Grey Jaguar F-Pace driving down country road

Jaguar F-Pace review (2016-2023)

The F-Pace is a mid-size SUV with a sporty appearance and a spacious interior. It’s really good to drive and is available with some useful high-tech features.

Pros

  • Sporty design
  • Roomy interior
  • Great to drive

Cons

  • Top-spec models are expensive
  • Interior of pre-2021 models not as good
  • Some models are costly to run

Summary

“Practical and stylish SUV which is good to drive.”

By Cazoo editorial team

The Jaguar F-Pace is one of the sportiest-looking SUVs and it backs this up by being great fun to drive. It’s smooth, comfortable and more practical than many rivals thanks to its roomy interior and huge boot.

It’s quite expensive, but the same is true of any mid-size premium SUV and the F-Pace is very well-equipped. Running costs can be kept reasonably low if you choose your model carefully.

The F-Pace was introduced in 2016 – the updated version (pictured) that went on sale in 2021 is a step up, with sharper styling, a more premium interior and upgraded engines.

What’s the interior like?

"Solid and spacious, with lots of features as standard."

The interior of the Jaguar F-Pace has all the high-tech features you'd expect but there's quite a difference between the pre-2021 and post-2021 models. The newer car has a much more premium look and feel, with a completely different dashboard that looks much sleeker and more modern than the older car's.

Whatever its age, the F-Pace is a very practical car. Space for driver and passengers is very good and some models have optional reclining rear seats. There are loads of handy cubby holes for your bits and bobs.

The boot is massive, with a capacity of 650 litres that’s more than you get with most rivals.  Three large suitcases will fit easily and if you’re a dog owner there’s more than enough space for your pampered pet to stretch out.

What’s it like to drive?

“Impressively sporty and agile with some great engines.”

The F-Pace is a big, heavy car but it feels anything but that on the road. Thanks to its sharp handling and responsive steering it feels more like a sporty saloon, yet the ride remains comfortable. The sporty models at the top of the range have bigger wheels and stiffer suspension that trade a bit of comfort for even more fun behind the wheel.


There are a wide range of engines to choose from, ranging from smaller diesel engines that prioritise fuel economy to turbocharged petrols that put explosive pace above all else. Most models come with four-wheel drive; the least expensive versions have rear-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid model introduced in 2021 is very quick.

This is a very comfortable car over long distances thanks to its smooth ride and quietness at speed. It’s easy enough to drive around town too, with a good view out of the front and a rear-view camera that helps when parking.

Is the Jaguar F-Pace cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Decent value, running costs vary from reasonable to high.”

Prices are generally similar to major rivals such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. but the F-Pace looks like good value since it's especially roomy and well-equipped. As with those cars, you can choose from more budget-conscious versions at one end of the range to high-performance models packed with luxury kit at the other. There’s a big difference in price between the two, so it’s important to know what your budget and priorities are.

Similarly, running costs range from surprisingly low to eye-wateringly expensive. The plug-in hybrid model (named P400e) gives you a range of just over 30 miles on pure-electric power and fuel economy of more than 100mpg, according to official figures, but what you get in the real world will depend on the battery charge level and where and how you drive.

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Which one is best for you?

The entry-level diesel engine will suit most people, while the 3.0 V6 diesel is perfect for drivers who have caravans or massive trailers to tow - or want a fast car without the high fuel bills that come with one of the petrol models. The plug-in hybrid version may be worth a look if you can keep the battery regularly charged at home or at work.

The lower-priced trims are very well-equipped but it’s worth looking at the R-Sport versions if you want your F-Pace to have a sportier appearance and feel. For the maximum in sportiness look no further than the awesome – but pricey –  SVR models.

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