Jaguar F-Pace 25T Review : Segment leader? AlmostKedar Vaidya
The Jaguar F-Pace 25T is the petrol-engined variant the British carmaker gave its first SUV after axing the 3-litre 700Nm diesel-engined variant to bring down the entry price
What is it?
The German rivals of this Brit are perfect machines. But that’s the point. And they feel like machines. On the other hand, the Jaguar F-Pace feels alive, communicative. In my opinion, it is a huge praise for any vehicle that has the word ‘Sports’ defining its category.
From the pulsating-heart button start to the raised idling upon start before settling to a calmer idle, the sporty exhaust note and eager lurch forward upon touching the throttle; all of it gives the F-Pace a sense that it’s alive.
Let’s get through with the numbers. In the 25T AWD guise, it gets a 2-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine, making 247 horsepower and 365 Nm of Torque. That’s good to propel this 2460Kg SUV to 100kmph from zero in just under 7 seconds. It is paired to an 8 Speed Auto by ZF. Power goes to all the wheels,
What all of that means is the F-Pace is quick on its feet. There is minimal turbo lag, and torque peaks from as low as 1600rpm. But, the transmission feels hesitant at times. It’s seamless around town or relaxed cruising, but if you dig the throttle a bit, you’re in for almost a second of lag before the transmission hooks up a cog. The best results can be achieved by having the transmission in S mode.
Ride and Handling
The chassis and suspension are the party piece of the whole driving experience. The F-Pace could trump a handful of sports cars in the handling department. Add to it the All-Wheel Drive grip, which makes this SUV one of the best in business to drive on curved roads. And oh, the steering! It’s precise, perfectly weighted and as you build up speed, weighs up beautifully. And it doesn’t miss out on feedback either. Germans, this is how you set up a steering, take notes.
The Jaguar F-Pace is an SUV that will put a smile on your face with its abilities. It’s rock stable at high speeds and holds the road like a cat in a chase. It does feel a bit firm on low speeds, but it’s a small niggle that should be ignored. The S in the SUV is justified in my opinion.
The Jaguar F-Pace is a beautiful looking SUV that draws the glimpses that a luxury SUV should while rolling on the streets. It’s one of the best in business in the driving department, and is well equipped. The interior could have been a few notches up in terms of premium looks for the interior. But as a package, it’s a worthy adversary to the German rivals, the BMW X3, the Mercedes Benz GLC and the Audi Q5. It is well priced at ₹64.23 lakh (ex-showroom). Now the wait is on the full-blown, 5 litre F-Type V8 powered F-Pace SVR. Because that would be the Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow guise of SUVs.