The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace offers terrific performance with an available frugal turbodiesel engine. Its infotainment system is outstanding, although the rest of its interior seems plain, especially in base trim.

Best Value

The Jaguar F-Pace is a compact luxury crossover SUV with standard all-wheel drive and room for five. Jaguar offers the F-Pace in base F-Pace, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio, S, and SVR trims.

Five engine choices are available, including two four-, one six-, and one eight-cylinder gas engines along with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. Jaguar pairs these engines with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This model’s towing capacity comes in at up to 5,290 pounds with the V6 engine when properly equipped.

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a sliding panoramic roof, and a powered tailgate. Also standard are a premium sound system with a 10-inch screen, leather seats, power front seats, and a suite of driver-assist features, including automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking aids, and lane keeping assist.

We chose the Premium model with the turbodiesel engine because it's so uncommon for the class – most competitors don't offer one – and added package options that make sense. Here’s how we’d build our best value F-Pace:

  • Model: 2019 Jaguar F-Pace Premium
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder
  • Output: 180 hp / 318 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy
  • Options: Drive Package ($1,700, blind-spot monitoring, high-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go), Connect Pro ($610, InControl Apps and Pro Services, Wi-Fi hotspot), Cold Climate Package ($1,430, heated front windshield, heated washer jets, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel)
  • Base Price: $49,495 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$53,945

Performance

Jaguar F-Pace

With five engine choices, F-Pace shoppers have much to consider. The base motor is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 247 horsepower. Shoppers can also upgrade to another turbo-four that makes 296 hp. The F-Pace S model houses a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 380 ponies, while the new SVR trim gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with a ridiculous 550 hp.

The intriguing 180-hp turbodiesel rounds out the engine lineup. We chose it in our ideal build chiefly for its efficiency and longevity. This engine doesn’t offer outstanding step-off acceleration, but it does build speed quickly and acquits itself when passing. The eight-speed automatic transmission fires off gear changes at will. You can also shift it yourself if you prefer.

What we like best about this engine, however, is its efficiency. It delivers an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 combined. The base 2.0-liter achieves 22/27/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Style

If you like the style of Jaguar’s vehicles, the F-Pace doesn’t disappoint. Their designers managed to apply many of the sleek and bold elements of sedans such as the XE and XF to the F-Pace. These include the brand’s large signature grille and snarling headlights. Jaguar could have gone in a different styling direction with this SUV, but they did not.

Inside, the cabin is clean and orderly. It doesn’t have the visual flair of some competing models – most have upholstery that’s darker than our tastes. Nevertheless, the F-Pace delivers a high-quality feel, comfortable sport seats, and upgraded touches, including a suede headliner.

The Best and Worst Things

Give Jaguar ample credit for supplying the F-Pace with a full range of engines, including a turbodiesel. This alone gives Jaguar an edge in the segment. Like other Jaguar products, the F-Pace can rise in cost dramatically, beginning with the V6 model.

Right For? Wrong For?

Jaguar F-Pace

The F-Pace gives Jaguar owners every reason to stay with the brand without sliding over to Land Rover. On the other hand, some people simply prefer a utility vehicle under a traditional SUV brand.

The Bottom Line

Jaguar threw the SUV gauntlet down by introducing the F-Pace. This decision has proven wise as the automaker makes up for reduced interest in its cars. Jaguar does benefit from its relationship with Land Rover to build this SUV, although the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace maintains many of the characteristics of its car line.