2016 Jaguar F-Pace 20d R-Sport Quick Review

By Nathan Ponchard, 11 Apr 2016 Car Reviews

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2016 Jaguar F-Pace 20d R-Sport Quick Review

The British brand’s first-ever SUV, built to what Jaguar deems is the perfect size, rather than copying its competitors.

And its prices reflect that, kicking off at $74K for the base diesel ($10K-plus over its big-volume premium rivals).

The flagship is the supercharged petrol Jaguar F-Pace S ‘First Edition’ ($120K), priced just under the Porsche Macan Turbo.

STRENGTHS

  • Individual styling
  • Smooth driving experience
  • Roomy, comfortable cabin with high-quality seat trim
  • Best-in-class luggage space

WEAKNESSES

  • Front headrests block vision from the rear seat
  • Fiddly ‘form-over-function’ gear-selector dial
  • Some cabin trims not as premium as others

RIVALS I SHOULD CONSIDER

At the lower end, Mercedes-Benz’s GLC is the F-Pace’s most obvious competitor for its premium feel, while at the upper end of Jaguar’s pricing structure, the Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5.

But due to the F-Pace’s class-straddling size, it’s also a viable alternative to the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, offering a sportier look and more equipment for a similar price.