This is the first hybrid in Jaguar history. As is the trend, this is an SUV, the F-Pace that rivals the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3. It is certainly not the most sober on the market, but it allows you to take advantage of this discreetly elegant model with reasonable taxation.
Launched in 2016, the Jaguar F-Pace has survived the years well. At least, aesthetically. Because commercially, this elegant British SUV is marking time against its German rivals. The fault lies with a brand image that may be too exclusive and, above all, a penalizing tax system.
When it came out, the F-Pace featured the latest engines from the Ingenium family, developed in-house after years of Ford governance. But these could not do much in the face of the high mass of the machine, despite the intensive use of aluminum in the manufacture. It was time for the plug-in hybrid to join the range: offered on the occasion of this restyling, this new variant finally eliminates the need for penalties, which is the main purchase motivation for this type of model!
The lines of the Jaguar F-Pace have aged well, therefore. Also the manufacturer of Coventry he could be satisfied with minor modifications during this restyling. The novelties focus on the optics, front and rear with a revisited light signature, as well as the shields.
The grille has also been redesigned. The whole is a little smoother, more modern. Above all, the limited color chart at launch gained the reinforcement of an impressive color palette. Question elegance, the F-Pace stands out quite clearly in the category therefore.
A brand new interior
When it came out, some had criticized the F-Pace for its dashboard taken from the XE sedan, whose charm was not related to Jaguar tradition. If the restyling is not obvious on the outside, on the inside, everything changes! The on-board furniture has been completely revisited and the finish has taken a leap forward. Admittedly, the lines are quite classic and do not give pride of place to the wooden inserts as one might imagine from a Jaguar. The beast of Coventry preferred modernity, with a domed screen snatched from cousin Range Rover Velar. The materials are beautiful and the assemblies rather neat. In short, the British SUV now has nothing to envy the Swedish and German rivals, and even adds a touch of charm. The new Pivi Pro infotainment system is proving to be rather convincing, without however reaching the excellence (in particular at the level of the voice control) of BMW, benchmark as regards on-board technologies.
With a length of 4.74 m, one of the most generous in the category, the Jaguar F-Pace logically offers a comfortable space on board. The rear passengers have enough to stretch their legs. Still, the design of the seats and the bench, a little too deep in the middle of the back, will not suit all body types.
The location of the battery, under the boot floor, also encroaches on its volume. Jaguar only communicates the value up to the ceiling, and not under the shelf, which is a bit misleading: 619 liters are announced against 793 liters on the thermal versions. A significant difference.
There are hardly any surprises to be expected at this level! There were already plug-in hybrids within the Jaguar-Land Rover group (under the Land Rover brand, therefore) and this F-Pace therefore takes an existing solution. The platform being planned for a longitudinal mechanical installation, it is the whole known on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport which was taken again, with small modifications.
This electrified system, combined with the 2.0-liter, 300-hp four-cylinder petrol engine, was designed by OEM ZF and appears similar to that used by BMW on its X3 and X5, among others. That is, the electric motor is included in the eight-speed automatic gearbox, where it replaces the torque converter.
In total, the assembly develops 404 hp (the 143 hp electric motor does not reach its peak power at the same speed as the gasoline engine).
The battery is a little larger than on the Range Rover, with a capacity of 17.1 kWh here. It can be charged in alternating current, with a maximum power of 7 kW, or else, which is much rarer on a plug-in hybrid, with a CCS Combo port in direct current, up to a power of 32 kW. In reality, we measured a maximum of 29 kW, and we hit the 90% threshold in 30 minutes, a little better than what the manufacturer claims (80% in 30 minutes).
Driving the Jaguar F-Pace P400e
No miracle at the wheel. With a high mass (2,189 kg), the F-Pace cannot boast of low consumption. In electric mode, we were able to cover 38 km, in the category average.
Empty battery, on the other hand, the four-cylinder Ingenium is just as greedy here as in the other models of the mark: we noted an average of 11.7 l / 100 km on the highway and 9.6 l / 100 km on the highway. Most of the competition is doing a little better, but the difference is not that great.
Performance side, the F-Pace is a little penalized by its mass, but manages to keep the electric boost present, even after several kilometers in fast driving. Admittedly, it is diminishing (only Mercedes-Benz manages to maintain constant performance, whatever the situation), but it has the merit of always being there, which is far from being a generality. This dynamism is also reflected in the balance of the chassis and stability at high speeds. Surprisingly agile in bends, this Jaguar F-Pace hybrid is a credit to the brand’s sporting reputation!
But who will really push this vehicle to its limits? And this is where the shoe pinches: on a daily basis, this SUV suffers from heavy steering and too geared down, while comfort suffers from poorly calibrated damping, which poorly brakes cash movements, while raising the back too much. pavement irregularities. Fortunately, the transmission calibration is ideal in Eco mode (a little too aggressive in town in the other configurations).
Sure, this F-Pace is a flattering and fun vehicle. But its perfectible focus in casting can make it boring on a daily basis.
Falling under its spell requires a well-stocked wallet, with an access price of 72,290 €. And at this price, impossible to miss the catalog of options, as the manufacturer can be mean, for example to charge the heated seats or the folding levers of the rear seat… It is not perfect, but what a look!
- Neat presentation
- Interesting tax
- Honest performance
- Perfectible damping
- Fuel consumption in hybrid mode
- Heavy steering in town