The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Striking SUV – high on looks, low on boot space

Starting price: £60,420

Pros

Handsome design

Premium interior

Entry level comes with plenty of kit

Slow depreciation in value

Cons

High price tag

PHEV boot space is lacking

Nowhere to store charging cable

Intro

The exterior of the Jaguar F-Pace is striking with a sleek and handsome design.  Bit of a head turner!  The car has had a makeover since its initial launch in 2016.  With 6 models to choose from, with the R-Dynamic S being the entry level, there is plenty of choice (starting price £46,250 for the mild hybrid).  You can then opt for a petrol, diesel, mild hybrid or plug in hybrid.  We test drove the P400E plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and this starts with a £60,420 price tag.

The standard model comes in fuji white, but from an additional £740 there is a good colour palette to choose from.

We were rather impressed with the entry level having a good bit of kit which just makes your day a bit easier (electric tailgate, heated seats and steering wheel, heated electric folding mirrors and lots more).  Jaguar have a wealth of upgrades and accessories for you to build your perfect car but be mindful that before you know it your wish list can push you into the plus £70k bracket. Ouch!

Rivals to this SUV include the Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo’s XC60 and this car sits up there with the premium brands.

On the road the car felt a little rigid around the built-up areas, but on the main road the P400E happily reacted to a bit of speed.  This model is super quick and if for any reason you need to get from 0-60mph in about 5 seconds then this is your car!  The Plug-in hybrid will give you approximately 33 miles which is similar to the BMW X3 and from a home wall box you can gain a full charge in about 2 hours.  The cabin was peacefully quiet (no children on board at the time of test drive….) and for the great British weather you can flick between drive control (rain, ice, snow) which, we imagine, would be a bit of peace of mind when you are on the motorway navigating poor conditions.

The rear window, like the E-Pace, is small and obscured by two large pillars.  That said you have good sized mirrors, parking sensors and a camera, to do the work for you, when squeezing into a tight parking spot.  Upgrades include a 3D camera.

Interior

The premium price tag gives you a fabulous interior.  Soft leather and high spec trims add a touch of class. The model we drove had beautiful cream leather throughout.  Perhaps we could make our children wear gloves throughout the year!

The cockpit is minimalist with a 11.4 inch touchscreen which was positioned without any stretching required. It was, as hoped, responsive.  Apple Car play and Android auto are standard and the Jaguar App has lots of great features too like finding you car in a busy car park after a ‘mad Mummy mental block’ or even to check if one of your smaller passengers has left a back window open. Also, you can purchase an active key at £246.  These keys are great to pop on your wrist if you are off for a run post the school drop off. They are weather and waterproof and you are less likely to lose it whilst out and about with the family at the beach, in park or even out on your bikes.

Below the screen are rotary dials for climate control and beyond this the gear stick.

Analogue dials are standard for the drivers display on the entry model, but we recommend upgrading to digital as per the P400E we drove.  The screen is super clear and visually pleasing.

A great upgrade feature is the drivers central mirror which can be flipped to camera mode giving you a brilliant wide angle rear view. Clever design.

Seats & Passenger Space

The front seats are luxurious and the Jaguar logo is embossed into the headrests. The seats are very comfortable and even on the entry level there is a 12 way electric seat adjustment to find that perfect position. Thankfully there is a memory button because who really has the time to faff when you need to get to school / work without blowing a gasket!  The rear bench has an isofix on the 2 outer seats to fit either child seats or standard boosters.  A smaller booster (width 39.5cm) could squeeze into the middle seat if needed. The seats are again very comfortable.  Be aware that if you opt for the panoramic roof, you will lose a little bit of rear headroom for adults or tall teens.  In the middle there was a small transition tunnel to trip over!

The rear doors do not open exceptionally wide which is not always the best if you are swinging in a baby seat.  Overall, we gave the seating 4 stars.

Also worth noting is that for £47 you can purchase a Jaguar Play and Clip device which fits into the rear of the front seat.  This holds an Ipad / tablet securely in place to keep passengers happy (quiet) on those longer more testing trips.

Cups & Cubby

Storage space in the F-Pace is fairly good. There is plenty of space in all 4 doors to hold a decent sized water bottle. In the centre console a tambour door neatly hides 2 cupholders and another slot for possibly your mobile or housekeys.  There is also a power socket.  Under the arm rest there’s another space for sunglasses and odds and ends along with a USB port.  It’s worth noting that all the models have wireless phone charging.  The glove box is not a great shape and you can just about store some emergency wine gums and a packet of wipes. Underneath the centre console, below the gear stick, there is a hidden shelf where you could potentially hide items out of view.  On the rear of the front seats are netted pocket. These are great for holding children’s snacks and tablets without things getting ‘lost’.  The arm rest, when pulled down, has two decent cupholders and the there is a further small storage shelf between the front seats.  However, there are no USB ports in the rear, but instead a power point where one can add an adaptor.

Boot Space

Boot space for the petrol / diesel model is 650 litres, however with the PHEV you drop to 485 litres.  With the smaller boot the shape is different insofar as there is a slight slope / bulge which could be an issue if you have a large or heavy pram….or even a big dog.  The boot design incorporates a parcel shelf as opposed to the more practical retractable boot cover. All models have an electric tailgate.

Nets can be found on either side for storage, along with a 12V socket and two hooks for hanging items. Unfortunately, there is no cubby hole to store the charging cable.

Jaguar also have lots of accessories for the boot too which include a pet ramp for £311!

Summary

The Jaguar F-Pace is a handsome and striking car.  Great for comfort for both the driver and passengers.  However, the boot space was a little lacking compared to other less expensive car brands.

** Boosters used in this review: Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm), Halfords Essential (width 39.5cm), Graco Basic (width 53.7cm) – dimensions from widest part of booster

Starting Price (Plug In Hybrid) : £60,420

Starting Price (Mild hybrid)       : £46,250

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4747 (L) x 2071 (W) x 1664 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

485 litres (PHEV)

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

128cm (longest width)

106 cm (shortest width)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

128.4

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

33 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-6mph in 5.0 secs