Although it's easy to assume that the F-Pace is essentially a Jaguar-bodied Land Rover, it actually rides on the same modular platform as the aforementioned XE. A third of the F-Pace - including the platform it's built on - is made out of aluminum, while a composite tailgate and magnesium structural beams further help keep weight in check.
Design-wise, the F-Pace is pure Jaguar. Its front end falls in line with the company's current design language thanks to styling cues such as a rectangular grille, large air dams integrated into the bumper, and thin, elongated headlights. Out back, the F-Pace's most striking feature are its tail lamps, which are reminiscent of the ones found on the F-Type sports car. A rakish D-pillar and a roof-mounted spoiler accent the SUV's sporty overall look.
The F-Pace features a performance-oriented cabin with a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, an instrument cluster with analog gauges and a straightforward, function-oriented center stack that houses a color touch screen as well as the bulk of the climate control buttons. Buyers looking for a sporty ambiance can order a two-tone upholstery, while those seeking a more low-key look can choose traditional single-tone upholstery options. Customers are encouraged to personalize the cabin with different veneers and contrast stitching.
The interior is as roomy as the F-Pace's generous exterior dimensions suggest. It offers space for up to five passengers, and it boasts 33.5 cubic feet of trunk space. All models are equipped with a 40/20/40-split rear-bench, which comes in handy when loading bulky items, and with a versatile trunk mat that has plush carpet on one side and rugged rubber on the other.
The F-Pace ships with Jaguar's InControl infotainment system. Built around an eight-inch touch screen, InControl Touch groups the car's entertainment, climate control, connectivity and navigation functions into a single unit. All of InControl Touch's features are accessible via voice commands.
The F-Pace's infotainment system also runs Jaguar's InControl Apps, a smartphone integration software designed to work seamlessly with both Apple and Android devices. Passengers can access the bulk of their phone's features on the touch screen and use additional purpose-designed apps to book a hotel room, get parking information, check traffic and make conference calls.
The F-Pace's entry-level engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that provides 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and a solid 318 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. It spins all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers who want more power can step up to a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine tuned to generate 340 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Also linked to an eight-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive system, the six-cylinder returns 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The diesel-powered F-Pace hits 60 mph from a stop in 8.2 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 130 mph. Stepping up to the V6 lowers the zero-to-60 time to 5.4 seconds and raises the top speed to 155 mph.
Standard and Optional Features
Jaguar offers the F-Pace in four trim levels called base, Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport, respectively.
Base models come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sliding sunroof, black cladding on the doors, cruise control, a 380-watt sound system with 11 speakers, power front seats, shift paddles, rain-sensing wipers, one-touch up/down windows, heated door mirrors, automatic headlights, a power tailgate, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 40/20/40-split rear seats, air vents for the rear passengers, shopping bag hooks in the trunk, dual-zone A/C, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and keyless start.
Stepping up to the Premium trim brings 19-inch alloy wheels, a memory function for the front seats, auto-dimming door mirrors, a color-coded touch screen surround, a rear-view camera, and a HomeLink transceiver.
Prestige models benefit from leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, navigation, Jaguar's InControl Apps tech, four-way lumbar adjustment for the front occupants, keyless entry, parking sensors on both ends, and ambient lighting.
The R-Sport model gains 20-inch alloys, a full body kit that brings a more muscular look, front fog lights, LED headlights, satin chrome trim, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitoring system, autonomous emergency front braking, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
The list of options includes several equipment packages. Notably, the Cold Climate Package bundles a heated front windshield, heated washer nozzles, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Vision Package brings Xenon headlights, a blind spot monitoring system, headlight washers, front parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert. Finally, the Black Package adds gloss black trim all around.
Standalone options include a hitch, heated washer nozzles, a full-size spare, luggage rails, and a Wi-Fi connection.
Every F-Pace comes standard with a tire pressure monitoring system, an alarm, dynamic and stability control systems, as well as front, side, and curtain airbags.
The Jaguar F-Pace fights in the same segment as the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Volvo XC60, and the Audi Q5. R-Sport buyers should also test drive Porsche's entry-level Macan crossover.