Styling; supercharged V6 engines; excellent road manners; passenger and cargo space
Some cabin materials lack the typical Jaguar classiness; rearview camera not standard in the base trim
A new 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine arrives, along with a new limited-edition trim level (the Portfolio), plus two new safety features as part of the 360-degree camera system. Later in the model year, a more powerful version of that new engine will go into models with the 30t designation. See the 2018 Jaguar F-PACE models for sale near you
Prestige trims have an acceptable level of equipment to still feel luxurious, and prices compare well with the competition. The 35t (with the 340-hp supercharged V6) is going to be replaced. So now might be the time to grab a version with this excellent engine, while someone wanting the very latest version should wait until sometime in 2018.
The 2018 Jaguar F-PACE comes in base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport and S trim levels. The S is the only version to have the most powerful V6, while 20d and 35t models start at the Premium level. There's also a limited-edition Portfolio version for the 35t only.
The F-PACE 25t ($43,060) has the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. A power lift gate is standard, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, LED running lights, a self-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a 380-watt/11-speaker audio system, USB, HD Radio and an auxiliary audio input.
The Premium ($45,770) comes with 19-in alloy wheels, memory settings for the driver's seat, a rearview camera and self-dimming/power-folding side mirrors.
The Prestige ($50,120) adds real leather upholstery and heated/ventilated front seats with 4-way power-adjustable lumbar, heated rear outboard seats, a heated windshield and steering wheel (which becomes power-adjustable), and parking sensors front and rear.
The R-Sport ($55,170) rolls on 20-in alloys and incorporates blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, forward-collision mitigation with automatic braking, sportier front seats, fog lamps, and headlights with automatic high beams.
The F-PACE 20d Premium ($47,270) starts off the diesel-powered variants, skipping the base level and going up to the R-Sport.
The S ($58,770) brings the more powerful V6 into the engine bay, while an adaptive suspension is also added. Otherwise, the equipment list is similar to the R-Sport's.
The 35t Portfolio ($64,195) adds a gesture-controlled tailgate and power-reclining rear seats to what is essentially the Prestige's inventory.
As is usually the case, much of the standard equipment in the higher trims is available at extra cost in less expensive variants. Many safety features are only obtainable with the top trims, however. The Driver Assistance package comes with advanced driver aids, which include a 360-degree camera system. This is where the two new safety tech features are found. The first is Forward Traffic Detection, which detects things crossing the vehicle's path; the second is Forward Vehicle Guidance, providing an image and distance reading that will help with tight parking maneuvers.
Other options include 22-in wheels (which will have a negative effect on ride comfort), quad-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10.2-in touchscreen, an 825-watt/17-speaker Surround Sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a perpendicular/parallel self-parking function, and a head-up display that's laser-based (rather than LED) so drivers can wear polarized sunglasses and still be able to read it. Prestige, R-Sport and S trims also offer a TFT/LCD instrument display.
One noteworthy option is the Activity Key. It's worn on the wrist and looks like a fitness gadget; it's waterproof and shockproof, so it can be worn while surfing or rock climbing, etc. It enables the user to leave the usual key in the vehicle, then the vehicle is locked by placing the Activity Key on the J of the tailgate's Jaguar badge. It doesn't need a battery.
A 30t range with the more powerful 4-cylinder engine is planned to replace the V6-powered 35t models at some point in 2018. Pricing will be announced nearer that time.
Cargo space with the rear seats in place is 33.5 cu ft., 63.5 cu ft. when they're folded down (they create a flat loadspace floor). Both figures have the edge over the Q5 and X3. The mat here has carpet on one side and a washable rubberized surface on the other. Maximum towing capacity is 5,290 pounds.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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