The cabin has room for five adults and plenty of storage space for oddments, as well as several USB and 12V charging points. The chief claim is that rear knee room is class-leading. Boot space, at 650 litres with the rear seats up and 1740 litres with them down, also tops the class. The rear seats are split 60/40 in standard form but can also be had with a 40/20/40 split. That makes the F-Pace's seats-up capacity the same as the BMW X5.
As standard, an 8.0in touchscreen and InControl infotainment are offered. An upgraded InControl Pro system with a 10.2in touchscreen is optional. Other functions include a wi-fi hotspot that allows up to eight devices to be connected to the system.
In place of the usual instrument binnacle is a 12.3in HD screen that displays speed and trip computer functions, as well as 3D navigation graphics. A laser head-up display projects such things as navigation instructions and speed limits onto the windscreen. The F-Pace also features the largest opening panoramic glass sunroof of any car.
Standard equipment with the entry-level £34,710 Prestige trim includes heated and electrically adjustable leather seats, 18in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, frontand rear parking sensors, sat-nav, wi-fi, split folding rear seats and Hill Launch Assist/Descent Control.
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Other trims include the sporty R-Sport (from £36,670), the plush Portfolio (from £39,170) and the range-topping S (from £51,450). Another interesting feature is the new ‘activity key’. This is a waterproof wristband that allows the user to go off and do watersports without having to carry the car's keys.
The key can be kept in the car, the wristband is then put on, and the user touches it against the J of the Jaguar badge at the back to lock (and later unlock) the car and deactivate the main key. The technology is similar to that of contactless card payments.
From launch, Jaguar is also offering a fully loaded First Edition model powered by the V6 diesel engine. This is a luxuriously appointed model based on the S trim and features reclining rear leather seats and 22in alloy wheels within its specification.
The mid-size SUV segment in which the F-Pace competes is currently at around 850,000 sales, and is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2020/21. Residual values for the F-Pace are predicte to be 45-53%, which will exceed those of the Audi Q5. It comes with two-year, 21,000-mile service intervals, and includes a three-year unlimited mile warranty, which includes servicing.
Speaking to Autocar at the car's launch, Jaguar design director Ian Callum said: "F-Pace was designed in parallel to C-X17 but to different timescales. I wanted to capture the spirit of C-X17. Every millimetre has changed for production, but not that you'd notice...
"Designing this was a difficult decision for Jaguar. The customers wanted one, so we decided it was strange but challenging as we're used to designing low, long, sleek cars. We're faced with height, and also a new package. It is a practical vehicle but with the spirit of Jaguar, I hope you see it as a Jaguar first and foremost.
"The grille I hope is now recognised as a Jaguar. It might not have been on the XF ten years ago.
"There is F-type inspiration all over this car and I hope we have captured the spirit and sportiness of it."