Jaguar F-Pace Tours Belfast

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The latest addition to the growing Jaguar lineup is their stunning F-Pace SUV.  We went along to it’s first unveiling in Northern Ireland, at Charles Hurst Jaguar on the Boucher Road.

I first laid eyes on the new F-Pace at Geneva last week and from looks alone I immediately knew it would be a hit in the now massive SUV sector.  Up close and personal in the showroom, it’s easy to see why.  The signature grill and headlights that are served up from the XF and XJ lineage is unmistakeably Jaguar, and at the rear the tail lights remind me of the gorgeous F-type.   It’s aggressive stance continues in profile – the wheel arches are enormous, easily swallowing up to the 22″ alloys you can specify when ordering.  In the looks department at least, it’s right up their with the Range Rover Evoque.

Jaguar F-Pace Tours Belfast

It’s based on the XF floorpan so there’s no Range Rover platform crossover here, with a mostly aluminium body weighing in around the 1.8 ton mark.  It’s longer than say, a BMW X3 but shorter than a Range Rover Sport and this translates into both a decently sized passenger compartment and load space in the rear.   For those Q3 and Evoque owners who feel cramped this is particularly appealing.

Jaguar F-Pace Tours Belfast

The Jaguar F-Pace also shares engines with the XF and XE cars, with a choice of 2.0 4Cyl diesel (178bhp), 3.0 6cyl diesel (296bhp) or quite interestingly for an SUV, a supercharged 3.0 petrol (375bhp).  You can actually buy a rear-wheel drive version, and I’m informed that like BMW, their 4wd will have a rear wheel drive bias claiming best in class driving experience.

Inside and this model was awash with stitched leather and wood inserts.  Standards here better Audi and in this 8 speed auto model, sport the same stick free centre console.  The dash is all screen, button count is low and no doubt would be a pleasant place to sit for long journeys.

Jaguar F-Pace Tours Belfast

Choice can sometimes be a bad thing and this is where I think Jaguar stand out.  The showroom has half a dozen models, all in or around the top of their respective classes.  If I was in the market for an SUV and went to BMW, I’d have an X1, X3, X4, X5 or X6 to contend with and variations thereof.  Audi aren’t far behind with the Q2 due soon.  Jaguar have a cracking proposition in the new F-Pace and haven’t the need to dilute their range with 10 similar variants.  It’s just a shame that in releasing this SUV that the equally stunning XF Sportbrake is no more.

I can understand why demand is strong for the new Jaguar F-Pace.  It has all the right credentials to make it fantastic on the road and we are looking forward to testing it on Northern Ireland roads very soon.

Prices start from £34k for the 4cyl diesel up to £51k for the 6 cylinder cars.

Photos by Sonny Gorman

Jaguar F-Pace Tours Belfast

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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David.S 15:06 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
Nice looking, I am waiting to see what the new Maserati Levante looks like.
Rocko 15:10 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
| Nice looking, I am waiting to see what the new Maserati Levante looks like.
Like a Quattroporte shagged a Cayenne.
David.S 15:12 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
| Like a Quattroporte shagged a Cayenne.
I think in the white it looks great, waiting to see one in the metal. CH want me to place a deposit to secure one of the first ones but the UK are only getting diesels.
Gaz 15:37 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
It is a very nice looking SUV, if not exactly breaking the mould. Very much in the vein of Cayenne, Toureag and Q7.
Cartunes 15:38 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
I'll wait 2-3 years until all the issues get sorted before thinking about buying one ;) I was involved in the early development of this, but never got to see one in the skin, til now. :D
Graham 15:38 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
Sensible enough pricing however i have found the Jaguar stuff to be pretty hefty on the wallet once you start to spec them.
brendy 16:24 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
| I'll wait 2-3 years until all the issues get sorted before thinking about buying one ;) I was involved in the early development of this, but never got to see one in the skin, til now. :D
You werent involved in the early XFs getting their boot wiring back to front, no? :D
Cartunes 17:12 | Mon 14 Mar, 2016 | Report
| You werent involved in the early XFs getting their boot wiring back to front, no? :D
back to front? why no Sir! No-one can prove anything....... I was working on perfecting the Discovery 4 as my colleague was messing up the XF..... :p


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