The temple of performance SUVS is almost complete, with Jaguar’s highly-anticipated SUV joining the fraternity
here is always a first for everything and Jaguar clearly isn’t any different in this theory of life. With SUVS being the trend now in every part of the world, it isn’t hard to envisage the British marquee wanting a slice of the SUV pie. Having being masters in their own realm of sedans and coupes and having won acclaimed success with its raucous and obscene supercharged V6 motors, how would an SUV entrant perform amongst its existing rank of sedans and coupes?
Enter the F-pace, a SUV that reeks completely of Jaguar’s ambition to rule the world. Given how accustomed much of the driving populace has become to the typical offerings from Stuttgart, Ingolstadt and Bavaria, the F-pace comes as a slice of peppermint chocolate tiramisu amongst the usual dessert takes of salted caramel. Being its first SUV offering, there can be no mistake. After all, first impressions count and there can be no mistake with the F-pace; a lot of Jaguar’s pride and reputation is riding on it.
And what a first impression it makes, the F-pace makes little or no effort at being suave; it does it so ever naturally, but at the same time, does not put on a pretentious, overly muscular image by keeping its side proportions in check. The typical visuals of the British cat can be spotted from its large front grille, boldly embossed with the brand’s insignia. The obvious bits however, are the complete front façade and its distinctively shaped tail lights.
Inside the F-pace, Jaguar has stayed on point with its finishing. In typical Jaguar fashion, the instantly-recognisable bits are the steering wheel, dashboard, rotary drive selector knob and dashboard. Surprisingly with all that high-tech wizardry that Jaguar touts from its infotainment system, it still misses out on smartphone casting, something that many continental car manufacturers are embarking on. Then there’s the issue with the window switches mounted on the high on the door, which makes you wonder why Jaguar did not opt to place the switches next to the door handle. Small smidges then, because being in the F-pace is a massively enjoyable affair. While its size sits somewhere between the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, it offers relatively decent space for four adults, along with good 650-litre boot space for two