Jaguar F-Pace Review:- Jaguar’s Bounce Back to the Big Time

April 6th, 2017 Driving guides, Fleet News

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For those of us that remember the 80’s, you’ll recall the prestige and iconicity the Jaguar brand possessed back then.  In recent years, that highly regarded image has diminished somewhat, as brands like Audi have made strides in the prestigious market.

The noughties brought about a string of Jaguar models that were incredibly mild to drive, encountered reliability issues and generally lacked lustre.  But it’s fair to say that this jungle cat has licked its wounds and pounced back into the hearts of many.

For the past couple of years in particular, Jaguar has returned in a big way.  Make no mistake, the F-Type and the F-Pace are both outstanding vehicles and although they are at the other end of the spectrum in terms of their utility, they are united in the beaming reviews they’ve shared and as symbols of Jaguar’s new wave of truly impressive vehicles.

Whilst the child in me wants to shout about the impressive driving experience you get from the F-Type, when it comes to exceeding our customers’ expectations, there is no car I feel more reassured to do that than the Jaguar F-Pace.

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Quite simply, it ticks every box.  Arguably one of the most imposing and visually stunning vehicles available in the market, it’s clear that Jaguar took careful consideration when they built the F-Pace.  As with most of the premium SUVs, you pay a premium as you venture up the trim scale.  But there’s no doubt that at the top of that scale, the F-Pace First Edition ranks as one of best-looking SUVs ever made, especially from the kerb when you see its 22” wheels go rolling by.

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There’s more than just looks to Jaguars first ever SUV though.  It’s important to remember that the F-Pace is cousins with Land Rover and largely inherits a lot of the good qualities they have spent several decades discovering.  However, the F-Paces focus is more on the road and while it shares nearing exact ground clearances as the discovery sport, along with very similar wading depths, Jaguar hasn’t designed this vehicle to cut through the jungle.  This vehicle has a very specific purpose.  It fulfils the needs of those people who prefer motoring from a higher driver position, surrounded in luxury, with the added bonus of it being able to handle severe weather conditions – should you ever get caught out.

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If you opt for the R-Sport trim, you get all the essentials you need.  There’s no greater sense of the journey Jaguar has made in recent years than when you sit in the F-Pace.  Frankly speaking, there is a huge step up in the general feel of the car (which is also true of the XF and XE models) compared to previous jaguar models.  The InControl system is now a modern 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that does away with a lot of the buttons that were on the older models.  It works intuitively, like an iPad, and boasts razor sharp graphics that are noticeably better than older Jaguar models.  Additionally, it’s spacious.  If you compare it to the Macan, for example, it possesses and additional 150 litres of boot space.

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But what’s most impressive about the F-Pace is its performance.  Jaguar will tell you that this is a ‘performance crossover’, furthering the notion that this really hasn’t been designed for trekking across the amazon.  Where this car sits is right in-between the Macan and the Cayenne.  Like the Macan, the F-Pace drives superbly, with a feather light feel, that gives it a tighter feel than its cousins from Land Rover.  Naturally, while the big V6 engine will be appealing for most, I’d encourage all potential customers who’d consider leasing an F-Pace to check out the ingenium 2.0 litre engine – it’s surprising.

For more information on the F-Pace or any of our Jaguar Leases, please feel free to give us a call on 0161 434 4321.