The Jaguar F-Pace is the latest addition to the Jaguar Family. The British manufacturer finally decided to take part in the worldwide growing market of SUVs and did a splendid job.
We took advantage of Dubai’s light October weather to have an in-depth look at this SUV that swept the world of its feet when launched back in September 2015, and exceeded all sales expectations worldwide. We had to see for ourselves what the fuss is all about.
We are very familiar with the British elegancy and the way it is reflected within the Jaguar Vehicles, especially that the F-Type, which was in our possession a few weeks earlier. This was a good opportunity to see if the British manufacturer was capable of making an impression that lasts in the SUV sector, just like it did in the premium sport sector.
We have seen the Jaguar F-Pace on several occasions and many times before; however, seeing it in its natural habitat has a completely different impact on our perception. Luckily, we received the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace S with an astonishing Polaris White color, which was so seductive it resembled an Olympic heroine on her wedding night. The controversy and mixed emotions took over as we looked at the F-Pace. It had a sporty look with light muscle curves all over. The front had a sporty slick design with the “S” design front bumper, narrow swept-back Adaptive LED Headlamps with Signature DLR, large grille centered by the Jaguar emblem, three large air vents, a touch of Satin chrome, and the “S” badge for that graceful athletic feel. Despite its relatively vast proportions, the lines from the sides all the way to the rear reflecting the Jaguar’s coupe-like profile coped with narrow window line and a hunkered shape gave it a smooth appeal, the Jaguar F-Pace is a fit female model by all means. The rear has all what is expected from a Jaguar “S” trim. It comes equipped with an aerodynamic design, dual exhaust sport tailpipes, LED taillights inspired from the F-Type, “S” rear bumper gloss black finish, and Satin Chrome diffuser. To wrap it up, this Jag comes equipped with a 20” 5 Spoke with Grey and Diamond Turned Finish. Judging by its exterior, the F-Pace is truly seductive.
Inside the cabinet, the view was no different. The F-Pace is without a doubt an elegant Jaguar on high wheels. The Jet Interior with Light Oyster Contrast Stitching and Taurus Leather Sports Perforation Seats truly reflect the identity of sportiness and chicness that Jaguar engineers revealed in every high-end Jaguar vehicle. I personally liked the gear knob when it elevates out of the center console, a stolen feature from the F-Type. The Jag SUV comes loaded with so many features, such as Sliding Panoramic Roof, Power Recline Rear Seats, State of the art Infotainment system, InControl Touch Pro Navigation (SSD), 12.3” Instrument Panel Display, Full Screen 3D Map View, and so much more.
On another note, nighttime has a different impact on the F-Pace passengers, with the Tron inspired Interior Mood Lighting system that takes you on a galactic journey when combined with musical notes generated from the 380 Watts MERIDIAN™ Digital Sound System with 11 Speakers.
Furthermore, the F-pace, despite being a medium size SUV, contains a rather large amount of space. It can easily fit 5 adults, even with the coupe-shaped roof, and it also has lots of cargo space distributed ergonomically around the inside cabinet, in addition to 650 liters of boot space with the rear seats in place, expandable to 1,740 liters when the seats are folded flat. In my opinion, the F-Pace could be one of the roomiest, medium size SUVs currently running in the market. So if you are an adventurer looking to stack your gears, a family person with many carry-on items, a woman who happens to like filling the truck with shopping bags, or a person who likes owning a spacious vehicle with multiple talents, the F-Pace has what it takes to fulfil your needs.
Admiring its look and seeing its features only pushed us passionately to test its capabilities, so we hit the motorway for a nice cruise inside the F-Pace, heading to our shooting destination. The ride was super smooth; the F-Pace felt remarkably car-like to drive. It benefits from quick and accurate steering that helps deliver impressive agility on curves and take overs. To complete the driving experience, we couldn’t but roar the F-Pace engine, bringing out the Jaguar within. Not so surprisingly, the F-Pace had what it takes under the bonnet to suit that sculptured sportiness. The Jag SUV comes equipped with a 3.0 Liter V6 Supercharged coped with an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift capable of producing 380 Horsepower with 460 Nm of torque, reaching a top speed of 250 Km/h and accelerating from 0-100 Km/h in just a whopping 5.5 seconds that fires you down the road with real ferocity. We wrapped up our cruise as we reached our shooting destination, and I can truly confirm that the F-Pace ride was joyful, pleasant, and elegantly British.
We were driving an AWD SUV, and we had concluded our photo shooting session; thus, there was no need to keep it shiny and clean anymore… An idea popped into my head; why not take it for an off-road spin? Even though this vehicle is not made for extreme off-roading conditions, it is capable of overcoming any obstacle that comes its way, from sandy pits to muddy ruts or a grassy field, supported by the loads of drivability technologies All Wheel Drive (AWD), Adaptive Dynamics, All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), Hill Launch Assist, JaguarDrive Control, Torque Vectoring, and so much more that give you the confidence to go for it. So, did we go for it?
All I can say is that very few Mid-sized SUVs are as fun or capable. Oh, and one more thing, it has a seductive price tag. To conclude, The Jaguar F-Pace is simply seductive, by all means.