In certain circumstances the 25t does make some sense. We appreciate the refined manners and it’s certainly brisk if you push it hard enough. Unfortunately the engine’s thirst for fuel will put off those doing long distances while the carbon emissions mean pricey company car tax.
We'd recommend saving a sizable chunk of money and opt for the 2.0-litre diesel 20d. It might not be as outright fast, but it’s more flexible from low engine speeds and is much more frugal.
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace 25t AWD
Price £41,960 Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, petrol, turbol Power 247bhp at 5500rpm Torque 269lb ft at 1200-4500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 6.8sec Top speed 135mph Official economy 38.2mpg CO2, tax band 170g/km, 33%
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