2019 F-PACE New Car Test Drive
New in 2017, the Jaguar F-Pace was the first crossover SUV vehicle to be produced by the British carmaker. Jaguar may have joined the luxury-SUV parade a bit late, but the F-Pace comes across as a balanced, worthy crossover with premium credentials.
Modifications are modest for the 2019 model year, including the addition of a standard 10-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Following up on addition of a 247-horsepower base engine in 2018, Jaguar has launched a high-performance F-Pace SVR that cranks out a whopping 550 horsepower.
Style and grace abound, though performance takes precedence. Each powertrain ? 25t, 30t, and 20d (diesel) ? comes in a choice of trim levels: Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport. The 30t also is offered in Portfolio trim. An S Supercharged model, with V-8 power, elevates the performance potential.
The base engine, in 25t models, is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The higher-output turbo-four in 30t models develops 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. That stronger engine yields 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds, versus 6.4 seconds for the 247-hp version.
In the S model, the supercharged V-6 generates 380 horsepower. The turbodiesel 4-cylinder (20d) makes only 180 horsepower, but releases a burly 318 pound-feet of torque. Diesel power costs $1,500 more than the gasoline-engine equivalent.
In the new SVR, the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 whips up a mighty 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of twisty torque.
No F-Pace has been crash-tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
A number of contemporary driver-assistance and safety features are available. Some are standard, including active lane control and parking sensors. An optional Drive Pack includes blind-spot monitors and high-speed automatic emergency braking..
Prices do not include $1,025 destination charge.
25t Turbo ($44,800), the base F-Pace, comes with synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, 380-watt Meridian sound, 10-way power front seats, panoramic sunroof, and power tailgate
25t Premium Turbo ($47,250) has 19-inch wheels, a memory driver's seat and power-folding mirrors, and garage-door opener.
25t Prestige Turbo ($51,850) adds leather seating, heated front seats and steering wheel, power lumbar support, keyless entry, wi-fi hotspot, and navigation
25t R-Sport Turbo ($56,200) gets 20-inch wheels, more aggressive R-Sport trim, adaptive LED headlights, 18-way sport seating, foglights, and satellite radio
30t Premium Turbo ($50,250) is equipped similar to 25t Premium, but with 296-horsepower version of the 4-cylinder engine.
30t Prestige Turbo ($54,850) is similar to 25t Prestige, but with 296-horsepower engine.
30t R-Sport Turbo ($59,200) is similar to 25t R-Sport, but with 296-horsepower engine.
30t Portfolio Turbo ($63,300) adds 20-way leather seating, ebony veneer trim, heated front seats, heated power-reclining rear seats, 825-watt Meridian audio, four-zone climate control, and a head-up display.
20d Premium Diesel ($48,750) substitutes the turbodiesel engine, but is equipped similar to 25t Premium.
20d Prestige Diesel ($53,350) is equipped similar to 25t Prestige.
20d R-Sport Diesel ($57,700) is equipped similar to 25t R-Sport.
S Supercharged V-6 ($61,800) upgrades to 380-horsepower V-6, including configurable Dynamic mode, adaptive suspension, and “S” body kit.
SVR Supercharged V-8 ($79,990), the hottest F-Pace, contains the 550-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, plus an array of performance-focused features..