We spent a week in the Jaguar F-Pace S 3.0 Diesel and covered 1500 kilometers between Johannesburg and Richards Bay on the scenic route.
Ordinarily, we manage to to cover between 300 and 500 kilometers with a review vehicle but since this is a car I have actually considered purchasing for myself, I thought I would take advantage of the fact that I have it for longer than just a dealership visit test drive and put it through it’s paces (sorry).
I immediately took to the aggressive stance of the F-Pace with it’s wide body and long wheel base. Driving around the Scribante track on the launch only helped to entrench the Jag’s credentials. Unlike many other SUV’s the F-Pace doesn’t suffer from excessive body roll, something that makes me nervous, but at the same time it isn’t a low slung track car so one should treat it with respect. The clever people will tell you that they achieve this by using aluminium and magnesium in the construction of the chassis which allows it to have a lower center of gravity. Jaguar’s engineers will tell you they made the boot pan out of steel to shift weight to the rear in an attempt to achieve the 50/50 weight distribution. All I know, it works.
The F-Pace is a pleasure to drive on long and winding roads as you can see in our scenic video of our trip to the East coast.
The F-Pace S is the performance tuned 221kW / 380 HP supercharged V6 version.
Performance always comes at a price and the F-Pace is no different. For those days when you’re driving long distance or sitting in heavy traffic you can switch the F-Pace to eco mode and enjoy the benefits of more economical driving. Using the eco mode means we enjoyed an average consumption just over 7 l / 100km on our cross-country trek down to the coast and back to the reef which included a fair amount of freeway driving but a good deal of town and eighty-zone driving too. The average speed for our 1500km round trip was 75km/h. Significantly higher than the average of my current ride over the past 5 years of 48km/h. When you feel the need or have access to a stretch of tar that will allow you to experience the dynamic mode, you can switch to the full fat experience and burn away your kids’ college fund in an all adrenaline filled session of tyre screeching induced motoring joy to the tune of the beautiful engine notes.
The interior of the F-Pace appeals to my taste for clean lines and ‘less is more’ philosophy, especially with all the audio and navigation buttons incorporated in the 10.2 inch touch screen. We really like the soft touch leather finishes to the interior on the dash and center console which complement the luxuriously crafted leather seats. The only parts we’re not so enthusiastic about are the cheap plastic cover at the top of the windscreen that houses some sort of sensors, probably light and rain and the door pockets which are not to the same level of excellence as the rest of the interior. With so many options available, I wouldn’t choose a black interior in South Africa if I was using the build-your-own function on the Jaguar website.
The F-Pace S comes standard with 20″ rims, front and rear S body kit bumpers, metal treadplates with S branding, LED headlights with daytime running lights, perforated leather seats, huge red brake calipers, suede cloth headlining and meshed aluminium finishes. All of these make the already impressive F-Pace stand out from the Pure and R-Sport versions.
WORLD CAR AWARD WINNER 2017
The jury of 72 motoring journalists from 24 countries has spoken – F-PACE has won World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards in New York. F-PACE is only the second vehicle ever to claim a famous double victory, and this latest success takes the global awards tally to 34 titles.
The F-Pace definitely attracts attention. Some people might never have seen one before we traveled through their remote village but townfolk also gawked as we made our way past. The F-Pace feels big inside. There just seems to be an enormous amount of space at the front of the cabin. The backseat is just as wide but the feeling of space is more pronounced at the front. The golf clubs fit with ease in the boot so might have to resume that pastime again in the near future.
Having spent a week in one, do I still want to buy one? I still think it’s a great car. I enjoyed every minute of driving but with the economy probably going to get smashed into junk status I’m waiting for Jaguar to come back to me about this particular car’s price, then we’ll make up our mind.
Build your own F-Pace from scratch on the Jaguar website.
Model we drove:
3.0 LITRE V6 221kW TWIN TURBOCHARGED DIESEL (AUTO) AWD
REC. RETAIL PRICE R1,069,400 CO2 TAX (Incl VAT) R4,446
@ rev/min 4,000
Maximum torque (EEC-Nm) 700
@ rev/min 1,500-1,750
Top speed (km/h) 241
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (seconds) 6.2
Weight from (kg) 1,884
Gross vehicle weight (kg) 2,570
Capacity (cc) 2,993
Urban (l/100km) 6.9
Extra Urban (l/100km) 5.6
Combined (l/100km) 6.0
Tank capacity (litres approx.) 66
CO2 (g/km) 159
Rear track (mm) 1,654
Overall height (mm) 1,693*
Wheelbase (mm) 2,874
Overall length (mm) 4,746
Overall width (mm) 2,175
Ground clearance (mm) 213
Turning circle (m) 11.59
Boot volume (litres) 650†