If you like the idea of parking a gorgeous F-type sports car in your driveway but need something that will fit your family or handle bulky cargo, Jaguar may have a suitable alternative for you in the F-Pace SUV. Among compact luxury SUVs, the F-Pace is one that’s decidedly sporty—sometimes to a fault—which should help satisfy enthusiast drivers who value driving dynamics above all else. That’s not to say that the rest of the F-Pace’s package is fraught with compromise. The cabin is nicely trimmed, cargo capacity is generous, and all of the most modern connectivity and infotainment features are available as well.
What’s New for 2021?
Jaguar has given the F-Pace a few visual tweaks for 2021, including a revised grille, a reworked hood, and updated exterior lighting elements. The cabin receives a major upgrade in the form of Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Pivi and PiviPro infotainment systems. Their graphics are projected on a large 11.4-inch curved-glass screen mounted just above the climate controls on the F-Pace’s dashboard. Heated seats and a 14-speaker stereo are now standard across the lineup. A new turbocharged-and-supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six is now optional; this new engine utilizes a 48-volt starter-generator hybrid system.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We haven’t had the chance to test the new inline-six engine yet, so we might change our recommendation here once we do, but for now we think the turbocharged four-cylinder P250 S offers the best balance of performance and value. Upgrading from the base P250 to the P250 S adds unique 19-inch wheels, a power-operated rear liftgate, handsome leather upholstery stitched in a diamond pattern, the more desirable PiviPro infotainment software with navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and traffic-sign recognition.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every 2021 F-Pace features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The engine lineup includes a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 246 horsepower. The F-Pace is also available with a much more powerful turbocharged-and-supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes either 335- or 395-hp. The standard four-cylinder isn’t as refined as the turbo-fours in the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. We haven’t yet had the chance to test drive a model with the six-cylinder. Jaguar intentionally tunes the F-Pace’s suspension on the firm side for a sporty feel. The ride is never harsh, although the larger available wheel sizes (Jaguar offers up to 22-inch-diameter wheels) can add some jiggle to the suspension’s movements over bumps. Regardless of model, every F-Pace’s steering setup is quick and delivers confidence-inspiring feedback from the front tires to the driver’s hands. Driven quickly, the F-Paces sharp responses are genuinely impressive and make this Jaguar crossover truly fun to drive.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for the F-Pace’s new inline-six engine yet, but we expect some improvement over the outgoing supercharged V-6. The turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, and on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route—part of our comprehensive testing regimen—the last four-cylinder F-Pace we tested achieved 26 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
In keeping with Jaguar’s lineup-wide minimalist interior aesthetic, the F-Pace’s cabin features simple detailing, easy-to-reach secondary controls, and lots of window area for enhanced visibility. You sit high in both the front and rear seats, and the driver is treated to an excellent seating position, square to the steering wheel and pedals. The F-Pace’s front-seat legroom and headroom measurements are among the roomiest in this class, while the aft quarters are merely average. Large climate-control buttons are easy to use, and the central touchscreen display is only a slight reach for either occupant of the front seat. Aside from its relative lack of cubby space for front-seat passengers, the F-Pace’s cargo-hauling capabilities are far greater than its sexy styling would suggest. Release handles in the trunk and atop each rear seatback lowers the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats to a nearly flat position. Doing so created room for up to 22 carry-on suitcases.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jaguar’s latest touchscreen-based infotainment system is called Pivi. It distills core functions into simple, well-arranged menus and it looks slick. We haven’t used the new Pivi or PiviPro system in the F-Pace yet but we have had the chance to sample it in the new Land Rover Defender and found it to buggy and prone to malfunction. Luckily, unlike Jaguar’s last infotainment software, Pivi is capable of over-the-air updates so as engineers work out the bugs the F-Pace can be easily updated. Every F-Pace comes standard with an 11.4-inch curved-glass touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Meridian stereo system; built-in navigation and a mobile hotspot also are available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 F-Pace hasn’t been crash-tested by either U.S. agency that conducts these evaluations. Still, buyers who want the latest safety and driver assists still have a satisfying selection of choices, including a generous suite of standard driver-assistance technology and several high-tech options. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision-warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
In its attempt to turn around public perception of the brand’s historically rocky reliability, Jaguar provides warranty coverage that tops the segment. The highlight is Jaguar’s lengthy complimentary scheduled maintenance program.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles
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