Test Jaguar F-Pace 25t AWD, Label Versatility
We tested the Jaguar F-Pace with the 250 hp gasoline engine from the Ingenium family, which is the access version of the range. The British luxury SUV boasts comfort, dynamism, and a distinguished image is the 25t AWD enough?
The rise of SUVs is not just a fad; it is a widespread trend in almost every market that has come to stay. So it is not surprising that most manufacturers have opted for this lucrative type of vehicle, even among those who had no tradition in this field. A good example of this is the Jaguar F-Pace, the first incursion of the British brand among high-performance SUVs.
The sales figures quickly proved that Jaguar was right and soon became the best-selling model of the brand. For example, three of every five Jaguar cars that left the American dealerships in 2017 were an F-Pace. The commitment to this type of vehicles is reaffirmed with a model in more compact format, the Jaguar E-Pace, another larger, the future Jaguar J-Pace, and even the range will add a 100% electric crossover in the figure of the Jaguar i -Pace.
Returning to the F-Pace, we wanted to examine the new generation of Ingenium gasoline engines, keeping the F-Pace 25t AWD version. It is one of the most interesting because of its relationship between performance, consumption and price. It treats of a propellant of 2,0 liters with four cylinders and turbo that generates 250 CV linked exclusively to an automatic change of eight speeds and to the traction to the four wheels (AWD).
But before starting the engine let’s take a look at this unit that plays everything black. Not only because its body has been dressed in Santorini Black but also because the optional Black Pack that imposes, it has the bright blacked on the front grille, the side gills and the profile of the windows.
The traditional elegance of Jaguar is maintained in this SUV, while the sporty touch is seen through some features inspired by the Jaguar F-Type, the roof descending line or the double exhaust. The dimensions of the F-Pace impose. Not so much its length, which is maintained in a practical 4.75 m but by a disproportionate width of 2.07 m (up to 2.17 if we count the rear-view mirrors) that importune circulating through narrow streets or parking in a battery.
The customization options are extensive and, in addition, the equipment is generous depending on the level of equipment chosen as there are four finishes: Pure, Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio. The F-Pace S and F-Pace SVR versions are also available with other more powerful engines. Some exterior features that this model can have are the adaptive LED headlights with the unmistakable daytime running lights J Blade or the alloy wheels up to 22 inches.
As it happens on the outside, the interior also appeals to black. The dashboard, sober design is made with good adjustments (not excellent) but the materials do not show too luxurious an atmosphere in relation to the price of the model. Given the final bill, which in this particular unit is around 92,000 dollars, one would expect the presence of wood or aluminum, but its absence remains striking.
The seats are very comfortable for their ergonomics and soft and leave the driver in an elevated position to dominate the environment and remember that we are in an SUV. Ahead of this one is the spectacular digital instrumentation, with a 12.3-inch screen that allows a large dose of personalization with a very modern and functional design. The information can also be completed with an optional Head-up Display with laser technology that displays information directly on the windshield.
Behind the space is very abundant. The rear seats provide a comfortable shelter for passengers of up to 1.85 m both for knee and headspace and allow three adults to find a reasonable range for long trips. Here you can see the advantages of a car over two meters wide. Of course, unlike some of its rivals, does not offer seven seats or option.
As standard, the Jaguar model has an In Control Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Depending on the finish, the Touch Pro system can be equipped with a 10.2-inch touchscreen with multi-touch gesture recognition and Dual View technology that allows the driver and the passenger to see different contents at the same time on the same screen.
The Touch Pro system integrates a Navigation Pro navigation system with visually very attractive 3D maps, but sometimes it has not guided me through the most optimal route and has even given erroneous indications. It also includes a Meridian audio system with 11 speakers and 380 W, although an option there is an exquisite sound system Meridian Surround with 17 speakers and 825 W with Trifled technology to offer a more immersive sound experience.
The access threshold is very high and that of the trunk is also due to the generous free height of the vehicle. The trunk of 650 liters is huge, the largest in the segment, and it is very profitable especially for its large width. This volume is achieved in the case of mounting a puncture repair kit because the capacity is reduced to 508 liters with the spare wheel of biscuit and to 463 liters if a spare wheel of normal size is stored. The rear seat is foldable in a 40:20:40 ratios to expand the space to 1,740 liters.
Power More Than Enough
The mechanical range of the British SUV is very varied. After driving the gasoline engine access is clear that the 250 HP of this version are in full form. They are more than enough, being able to overcome 100 km / h from standing in just 6.8 seconds. With a quick direction and good agility to be a crossover, it does not fear the twisty roads.
The thrust is forceful throughout the range of revolutions with a maximum torque of 365 Nm that is delivered consistently between 1,200 and 4,500 rpm, a wide range of use. In addition, the turbo delay is almost non-existent. Jaguar explains that one of the keys is in the use of a double-input turbocharger powered by an integrated exhaust manifold that synchronizes the exhaust impulses of two separate pairs of cylinders.
The SUV, whose base is the IQ modular platform that also uses the Jaguar XE, the XF, and the Range Rover Velar, It shows a great dynamic behavior. It does not reach the level of dynamism of the Porsche Macan or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, but it does not stay far from these either. In its more professional slope, it spends fuel without remorse, being located above 11 l / 100 km with ease.
However, the F-Pace with the Ingenium engine shows great variations of consumption according to our driving style, so it is necessary to be clear how to take advantage of it. For this, the driving modes of Jaguar Drive Control come with pearls with Eco, Dynamic, Rain, Snow or Ice programs.
Practice a decidedly efficient driving reward with this engine. Away from the city, with smooth accelerations, anticipate braking, take advantage of steep slopes and maintain moderate speeds is able to obtain close to 7 l / 100 km, a fantastic value for a gasoline vehicle of this size and power.
If we do not put so much effort, it will drink between 8.5 and 9.5 l / 100 km going at a leisurely pace. In any case, the F-Pace is comfortable on long trips, with a very contained sonority and with a very smooth and quite fast gear change with 8 speeds.
Although its elegant aesthetics might suggest otherwise, the F-Pace shows great off-road skills. It is more refined than a Land Rover Discovery Sport, with which it shares some mechanics, but has little to envy outside the asphalt. The ground clearance of 213 mm is very remarkable and useful for the field, and also the camera system 360 degrees, which helps to overcome obstacles and maneuver without difficulty.
Undoubtedly, one of its great values for off-road practice is the effective four-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). In normal driving conditions, 90% of the torque is transmitted to the rear wheels and can reach 100% according to the needs.
The distribution of torque between both axes is carried out by means of a multi-disc electro-hydraulic clutch controlled by a centrifugal electro-hydraulic actuator. With both technologies the distribution of the traction is carried out with extreme rapidity and, according to Jaguar, the total transfer of torque of 100% from the rear wheels to the front wheels takes place in only 165 thousandths of a second.
The technological arsenal also includes the optional Adaptive Surface Response system (AdSR) recognizes the differences between low traction surfaces (mud, ice, gravel, and snow) to maximize the available grip by adjusting torque distribution, engine response and braking.