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Style, driving talent and space make the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace a cool premium compact SUV/crossover. Lexus and the big three German luxury marques tend to dominate this class, just like they do with other vehicle segments. But that just makes the Jaguar F-Pace more attractive because it's not such an obvious choice. Having a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty (Audi and BMW both offer 4-year/50,000-mile) also helps to reassure buyers.

Then there are the looks. Beauty or beast, you'll have your own opinions, but the F-Pace has a recognizable Jaguar character to its design. It avoids the boxiness that afflicts the crossover genre yet still retains a high level of practicality.

We go deeper into the driving aspect below, but here's one crucial piece of information: The F-Pace uses a lot of aluminum in its construction, including body panels and suspension parts. This use of lightweight metal keeps the center of gravity fairly low, which brings a benefit to the chassis. We'll say this right now: Not many contenders are as pleasurable to drive.

What's New for 2020?

Two new limited-edition trim levels arrive for the 2020 F-Pace: Checkered Flag and 300 Sport. The diesel engine option is no longer available. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration becomes standard throughout the range. See the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Sleek Jaguar styling
  • Supercharged engines in the upper trim levels
  • Excellent road manners
  • Generous passenger and cargo space

What We Don't

  • Some cabin materials lack the typical Jaguar classiness

How Much?

$46,225 to $81,625

Fuel Economy

The base engine in 25t versions of the 2020 F-Pace is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit turbocharged to produce 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel consumption at 22 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving.

The engine in 30t models is a version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit boosted to produce 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. EPA figures are the same as the 247-hp unit: 22 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined.

A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque is in the S version. It achieves 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.

The F-Pace SVR is propelled by 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Fuel consumption is 16 city/21 mpg highway/18 mpg combined.

Every 2020 F-Pace has an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. Premium fuel is recommended for every engine.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace comes in base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Checkered Flag, 300 Sport, S and SVR trim levels.

Premium, Prestige and R-Sport come standard with the 247-hp 4-cylinder but may be upgraded with the 296-hp version for $3,000 extra.

The F-Pace 25t ($46,225) has the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. A powered tailgate is standard along with 18-in alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights, forward collision warning, a self-dimming rearview mirror, parking assist, 10-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, 380-watt/11-speaker audio system, a USB port, an HD radio and an auxiliary audio input.

Premium ($48,825) comes with 19-in alloy wheels, memory settings for the driver's seat and self-dimming/power-folding side mirrors.

Prestige ($53,225) adds real leather upholstery, heated front seats with 4-way power-adjustable lumbar, a heated windshield and steering wheel (which becomes power-adjustable), Wi-Fi, navigation and road sign recognition.

R-Sport ($57,525) rolls on 20-in alloys and incorporates blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, sportier front seats and fog lamps.

Jaguar says the Checkered Flag ($59,425) version is based on the R-Sport but comes solely with the 247-hp engine. It has its own design of front bumper plus a gloss black grille, roof rails, side vents and door cladding. Paint choices include Yulong White, Santorini Black and Eiger Grey.

300 Sport ($63,025) has the 296-hp engine plus Dark Satin Grey detailing around the grille, side windows, side vents, side mirror housings and the rear valance. Inside, it receives the top-level infotainment system that includes a Meridian sound system, along with 18-way power-adjustable front sport seats and a 12-in configurable driver information display. Paint choices are Yulong White, Santorini Black and Indus Silver.

S ($63,125) puts the V6 into the engine bay, while an adaptive suspension is also added. Otherwise, the equipment list is similar to the R-Sport.

The 30t Portfolio ($64,625) brings a head-up display, satellite radio, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, heated/cooled/20-way power-adjustable front seats, power-reclining rear seats with heated outboards, quad-zone climate control, a gesture-controlled tailgate and an 825-watt surround sound system.

As well as the big V8, the SVR ($81,625) has its own cosmetic additions inside and out, an aero kit, 21-in alloy wheels, quad exhaust tailpipes, bigger brakes and a dedicated suspension setup.

Much of the standard equipment in higher trims is available at extra cost in less expensive variants such as quad-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 825-watt/17-speaker surround sound system and a laser-based head-up display (rather than LED, so drivers can wear polarized sunglasses and still read it).

Higher trims also offer a TFT/LCD instrument display. A basic driver assistance package is available from Premium trim, while a more comprehensive array becomes eligible at the Prestige level.

Other options include 22-in wheels (that will affect ride comfort), cabin air ionization and a perpendicular/parallel self-parking function.

One noteworthy extra 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 regular key in the F-Pace and lock the vehicle by placing the Activity Key on the "J" of the tailgate's Jaguar badge. No batteries are required.

Cargo space with the rear seats in place is 33 cu ft., 63 cu ft. when they're folded down flat. Both figures have the edge over the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The mat in the F-Pace has carpet on one side and a washable rubberized surface on the other. Maximum towing capacity is 5,290 pounds.

Safety

The F-Pace has not yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But it did score the maximum five stars from a similar European safety program.

Full-length side-curtain airbags are among the standard safety features. More advanced features, such as adaptive cruise control and road sign recognition, are available.

Behind the Wheel

Space is excellent for occupants in both rows. A clever yet subtle piece of packaging makes the F-Pace slightly wider than the XF sedan on which it's based. The payoff comes in the form of generous shoulder/hip room and a really stable road stance.

The F-Pace exhibits some typical Jaguar traits. One is a chassis that's composed and poised but not in the least bit jiggly or harsh. The low-ish center of gravity certainly helps. And that's despite an elevated driving position along with a relatively generous ground clearance of 8 inches.

Should anyone want to take their F-Pace crossover for some mild off-roading, that figure is good to know. Jaguar's sister company, Land Rover, has contributed some expertise in the form of All-Surface Progress Control, which is like a slow-motion cruise control for when things get tricky underfoot.

Handling is further enhanced by Jaguar's "torque vectoring by braking" system that subtly applies the brakes to one wheel 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. For comparison, the wonderfully quick Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV "only" has 469 hp.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Audi Q5 -- Talented, handsome and popular.

2020 BMW X3 -- Superb to drive, well-packaged, extremely practical, somewhat pricey.

2020 Lexus NX -- Great build quality and strong resale values. Not that inspiring to drive.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class -- Classy, slightly understated, yet well-equipped for the price. Updated for 2020.

2020 Volvo XC60 -- It comes with its own aesthetic charms, plus great safety equipment and technology. There's a plug-in hybrid version as well.

Used Porsche Macan -- The F-Pace was benchmarked against the Macan when Jaguar was tuning the suspension. The Porsche is more expensive as a new vehicle but a recent certified pre-owned (CPO) version is absolutely worth checking out.

Autotrader's Advice

For an acceptable balancing act between equipment and expenditure, a Prestige version with a few well-chosen options (driver assistance features are invariably a good idea) works well. The gutsier engine is also desirable, since it's more in keeping with the broader Jaguar driving experience. Find a Jaguar F-Pace for sale

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