The Jaguar brand is known for it’s exquisite, high-power vehicles that turn heads wherever they go – not the least of which is the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV which I was privileged to drive. The team at Jaguar Bryanston noted that this vehicle, 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.

With its magnificent body shape, the F Pace 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 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.

Naturally the power of the engine in this vehicle is what piqued my interest; the imposing 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine has no problem churning out 221 KW and 700 NM torque, and the R-Sport variant I am driving jumps ahead eagerly when released at take-off. As per it’s sports-design mission, the F-Pace performs consistently like a sports car (with advanced chassis and suspension designs) and grips the road beautifully, leading to a splendid drive which I enjoyed tremendously. Jaguar Bryanston’s team also mentions the exceptionally good fuel consumption on the F-Pace, due to the lightweight body structure, low friction technology and gorgeous aerodynamics which, in comparison to other vehicles in this class is arguably better than average.

Further options 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.

With a few options to choose from in the F Pace range, Jaguar Bryanston provides excellent introductions to each of these variants, ranging from the F Pace Pure, R sport and the F Pace S.  Being suitably impressed with what Jaguar Bryanston has shown me, I am not surprised to learn that the Jaguar F Pace was awarded the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year accolade.

By Desh Pillay Bechan