The Jaguar F-Pace is available with one of three different engines, two of which give the Jaguar excellent acceleration and one of which provides the Jaguar with surprising fuel economy. For those looking to save on gasoline, the F-Pace is available with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine. Like most diesel engines, it combines a somewhat middling power output with a torque figure that may cause a double take. Horsepower is rated at 180, while torque is rated at 317 lb-ft.
The base gasoline engine is a 3.0L Supercharged V6, rated at 340 horsepower, with power sent to all-four wheels. Acceleration with this engine is on par with most sports cars, with 60 mph achieved in a claimed 5.4 seconds. For some though, that won't be enough and for those buyers, Jaguar offers a more powerful version of their 3.0L Supercharged V6 making 380 horsepower. 0-60 mph comes up in 5.1 seconds for the more powerful Jaguar F-Pace. All engines available on the F-Pace send power to all-four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Jaguar F-Pace is available in six different trims, base F-Pace, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S and First Edition.
The base F-Pace comes with 18-inch alloy wheels a 380-watt, 11-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, speed sensitive volume control, dual-zone climate control, a sliding panoramic roof, a rear power liftgate, powered front seats and LED daytime running lamps.
The Premium trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a memory system for the front seats and mirrors, an auto dimming rearview mirror and powered outside mirrors, a rearview camera and an automatic garage door opener.
The Prestige edition adds Taurus Leather seats that are heated in front and have more adjustability than those on lower models, a heated steering wheel, Xenon headlights, a navigation system, better interior lighting, parking sensors and keyless entry.
The R-Sport adds 20-inch wheels, an R-Sport body kit, additional exterior chrome around the grill and side vents, adaptive, intelligent high beams, 14-way power adjustable front seats with additional bolstering to keep drivers in place during high G cornering maneuvers, a lane keep assist function, a blind spot monitoring system, SiriusXM satellite radio and front fog lamps.
The F-Pace S is the only trim level available with the most powerful engine. It includes its own unique body kit and red painted brake calipers, along with most of the kit that comes standard on the R-Sport. However, it also includes adaptive suspension to further improve handling.
The 2017 only First edition includes just about every bell and whistle available on the F-Pace. That means it rides on 22-inch wheels and features a heads-up display, an 825-watt stereo, a surround camera system, a park assist function, 4-zone climate control, reclining, heated rear seats and unique interior trim.
I was on my last day with the 2017 F-Pace S, Jaguar's first ever SUV, reveling in British luxury when the navigation system turned itself on. The new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system had already frozen up on me once, now it had decided to take me to Target, a destination I had input the day before.
At first I wasn't sure what the final destination the F-Pace had in mind, as it was only telling me to get on the highway. Once I zoomed out on the navigation screen and realized what had happened, I chalked it up to yet another electrical quirk from the British automaker and continued on to Roadshow HQ... without the help of the navigation.
The five-seat Jaguar F-Pace was introduced in 2016 as a 2017 model year, jumping on the crossover craze that has hit America in the face like a punch from Connor McGregor. It's available in base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S or Portfolio. All come standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The F-Pace sports a 3.0-liter engine or 2.0-liter diesel engine under the hood, although Jaguar will put more engine options on tap for 2018.
The Good Amazingly fun to drive and eager to carve a corner. Good looks in spades.
The Bad The InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is filled with bugs. No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Bottom Line The Jaguar F-Pace is for those who care more about driving pleasure than technological reliability or innovation.
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