Purring with class

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

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.

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