The F-Pace is the bread and butter—tea and crumpets?—of Jaguar's lineup. It was Jag's first SUV when it debuted for the 2017 model year and got a midcycle refresh last year that introduced updated interior and exterior styling plus a new infotainment system and Jaguar Land Rover's turbo inline-six. There are no changes for 2022. The F-Pace competes with other compact luxury SUVs including the BMW X3, Genesis GV70, and Audi Q5.
The F-Pace SUV is Jaguar's best-seller, and it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Spending a year with the pre-refresh V-6 F-Pace, we concluded that its athletic character, outstanding design, and sporty handling overshadowed any flaws.
Although early models had a clunky, bug-ridden infotainment setup, the new system introduced as part of last year's refresh addresses our previous complaints. Interior quality improved with the face-lift, too, but ride quality is still firm if the vehicle is equipped with one of its larger wheel options.
For the most part, though, chassis dynamics are among the most impressive in the segment—we'd even reach for the keys to an F-Pace over those of a Porsche Macan. The range-topping SVR delivers viscous performance while remaining an easy, relaxing car to drive fast, and the ultra-smooth inline-six is a welcome addition. If you're seeking a handsome, sporty SUV, the F-Pace is a great place to start. Just keep in mind IntelliChoice ranks the 2021 F-Pace a Mediocre overall value when examining five-year ownership costs including depreciation, insurance, maintenance, and other factors.
Jaguar offers both four- and six-cylinder engine options under the hood of the F-Pace, both of which are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD. The base powerplant is still a 2.0-liter turbo-four that kicks out 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Jag estimates the smaller engine will motivate the F-Pace to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, and fuel economy numbers read 22/27 mpg city/highway.
Last year brought the addition of a mild hybrid 3.0-liter turbo inline-six available in two states of tune: 335 hp and 354 lb-ft in the F-Pace S or 395 hp and 406 lb-ft in the R-Dynamic S. Testing the R-Dynamic, we recorded 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Last year, the inline-six-powered F-Pace earned an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/26-27 mpg.
Nearly 400 hp is not enough? Jaguar will happily sell you an F-Pace SVR with a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 kicking out an indulgent 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is predictably poor at 15/21 mpg, but Jag says it'll hustle to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
Jaguar includes a few active safety features as standard—automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and parking sensors front and rear—but those wanting more will need the Driver Assist package. Ticking that box adds adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera system.
A spacious cargo area is one of the F-Pace's strong suits. Compared to the BMW X3 and Genesis GV70, the F-Pace has more room behind the rear seats and more maximum cargo volume with the rear bench folded down. Legroom measurements are mid-pack.
|Legroom (front/rear)||Cargo Space (seats up/down)|
|2022 Jaguar F-Pace||40.3/37.2 inches||31.5/69.1 cubic feet|
|2022 BMW X3||40.3/36.4 inches||28.7/62.7 cubic feet|
|2022 Genesis GV70||41.3/37.2 inches||28.9/56.9 cubic feet|
The 2021 refresh also brought the F-Pace an entirely new infotainment system. All trims include an 11.4-inch touchscreen display, Jag's latest software, plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and over-the-air-updates. Available options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14-speaker Meridian premium audio system.
Although the closest thing to electric power in an F-Pace is the electric supercharger in its available inline-six, Jaguar does build a fully battery-powered SUV. We're talking about the I-Pace. It offers around 235 miles of range and succeeds in delivering the joyful driving dynamics we expect of a Jaguar.
Is it too predictable to recommend the SVR? The only V-8-powered F-Pace offers the most grace and the most pace; it's light on its feet and ready to tackle your favorite back road while loaded with passengers and cargo. It's expensive, at around $85,000, but no other compact offers this much power and poise.