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E-Type Jaguar purists might grumble at the idea of an SUV, but what do you do when you’re up against the most popular vehicle segment in the world?

It’s a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” with the F-Pace, which was relatively late to join the pack in 2015 when the first one rolled off the production line at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, England.

Parent company Indian conglomerate Tata Motors has moved to deliver where it counts — and it shows, with the F-Pace picking up World Car of the Year in 2017.

The latest model has had a style revamp and comes in three flavours with five specs packs, including a turbo-diesel and a range-topping turbo-petrol inline-six variant for $110,404 plus on-roads.

It’s a small player in the large luxury SUV segment in Australia that’s dominated by the more expensive BMW X5, which is sitting pretty on a 16.3 per cent market share so far this year. The F-Pace holds 1.5 per cent though, price wise, many of its competitors are in the medium SUV segment, like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

We road-tested the entry-level 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol R-Dynamic S P250, which is the only engine in the range without mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) tech and comes in at $76,120 plus on roads — but ours included a swag of tasty options that bumped up the price to $83,200.

These included the black exterior pack ($1430), 20-inch gloss black alloys with Pirelli treads ($1300), privacy glass ($950), red brake callipers ($806), activity key wristband ($680), gloss black roof rails ($640), wireless charging ($455), burr ash veneer insets on the dash and doors ($416) and front fog lamps ($403).

2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic S P250.
Camera Icon2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic S P250. Credit: Jaguar/Supplied

We didn’t get to try the activity key, which looks like a Fitbit and is waterproof — a great idea for swimmers and runners because it means you can lock and unlock the vehicle without using the key fob.

Call it a quirk, but there’s a pulsating red ignition button on the centre console that anecdotally mimics the resting heart rate of a jaguar — apparently 72 beats — and the parking brake engages and disengages electronically, so you don’t have to even think about it.

The 5-star ANCAP safety rating carries over from 2017 and includes emergency brake assist, front and rear parking aids, blind spot assist, a rear collision monitor and clear exit monitor so you’re warned if there’s a vehicle approaching as you open the door.

“You look like a soccer mum,” a friend said, getting in. “It’s so big … just like the cars you see at school.”

The F-Pace has a luxe, roomy interior that feels more like a lounge than a car, with stacks of space for rear passengers and 793 litres of boot space (the tailgate is powered) with rear seats in place, expanding to 1842 litres when they’re folded down.

Seats are perforated grained leather, sumptuously finished in Fuji white or ebony (we had the latter) with 14-way electric controls at the front — just the ticket if you need to bump up the height to the max to see over the dash.

The infotainment system uses Jaguar’s latest Pivi Pro tech with 14-inch touch screen that looks like an iPad and is easy enough to navigate with just a couple of taps.

There’s some handy quick links, as well, and various functions built into steering wheel buttons that can display key information on a compact LCD display in the centre of the analogue instrument cluster.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but you need to plug your phone into one of the USB or USB-C ports.

The F-Pace has a luxe, roomy interior.
Camera IconThe F-Pace has a luxe, roomy interior. Credit: Jaguar/Supplied

A couple of things take some getting used to, namely JLR’s multi-function controls that streamline multiple features into one dial — which means you can turn the temperature up or down easily enough, but to adjust the fan speed, you need to pull up the rotary controller and turn it.

Loads of tech give you active road and engine noise cancellation for a quieter cabin, voice control, navigation, traffic sign recognition, a crystal clear 3-D surround camera display and adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, which uses a rocker switch on the steering wheel and can be fiddly until you get the hang of it.

Software can be updated over the air, which is great, but sometimes the more complex cars get, the less predictable they become.

Our bonnet was not properly closed, which meant the doors would not lock when we parked, then the dreaded red triangle with an exclamation mark — “critical warning” — appeared on the dash.

It’s not something you want to see in the peak hour rush, but easily solved with a quick trip back to the dealership.

Letting the tech set the speed to the legal limit encountered hiccups on the freeway because the vehicle’s traffic sign recognition picked up exit speeds along the way, dropping to 50km/h (Mill Point Road turn-off) going north on to the Narrows Bridge in an 80km/h zone.

Lesson learnt.

Don’t be put off by the 2.0-litre engine — it’s a capable beast producing 184kW/365Nm and does the 1-100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds. That’s plenty for the school run and respectable for a large SUV.

We found it thirstier than the stated combined fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km, using closer to 11L/100km over a week on suburban and freeway runs — admittedly with the auto stop/start turned off because it was intrusive in peak hour traffic and not quite quick enough off the mark at traffic lights.

For more serious use you’ve got a braked towing capacity of 2400kg, with a gross vehicle mass of 2520kg and gross combined mass of 4920kg — on the off chance you may want to hitch up a campervan and go bush.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic S P250.
Camera Icon2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic S P250. Credit: Jaguar/Supplied


Variant R-Dynamic S P250 AWD

Price $76,120 (as tested $83,200) plus on roads

Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol

Outputs 184kW/365Nm

Transmission Eight-speed automatic, AWD

Fuel economy 7.8L/100km


Luxe SUV that’s still a Jaguar at heart for the purist wanting to join the pack.



Variant 45 TFSI Quattro Sport AWD

Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

Price $76,600 plus on-roads

Outputs 183kW/370Nm

Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic

Fuel economy 8.0L/100km


Variant 3.5 Luxury AWD

Price $83,136 plus on-roads

Engine 3.5-litre six-cylinder petrol

Outputs 221kW/370Nm

Transmission Eight-speed sequential automatic

Fuel economy 9.6L/100km


Variant Macan AWD

Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

Price $84,300 plus on-roads

Outputs 195kW/400Nm

Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic

Fuel economy 8.9L/100km

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