The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace is a balanced, desirable crossover SUV.
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace delivers style, grace, and, now more than ever, performance. For 2019, Jaguar’s crossover SUV gets some slight changes that keep it one of our favorite luxury SUVs.
We’re big fans of the F-Pace’s sultry sheetmetal and business-before-pleasure cabin, and thankfully nothing much has changed visually for this year, save the addition of a standard 10.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment inside.
After adding a base 247-horsepower turbocharged inline-4-cylinder engine last year, the major update for 2019 comes at the top of the range in the form of the 550-horsepower F-Pace SVR, which could put many sports cars to shame with its 4.1-second 0-60 mph time and top speed of 176 mph thanks to a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. We have not yet driven the F-Pace SVR.
The F-Pace also gets standard active safety features to keep it competitive, including active lane control, automatic emergency braking, and parking sensors. The optional adaptive cruise control system gains traffic sign recognition improvements and a steering-assist feature that helps keep the big cat centered in its lane.
Thanks to 8.4 inches of ground clearance on all models save the SVR, this Jag has some off-road chops as well, though admittedly not as much as its platform-mate, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The F-Pace’s real party piece is on twisty backroads though, where it’s as competent and fun as any of its competitors, even the one wearing a Porsche badge.
With more cargo space than rivals and plenty of space for five adults, the F-Pace is a tried-and-true luxury SUV, and one that should certainly be on your short list.
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace is an attractive cat that shows its adventurous side, though the interior is an exercise in function over form.
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace sees no changes to its sultry sheetmetal, and that’s a great thing in our eyes.
An appealing blend of sportiness and utility blends the combined heritage of both Jaguar and corporate sibling Land Rover, with a sloping roofline and tapered windows that signal this SUV is here to carve corners, not rocks. The big signature Jaguar grille and snarling headlights remain, and the F-Pace continues to look more comfortable in its skin than the smaller, stubbier E-Pace.
Inside, there’s not as much visual flair, but the no-nonsense cabin is functional and classy, even if many configurations make the upholstery and trim too dark of an affair. Even in base trim, the F-Pace feels high-quality in all the right places. New slimmer sport seats and optional suede-cloth headliners pair with illuminated door sill plates to give the look a slight refresh.
The now-standard 10.0-inch touchscreen display dominates the center stack and integrates gesture controls in case you’re intimidated by the size of the screen. An optional digital cockpit display makes the cabin more modern-feeling, though this is a look that could easily be described as “timeless,” if not particularly bold.
No matter which engine is underhood, the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace delivers potent performance and sporty-yet-composed driving manners in a number of situations.
Performance is the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace’s chief calling card, and with a new SVR model bringing sports car-like numbers to the lineup, this sporty SUV gets even more appealing.
Last year, the F-Pace got a new turbocharged inline-4 engine at the bottom of the range, which makes 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, good for a 6.4-second 0-60 time. A higher-output turbo-4 pushes out 296 horsepower and cuts that time to 5.7 seconds.
Those who want something different than just another turbocharged four-cylinder have two additional options: a supercharged V-6 with 380 horsepower or a turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower but 318 lb-ft of torque. If you’ve got a hunger for speed (and quite a bit more cash), the new SVR version of the F-Pace slots a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 under the hood, making a massive 550 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 176 mph.
The F-Pace isn’t just brute force with no grace, however, as this is one of the best-handling SUVs on the road, not to mention one of the most comfortable. Larger wheels can unsettle the ride a bit, but the suspension system does well to inspire confidence, as does the all-wheel drive system, which yields rear-wheel drive characteristics.
With 8.4 inches of ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 25.5 and 25.7 degrees front and rear, the F-Pace has some decent off-roading chops, though those who own models on 22-inch wheels and summer tires may want to avoid the trail. A hefty 20.7 inches of water fording ability helps to remind you that this cat comes from a line of Land Rovers.