What is it?
The entry-level variant to Jaguar’s new F-Pace crossover. Although entry-level is a pretty loose term here: yes this is the 2.0-litre diesel model that provides the way into the F-Pace range, but our test car has a few options that’ll lift it above the first model in. Here it’s mated to an all-wheel-drive system (rear-drive is cheaper), it has an eight-speed auto transmission (a six-speed manual is standard) and it runs on adaptive dampers (conventional passive dampers are the base option). But for now, at least, this is the most meagre F-Pace that’s available to us: and it’s representative of the model that will prove the most popular in the range.
In its mechanical make up it’s the same as the 3.0-litre V6 of our feature drive. Which means it’s based on an 80% aluminium architecture shared with the XE and XF executive saloons, although the F-Pace runs to its own wheelbase and tracks. Suspension is by double wishbones at the front, and an integral link (more complex, effective and expensive than a multi-link) at the rear. It’s a sound setup for giving good dynamics.
At 4.7m long the F-Pace is fairly lengthy in its class, where it competes against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and, crucially from a dynamic perspective, the heroically able Porsche Macan. The whole F-Pace range starts at around £37,000 and runs to over £50,000.