2020 Jaguar F-Pace

By April 28, 2020

The mid-size 2020 Jaguar F-Pace delivers all the space, pace, and grace a luxury crossover SUV needs, and does so in a wholly modern package.

The 2020 version of the F-Pace is mostly unchanged from last year’s model. Two well-equipped special editions, the Checkered Flag and 300 Sport, are now available; the former can only be had with the 247-hp turbo-4, while the 300 Sport uses the 296-hp version of that engine. The only other noteworthy change for 2020 is the elimination of the optional turbodiesel.

The F-Type is a shopper’s smorgasbord: with the addition of the two new special editions, there now are nine distinct trim levels from which to pick from. Buyers also have the choice of 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder engines, though the brunt of the trims are only available with the turbo-4 (which is offered in two states of tune). Pricing ranges from about $46,000 for a base model to more than $80,000 for a V-8-powered SVR.

With the way the trims and pricing works out, most F-Paces will be powered by either the 247- or 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4. A “25t” badge denotes the lesser-powered engine, “30t” the high-output version.

The 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is only available with the S trim. V-8 power is exclusive to the SVR, which bristles with 550 hp. Common to every powertrain is all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic.

The F-Pace has not been crash-tested by either the IIHS or NHTSA.

Standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and parking sensors. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.

Model Overview

All prices include a $1,025 destination charge.

The cheapest F-Pace is the 25t ($46,225). Standard features include leatherette upholstery, 8-way power seats with manual recline, a power liftgate, a 10-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, and a Meridian audio system with 380 watts.

The Premium ($48,825) is available in both 25t and 30t flavors. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, power lumbar adjustment, and a garage-door opener.

The Prestige ($52,225) is available with both turbo-4 engines. Standard features include genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, wifi hotspot, traffic sign recognition, and keyless entry.

The R-Sport ($57,525) is also available in either 25t or 30t form. Standard features include 20-inch wheels, 18-way power seats, adaptive LED headlights, siriusXM radio, and an exclusive R-Sport body kit.

The Checkered Flag ($59,425) is limited to the 25t and is the best-equipped trim available with this engine. It comes with paddle shifters, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and special Checkered Flag badging.

The 300 Sport ($63,025) is equipped much the same as the Checkered Flag edition but is powered by the 30t engine and wears dark gray trim and exclusive badging.

The Portfolio ($64,625) is the priciest turbo-4 model. Besides the 30t engine, it gets Windsor leather upholstery, an interactive driver display, head-up display, cooled glovebox, a power gesture-controlled tailgate, and four-zone climate control.

The S ($63,125) is the only V-6-powered F-Pace trim. It comes with additional performance hardware like paddle shifters, adaptive dynamics, and adaptive surface response. Comfort and convenience features are similar to that of the R-Sport.

The V-8-powered SVR ($81,625) is the priciest and fastest F-Pace. Notable features include a torque-vectoring active differential, 21-inch wheels, quilted Windsor leather, heated and cooled front seats, active exhaust with quad tailpipes, and an exclusive SVR body kit.

Exterior

There isn’t a trace of retro anywhere on the F-Pace, but its overall design ethos is classic Jaguar—graceful, distinguished, and elegant. There’s no extraneous detailing here. This pared-down approach has resulted in an understated, classy crossover that can nonetheless stand out in a crowded parking lot.

The F-Pace was introduced a few years after the F-Type sports car, and the thinking that went into styling that svelte two-seater is particularly apparent in the fascias. Up front, the windswept headlights, simple black grille with the center-mounted Jaguar insignia, and large lower air intakes all recall the brand’s flagship sports car. In the back, there’s a strong horizontal theme that accentuates the width of the F-Pace and encourages F-Type comparisons.

Interior

The cabin of the F-Pace is a study in minimalist design, perhaps too minimalist for some. The order of the day was clearly to build a no-fuss, driver-centric space. The look certainly has its appeal, and there’s no denying it is aging well. Yet some, particularly those shopping at the pricier end of the F-Pace spectrum, might find themselves pining for a little more flair than the stoic interior provides.

That said, materials throughout the interior are all top-notch. Whatever is felt, touched, or seen bespeaks quality. Leather-upholstered trims come off as particularly high-caliber.

Various seat designs are offered depending on trim level. Most are comfortable and supportive, though they are a little on the flatter side. The rather high seating position may be a turn-off to the more sport-focused buyers, but most consumers will appreciate the commanding perch.

All F-Pace trims get a 10-inch touchscreen that dominates the center stack. It is an attractive, slick-looking unit that works well enough, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard.

Cargo space with the rear seats up is 33.5 cubic feet, which is better than most of the competition. The F-Pace’s 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats can drop down to provide 63.5 cubic feet of cargo area.

Driving Impressions

With its three distinct engine options—and two states of tune for the turbo-4—the F-Pace offers power and performance for every budget and disposition.

The 247 hp from the base turbo-4 doesn’t sound like much, but it will satisfy the average buyer more concerned with fuel economy than outright speed. The 296-hp version of that same turbo-4 is about as gutsy as most anyone really needs.

Those still not satisfied will appreciate the 380 hp from the supercharged V-6. This engine has a raucous exhaust note and will throw passengers into the back of the seat when pushed.

The V-6 is only trounced by the 550-hp V-8, which tackles the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. It comes with various performance hardware that let it corner as effortlessly as it accelerates. It turns the F-Pace into a credible high-performance crossover that can run with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Though the SVR is particularly adept, the F-Pace is a sharp handler regardless of what engine is powering it. Even base models are quick on their feet and can shuffle through corners without complaint or disturbance.

Models with 21-inch wheels can ride a bit bumpy, but otherwise the F-Pace gobbles up road imperfections.

The standard all-wheel-drive system bestows confidence in both wet and dry weather. And though off-roading isn’t the forte of the F-Pace, it can still ford up to 20 inches of water.

Fuel economy for both versions of the turbo-4 is 22 mpg city, 27 highway, 24 combined. The V-6 is rated at 18/23/20 mpg. The V-8 can only muster an EPA rating of 16/21/18 mpg.

Final Word

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace proves that Jaguar can compete with the best of the mid-size luxury crossover segment. There’s more bandwidth in this slick-looking Jag than all but a few of its rivals, making it that rare jack-of-all-trades that’s also mastered them all. Were it our money, we’d opt for a 30t Prestige—unless, of course, we could afford the rollicking SVR.

—by Anthony Sophinos, with driving impressions from The Car Connection

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