Jaguar F-Pace 2019: Prestige 25t
Jaguar’s first foray into an SUV was the F-Pace. Strange name but built on an entirely new aluminum platform, it is an impressive machine. More impressive is the fact that the majority of them currently run Jaguar’s ‘Ingenium’ engines – with sometimes surprising results – for 2.0-liter turbo engines.
F-Pace has been with us for several years now and is holding a part of itself in a very busy part of the market. People are always surprised when you tell them about the price – they seem to expect it to be six digits but look surprised when you tell them that F starts under eighty big.
Prestige extends the range to be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine manufactured by Jaguar itself, with a rich aluminum chassis and surprisingly large interior.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Prestige is available with diesel and petrol engines as well as rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. My cat of the week is a 25t Prestige, 184kW version of the petrol engine and goes to rear-wheel drive. So certainly not the entry level, but Prestige is first in four classes.
25t comes standard with 19-inch alloys, 11-speaker Meridian system with 10.0-inch touchscreen, automatic xenon headlights and automatic wipers, heated and folded rearview mirrors, leather seats, driver’s seat power, dual-zone climate control, navigation seats, electric rear doors, cruise control and space-saving accessories.
‘InControl’ software and hardware continue to be improved, with the new tiled interface proving very easy to use on the big screen. Sat navigation is still a bit dense, but is a marked improvement on previous cars and you can skip it altogether because you have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In addition to the standard specifications on this vehicle are keyless entry ($ 1890!), ‘Drive Pack’ includes adaptive cruise, blind spot monitoring and high-speed AEB for $ 1740, front seats available. heating ($ 840) for $ 840, black package for $ 760, bigger front brake for 350mm for $ 560, and a few bits and bobs for a total of $ 84,831.
Until my dying day, I would never find out how some really useful safety features cost less than something that unlocks a car when you touch the handle.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The F-Pace design is a product of one of two clear design lines at Jaguar. While the smaller E-Pace brings aesthetics to F-Type sports cars, the F-Pace – somehow – stays away with the familiar slim headlights from XF and XE models.
It’s an impressive piece of work and with the black package with black paint looks plausible. Or if the wheels are bigger, they look a bit poor even though they are 19 inches in size. Easily repaired with a tick box at your Jag dealer.
Furniture is also a lot from the sketchbook. The dial, the steering wheel (deliberately) are slightly off center and the highway sweeps from door to door in an elegant straight line on the car.
It could be XF if you don’t sit too high and you don’t have too many glasses around you. That seems important to me because it feels like Jaguar, which is what you want when you spend money.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
It was a big car and inside it was big. F-Pace feels like it can seat seven seats, but the floor won’t allow it, so it’s a fake.
That seems to disappoint a lot of people, and I can understand why. I imagine that was also a disappointment for Jaguar – perhaps they hardly knew who used the third row, but something in their minds convinced them that they needed two more.
Despite the inclined angle on the rear glass, you start with 508 liters of boot space, increasing to 1740 liters when you fold the rear seats split 40/20/40.
Front-seat passengers have plenty of space even with a sunroof and you’ve got a pair of mugs that you can hide under the folding lid. Under the center stack is a place for your phone and the center armrest includes a good sized bin.
At the back, you’ve got a central armrest with a pair of mugs (take a total of four) and like the front door, each has a bottle, a total of four. Two people will be happy back there and a third person won’t be massively unhappy, so it’s a real five-seater car.
The rear passenger seat scores 12 volt power outlet and air-con vents.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Prestigious F-Paces and portfolio are available with four engine specifications. 25t switched to a 2.0-liter petrol engine with 184kW / 365Nm. That’s a lot, even with significant amounts – if light for the segment – 1710kg to push along.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Jaguar’s official request suggests you can consume unleaded Premium at 7.4L / 100km on a combined cycle (urban, suburban). And, it turns out, it’s not too far.
During the week I spent time walking around the landfills with a bit of the running highway, I received 9.2L / 100km, which is very commendable for such a large unit.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 7/10
F-Pace has six airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, reversing camera, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors and low speed AEB.
Additional safety features are available in the ‘Driver’s Package’ that my vehicle has, but it’s great if some of these – especially blind-spot monitoring – are standard at this level.
If you’re carrying kids, there are three top anchor points and two ISOFIX points.
F-Pace has recorded up to five ANCAP stars in December 2017.