2021 Jaguar F-Pace P400e review: price, specs and release date
The Jaguar F-Pace P400e is a plug-in hybrid version of the brand's large SUV. With low emissions and punchy performance, could it be the pick of the range?...
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No self-respecting large SUV range is complete without a plug-in hybrid these days. While premium rivals have been mopping up company car users looking to save a few pounds, the Jaguar F-Pace P400e has been a long time coming.
Thankfully a facelift for the entire F-Pace range proved the perfect time to introduce one of only two Jaguars available as a plug-in hybrid. Up front you’ll find a 2.0-litre petrol engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that incorporates an electric motor.
A sizeable battery pack means an official all-electric range of up to 33 miles and CO2 emissions from as little as 49g/km – just what you need for lower company car tax bills. The combined power output is 398bhp, which is far more than the Audi Q5 TFSIe, BMW X3 30e and Mercedes GLC 300e. Is the F-Pace P400e any good, though?
What's it like to drive?
Like all its rivals, the P400e defaults to electric mode when there’s enough charge in its battery. Performance is fairly sedate, but it’ll get you up to motorway speeds quickly enough to keep pace with rush-hour traffic. If you flatten the accelerator pedal or flick it into hybrid mode, you’ll wake the four-cylinder engine. There’s a slight hesitation before the F-Pace rockets away, but it feels every bit as potent as the 5.3sec 0-62mph time suggests. It certainly has the legs on the Q5 TFSIe, X3 30e and GLC 300e.
The electrical assistance makes it feel muscular from low revs, too. Indeed, it feels much punchier than even the larger six-cylinder P400 petrol engine. It can stop just as easily as it gets up to speed, with brakes that are straightforward to modulate and don’t have any of the grabbiness or inconsistency present in so many plug-in hybrids. While we’re on the subject of refinement, the engine sounds smooth, and wind and road noise are well contained, making it a quiet cruiser.
It’s not the comfiest large SUV out there – the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport are more supple – but the F-Pace controls its body movements well, never pitching or wallowing, even on undulating country roads. Around town you’ll feel potholes and pimples more than in those rivals, but the big wheels on our test car wouldn’t have helped.
The handling is good as well. It’s not quite as agile as the stiffer BMW X3, but you’ll enjoy using the precise and well-weighted steering to guide the F-Pace’s nose accurately along a country road. Body roll is kept in check, and the four-wheel-drive system does a good job of deploying all 398bhp out of bends.
What’s it like inside?
As with the rest of the F-Pace range, interior quality has been greatly improved with a wider spread of soft-touch plastics. There are a few slightly wobbly controls, including the seat adjustment and heater, but it’s still a plush place to sit.
Front-seat passengers won’t have any complaints about the amount of space on offer and the driving position is good. Rear seat space is acceptable, although it's not a strength of the F-Pace. The Discovery Sport has a decent amount more space while the much cheaper Kia Sorento PHEV absolutely dwarfs it and has seating for seven.
If you think the size of the boot is going to be affected by the big battery pack, you’re right. The boot floor is raised, removing about two carry-on suitcases of space. You’ll find that’s also true of the Q5 and X3 plug-ins, but not the Discovery Sport and Sorento.
If you want to know more about the space and practicality or the infotainment system, have a look at our main Jaguar F-Pace review.
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