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2021 Jaguar F-Pace First Look

The Jaguar F-Pace, a compact all-wheel-drive SUV made in England, sees major changes for 2021. There’s fresh styling front and rear, highlighted by a sculpted new hood, thin LED headlights, and Jaguar leaper badges on the side vents.

More substantive changes have taken place under the revised skin. The supercharged V6 engines from last year have been replaced by a new 3.0-liter inline-6 with an electric supercharger, a twin-scroll turbocharger, and a 48-volt mild hybrid system.

In the F-Pace S 340, the straight-6 puts out 335 horsepower. In the potent new F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400, it puts out 395 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an 8-speed automatic transmission. The P 250 and S 250 F-Pace models continue to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 246 horsepower.

There also is a 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR, powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 14 lb-ft compared to last year.

Changes continue inside, where a curved 11.4-inch infotainment screen takes center stage, complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a new center console, and the latest Pivi Pro operating system, which is more intuitive and allows over-the-air (OTA) software updates. Active Noise Cancellation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are standard.

What’s New?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is majorly revised for 2021 with freshened styling, new mild-hybrid inline-6 engines, and an improved interior featuring a huge 11.4-inch touchscreen, Active Noise Cancellation, and a more intuitive operating system that allows you to complete most tasks in two taps or less. See the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Tastefully restyled
  • Inline-6 engines get mild-hybrid electric assist
  • Choice of four engine outputs
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • New R Dynamic S 400 model has 395 horsepower
  • The potent SVR lives!

What We Don’t

  • Soft resale values

How Much?

$49,995-$84,600

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is available in five ways for 2021: the 4-cylinder P 250 and S 250 models, plus the 6-cylinder S 340 and R-Dynamics S 400, both of which profit from a belt-driven 48-volt mild hybrid system. A potent F-Pace SVR also continues to be available in 2021.

At the entry-level, the P250 and S 250 are powered by the carryover turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Both AWD models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, and both have U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings of 22 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway.

The new inline-6 engines are quite a bit more powerful and should have an edge in overall smoothness because of their excellent inherent balance. In the F-Pace S 340, the supercharged and turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 puts out 335 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. EPA fuel economy for the S 340 is 20 mpg city/27 mpg, which is nearly as good as that of the 4-cylinder because the 6-cylinder has a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist that also creates smooth automatic restarts.

The F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400, at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway, is nearly as efficient, even though its (electric) supercharged and turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 packs a 395-horsepower punch (from 5,500 to 6,500 rpm) and a stout 406 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm. Of note, the lithium-ion battery pack in the new 6-cylinder F-Pace models is mounted beneath the rear seat and luggage compartment.

The top Jaguar F-Pace model, the SVR, is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with a whopping 516 lb-ft of torque.

Standard Features & Options

The 2021 F-Pace is available in five trim levels – the 4-cylinder P 250 and S 250 versions, the 6-cylinder S 340 and R-Dynamics S 400, and the V8-powered SVR.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S 250 has a starting price of $49,995, plus Jaguar’s destination fee of $1,025.  Even though it’s the entry-level F-Pace, the turbocharged 2.0-liter S 250 comes well equipped with 19-in alloy wheels, 12-way heated front seats, the 11.4-inch infotainment screen, ambient interior lighting, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with XM.

The F-Pace P 250 ($53,895) adds leather interior trim and black 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as a power tailgate, upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment, and wireless smartphone charging.

If you want an F-Pace powered by the new inline-6, you have two choices. The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S 340 ($59,395) powered by a 335-horsepower version of that straight-6, comes with leather interior trim and the power tailgate, plus the upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment and black 19-inch alloy wheels.

The F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400 ($65,200), with 395 horsepower, maintains its spot at the top of the lineup with an R-Dynamic kit (a unique grille, body cladding, bumper inserts), plus a leather-covered steering wheel, special sill plates, aluminum engine trim, and black headliner.

The F-Pace SVR ($84,600) comes with the potent V8 powertrain, an SVR body kit, 21-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, Pivi Pro infotainment, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, wireless device charging, a full assortment of driver assists, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Notable standard features for all 2021 F-Pace models include Active Road Noise Cancellation, automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Notable F-Pace options include a wearable activity key (that can be used to lock, unlock, and start this Jaguar SUV), a Cabin Air Ionization filter (that purifies the interior air),  a head-up display (HUD), and a blacked-out exterior package.

Safety

Jaguar’s compact 5-seat SUV has a thorough standard safety suite. It’s highlighted by automatic emergency braking, which warns the F-Pace drivers of impending collisions and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian.

The new F-Pace also has parking sensors and a system that keeps the vehicle in its lane with minor steering inputs.

Also standard: a blind-spot monitor, which helps with lane changes, and a rear cross-traffic alert, which makes backing out of blind parking spots much safer. New for 2021 is a technology that Jaguar calls Clear Exit Monitor, which warns passengers to not get out of the F-Pace if it senses traffic approaching from behind.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t crash-tested the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SUV.

Behind the Wheel

Autotrader hasn’t driven the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace. Check back soon. We have spent some time in a 2020 model, though, and we found the F-Pace chassis to be poised and composed. This is a crossover SUV with a refined ride and the talents of a sports sedan.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Acura RDX — Similar in size to the F-Pace and powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Dependable, and holds its value well.

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio — Another sporty European crossover SUV, though not as roomy inside as the Jag. This Italian has a much smaller cargo area, too.

2021 BMW X3 — All-wheel drive isn’t standard on the X3, which is similar in size to the F-Pace but has much better front headroom. Also powered by a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC — Very similar in size to the Jag, which has more cargo room. Mercedes has much better resale.

2021 Volvo XC60 — Another European crossover SUV powered by a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. The front-drive Volvo starts at about $40,000, quite a bit less than the AWD Jaguar F-Pace.

Used Range Rover Sport  — More interior space, excellent power, and a healthy dollop of English character are very much present in a used Range Rover Sport HSE from around 2016.

Questions You May Ask

Where does Jaguar build the 2021 F-Pace?

The F-Pace is made in Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull, England plant, at the same facility that builds the Jaguar XE sedan.

 What is the towing capacity of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

All 2021 Jaguar F-Pace models can tow an unbraked trailer with a loaded weight of 1,653 pounds. With trailer brakes, that rises to 5,291 pounds.

What is the ground clearance on the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace has a respectable 8.4 inches of ground clearance.

Is there still a diesel-powered F-Pace?

No. The last diesel-powered Jaguar F-Pace for the U.S. market was offered in the 2019 model year.

What is the top speed of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The Jaguar F-Pace P 250 and S 250 have a top speed of 135 mph. The potent R-Dynamic S 400 model has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The SVR can hit 178 mph. The S 400, for the record, hits 60 mph in a fleet 5.1 seconds.

 What is the warranty on the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The Jaguar F-Pace has a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a powertrain protection plan also good for five years or 60,000 miles.

Autotrader’s Advice

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is a great choice for buyers wanting a head-turning compact SUV with sporty manners and an interior that blends old English charm with modern technology. Plan to keep it a while, because resale values aren’t strong. We look forward to sampling the new inline-6 engines, and the model we find most intriguing is the F Pace S 340, which gets you a smooth 335 horsepower for less than $60,000. Find a Jaguar F-Pace for sale

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