F-PACE is Jag’s first SUV

TALKING POINTS

  • Jaguar’s first SUV
  • Focused on sporting dynamics
  • Predicted to appeal to first-time Jaguar customers

The F-PACE is Jaguar’s first attempt to slot into the prestige end of the booming SUV market. As its first SUV, 90 per cent of buyers are predicted to be new to the brand, which will have a positive effect for Jaguar/Land Rover overall.

In Australia, dealerships are now focused on selling and servicing both brands with the number of dealers set to substantially increase, addressing previous concerns of dealer access in remote areas.

The F-PACE line-up essentially leans towards luxury and performance models, and in keeping with its German competition, option packs and accessories are extensive and expensive. That said, the entry 2.0-litre diesel (Prestige 20d) is good for those with a burning desire to own a practical, everyday Jaguar. From $74,340 plus on-road costs, they get all the presence and style kudos of the F-PACE with the reliability and practicality of an economical turbo-diesel that delivers respectable all-round performance.
 

30d delivers performance

Yet the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel 30d line-up is where most buyers will want to spend their money, simply because this engine delivers the effortless performance historically associated with the marque.

There’s more power in either of the 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engines, 250kW or 280kW, but neither can match the massive 700Nm of torque on tap from just 2000rpm that endows the 30d with effortless pulling power. Priced from $84,544 plus ORC, the 30d Prestige is also the entry-level specification, but all models include Jaguar’s silky eight-speed auto and sophisticated All-Surface-Control AWD.
 

Traction control

This advanced traction control system preserves the desired rear-wheel-drive agility and handling characteristics, but can identify the types of surfaces and seamlessly shift drive to the front wheels for extra traction as needed.

It optimises powertrain and dynamic stability control and has been enhanced for deep snow and gravel.

All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), when engaged, allows the F-PACE to walk up and down the most slippery steep surfaces with the driver simply steering and adjusting the desired speed via cruise control. F-PACE is designed for low-traction snow and mud conditions, dictated by the North American market; it’s not a rock crawler.
 

Set for the open road

Substantial alloy construction aids body rigidity and longevity, but kerb weight remains close to 1900kg and the chassis and suspension are quite firm. On 19-inch wheels (20-inch and 22-inch are optional), the F-PACE is set up more for open-road handling and is less comforting than it should be around town.

Although rated to 2400kg for towing, it’s limited by a maximum 175kg ball load.

F-PACE offers good SUV cabin space and easy access, complemented by distinctive Jaguar architecture and traditional leather interiors.
 

Elegant interior

In Prestige spec, the interior is elegant if somewhat conservative; for more dazzle, there are pricier R-Sport, Portfolio, S and First Edition versions that see the range topping out at $120,415 plus ORC. But even then you have to fork out for such items as adaptive cruise control ($3200), premium paint ($1800), high-end sound and navigation ($7290) or a full-size spare wheel ($1000).

A unique option for sporting owners is the Activity Key, a waterproof wrist-band door-lock and immobiliser for $640.

 

Jaguar F-PACE Prestige details

20d: $74,340-$80,044 + ORC. 1999cc turbo-diesel engine. 132kW@4000rpm. 430Nm@1750-2500rpm. 8spd automatic, all-wheel-drive. 5.3L/100km.

30d: $84,544-$117,164 + ORC. 2993cc turbo-diesel engine. 221kW@4000rpm. 700Nm@2000rpm. 8spd automatic, all-wheel-drive. 6.0L/100km.

35t (250): $83,745-$90,515 + ORC. 2995cc turbo-petrol engine. 250kW@6500rpm. 450Nm@4500rpm. 8spd automatic, all-wheel-drive. 8.9L/100km.

35t (280): $103,135-$120,415 + ORC. 2995cc turbo-petrol engine. 280kW@6500rpm. 450Nm@4500rpm. 8spd automatic, all-wheel-drive. 8.9L/100km.

Standard safety: Five-star ANCAP rating. 6 airbags. All-surface AWD control. Autonomous emergency braking. Front/rear parking aids and reversing camera. Lane departure warning. Tyre pressure monitoring. Hill launch and trailer sway control. Auto lights and wipers. ISOFIX child-seat mountings.

Standard features: Leather trim. 10-way electric front seats with memory. Power tailgate. 8-inch touch navigation screen. Bluetooth. Perimeter security alarm. Keyless entry and start. Bi-xenon headlights & LED tail-lights. Front fog-lights. Space-saver spare wheel.

Written by Ernest Litera
October 20, 2016