2020 Jaguar F-Pace

2020 Jaguar F-Pace Review: A Handsome Performer

by Deiondre van der Merwe

It may take you at least two days to explain to your significant other why it's a sensible decision to toss half of your child's college fund at an SUV. The Jaguar F-Pace will speak for itself if you let it, and convincingly, too, thanks to modern technology, an excellent interior, and class-leading trunk space. The SUV manages to strike the coveted balance between sportiness and practicality, and drivers are guaranteed to grin behind the wheel of the F-Pace, powered by the punchy mid-range 2.0-liter turbo engine. Cheek-pain-inducing smiles are a side effect of the supercharged 3.0-liter V6, so be sure to read the fine print before you venture into that expensive but rewarding territory. Still, subpar fuel economy and slightly temperamental ride quality are flaws the F-Pace comes with, and the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 aren't letting it off the hook that easily.

2020 Jaguar F-Pace Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 F-Pace?

For 2020, Jaguar has added two new limited editions to the lineup, and one of them is the 300 Sport. It gets the more powerful engine and upgraded exterior styling in the way of some added dark grey bits. This edition also gets more premium materials for the interior and some extra standard features. The Checkered Flag Special Edition is equipped with the base engine and gets gloss black accents for the outside, as well as some unique elements on the inside. Jaguar has also added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features to all models.

Pros and Cons

  • Sharp handling abilities
  • Good range of engines
  • Stunning exterior design
  • Great amount of interior space
  • Commendable standard features
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Ride can be too firm at times

2020 Jaguar F-Pace Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
25t
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$45,200
25t Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$47,800
30t Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$50,800
25t Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$52,200
30t Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$55,200

F-Pace Exterior

The F-Pace lineup offers a broad range of models, so there's bound to be one that will catch your eye. Starting with the lights, Premium models host halogen headlights with DRLs, while the Prestige models get upgraded to Xenon lighting for the front. The three upper trims get adaptive LED headlights to light the way and all models offer the same LED rear lights and a panoramic sunroof. The base model F-Pace sits on 18-inch wheels, the next two trims on 19-inch wheels, and the upper three get access to 20-inch wheels. In terms of exterior appearances, the 300 Sport and the Checkered Flag Edition have to battle it out for which is the easiest on the eyes.

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Dimensions

The F-Pace is on par with rivals in terms of size and is slightly bigger than both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. A total length of 186.3 inches is boasted by the F-Pace, and it hosts a 113.1-inch wheelbase. The SUV has a width of 81.5 inches with the mirrors folded, and stands tall at around 65 inches. All models have a curb weight of around 3,870 pounds, except for the S model that carries a heavier 4,090 lbs thanks to the addition of the 3.0-liter V6 engine.

  • Length 186.3 in
  • Wheelbase 113.1 in
  • Height 65.0 in
  • Max Width 76.2 in
  • Front Width 64.6 in
  • Rear Width 65.1 in

Exterior Colors

It's near impossible that shoppers will struggle to find an exterior color for the F-Pace that appeals to them. This is thanks to a whopping 26-color palette, though prices skyrocket rather quickly as one moves through the range. Notably, only two solid paint options including Fuji White and Narvik Black are standard for most models, with the only exceptions being the Checkered Flag Special Edition and the 300 Sport that get standard access to three colors. These include Yulong White, Santorini Black and Indus Silver. Four options are available for an extra $610, and include Firenze Red and Portofino Blue, while two $1,550 metallic hues include Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver. Six ultra metallic hues can be had for $4,550, the most notable shade being Velocity Blue, and six shades from the SVO Premium palette can be had for the same price. The most notable color would be British Racing Green. If you have more money than you know what to do with, special effect paint can be had for $9,180 with the most adventurous shade being Spectral Racing Red. Additionally, you can choose between no-cost gloss color or Satin Color Tone for $2,860 on most paint colors, too. Oddly enough, the premium color option is available on the most bare-bones trim - because someone out there said "hey, you know what would go really well with these halogen lights? A $9k paint job."

  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Caesium Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Valloire White Pearl Gloss
  • Valloire White Pearl Satin
  • Meribel White Pearl Gloss
  • Meribel White Pearl Satin
  • Spectral Racing Red Gloss
  • Spectral Racing Red Satin
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F-Pace Performance

How your F-Pace treats you on the road ultimately comes down to which of the three engine choices you opt for. Two different 2.0-liter four-pots are available to choose from, with the base 25t engine offering less power than the 30t engine. If you're considering performance more seriously, S models come equipped with a feisty 3.0-liter V6. All F-Pace models come standard with all-wheel-drive. The least powerful 2.0-liter turbo manages a run from 0-60 mph in 6.6-seconds, which is slightly slower than the base model BMW X3's six-second run. Luckily, we have the option of the more powerful version, which cuts the run to 60 mph down to 5.8 seconds. The issue that the F-Pace faces is that it comes at a much higher price than its German rivals at base level, so the fact that other competitors offer better performance at entry point to the range may be a concern for the British SUV. That being said, owning a Jaguar is about more than performance for most people: it's a status symbol. If the four-pot options just aren't enough for you, the S model employs a highly capable V6 to launch it from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. This is slower than the BMW M40i's 4.6-second achievement, but thanks to a supercharger, the F-Pace knows no turbo lag, so it comes down to picking your battles and all that.

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Engine and Transmission

One of the things that we like most about the F-Pace lineup is that it makes sure that there's an engine for everybody. If you want a Jaguar just so that you can say you have one, the base 25t engine is the least powerful and most affordable of the lot. The 2.0-liter turbo produces power outputs of 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to get the wheels turning at a manageable speed. Now that we've tackled the watered-down four-pot, it's time to introduce the rousing version. The feistier 2.0-liter four-pot delivers more powerful figures of 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and it's a commendable engine choice if you want more power without the debt-inducing fuel bills that come with the V6. If caring about the environment isn't your thing, that thirsty supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is the most powerful engine option available (aside from the V8 in the SVR variant which we review separately), and the beefy V6 powerhouse thwacks out 380 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly less powerful than the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the M40i. All three engines are mated to a pleasurable eight-speed automatic gearbox.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Here's the thing about sporty SUVs: they paint a pretty picture of a car that's powerful enough to incite a warm feeling in one's insides without compromising on the space needed to get the kids to school comfortably. While the Jag delivers on both ends, small sacrifices have to be made. The British SUV effortlessly tackles a twisty road, with not a bit of lean or hesitation present from behind the wheel, thanks to intentional firming of the suspension. This comes with the sacrifice of comfort, and though the F-Pace can never be called crashy, it's a little jarring on rougher surfaces. Ride quality progressively worsens as bigger wheels are opted for, so if your roads aren't up to scratch, you'd be better off sticking to a thicker sidewall. The runt of the engine range does well in the city, and isn't particularly sluggish, but the more energetic 2.0-liter turbo is worth opting for. It offers punchy performance when you're running errands, and makes a quick meal of merging onto highways and overtaking slower cars. Things get truly riveting in the S model that plays host to an eager V6 for the performance-conscious. The combination of raw power and sharp steering that's rich in feedback makes this model the most engaging of them all, and when you're behind the wheel, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine a better place to spend your time.

F-Pace Gas Mileage

While the Jaguar offers many merits, its fuel economy figures are slightly underwhelming compared to both engines from BMW's X3 lineup. What's impressive is that both 2.0-liter turbo engines have EPA estimated figures of 22/27/24 mpg city/highway/combined despite one being considerably more powerful. What's unimpressive is that it falls well behind the BMW XDrive30i's 24/29/26 mpg figure. The F-Pace's V6 engine drops its EPA estimates down to 18/23/20 mpg, which is subpar considering the engine found in the M40i is more powerful and manages EPA estimates of 21/27/23 mpg. When the 21.7-gallon fuel tank is full, the 2.0-liter turbo will manage 521 miles of range, and the V6 will manage 434 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/27 mpg
* 2020 Jaguar F-Pace 25t AWD

F-Pace Interior

The F-Pace may come with a high asking price, but it puts a good effort into backing the dollars up by cramming premium materials and modern technology into every corner. The base model isn't particularly eye-catching on the inside, but all of the elements used are solid and come together nicely. True luxury is achieved by the inside of the R-Sport and upwards, thanks to genuine leather upholstery, and the aggressive optional sport seats make it hard to believe you're on the inside of an SUV. The cabin of the F-Pace, especially on upper trims is undeniably well put-together, but it may not be enough to beat rivals from Audi and BMW.

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Seating and Interior Space

One of the primary reasons shoppers turn to luxury SUVs is that they prioritize space and comfort, so it's of paramount importance that contenders in this segment deliver. The inside of the F-Pace offers more than enough space to get by, and even taller adults will enjoy the rear seats. It offers less interior room than the Audi Q5, but makes up for it with exceptionally comfortable seats, both in the front and in the back. Premium and Prestige models get ten-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support, and both Sport and S models get access to 18-way power-adjustable seats. The top of the range Portfolio trim level gets upgraded to 20-way power-adjustable seating. The gorgeous optional sport seats become available on R-Sport models and up for $2,465.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.5 in

Interior Colors and Materials

A variety of different colors and materials are available throughout the F-Pace range, with upholstery and trim inserts improving greatly as we move upwards through models. Leatherette upholstery comes in two shades for the base and Premium models, and they include Ebony Luxtec and Latte Luxtec. Prestige models get access to genuine leather upholstery in shades of Ebony, Latte and Light Oyster, while upper trims get access to Ebony leather with Light Oyster stitching, Ebony with Pimento stitching and Ebony and a combination of Ebony and Light Oyster. The last option is Oyster Leather with Lime stitching. The top of the range Portfolio gets access to five exclusive shades of Windsor leather upholstery including Espresso and Sienna Tan. The optional sport seats are available in either Ebony with contrast stitching or a combination of Light Oyster and Ebony. Trim inserts only start to vary from the Prestige model that comes standard with Gloss Black, but makes Gloss Figured Ebony and Etched Aluminum trim inserts available for $310. Satin Ash Burr is added to the selection for the R-Sport, and Carbon Fiber trim inserts can be had for $1,300. The Portfolio only gets access to Etched Aluminum and Gloss Figured Ebony trim inserts.

F-Pace Trunk and Cargo Space

Class-leading trunk and cargo space is offered by the F-Pace, and the figures speak for themselves. The trunk of the Jaguar offers 33.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which greatly outshines the Audi Q5's 25.1 cubic-foot offering. It's also significantly larger than the BMW's 28.7 cubes. The SUV is also very accommodating in a pinch, and when the seats are folded, a total of 63.5 cubic feet can be utilized for some quick hauling.

In-cabin storage is also pretty impressive, thanks to a decent-sized glovebox and deep center console. The door pockets are a little on the slim side, but that's a small flaw that can be overlooked thanks to the ample overall space that the SUV offers.

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F-Pace Infotainment and Features

Features

The F-Pace's list of standard-fitted indulgences is impressive on most models, but we can't ignore the absence of a digital instrument cluster as standard on R-Sport models that ask for nearly $60,000. It's disappointing, but we can't dwell on it forever. Base and Premium models come standard with a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control as well as front seats that are ten-way power-adjustable and ambient lighting. The Prestige model adds keyless entry, push-button start, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel, while the R-Sport adds 18-way power-adjustable front seats. The 300 Sport adds a digital instrument cluster and the Portfolio seals the deal with the addition of a hands-free gesture tailgate, heated and ventilated front seats, electrically reclining rear seats and four-zone climate control. Standard safety features on Premium models include a rearview camera, cruise control, dynamic stability control, front and rear park sensors and lane keep assist as well as hill launch assist. The Prestige and R-Sport add traffic sign recognition and emergency brake assist, and the top of the range Portfolio shares the same safety features.

Infotainment

The infotainment suite hosted by the F-Pace is commendable, even at entry level. All models boast a ten-inch touchscreen that enables Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HD Radio as well as Bluetooth streaming. Audio is brought to life via a 14-speaker Meridian sound system on all models except the Portfolio. Prestige models add a navigation system and a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the R-Sport gets access to SiriusXM functionality. Added to the 300 Sport is a start-up sequence with movement, dials and lighting. The inside of the Portfolio is slightly upgraded with the addition of a 20-speaker Meridian sound system and a head-up display.

F-Pace Problems and Reliability

No recalls have been issued for the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace, but the 2019 model was recalled for engine failure due to the crankshaft pulley possibly fracturing. Jaguar's basic warranty offering outshines rivals from Audi and BMW, and is valid for five years or 60,000 miles, as well as beating the complimentary servicing for the same period. The drivetrain warranty and roadside assistance are valid for the same time period and mileage limit, and the corrosion warranty will last for six years.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

F-Pace Safety

Neither the NHTSA or the IIHS has rated the 2020 F-Pace in terms of safety and crashworthiness, a common occurrence with luxury vehicles.

Key Safety Features

A generous suite of safety features is offered by the F-Pace lineup, and the Premium features a rearview camera, front and rear park sensors, and a six-way airbag system that includes driver and front passenger, front side and side curtain airbags. More modern features include lane keep assist, cruise control, dynamic stability control, and hill launch assist. Traffic sign recognition is added to the Prestige, and all models share the same safety features upwards. A Driver Assistance Package can be added to all models but the base for $3,600 and adds a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, park assist, a 360-degree parking aid, and a rear traffic monitor.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace a good SUV?

The F-Pace offers one of the most engaging driving experiences in the segment, and has a pretty face to match. Jaguar mixes a perfect recipe of great handling and practical interior space, sticks the F-Pace in the oven, and out comes a sporty utilitarian. While it has its flaws that include subpar fuel economy figures and potentially harsh ride quality, the pros far outweigh the cons, and the Jag can be a thing of dreams if you have the budget for it. That's another factor that the F-Pace has to contend with: prices for mid-range models are sky high and surpass the price tags of rivals, so the British SUV has to work that much harder to prove its worth. It puts up a good fight with a generous suite of safety features, modern technology, and a premium interior, but the cabin falls slightly behind its German rivals. The saving grace of the F-Pace is undoubtedly the performance from both of the more powerful engines that make it truly enjoyable from behind the wheel. This SUV is a great buy if you have the money to spend.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace?

The most affordable model in the F-Pace lineup would be the base model equipped with the 25t engine, and it has an MSRP of $45,200. Moving up to the Premium equipped with the same engine sees the price rise to $47,800 and equipping the 30t engine to this model brings the price up to $50,800. Prestige models with the base engine have an asking price of $52,200, and equipping the more powerful engine results in an MSRP of $55,200. Opting for the R-Sport with the timid engine means you'll pay $56,500 to purchase one, and this model with the 30t engine will cost $59,500. The Checkered Flag and 300 Sport models are special editions, and the former has an MSRP of $58,400 while the latter costs $62,000. S models are exclusively available with a V6 engine and have an MSRP of $62,100. The top of the range Portfolio model is solely available with the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo and has a final asking price of $63,600.

2020 Jaguar F-Pace Models

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace lineup comprises eleven trims. These are the base, 25t Premium, 30t Premium, 25t Prestige, 30t Prestige and the 25t R-Sport as well as the 30t R-Sport. The two special edition models are the Checkered Flag and the 300 Sport Limited Edition. The top-level trims are the S Model and the Portfolio. Three different engines are available across the range, though certain options are specific to the trim you choose. A 247-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the base engine of the range, while a more powerful 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo is available for the majority of the trim levels. The S model gets exclusive access to a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In terms of standard features, models from base level upward come with a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control as well as ten-way power-adjustable front seats and ambient lighting. All models also boast a ten-inch touchscreen that allows for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio and Bluetooth streaming. A 14-speaker sound system is standard. Safety features include a rearview camera, lane keep assist, cruise control, dynamic stability control and hill launch assist.

Prestige models add keyless entry, push-button start, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats to the standard features list along with navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. This model also adds traffic sign recognition to its safety features.

The R-Sport adds 18-way power-adjustable front seats, while the 300 Sport adds a digital instrument cluster with a start-up sequence. Added to the top of the range Portfolio model is a hands-free tailgate, heated and ventilated seats for the front, reclining rear seats, a head-up display, and four-zone climate control. This model also gets upgraded to a premium 20-speaker Meridian sound system.

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Additional Packages

A variety of different packages are made available by Jaguar for individual trim levels, but the base model is left with only standalone options like Traffic Sign Recognition for $200. Premium models get access to a $1,700 Drive Pack that adds blind-spot monitoring, high-speed emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Cold Climate Pack costs $1,430 and adds heated seats to the front and the rear as well as a heated steering wheel. The Prestige gets access to a $3,600 Driver Assistance Pack that adds notable features like park assist, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. It also gets access to a Comfort and Convenience Pack that adds heating and ventilation to the front seats, electrically reclining rear seats and a hands-free tailgate for $1,840. The Technology Pack adds the 20-speaker sound system and a digital instrument cluster for $935. The $1,165 Luxury Interior Pack adds configurable ambient lighting and four-zone climate control but is not available for the Base, Premium and Prestige. Almost all models get access to the Adaptive Dynamics Pack that offers two different drive modes for $1,020.

🚗What Jaguar F-Pace Model Should I Buy?

The Prestige is probably the best model to go for if you aren't interested in the lofty price tag of the higher trims. It offers a great balance between the right number of standard features for the money, and we'd opt for the more powerful 30t engine. We would also recommend opting for the Technology Pack for the digital instrument cluster and upgraded sound system as well as the Driver Assistance Pack that bolsters the list of safety features significantly. One thing to keep in mind is that the packages can add up quickly, so be cautious when it's time to spec the model of your choice.

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2020 Jaguar F-Pace Comparisons

Jaguar E-Pace
Audi Q5
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jaguar F-Pace247 hp22/27 mpg$45,200
Jaguar E-Pace 246 hp21/28 mpg$43,700
Audi Q5 248 hp22/28 mpg$43,300

2020 Jaguar F-Pace vs Jaguar E-Pace

Looking at the two SUVs, you can immediately tell that they share quite a bit of DNA. This is also true in terms of mechanics, and both offer the same base 2.0-liter turbo and more powerful 2.0-liter four-pot options for specific trims, the only difference being that the F-Pace offers a 3.0-liter V6 engine that's absent from the E-Pace lineup. At base level, the F-Pace is slightly more expensive than the E-Pace, but is also arguably more luxurious than the latter, thanks to the use of more premium materials and a bigger infotainment screen. One of the key differences between the two SUVs is that the F-Pace offers more cargo space and the 33.5 cubic-foot trunk outshines the E-Pace's 24.2 cubes. They share similar fuel economy figures, which is impressive, given that the F-Pace is bigger. The F-Pace is the superior Jaguar product of the two.

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2020 Jaguar F-Pace vs Audi Q5

Both of these SUVs are powered by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pots that produce similar power outputs, and though the Q5 is heavier, it manages the same combined EPA figure of 24 mpg as the F-Pace. While the outside of the F-Pace is bigger, the inside of the Q5 offers more space for both the driver and passengers. That being said, the Jaguar offers a large 33.5 cubic-foot trunk, while the four-ringed contender manages a total trunk space of 25.1 cubes. It'll come down to personal preference for many shoppers, but we prefer the interior of the Q5 as it's more modern and tech-focused, but the F-Pace trails closely behind thanks to its premium materials. Another thing that separates the F-Pace from a typical SUV would be its engaging drive and superior road manners. If we look at both of them overall, the F-Pace takes the cake.

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