SUV’s right now are all the rage. They have been the cash cow for many mainstream manufacturers and those who don’t offer one are loosing out to the competition.
Finally Jaguar have launched their much anticipated all new SUV the F-Pace, a car to rival the likes of the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC to name but a few.
A new Jaguar is always an exciting proposition. After all they don’t build mainstream bread and butter models.
The Jaguar name has always been synonymous with luxury performance cars, and a heritage rich in motor racing history.
The niche brand that is Jaguar has though always had a loyal following and with the Jaguar F-Pace hopes are high that this dynamic newcomer which embodies all the traditional Jaguar virtues will further broaden the appeal of the marque.
If initial sales indications are anything to go by this newcomer is already a runaway success with a waiting list now in place for orders.
So the F-Pace is an all-new Sports SUV with diesel and petrol engine options and available in rear wheel drive and four wheel drive formats.
There are four trim grades, SE, Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio.
I love the style. It boasts the traditional Jaguar family face while the rest of the cars shape is beautifully sculptured.
It sits high as one expects of an SUv on stylish alloy wheels with judicious use of chrome trim all of which sets off the premium look. All in all then it scores highly on first impressions.
Unfortunately the cabin is somewhat underwhelming, it lacks a bit of flair and particularly in the all enveloping black of the test cars interior it all looks a bit bland. Choosing a lighter colour or two tone interior would improve things. Jump into the Mercedes GLC or Audi Q5 and you will see what I mean.
That said there is plenty of high tech goodies and all models come with plenty of kit as standard.
The new “InControl” Touch Pro entertainment system is very good with a big easy to use 10 inch touchscreen. In the auto gearbox model the selector rises smoothly from the centre console, an idea borrowed from the Xf and XE.
The cabin is very roomy with great amounts of le and headroom in both the front and rear. The large tailgate reveals a big load area of 650 litres which of course can be expanded (to a massive 1740 litres) by folding down the rear seats.
There is a 3.0 litre V6 petroland a 3.0 litre turbo diesel but the big seller here is already proving to be the “Ingenium” 2.0 litre turbo diesel with 2 wheel drive.
My test car was powered by the 2.0 litre 180 PS diesel an engine that has received rave reviews in the new XE saloon.
It performs very well with plenty of get up and go for a car of this size. 0 to 100km is dispatched in just 8.2 seconds and top speed is claimed to be 208 km/h.
Over my road test it proved quite economical too returning a test average of 6.3 litres per 100km. Road tax for the 2.0 all wheel drive is €280.00.
As a car that hails from the LandRover group I expected the new F-Pace to excel off road, and it really does.
With standard road tyres it managed to traverse some very steep terrain with excellent articulation.
he hill descent system works brilliantly to control your speed on steed descents.
Overall then its excellent off road. On tarmac though its equally impressive proving to handle very well with beautifully weighted steering and bags of grip whether on wet or dry roads. Its very refined too as you would expect of a luxury brand SUV.
Prices for the new Jaguar F-Pace start at €44,100 for the 2.0 two wheel drive version. The AWD version starts at €47,800.
Without doubt the new Jaguar F-Pace is a real winner. It has that exclusive Jaguar feel, it looks fantastic, it rides and handles beautifully and is equally impressive off-road.