Expert review written by the Kelley Blue Book vehicle review editorial team.
Beautiful but not compromised, spacious but not boxy, engaging but not harsh, the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace brings a distinct character to the premium compact-crossover-SUV scene. Now it comes with more standard equipment and tops the power ratings with the all-new 550-horsepower SVR version.
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You think a luxury German crossover SUV purchase is in many respects an unimaginative purchase. Yes, they’re excellent, but they’re everywhere. The new F-Pace has its own particular style. It can look arresting without appearing angry. It also has the substance to back up the sheetmetal.
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You’re already looking a few years down the road. Although Jaguar’s build quality is improving to the best it’s ever been, the company’s past form was less than stellar. If an engaging drive and good looks come a distant third and fourth behind utter reliability and resale values, you need to check out the Lexus NX.
Advanced driver aids are now available as option packages in lower trims of the 2019 F-Pace, while other features (like the rearview camera and forward-collision mitigation) become standard. Traffic Sign Recognition has been improved; the 10-inch infotainment touch screen is now standard. A new range-topping, high-performance, 550-horsepower SVR version debuts, and the cabin offers a few fresh options.
Clever packaging results in remarkable roominess for this compact-crossover SUV. The F-Pace can accommodate five in comfort, with the rear passengers enjoying a “stadium” seat set slightly higher than those in front. The panoramic moonroof is one of this segment’s largest, adding to the overall sense of space. However, the driver’s vision is hampered by wide B-pillars and a narrow rear window. And some of the plastics used, such as those on the door tops, seem a touch down-market. The standard-issue power tailgate opens to reveal a wide aperture and a class-leading 33.5 cubic feet of trunk space, increasing to 63.5 when the rear seats are folded down.
Jaguar is now firmly in the 21st century and, if its designs are any indication, thriving on the fresh challenges. The 2019 F-Pace isn’t one of those “coupe” crossover SUVs, but still manages to look streamlined instead of boxy (despite generous interior dimensions). The company is named after a big cat and that feline grace extends to its vehicles, enhanced by a muscular tautness to the lines. This is made more impressive considering the mainly aluminum body, a metal that’s much trickier to shape than steel. It also looks classy enough to make an impact in front of a 5-star hotel.
The F-Pace has that much-loved raised driving position, but this crossover SUV doesn’t feel top-heavy in the slightest. Aluminum is used extensively in its construction, keeping weight in check and the center of gravity satisfyingly close to the ground. The standard all-wheel-drive system, rear-biased for a sporty feel in normal circumstances, features torque vectoring that sends power to any wheels with the most traction and making the outside wheels faster than their inside counterparts to trace tight lines through corners. A highlight is the ride quality: completely composed, never jarring. The standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is punchy enough for most purposes, the diesel packs a low-end punch while remaining frugal, and the supercharged V6 makes the 2019 F-Pace feel like a bona-fide Jaguar. The SVR is ballistic and therefore more specialized. The 8-speed automatic transmission, meanwhile, functions unobtrusively.
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $44,800, and all models have a destination charge of $1,025. The Premium trim starts at $47,250 while the diesel version (20d) and the more powerful 4-cylinder gasoline version (30t) start at $48,750 and $50,250, respectively. The 380-horsepower F-Pace S begins at $61,800, while the 2019 F-Pace SVR comes in at a heady $79,990.Once rivals like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class have comparable equipment levels, the F-Pace starts to look more competitive cost-wise. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what other buyers in your area are paying for their new Jaguar F-Pace. Resale values are not a Jaguar strong point, but the company’s ever-improving build quality and the popularity of the F-Pace so far bodes well.OK, so what’s next?I’m interested in the newest version of this car. What’s for sale near me?I’m interested in this car, and I’d like to trade in my current car while I’m at it.Then again, maybe I should be thinking about a used car.
The list of standard equipment in the 2019 F-Pace is longer than last year’s. Joining the all-wheel-drive system, power tailgate, sliding panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control and a 380-watt/11-speaker Meridian audio setup are parking sensors at both ends, rearview camera, lane-keeping assistance and a driver-fatigue monitor. Plus Jaguar EliteCare that includes a warranty, free scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles, a 5-year/unlimited mileage subscription to Jaguar InControl Remote & Protect service that remotely locks/unlocks the doors, starts the engine, heats/cools the cabin, and notifies emergency services automatically if an airbag deploys.
Once we move up to Premium trim, just above the entry level, then the 2019 F-Pace becomes eligible for a Drive Package that brings blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. Extra equipment is available as the trims grow more expensive. Other options in the range include heated steering wheel/seats/windshield-washer jets, 360-degree camera system, Wi-Fi, automatic parking assistance, adaptive suspension, configurable driving modes, head-up display, and 22-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a choice of engines ranging from sensible to blistering.
ACTIVITY KEYSurfers, kayakers and mountain bikers will love this. It’s an electronic key that looks like a fitness tracking device. It’s also worn on the wrist, plus it’s shockproof and waterproof, and needs no batteries. Leave the regular key in the F-Pace, touch the “J” of the tailgate’s Jaguar badge, then go out and catch a few waves without a worry.JAGUAR INCONTROL TOUCH PROAuto manufacturers all have pet names for their infotainment systems. Jaguar’s is InControl Touch Pro. This is now standard in the 2019 F-Pace with a high-resolution 10-inch touch screen that works with smartphone-like pinch-and-zoom gestures. A 12.3-inch display is optional, plus a 17-speaker/825-watt Meridian surround-sound system well regarded among audiophiles.
Under the Hood
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is the default unit on all models except the S and SVR. It develops a respectable 247 horsepower. Available in the Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trims is a torquey yet efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine. A 296-horsepower gasoline turbo-4 (replacing last year’s 340-horsepower V6) is also available in these trims and the Portfolio version. Then there’s the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S, bringing 380 horsepower for an authoritative thrust that’s ideal for the overall Jaguar character. New for 2019, the SVR has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 generating a mighty 550 horsepower (only the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 comes close with 469). All variants have superb 8-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4247 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-4,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 mpg2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4180 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm318 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 mpg2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4296 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 mpg3.0-liter supercharged V6380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm332 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 mpg5.0-liter supercharged V8550 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm502 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace is a premium compact-crossover SUV from a company famous for its luxurious sedans and svelte sports cars. But this is no begrudging concession to fashion. It’s still a proper Jaguar, displaying all the qualities associated with the marque. Such as exquisite design, a suspension that rides with an uncanny mix of comfort and control, and strong engines. Yet this 5-seater is also supremely practical, with plenty of passenger space in both rows and a generous cargo area. Naturally, there are several driver-assistance features as well, plus great-sounding audio systems. With a range encompassing the lavish to the sporty to the fuel-efficient, the 2019 F-Pace is a prime candidate among vehicles like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.