Han­dling is su­perb for Jaguar cross­over

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

It is matched up to a very smooth eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The en­gine is quiet un­der power, but rum­bles with a lovely throaty sound when pushed harder. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is swift with the gear changes be­ing seam­lessly smooth.

The all-wheel drive sys­tem in the F-Pace is of the on-de­mand type, push­ing 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels un­der nor­mal driv­ing con­di­tions.

As soon as slip­page is de­tected it dis­trib­utes the power 50:50 be­tween the axles. Also part of the pack­age is All Pur­pose Progress Con­trol, it works like a low-speed launch con­trol to help man­age trac­tion at speeds be­tween 3.5 and 30 km/h de­pen­dent on the driv­ing sur­face.

On road, the F-Pace han­dles like a lighter, tighter sedan than a roomy cross­over.

It is built on the same alu­min­u­minten­sive plat­form as the XE, with more than three-quar­ters of the struc­ture be­ing alu­minum.

This helps to bring a near per­fect 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, which makes the han­dling su­perb for a cross­over es­pe­cially when push­ing into the cor­ners.

There wasn’t any no­tice­able wind or road noise at high­way speeds and in the city the ride was as smooth as to be ex­pected when try­ing to avoid the in­evitable pot­holes that lit­ter the roads.

Over­all, Jaguar has man­aged to build a cross­over that is more than pleas­ing to the eye than many of its peers while giv­ing it the han­dling and per­for­mance of a le­git­i­mate sports car.

Where the F-Pace dif­fers is the fact it can carry on af­ter the paved road ends.

Jaguar has built a cross­over that is more pleas­ing to the eye than many of its peers while giv­ing it the han­dling and per­for­mance of a le­git­i­mate sports car.

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