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2021 Jaguar F-pace
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2021 Jaguar F-Pace MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Outstanding design
  • Sporty handling
  • New turbo mild-hybrid I-6

Cons

  • Not as spacious as some rivals
  • Power liftgate not standard

Newly refreshed for 2021, the F-Pace was Jaguar's first SUV when it was introduced for the 2017 model year. The F-Pace is positioned above the subcompact E-Pace, and below the electric I-Pace in price. Updates for the 2021 F-Pace consist of refreshed interior and exterior styling, a new infotainment system, and the addition of Jaguar Land Rover's mild-hybrid turbo inline-six.

What's New

  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • New 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display with new software
  • Available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Updated interior materials and design
  • Supercharged V-6 engine replaced with a mild hybrid turbo inline-six
  • Four-cylinder engine is now only available in its less powerful state of tune

What We Think

The question of whether Jaguar should be building SUVs is now moot; the F-Pace is now its automaker's best seller, and if this year's refresh is any indication, it's not going anywhere. After a year with the keys to a V-6 F-Pace, our verdict was that its sporty character, knockout design, and handling athleticism overshadow its flaws.

We had issues with the pre-refresh model's clunky, bug-riddled infotainment system, but those issues could be remedied with the next-gen interface installed for 2021. Interior material quality was something of a letdown, but that, too, has been addressed with this year's facelift. That said, the overly firm ride on large wheels with low-profile tires is likely to remain.

The F-Pace's Ian Callum-penned design is as elegant post-refresh as it was at launch. It's one of the best-looking SUVs on sale. Chassis dynamics are impressive, too; on a twisty backroad we would reach for the F-Pace keys before those of a comparable Porsche Macan. If the new inline-six is anywhere near as smooth and strong as it feels in the Land Rover Defender, it'll be a worthwhile addition to the lineup. The F-Pace is not without flaw, but if you can look past its imperfections, this Jag makes for a compelling package.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Part of the big news for 2021 is the new six-cylinder engine, but the standard F-Pace still utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo-four. That engine develops 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque (last year's more powerful turbo-four is no longer offered) that Jaguar estimates should net a 6.9-second 0-60 time. The 2020 F-Pace's four-cylinder returned 22/27 mpg city/highway.

Onto the new six-cylinder: in place of the supercharged V-6 that's powered F-Paces since their introduction is a 3.0-liter turbo- and electrically supercharged inline-six we've experienced in the Range Rover Sport, and in the new Land Rover Defender. The new I-6 is available in two states of tune, depending on the trim. F-Pace S models generate 335 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque; in the F-Pace R-Dynamic S, those numbers swell to 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. In the larger, heavier Defender 110, the inline-six is rated at 17/22 mpg city/highway, figures that should improve with the F-Pace. Both engines work exclusively with an eight-speed automatic and AWD.

At least for now, the R-Dynamic I-6 is the most powerful engine you can order under the hood of an F-Pace. We'd bet the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 will make a return for the second coming of the F-Pace SVR.

Safety

Although it hasn't been evaluated by the IIHS or the NHTSA in the U.S., we can learn about the F-Pace's safety cred based on its performance in Euro NCAP safety testing. From that organization, the Jag earns a five-star overall safety rating.

Jaguar's standard driver-assist features include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and parking sensors front and rear. Ticking the box for the Driver Assist Pack adds adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Every F-Pace seats five with two up front and three across the rear bench. Legroom measures 40.3 inches up front and an adequate 37.2 inches in the rear. As for cargo volume, the F-Pace offers 33.5 cubic feet worth of space behind the rear seat.

Technology

Alongside the new inline-six, buyers should be excited about the 2021 F-Pace's new infotainment system. An 11.4-inch touchscreen display now sits in the Jag's center console running the automaker's next-gen infotainment software dubbed Pivi Pro. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is dual smartphone pairing and over-the-air update capabilities. There's also a newly available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and standard 14-speaker Meridian audio.

Key Competitors:

  • Range Rover Velar
  • Volvo XC60
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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