The Jaguar F-Pace P400 is not just another boring SUV
The new F-Pace is not an F-Type, but it's still great to drive
Seems like yesterday but it has already been 5 years since the launch of Jaguar's first-ever SUV in 2016. Its name is F-Pace and its goal is to drive as well as it looks, and it sure is a handsome car. Even though you may or may not like SUVs, you'll agree that this one has a distinctive Jaguar design that just works. Plus, it's supposed to drive like a true Jag', and it's even the manufacturer's bestseller. Therefore, when Jaguar had to bring a new out one this year, they could not mess it up.
So, this is the new F-Pace, well sort of. We'll call it a facelift, but it doesn't mean that it only received minor updates. With a modernized design, some new tech, and a cooler interior, the new F-Pace capitalizes on what has made its predecessor so successful. The Jaguar wants to be the perfect daily car that you will want to drive. Think of it as an SUV for enthusiasts, yes this apparently exists. Jaguar Switzerland gave us the opportunity to try the new F-Pace for a week and this is what we think of it.
The F-Pace being an extremely important car for Jaguar, the tweaks had to be subtle but effective. You look at the exterior and at first glance, it does not seem like much has changed. Not too much of an issue, because I think the design of this SUV has always looked great. Picking up the headlights of the XJ and the backlights of the F-Type was not a bad idea. Basically, the 2021 car has new bumpers, head and backlights, grille, and bonnet. All of that seems elusive, but it certainly brings a breath of fresh air to the exterior design. Still, we feel Jaguar could have gone a bit further in terms of design, but then again it's just supposed to be a facelift.
On the other hand, the interior has received a major overhaul. Not only is the arrangement of the center console cleaner than before, it now hosts a brand new infotainment system that was borrowed from the latest XF. Responsive and sharp, it also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is definitely up there with the German benchmarks in terms of performance. The rest of the interior is beautifully built with high-end materials and it genuinely feels like you're driving an expensive car. There are also some smart features like practical storage spaces and an induction charging dock for your smartphone. Moreover, the seats are absolutely sublime and offer optimal comfort and support. It definitely is a car that will allow for long road trips. On top of its new interior and exterior design, the new F-Pace comes with updated engines. You can go with the entry-level 2.0 four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 161 bhp all the way to the 3.0 inline-six that we had that makes 400 horsepower. There's also an SVR with a 550 bhp V8!
Yet, the P400 is already a very good option. 0-100 km/h takes only 5.1 seconds and it will reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h. Not only does it go fast, but it also handles well. Jaguar has put its sports car expertise to the service of the F-Pace and the result is a worthy opponent to sporty SUVs like the Porsche Macan. It comes down to the double wishbones up front and the adaptive dampers that will help the Jag to turn at remarkable speeds. Weight doesn't lie, and at nearly two tons, I'd be lying if I told you you don't feel them. However, the F-Pace is one of the best SUVs at trying to hide it thanks to its excellent chassis and driving dynamics.
Good on the road, the Jaguar is also surprisingly up to the mark off of it. I'm thinking Land Rover might have a thing or two to say about this? But what's the point of being in a group if you cannot have synergies. Thanks to a drive mode selector, you can choose from four different modes that go from comfort, dynamic, eco, all the way to rain-ice-snow. Obviously less complex than in a Land Rover, but it's still good to know that it can handle difficult conditions. We've seen what it is capable of on the snow, and it worked really well.
So, now the question is should you buy it, or wait for the entirely new model to come out? Well if you're the kind of person who likes diesel or petrol, just buy it now because by 2025 the entire lineup will switch to electricity only. The new Jaguar F-Pace feels like it is more than just an update. The interior is better than ever, the exterior design is more modern and sporty, and it still is really good to drive. Jaguar has built an SUV that is not boring, that you will want to take out for a spin, and that lives up to the standards set by the competition in terms of built quality and tech. I even feel SUV haters might like this car.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Jaguar Switzerland for allowing us to experience this very cool F-Pace P400. Without them, this article would have never been possible. The team has been extremely nice and has been very helpful in the process of getting us a car. We cannot wait to collaborate more with them in the near future.
Jaguar F-Pace P400