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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Review

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace offers enjoyable handling, a roomy interior, and strong engine performance. But its poor predicted reliability rating and high cost of ownership keep this luxury compact SUV mired near the bottom of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun-to-drive car with agile handling
  • Roomy seating and large cargo hold
  • Efficient diesel engine option
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Cumbersome infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Overview

Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace a Good Used SUV?

The Jaguar F-Pace is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury SUV. Ultimately though, the F-Pace’s issues make it tough to recommend over its luxury compact SUV competitors.

The 2018 F-Pace has a number of highlights:

  • Spacious and elegant cabin
  • Punchy engines
  • Excellent fuel economy with available diesel engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Lots of advanced driver assistance features
  • Stout towing ability

These highlights are obscured by lingering drawbacks:

  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Slow touch-screen response
  • Firm ride quality with available 20- and 22-inch wheels

Consider the 2018 Lexus NX or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC if you want a used SUV with a better predicted reliability rating. Both also provide a smooth ride quality.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 22 Jaguar F-Pace reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has decades of combined automotive industry experience. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace?

Based on listings for the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace on our site, the average list price is $45,000. Prices range from $36,300 to $58,500 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Cost to Own?

The F-Pace’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $31,100, or $6,220 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New F-Pace?

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace starts at around $45,000. Because the 2019 model saw few major changes, you can likely spend less money by purchasing a used 2018 model while still finding many of the same tech, safety, and convenience features. However, the 2019 F-Pace offers more standard features, such as a rearview camera, a 10-inch touch screen, parking sensors, and forward collision warning. These were all options for the 2018 F-Pace.

Read about the new Jaguar F-Pace »

You may also want to consider the 2017 F-Pace. Jaguar launched the SUV as an all-new model for that year, and these vehicles share many of the same available features. The main difference is that the 2017 F-Pace doesn’t offer Jaguar’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which was made available for the 2018-and-newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Recalls

At the time of writing, two recalls have been issued for the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace:

  • Instrument cluster may go blank
  • Fuel rail may be defective

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jaguar F-Pace Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is offered in six trim levels: F-Pace, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S, and Portfolio. There are also four available engines: the base turbo four (25t), an upgraded turbo four (30t), a turbo diesel (20d), and a supercharged V6 (35t). (See the Performance section below for more on each engine.) The base model F-Pace isn’t well-equipped for a luxury SUV, so you may want to skip that trim. The midrange Prestige model adds amenities like leather seats and a navigation system, and it offers a wider variety of engine options. All models have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

  • Jaguar F-Pace: The base model F-Pace has a four-cylinder engine with 247 horsepower. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Jaguar F-Pace Premium: The Premium trim is available with all four engine options, and it adds a rearview camera and 19-inch wheels.
  • Jaguar F-Pace Prestige: The Prestige trim is also available with all four engine options, and it adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, and parking sensors.
  • Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport: The R-Sport trim is available with every engine option, and it adds satellite radio, low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a driver drowsiness monitor, adaptive headlights, fog lights, and 20-inch wheels.
  • Jaguar F-Pace S: The S trim has a 380 horsepower engine, and it adds an adaptive suspension.
  • Jaguar F-Pace Portfolio: The high-end Portfolio trim also has the 380 horsepower engine, and it adds a larger 10-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a hands-free power liftgate. These features were optional in the R-Sport and S trims.

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What Does Jaguar's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jaguar extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Jaguar must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

Jaguar has a good CPO program compared to other luxury automakers, but according to our analysis, brands such as Volvo and Lexus have better ones.

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How Safe Is the F-Pace?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist
  • full-speed forward collision warning with brake assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • driver drowsiness monitor
  • adaptive pivoting headlights
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • hands-free parallel park assist

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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace or 2018 BMW X3?

The 2018 BMW X3 is a fine option in this segment. Like the F-Pace, the X3 offers nimble handling, zippy engine performance, roomy seating and cargo space, and many of the same available safety features. The X3 just makes a bit more practical sense for buyers, and it has a better predicted reliability rating. The X3 also has an easier-to-use infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay. Give the BMW a look first.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace or 2018 Audi Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 boasts a user-friendly infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, lovely interior materials, zippy turbocharged engines, and pleasant driving dynamics. Both models offer similar interior space, as well as many of the same safety features. Both SUVs also have a below-average predicted reliability rating. You may want to consider rivals with better reliability ratings first.

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2018 F-Pace Performance

How Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Drive?

The Jaguar F-Pace has great driving dynamics. The SUV feels light and agile, thanks in part to its quick steering, and it remains stable when rounding sharp turns. Its large brakes provide fine stopping power. The F-Pace’s suspension glides the SUV smoothly over bumps and dips in the pavement, providing a comfortable ride. That said, the F-Pace doesn’t ride as nicely when paired with the optional 20- and 22-inch wheels. These large wheels tend to jitter and clomp over rough road surfaces. Stick with the smaller 18- and 19-inch wheels.

The F-Pace is offered with a bevy of engine options, and each feels well-matched to the SUV. The standard (25t) and available (30t) four-cylinder turbos are responsive, and they can hustle the F-Pace from zero to 60 mph in around six seconds. The supercharged V6 (35t) is even punchier, and it shaves nearly a second from that zero-to-60 time. Acceleration from the diesel engine (20d) is a bit weak initially, but it scoots the F-Pace along confidently once the SUV gets rolling, and it supplies strong passing power at highway speeds. The eight-speed automatic transmission, which is standard with all engines, delivers smooth, prompt gear changes.

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 247 horsepower (25t)
  • Available engines:
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 horsepower (30t)
  • 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder with 180 horsepower (20d)
  • 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 to 380 horsepower (35t)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Get Good Gas Mileage?

The F-Pace earns good fuel economy estimates when paired with its four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. The available V6 engine isn’t very fuel-efficient though.

  • 2.0 turbo diesel I4 (20d): 26/33 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0 turbo I4 (25t): 22/27 mpg
  • 2.0 turbo I4 (30t): 22/27 mpg
  • 3.0 supercharged V6 (35t): 18/23 mpg
2018 Jaguar F-Pace Towing Capacity

The F-Pace can tow up to 5,290 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 F-Pace Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 F-Pace Seat?

The Jaguar F-Pace is a two-row luxury SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the driving position is relaxed, due in part to the range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. There’s generous headroom and legroom in both rows, even for taller passengers. Rear visibility is limited by the SUV’s thick roof pillars.

The F-Pace’s cabin is handsomely styled, and it’s trimmed with quality upholstery and soft-touch plastics, especially on the dashboard. That said, there are some cheaper-looking plastics in less-obvious areas.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated seats (front and rear)
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace?

The F-Pace has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing car seats.

2018 Jaguar F-Pace Features

The F-Pace stumbles a bit in terms of its convenience features. The standard 8-inch touch screen looks outdated and is often slow to respond to inputs, and the F-Pace doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

On the bright side, the available 10-inch touch screen (InControl Pro) not only works quickly, but its sleeker layout feels a lot more user-friendly. The climate control buttons are also simple to use, no matter which infotainment display you choose.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a CD player, satellite radio, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a head-up display
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, and a power liftgate
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a hands-free power liftgate

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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Dimensions

Jaguar F-Pace Cargo Space

The F-Pace has 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 63.5 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s one of the largest cargo areas in the luxury compact SUV class. The 2018 Volvo XC60 and 2018 BMW X3 offer similar space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Jaguar F-Pace Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,880 to 4,013 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Built?

Jaguar built the 2018 F-Pace in the United Kingdom.

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