By Mike Torpey on 2018-07-29 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Jaguar F-PACE 2.0
THE big guns at Jaguar certainly weren't going to sit back and bask in the reflected glory of their first SUV, the F-PACE, being named 2017 World Car of the Year.
So they decided to give the model, also a global design champion, an added injection of power and efficiency.
It came courtesy of a new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine developing 300ps - and 400Nm of torque for extremely smart acceleration.
Enough in fact to power the F-PACE from 0-60 in just 5.7 seconds with a combind fuel economy figure of 37 miles per gallon.
But then Jaguar always needed something tio make a fast impact, a spectacular impression, with its first venture onto the SUV scene.
And from the word go that F-PACE has proved a vehicle that looks lean and mean yet covers the practical bases of economy, space and comfort.
With a price tag starting at £34,775 and offering a choice of petrol or diesel engines plus five trim grades, the car was inspired by the F-TYPE coupe.
Buyers are also getting a five-door SUV that cossets five passengers in upmarket comfort with class-leading rear knee-room plus a cavernous luggage compartment - 650 litres to be precise, and 1,740 with the rear seats folded.
There's certainly plenty of room to stretch your legs out in the back - provided you're not stuck in the centre rear seat - ample space up front and a commanding, comfortable driving position.
This R-SPORT version was tastefully appointed too with large ivory perforated leather seats - adjustable 10 ways - a panoramic glass sliding roof and 22-inch 15-spoke gloss black alloy wheels with satin black inserts.
A choice of 2.0 and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines plus a fiery 5.0 V8 are up for grabs, though a desirable balance of performance and economy comes via the tested 300ps petrol version complete with all-wheel drive.
It works extremely well with the F-PACE, an agile and balanced vehicle that's supple over bumps and broken surfaces in town and on country lanes and a real joy to drive on faster roads and motorways.
Equipment includes stuff like Jaguar's easy-to-navigate InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
There's also All-Surface Progress Control to enable smooth driveaway on low friction surfaces along with a full suite of the latest occupant and pedestrian safety systems.
Fork out on extras and you can add no end of desirable kit like Navigation Pro with an 825-Watt Meridian Surround Sound system at £2,670, an advance parking assist pack with surround camera for £1,930, a blind spot monitor and reverse traffic detection at £525 and a head up display pack at £1,270.
So there's plenty going for the F-PACE in that it brings together the best of both worlds.
Jaguar F-PACE 2.0 R-Sport AWD
Mechanical: 300ps, 1,997cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox
Max Speed: 145mph
0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
Combined MPG: 37.0
Insurance Group: 29
C02 emissions: 174g/km
Bik rating: 35%
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles
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