Jaguar F-Pace (2016 -) Comfort

Review by Gareth Evans on
Last Updated: 25 Jul 2016
4.5
Set to be the best-selling Jaguar of all time, the all-new F-Pace is a critical car for the British brand. It enters the premium SUV market as a rival to some impressive machines, taking on the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X6, but unlike products from sister company Land Rover it’s been built with more of a sporty road-driving bias that calls the smaller Porsche Macan’s talents into question.

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

In general this is an area where the F-Pace excels. It’s a brilliantly engineered chassis and from what we’ve gleaned thus far, the cabin is very well refined indeed. There isn’t a huge amount of engine or road noise – though you’ll definitely hear that V6 petrol engine sing – and actually it’s a particularly serene place to be.

While we’ve only tried cars on adaptive suspension so far, we’d suggest you think very carefully about the size of alloy wheels you choose to order with your F-Pace, because the 22-inch items with their lower-profile tyres don’t offer the same ride comfort or composure enjoyed on smaller rim sizes. It’s certainly not uncomfortable, but there’s a fraction more movement evident than we noticed on 20-inchers.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

The Jaguar F-Pace has been built with practicality in mind, and it shows. It has a 650-litre boot accessed via a standard powered tailgate and rear seats that fold almost (but not quite) flat in a 40:20:40 split, which means you’re able to load longer items of up to 1.8 metres into the car. A pair of skis shouldn’t be an issue, for example.

Its loadspace expands to a total of 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded, while the boot floor is reversible and rubberised on one side for easy cleaning after loading sports equipment or pets.

The cabin features a number of storage spaces including door pockets with space for large bottles, while the central storage cubby is large and houses USB and 12-volt connections along with HDMI or MHL connections where specified as optional extras.

You’ve got the option of reclining rear seats as well, adding further luxury for your passengers.

We found access to the rear a tiny bit cumbersome because of the huge wheelarches, but there’s plenty of headroom for four occupants to sit in comfort.

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Behind the wheel

It’s a very smart place to be. The cabin is circled by the same high shoulderline seen in the XE, but this is a bigger car and so it feels like it works better here. It’s less claustrophobic and helps the driver to feel more ensconced in the experience of driving.

Materials employed seem to be of a very high standard indeed on the launch cars we drove.

It’s easy to find a good driving position thanks to highly adjustable seats and a steering wheel that moves in four directions.

We were particularly impressed with the InControl Touch Pro touschscreen multimedia system – Jaguar has used a far more responsive screen and it’s a joy to use, but while the computers behind the scenes have more memory and processing power, they still take a little while to get going on initial fire-up. You have to wait a few moments before you’re able to enter navigation instructions.