Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 23 Mar 2017
Jaguar has always been a badge associated with sporting heritage, in fact, the very definition of iconic British racing electrifies images of names like Moss and Jaguars prancing leaper.
Welcome to the seductive Jaguar wearing high-heels, welcome to the Jaguar F-Pace 30d AWD R-Sport.
Some time back we saw Jaguar showcasing the CX-17 concept SUV. Its sharp edges and simply revolutionary design, the work of legendary automotive designer Ian Callum.
Having designed vehicles such as the Jaguar F-Type sports car and many other legendary Aston Martin vehicles, when the CX-17 first made an appearance, it shocked the motoring world and showed that when Jaguar release a new design, no matter the body shape, it is always painstakingly beautiful.
The body is constructed of more than 80-percent aluminium and owing to its spaceframe style construction, the Jaguar feels light and nimble on its toes. Despite its increased ride-height and SUV stance, the F-Pace drives much like a sports car.
I spent the week exploring the 30d edition which features Jaguar’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. The engine develops 221 kW of power and a whopping 700 Nm of torque. With the Adaptive Dynamics Pack (R16,600 option), the Jaguar manages to find traction and continuously adapts, no matter the driving surface, ensuring that the maximum power is displaced. The powerful diesel motor manages to pack the best of diesel range efficiency and electrifying acceleration, as well as overtaking ability on the open road. All power is delivered through an 8-speed automated gearbox.
The interior of the Jaguar is a very comfortable place to be seated. With a wealth of premium leather-wrapped surfaces, piano black panels and bang up to date media sources, the F-Pace does and excellent job of providing a comfortable, premium family platform.
Apart from the wealth of overall interior space in both the front and rear seats, the Jaguar features Jaguar Land Rover (JLR’s) latest generation multimedia system. The large touchscreen-based display in incredibly easy to navigate and provides a crisp clean and clear tile style interface.
With media delivered from either USB, traditional AM/FM sources and well as streamed through either Bluetooth or your mobile telephone, there really is no shortage of audio and entertainment sources available.
My test unit included Jaguars optional InControl Connect Pro pack (additional R34,700). The pack offers a wealth of clever smartphone applications which can be delivered through the media interface including live news feeds, flight data, weather and even sharing your live navigation ETA with specific people, as well as calculating the fastest possible commute, much like using services such as Waze mobile navigation.
Overall interior space is generous, with the luggage load bay offering a total space 608-litres if you have the Jaguar offered space saver spare wheel. Alternately you will have space of 463-litres which is cut-down from the full 650-litres of capacity if you have the full sized spare wheel located within the boot area.
The F-Pace is designed around the active lifestyle and as a result, the vehicle is offered with what Jaguar term the Activity Key, this cleverly designed rubber band is worn like a wristwatch and enables the driver to simply stow the original Jaguar key within the cabin and using the fully waterproof band, lock or unlock the vehicle.
Jaguar’s F-Pace is something unique from the brand and their first attempt at the increasingly emerging luxury SUV market. With its prowess both on and off the road, the vehicle has a commanding presence and offers and an incredibly planted and sporting style drive. Jaguar offers the F-PACE with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
Pricing for the F-Pace starts at around R799,900 and goes up to +- R1400,000 model and spec dependant. The 30d edition which features in the review cost in the region of R1100,000. The Jaguar F-Pace is priced very closely to its nearest competitors such as the Porsche Macan S Diesel and the Range Rover Sport TDV6S.