“The Art of Performance” is the slogan by which the Jaguar brand has become known. Synonymous with power, luxury and a dynamic driving experience, this legendary brand has seemingly outdone themselves with the release of the Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport, which I was privileged to drive.

Madelein Kruger, long-time Marketing Manager for Jaguar, Volvo and Landrover East Rand, is my go-to performance vehicle expert, who is exceptionally well-paced in the industry to effectively promote superb quality vehicles to the public. With incredible charisma, knowledge and an innate ability to relate to people, Madelein is a product specialist who represents the Jaguar East Rand dealership very well.

Known for it’s exquisite, high-powered vehicles, the team at Jaguar East Rand noted that the F-Pace, as the pioneer for Jaguar’s venture into the SUV market, is an explosive combination of sports-car performance and SUV comfort coupled with the sublime luxury Jaguar is so famous for. It is assertively styled and commands attention from the moment you lay eyes on it – a pronounced grill, cat-like headlights and the smooth haunches reminiscent of the big South American cat it was named after, the F-Pace exudes authority and confidence.

The interior of the vehicle is of the high-quality one is accustomed to from this brand, with smooth finishes and a sensual feel that highlights the level of comfort incorporated in this design. With advanced driving aids, such as the InControl Multimedia system, not only are your entertainment needs met, but hands-free communication, navigation and vehicle information are readily available to enhance the driver’s sense of complete control. Together with ample head- and leg room, the F Pace is a truly comfortable vehicle for driver and passengers alike, and leaves me feeling somewhat spoiled; the seats cradle your body and the soft glow of the interior mood lighting adds to the executive ambience inside.

Naturally the power of the engine in this vehicle is what piqued my interest; the imposing 2.0 litre 4 cylinder turbodiesel engine has no problem churning out 132 KW and 430 NM torque, and the R-Sport variant I am driving jumps ahead eagerly when released at take-off, much like a great cat setting off after its prey. In my test-drive, the F-Pace performed consistently like a sports car (with advanced chassis and suspension designs) with buttery 8-speed automatic transmission that was literally seamless. The F-Pace gripped the road beautifully, leading to a splendid drive which I enjoyed tremendously. Jaguar East Rand’s team also mentions the exceptionally good fuel consumption (as compared to other’s in its class), due to the lightweight body structure, low friction technology and gorgeous aerodynamics which is arguably, better than average. At around 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres in urban environments, I would be more inclined to think this seems a bit optimistic (especially with me flooring the accelerator in glee at every opportunity).

Further features include Dynamic Stability Control, Engine Drag Torque Control, Head-Up Display and Queue Assist to mention but a few. The spacious interior lends itself to comfortable family trips with more than adequate boot space that in no way detracts from the athletic image the vehicle presents, a nod to the crossover design. The 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating on this vehicle is also worth mentioning, and establishes this vehicle as an exquisite all-rounder when looking at the high-power sports/SUV crossovers. Madelein notes that the Jaguar F Pace was awarded the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year accolade, and I can certainly see why.

With a few options to choose from in the F Pace range, Jaguar East Rand provides excellent introductions to each of these variants, ranging from the R Sport, F Pace Pure and the F Pace S all the way to the F Pace First Edition which showcases exclusive design details and a choice of power-house engines. Jaguar East Rand makes it easy to submerge yourself into a world of automotive excellence and come out far richer in knowledge and experience, and (hopefully) with a new F Pace too. I can certainly say I am hooked!


By Desh Bechan