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2018 Jaguar F-Pace Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 9.0

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is an excellent choice for driving enthusiasts who prefer sports-sedan handling to typical SUV handling. A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard, joining a handful of engine options that include a supercharged V6 and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. The F-Pace is athletic and balanced, and though the ride isn't abrasive, its suspension isn't buttery smooth either.

  • "This is a sharp SUV that'll give sport sedans a run for their money." -- Edmunds
  • "Gushing? Perhaps, but Jaguar's earned it - the F-Pace is stupid fun to drive at extra-legal speeds on mountain roads." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "Did anyone tell the F-Pace that it was, in fact, a crossover? I'm not sure anyone informed this handsome Jag of its high-riding roots, because you'd be hard-pressed to find an SUV that acts more like a sports car than this one." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 2018 F-Pace comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 247 horsepower, this powertrain is reasonably peppy and has a fuel economy rating that's typical for this class at 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Last year's standard engine – a 180-horsepower, turbodiesel four-cylinder – is now a $1,500 option. The advantage of the turbodiesel is its efficiency, delivering 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. From a stop, however, the diesel engine feels a bit sluggish.

Spirited drivers will want to take note of the other two engine options. Available in many trims, the 296-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder shaves the zero-to-60-mph sprint time to 5.7 seconds, a respectable rating for a vehicle this size. Even faster is the 380-horsepower, supercharged V6 engine. This comes only in the F-Pace S, which can reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the turbo four-cylinder and 18/23 mpg for the supercharged V6.

  • "The new standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is a powerhouse, making 247 horsepower. That's enough to get this SUV down the road with a neck snap. Jaguar says it'll accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. We also like the turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder engine, which provides deep torque for superb low-speed acceleration. But our favorite is the supercharged V6. It's a thrill-maker, pumping out 380 horsepower and a mouthwatering growl from the SUV's dual exhaust tips. With this engine Jag says the F-Pace hits 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The 8-speed automatic transmission is also one of the best, shifting precisely and quickly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Don't be fooled by its 180-hp rating; its 318 lb-ft of torque means the diesel doesn't want for muscle. An estimated 7.8-second zero-to-60-mph time isn't exactly blistering, but the only time it can really feel flat-footed is with an aggressive stab of the accelerator from rest. Although the diesel ignites with a bit of a shake, and at times buzzes the floorpan when working hard above 3000 rpm, it is quiet throughout the rev range." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "Just as I noted when driving the F-Type, when driving the F-Pace around town, the V-6 isn't particularly exciting. It whirs and moans in a distinctly non-sporty manner, and doesn't feel as potent as its horsepower rating would suggest. But the impression is deceptive; once you plant your boot deeply into the throttle, the supercharged six awakens with a stirring howl. Suddenly it's happy, eager. And it's plenty strong. Launch it hard and it can push the F-Pace from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. I did use the shift paddles a few times, but in truth, the eight-speed automatic is smart enough that Drive is usually all you need." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Handling and Braking

All-wheel drive is standard in the F-Pace, as is JaguarDrive Control with Normal, Eco, Dynamic, and Rain/Ice/Snow driving modes. On the highway, the F-Pace is nimble and responsive, providing lots of traction for cornering and slick roads. Available performance-enhancing components include an adaptive suspension system, configurable driving dynamics, and upgraded brakes.

  • "No amateur on rugged roads, the F-Pace's full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system defaults to a rear-drive bias, but can seamlessly assign torque to the front wheels as needed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The F-Pace feels rather light on its feet, with excellent road-holding and satisfyingly quick responses to sudden inputs, all communicated to your hands with delightful, naturally weighted steering feel." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "It requires no more than a mile or two of driving before recognizing the chassis is a thing of brilliance. There's a sense of immense stiffness in the structure but it doesn't translate into a harsh, noisy ride. The comfort and quietness is even more surprising once you've flung the F-Pace into a few turns only to discover flat cornering behavior, utterly neutral handling and steering that does exactly what's asked of it." -- Autoweek (2017)

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