F Pace S : A genuine Jag at its soul
Jaguar has traditionally always made high-end sports cars and sedans — let’s face it, you don’t normally think SUV and then think Jag. But with SUV’s being so popular it makes sense that high-end car makers like Jaguar, Porsche and Bentley are now offering them. I knew that driving a Jag was going to be an amazing experience.
and... I was not let down by the Jaguar F Pace S.
The first thing that caught my eye was its gorgeous looks and striking colour. The car I took for a test drive was a beautiful opal-like blue, with a contrasting black and cream interior. Today’s cars mostly seem to be fifty shades of grey, so it’s always refreshing to see some deviation from the norm.As expected the cabin was super plush, and I was surrounded by a multitude of electronic adjustments to optimise my comfort and driving experience.
The car featured beautifully appointed seats; leather trim; climate control; push-button start; InControl Apps, an eight-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity; sat nav; the latest in collision avoidance technology; and a fabulous Meridien sound system (just to name a few). I found all the ergonomic controls were easy to use and had a real intuitive feel to them. This is something I always look for in a car; it’s nice to be able to step in and go. Like the Tardis, it also felt bigger on the inside. The cabin had plenty of room for everyone to be comfortable, with ample headroom. The boot was deep, and like all SUVs, the back seats fold down to increase luggage space for those weekend trips.
The engine is a Supercharged 3 litre V6 producing 280 KW of power, hooked up to a silky smooth eight-speed auto gearbox with all wheel drive. It really does move along, and the exhaust note has a lovely sound to it. The F-Pace S rides on big 22 inch rims, and the suspension manages to achieve the balance between sporty and comfortable. Even though you’re in an SUV the F-Pace drives, feels and sounds like a genuine Jaguar.
The F-Pace has a beautiful profile, long bonnet, low roof line and swept back cabin. I really loved the large panoramic glass sunroof; it was nice to catch a few rays, and when it got too bright at a touch of a button I could slide back the mesh shade. The F-Pace was an enjoyable blend of a sports car and SUV that seemed to strike a true balance between practicality and sportiness. It is happy in an urban environment but can easily tackle those weekends away on bush tracks or off-road driving. Which is pretty much what Jaguar set out to achieve.
The F-Pace starts at around $74,340 (plus on-road costs).
Thank you to Lennock Jaguar for providing the vehicle, if you would like to test drive a F-Pace S contact them today.
- 126 Melrose Drive, Phillip, ACT, 2606,
- Telephone: 02 6282 2022