Stephen Corby of The Weekend Australian Magazine
used to find it odd when motoring journalists would caress, stroke or coo over the different elements of a car, so when he found himself “squeezing the genuine leather on top of the driver’s binnacle” in Jaguar’s “highly impressive” new F-PACE it disturbed him. Yet truly, he says, “the F-PACE, which starts at a surprisingly affordable $76,244 for the four-cylinder S P250 variant, feels as properly luxurious as a Jaguar should. Indeed, it feels like the kind of luggage I’d like to own.”
With Jaguar set to switch to pure electric power by 2025, Corby says if Jaguar lovers rushed to snap up the last of its traditional offerings, “the good news is that the F-PACE really would be worth keeping as an example of the apotheosis of combustion cars”. With a 2.0-litre engine offering 184kW and 365Nm “it somehow manages to both feel, and sound, a bit exciting while drinking less than eight litres of fuel per 100km”.
Corby also finds the F-PACE alluring from every angle and “properly premium inside, with open-pore wood and classy aluminium touches”, a mesh of classic and modern. He’s taken by the “lush 11.4-inch HD touchscreen that’s elegantly curved and features two coatings, one to reflect glare and another to make wiping away fingerprints easier”. The particularly luxuriant seats also get a tick of approval.
What Corby found really impressive is how well the F-PACE drives, with the vehicle feeling “properly involving and sitting laudably flat through bends, encouraging you to wring out every bit of power from that small but capable engine”.
Discover more about the F-PACE and why Corby gave this luxury performance SUV such a glowing review.