Pace.

What next?

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The Jaguar F-Pace is fun to drive and surprisingly practical. The 2.0-litre diesel makes the most financial sense, but the V6 diesel is an absolute belter if money is less of a concern.