Jaguar's all-new SUV can set the 'Pace' for rival German brands

The all-new Jaguar F-PACE looks stunning in the flesh
The all-new Jaguar F-PACE looks stunning in the flesh

Jaguar F-Pace 2.0 Prestige Auto

Jaguar’s all-new F-Pace broke Guinness World records by defying gravity when it performed a record-breaking 360 degree loop ahead of its global motor show debut in Frankfurt in 2014.

The launch of Jaguar’s first ever SUV was one of the most spectacular ever seen by the world’s media.

In June this year, crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed were in awe when the same car and stunt driver, Terry Grant, put on another dramatic display of dynamic precision and control.

This time Grant piloted Jaguar’s first family sports car up the famous Goodwood hill on two wheels. 

And, as if that was not enough, professional freestyle motorbike stunt rider Lee Bowers was on board to add even more jeopardy to proceedings.

The reason Jag put on such spectacular shows is because they arrived quite late to the mid-size premium SUV market.

With the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, sibling Land Rover Discovery Sport and the all-new Mercedes Benz GLC already gaining a strong foothold in the segment, Jaguar’s F-Pace had to get it spot on.

And I think it has. The all-new Jaguar F-Pace is boldly styled, comfortable to drive, well equipped and extremely spacious for both front and rear passengers.

The F-Pace also has rugged good looks.

Some in the motoring world have questioned the front-end design, but I think Jag has done and great job with cat-like eyes and familiar large grille.

There is no questioning the rear end – it looks absolutely superb and the designers have done a fantastic job. I would go as far as to say it is the best looking mid-sized premium SUV on the market.

On the inside, it is one of the more spacious options, with ample amount of room for all passengers. It is, though, strictly a five-seater SUV, and is not available with extra seats like some of its rivals.

It comes well equipped with many soft-touch materials and a familiar look to the other big cats I’ve been in.

On the engine front, my test car was powered by the 180bhp Ingenium two-litre turbodiesel matted to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

It did feel a little heavy at times with this engine and might be better in 3-litre guise if you can afford the step up.

The F-Pace is available in four trim levels; entry-level Pure, Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio. Standard spec includes cruise control, two-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys, space-saver wheel, heated door mirrors, front fog lights, 5-inch touch-screen display, rear parking aid, hill-launch assist, drive control and electric parking brake.

Like most Jaguar models, the R-Sport is the pick of the bunch for us if you can stretch that little bit further to get yourself a nice piece of kit.

Overall, the Jaguar F-Pace is a head scratcher for buyers in the market for a mid-size premium SUV.

I think it has the edge over its rivals in the looks department, but maybe lacks the bit of punch under the hood in 2-litre guise. 

Tech Spec:

Model: Jaguar F-Pace 2.0 AWD Prestige Auto
Price: From €44,100 (€57,440 test car)
Road Tax: €280 per year
0-100kph: 8.7 seconds
Max Speed: 208kph
Fuel Economy: 5.3l/100km
Boot Space: 650-1,740