2020 Jaguar F-Pace

Performance


MSRP
$45,200
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2020 Jaguar F-Pace Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.2

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace drives more like an oversized sports car than an SUV. It has a smooth transmission, and several muscular engines are available. With standard all-wheel drive, the F-Pace can take on a variety of weather and road conditions. Its ride comfort is decent, though somewhat rigid. Fuel economy estimates are typical for the luxury compact SUV class.

  • "Jaguar … got the driving dynamics down. While not perfect, the F-Pace provides an excellent over-the-road experience. With decent power, a cooperative gearbox and handling dynamics enhanced with smart electronics, the F-Pace is as entertaining as it is easy to drive. You might actually forget you didn't buy a sport sedan." -- 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)
  • "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

You have four engine choices with the 2020 F-Pace, each mated to a slick eight-speed automatic transmission. A 247-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder comes standard. While it has enough power to satisfy most drivers, those who want a bit more zip when they press the accelerator will prefer one of the three available engines. Both the 296-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and the 380-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 kick it up a few notches and provide quicker acceleration. The most powerful engine is the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that generates 550 horsepower and comes only with the SVR trim. According to Jaguar, it takes the SVR just 4.1 seconds to climb from zero to 60 mph, which is comparable to the sprint times of some sports cars.

According to the EPA, the F-Pace returns 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Those estimates are about average for a small SUV. Numbers drop to 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the V6 engine, while V8-powered models return 16/21 mpg city/highway.

  • The base four-cylinder is a bit of a letdown, without the responsive power delivery we want in this class. Stepping up to the optional V6 provides an above-average experience and knocks several seconds off the 25t's 8.4-second 0-60 mph time." -- Edmunds
  • "The new standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is … enough to get this SUV down the road …. Jaguar says it'll accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds…. 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 (2018)
  • "… 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. … 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

The F-Pace has sharp cornering abilities and exceptionally engaging handling, especially in high-performance trims like the SVR. The entire lineup feels light on its feet and delivers sports-car-like performance. However, with this agility comes a somewhat stiff ride. Each model comes standard with all-wheel drive and JaguarDrive Control, which features five driving modes: Dynamic, Comfort, Eco, Adaptive Surface Response, and Rain/Ice/Snow.

  • "Unfortunately, the F-Pace's ride is rougher than we expect in this class. On 20-inch (or larger) wheels, the F-Pace is fidgety and busy over small bumps, although big bumps are handled reasonably well." -- Edmunds
  • "Handling is further enhanced by Jaguar's 'torque vectoring by braking' system that subtly applies the brakes to one or some wheels to maintain the desired line through a corner. This is a crossover with the talents of a sport sedan, while the SVR has abilities akin to a high-performance sedan." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "The standard all-wheel-drive system, rear-biased for a sporty feel in normal circumstances, features torque vectoring that sends power to any wheels with the most traction and making the outside wheels faster than their inside counterparts to trace tight lines through corners. A highlight is the ride quality: completely composed, never jarring." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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