Purring with class
Jaguar has entered the lucrative luxury SUV sector with the appealing F-Pace, reports
Like the Germans, tick the option boxes, and the price rises quickly.
But it has possibly the coolest car accessory this century: a weatherproof rubber wrist band ($640) that enables you to lock the original car key inside the vehicle.
Simply hold the wrist band near the ‘J’ on the Jaguar badge on the tailgate and it locks the car. Repeat the proces s to unlock it after you’ve finished surfing/skydiving/bush walking etc. If someone breaks into the car, the original key you’ve left behind is usele ss until the wristband unlocks it.
Its lighter weight results in good fuel consumption. Jaguar says 5.3L/100km and I averaged 6.3.
The ride on the big tyres was a bit jiggly around town but levelled out on the open road.
T h e e i g h t - s p e e d a u to ( standard across all engine variants) shifts smoothly and decisively.
The only clues that you’re in an SUV are the tall driving position and slightly more lean in the corners as physics takes over when driving enthusiastically.
Mostly the F- Pac e feels incredibly secure on the road and steers precisely. The 2.0litre diesel was found wanting up hills and during overtaking.
The extra $ 10k for the 3.0- litre 221kw diesel is worth the outlay. I found the interior smart and up-market.
The doors sounded and felt tinny when being closed.
Jaguar has a winner on its hands. This car alone will likely double its sales in Australia.
It provides buyers with a stylish choice from the popular sellers and is wor thy of the badge.