2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review

2016 Jaguar F-PACE Road Test and Review...

2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review

My Behind the Wheel colleague Peter Hitchener recently tried out the more powerful Jaguar F-PACE 30d, after reading that review I was really looking forward to experiencing the new Jaguar offering myself.

I have also watched and reported on the birth of Jaguar’s first SUV model from concept to production, so it was great to finally get a taste.

Does the Jaguar F-PACE live up to expectations? Generally speaking, yes it does.

2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review
2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review.

Firstly, I have to say that the engineers have done a great job with the chassis and F-PACE body. Sometimes these sporty SUV models can feel a little underdone.

Not so with the new Jaguar, even with relatively firm suspension underneath, the F-PACE body feels really solid and well-engineered and that is a big plus in an all-new model like this.

There wasn’t a creak or rattle anywhere to be heard inside the cabin.

Handling and ride are also really well sorted and deliver a nice blend of sporty and comfortable.

The 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the 2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d does a reasonable job of moving the Jaguar SUV around, though it probably doesn’t live up to the overall sporty feel of the vehicle.

It is the entry-level engine and while fuel economy is very good (I averaged 8.8L/100km), the 132kW on tap just leaves the Jaguar F-PACE feeling a bit underdone.

It’s a good cruiser though with an adequate 430Nm available.

Compared to the 30d’s 221kW/700Nm, well it does look a bit dull doesn’t it? The good news is the 30d isn’t that much more expensive, and I reckon it could be the one to go for.

When you’re at your Jaguar dealership make sure you also drive the 250kW/450Nm supercharged V6 petrol version as well.

The interior of the Jaguar F-PACE is a familiar place, it is really not that different from the Jaguar XE/XF in look, feel and controls.

That is certainly no bad thing, it’s not sub-par in any way on the inside.

2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review
2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d Review.

Boot space is also surprisingly good, not tall, but long and wide. Rear seat legroom is also surprisingly good.

As with the other Jaguar/Land Rover offerings available in 2017, two small complaints – the air-conditioning starts to get a bit stuffy when the engine stop/start system kicks in at the lights.

It also has the timed recirculation system that means that you can only have the climate settings on recirculate for a short period of time before it switches back over to fresh air.

One really good feature that the test car I had was fitted with was the optional ‘Activity Key’. This $640 option provides you with a watch type device that you can use to access the F-PACE instead of using your keys.

This is a great addition for people who like to jog, swim or go cycling – you can do all those activities without having the Jag’s key in your pocket.

Check out more details in this video…

Summing it up: I am normally cautious with all-new models, however from what I sampled with the Jaguar F-PACE it looks like it is starting life on the right foot.

The head-turning looks, sporty and comfortable cabin and general feel is very pleasing.

Of the diesel-powered variants, the twin-turbo V6 30d is probably the one that will put a bigger smile on your face.

The good news is that opting for either of the V6 engine options won’t cost you a great deal of extra cash.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Jaguar F-PACE 20d

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 132kW/430Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: United Kingdom

Price: from $74,340

1 Comment

  1. I’m considering getting for my next car, the Cadillac XT5, platinum trim. I find the car stylish & tastful accents on the interior. For the price of the top trim for the Cadillac SUV, XT5, I feel that I’m getting plenty value. Pls. respond. Thank you.

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