Jaguar continues its winning streak with the F-PACE – the company’s fastest selling model to date. It’s no surprise to us it’s proving so popular given just how versatile, sporty and stylish it is – and that’s even before we come to the high quality of all materials used right through from bonnet to boot.
Like its siblings, it’s notched up numerous awards in a short space of time including ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Compact SUV of the Year’ by motoring titles. And has a growing band of celebrity owners and admirers including Boxing World Champion Anthony Joshua.
So what are the details and stats? An aluminium light yet stiff body structure, frugal yet powerful engines – the rear-wheel-drive 180PS diesel F-PACE emits just 129g/km, while the 380PS supercharged V6 model is capable of 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. Fully loaded as you’d expect from Jaguar with the latest in high tech features including optional Head Up Display and a natty ‘Activity Key’ – a wristband that allows owners to leave their traditional key inside the car if they’ll be taking part in activities like swimming or running. There’s also a wi-fi hotspot in the car, allowing eight separate devices to connect, and an InControl app, which lets owners remotely access functions on the F-PACE, like pre-heating, checking the fuel status or even location.
To live with it’s practical – ideal for busy families and active sorts. Spacious, light and airy with ample head and leg room, good visibility, plus a sizable boot that’s big enough to carry all the regular stuff most need. Out on the road it’s a genuine driver’s car. Bright, sporting, nimble – with plenty of engagement and feel. Suspension is just right – much better than others in its class, and it’s rewarding whether tackling tight and twisty ‘B’s, or on longer motorway jaunts. Jaguar’s highly acclaimed Design Director Ian Callum has worked his magic again and it’s a masterpiece of muscular curves, eye-pleasing highlights and unexpected and clever touches.
A hell of a car – especially when you consider the circa £35,000 entry point.