2017 Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-SPORT Review

2017 Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-SPORT Road Test, Review

My colleagues at Behind the Wheel have raved about the first Jaguar SUV, so it was time for me to see what all the fuss was about concerning the Jaguar F-PACE.

And their support of it was warranted, with the F-Pace offering exceptional style, power, comfort and technology all in the one luxurious package.

Like all luxury makes, each model exhibits a large selection of variants but we can only look at one at a time so under review this week is the Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-SPORT.

This is the sporty, second tier grade with a diesel engine. That’s a 3.0L V6 twin turbo diesel capable of churning out 221kW and 700Nm.

You heard right; seven hundred Newton metres!

And boy do you feel it. Step down and you’ll experience power you never thought possible from a diesel motor and a larger vehicle only a few years ago.

Slip into the sport drive mode and you’ll feel like the wind is in your hair (even though it’s not a convertible). There is no lag and combines nicely with the eight-speed auto transmission.

Still, despite the temptation to push the SUV, it did maintain an average diesel engine consumption of 8.1L/100km.

Similar to the Land Rover models is the dial type gear selector that pops out on start-up and retracts smoothly and elegantly into the console when you turn off the engine.

There are four drive modes to choose from and the F-Pace can handle some off-roading with an ASPC system or All Surface Progress Control for low speed, low traction situations.

For all its strong points, my main criticism are the rather thick, chunky doors.

These restrict access in and out especially when you can’t open the doors fully like in a carpark or in the garage.

This in turn makes the cabin size on the small side for a medium sized SUV, but I felt it was rather more cosy than is was cramped.

The driver fits in nicely in the cockpit surrounded by the raised centre console and leather upholstery with white stitching on the console, seats and doors.

Oddly the window controls are on the top of the door sill – it’s a Jag thing.

In front of the driver is a colour info display in the middle of the instrument cluster, one of the best designed ones I’ve encountered, with four quadrants of info (eg. fuel economy, average speed and distance to empty) all in one view without the need to flick through each one.

The outside view from the F-Pace is also decent with good visibility though there’s some obstruction towards the C-pillar.

All the sensors, rear camera and driving assist technology all nullify this however, including cameras peering down the left and right sides of the car.

Back inside and seating in the rear is adequate plus the middle section of the seat folds down to allow for access or storage.

And further back is the big boot with copious space. Only average in width, the boot is long and you can fit almost anything in there, no hassle.

Should you lock your key FOB in the car or not wish to take it with you, there’s the activity key.

Only found in a couple of models, the activity key can be worn like a watch and when pressed up against a certain part of the rear of the car, unlocks it.

A great piece of convenience when you go for a run or a swim and don’t want your keys in your pocket.

Other neat tech features are the powered tailgate, 3 memory seat settings, electric park brake with auto release, and large powered sunroof that is the size of a panoramic roof but does open up.

The glass is covered by a thin retractable mesh though and doesn’t block out all the sunlight.

All of these offerings are presented from $92,205 for this variant, which is competitive pricing in this class.

Overall, the Jaguar F-PACE is another fantastic production, and a good option for the luxury car buyer who wants something different than the usual suspects.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-SPORT

  • Engine: 3.0L V6 twin turbo diesel producing 221kW/700Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed sports automatic
  • Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km
  • Safety: Not tested
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Price: From $92,205

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