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The new look Jaguar F Pace has quality all over

The new look Jaguar F Pace has quality all over

Jaguar F Pace PHEV interior

Jaguar F Pace PHEV interior

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The new look Jaguar F Pace has quality all over

New LED headlights with their 'double-J' daytime-running lamp signatures, new rear LED clusters, a reshaped bonnet and slightly-revised (I had to look really carefully) bumpers means the ‘new’ refreshed Jaguar F Pace is even better looking than its predecessor.

And I haven’t even got inside yet.

Jaguar is a brand that needs no introduction, obviously. But yet it is still a brand that is regularly met with confusion. The message from them is straight forward. They are a premium brand that produces stunning high-end cars for a lucky few who can afford.

The cheapest car you can buy is the entry level XE and even that will cost you €58,790 so it’s not for the faint hearted. But once you delve into the Jaguar world you are met with a level of refinement and finesse that even the German power brands can’t boast.

Once you sit inside you start to appreciate why Jaguar car owners tend to return to the brand when they are upgrading their car.

The ‘Light Oyster Taurus’ perforated grained leather seats (an extra €1,230) come with a side of wow and hard to fault. They don’t just look good either. They are high and comfortable and safe and they are huge. Even the rear seats are spacious with three fitting in easily.

Overall, it has a stunning interior dominated by the revised touch screen which is now a gorgeous crystal-clear 11.4-inch ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system offered on a lovely (and slightly fancy) curved-glass display that is easy to use and allows you to navigate to all of its features with just one or two touches.

And thankfully, the climate controls aren't housed here so you still get delectable semi-digital rotary dials to play with. It took me a few goes to figure out how to use them properly (spoiler alert…you press in to activate the heated/cooled seats, pull out to change the fan speed and then just rotate in the 'neutral' position to alter the temperature) but once I got the hang of it I didn’t have to think twice about it.

There’s a two-tier dash board which mixes a quality wood trim with a luxurious hide covering.

There is a beautiful new steering wheel too which is as nice to touch as it is easy to use. And there is a clever ergonomic gear lever that is hard to let go of once you engage.

There is a downside though to having a PHEV powertrain. The battery required to offer you the 53km range in electric mode takes up 174 litres of boot space that you would get in a regular combustion engine F Pace.

The ‘Blue Fire’ paint job (€1,230 extra) suits this body shape perfectly and the black badged finish lifts it to yet another level. Aesthetically this car is near perfect. Are you getting that vibe off me? I hope so, because I mean it.

As for their 53km range claim…unfortunately on the week of my test drive Ireland’s weather conditions plummeted which meant that in the cold I got nowhere near that number. I still managed 40km though making it comparatively superior to a lot of PHEV batteries in similar conditions.

It is easy to drive too with seamless gear changes even in fully-automatic mode. Cruising along on the motorway is its spiritual home but when necessary the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel are responsive and smart.

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It’s a quiet car to drive too. Noticeably so. It’s not something I usually look out for or ever think about but there are clearly some clever dark arts at play here to eradicate wind and road noise.

Extras that you can add (and I’d highly recommend) include their fixed Panoramic Roof (€1,640) and their heated front seats (€560).

Standard features are plentiful too by the way. A powered tailgate is included; as is lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and the adaptive speed limiter. There’s a driver condition monitor and a gorgeous 3D surround camera homed in the aforementioned 11.4” touchscreen. Of course, as it is a premium car that oozes style it is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto.

And there is a whole host of safety measures included as standard.

Unusually, the PHEV version is astronomically more expensive than the ICE version which will entice Jaguar fans into this a lot quicker and easier.

With all my extras included I could drive this away for €82,995. That’s less than €10k more than the full fat version so the PHEV is a genuine candidate. And as far as I am concerned – those lucky enough to be able to purchase this will invest in years of fun, safe and comfortable driving.

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