With the heart of a big cat- jaguar f-pace s test

The C-X17 study was followed by the Jaguar F-Pace, the British first performance crossover. The Jaguar F-Pace S shouldn’t be the last, but let’s see for the moment what happens when you pack the drive of an F-Type into a Land Rover. At first glance, it is far more fun to drive than a Land Rover could ever produce. Thanks go to the 380 horses under the hood of the F-Pace S..

The first but not the last of its kind: the F-Pace

Theoretically, the F-Pace weighs only 1,665 kilograms thanks to its lightweight aluminum construction. But if the current top engine with a 3.0-liter V6 compressor is ordered instead of the 180 hp diesel variant, the curb weight increases to 1,861 kg. There is then 380 PS (450 Nm) directly from the Jaguar F-Type. The standard all-wheel drive has also been adopted from the F-Type models and normally sends all of the power to the rear axle. The drive torque is divided to a maximum of 50/50. The F-Pace is always kept in line with torque vectoring via braking.

The First Edition sits well on the road on the 22-inch rims and also looks good in the typical parking lot comparison. An F-Pace with the standard 18-inch model, on the other hand, looks totally wrongly proportioned. The leather seats drawn by the First Edition are strange in some way. Because even after two weeks it was not clear to us exactly what this imprint should represent. What is right to the point is the large “In Control Touch Pro” touch display. Even the navigation can impress with its relatively precise predictions and the screen as such can still be read well even when the incidence of light is inclined.

The Jaguar F-Pace S on the Bilster Berg

A performance crossover must also stand up to this name. For this reason, Bilster Berg was my destination for the day recently. The Jaguar F-Pace S was not only supposed to take me there, but also to get to know the asphalt there and the horror of every SUV: the mousetrap. The F-Pace S already takes the entry into the place on the Bilster Berg, which is bursting with compression, with a slight squeak. The four-wheel drive adapted from the F-Type regulates the slightly borderline behavior of the tires and brings the F-Pace back on line. With a deep jolt in the pit of the stomach, the cortex is signaled that the worst is over before it goes into the invisible right-hand bend.

With almost 1.9 tons and a significantly higher center of gravity than in an F-Type, the performance crossover is not necessarily the fastest on the mountain. The only real problem that manifests itself after about three laps is the braking performance. This declines discreetly and the panes also acoustically report that this maximum load is being released. Due to the more comfort-oriented performance, at least in direct comparison, only the Porsche Macan can go one better!

Back on the autobahn, the Jaguar F-Pace S runs 230 km / h without any problems (even 250 km / h on an absolutely clear road) and conveys what the F in the name stands for. The F-Pace is not just optically very close to the F-Type (e.g. at the rear). The Autobahn performance is also impressive. The average consumption then quickly rises to 14 liters, but the 4,731 mm long crossover rumbles across the streets and not only makes sworn representative drivers doubt.

Conclusion on the Jaguar F-Pace S.

The performance that Jaguar promises is always there. But there is still more to be gained here and there. That is then probably left to the SVR department, which is responsible for placing a unit with two additional cylinders in the F-Pace. No joke: I’m curious, because who would expect such a monster to plague the racetrack faster than, for example, hot hatches designed for it?

Video driving report Jaguar F-Pace S

Video test Jaguar F-Pace S on the Bilster Berg

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner

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