With so many powertrain combinations, there's a whole spectrum of performance available to the prospective buyer. The two questions are only how fast you want to go and how much you want to spend.
While the base 247-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four is no slouch, it might not cut the mustard for some. Not to worry, there's also a 296-hp version of this engine available. That extra juice cuts the zero to 60 time down to 5.7 seconds – not too shabby for a 3,900-pound crossover. Unfortunately, our experience with this motor in other Jaguar products has been less than stellar. While the power is there, it delivers it with moans and groans, caterwauling its way up the rev range. While we haven't driven an F-PACE with this engine, we can only hope that it sounds more refined than it does elsewhere in the lineup.
The availability of the four-cylinders aren't too surprising. What crossover these days doesn't offer a 2.0-liter turbo-four? But a little more notable are the two other engines Jaguar is willing to plunk into the bay: a 180-hp turbodiesel and a 380-hp supercharged V6. As you might imagine, the former is a thrifty little powerplant that's also the slowest choice here. The latter, though, is a lovely piece of work, with effortless power and throttle response as smooth as polished marble.
No matter what's under the hood, all F-PACE models handle impressively for a vehicle with such a high center of gravity. It's not surprising, when you consider that this is a product of the company which built the D-Type, E-Type, and, its current superstar, the F-Type.
All that road-going heritage doesn't preclude it from having off-roading capability, either. Indeed, the F-PACE has taken a few cues from corporate sibling Land Rover, and boasts 8.4 inches of ground clearance and 20.7 inches of water-fording capability.