The sales figures drive home the point of the popularity of various kinds of utility vehicles, which run from small crossover to big, rugged sport-utility vehicles equipped to travel far into the back country.
However, there are certainly people driving in the fleet of utility vehicles who would prefer, if possible, to drive something else. Then there are people who drive the Jaguar F-Pace R Dynamic.
The Jaguar F-Pace R Dynamic, which has the basic shape of a ute but the heart and soul of a very different kind of vehicle. Behind the Jaguar F-Pace, I suspect, were executives, designers and engineers at Jaguar Land Rover eager to cash in on the consumer preferences for the utility vehicle shape while at the same time endowing it with some of the panache of the Jaguar nameplate.
Other carmakers have struggled to reproduce the rugged capability and aura of sophistication of the Jaguar F-Pace, which also combines an impressive level of technology with a refined powertrain and a solid chassis that deliver comfort and power in a unique package.
There is now hiding the Jaguar F-Pace’s basic, two-box shape. But Jaguar designers have endowed the F-Pace with a raked windshield that blends into a sloping roofline, culminating in a wing jutting out over a bowed, rear liftgate. The rear quarters of the F-Pace have a broad, muscular shapes, which are neatly incorporated into the vehicle’s overall design.
The front fascia, grille and light fixtures all around the vehicle help complete the F-Pace, which fits the vehicle’s aggressive stance. There are also R-Dynamic badges on the grille and front and rear bumpers. There also other touches such as the 19-inch design of wheels and dual, trapezoid-shaped exhaust opening, which are part of the vehicle’s rear. The overall appearance fits nicely into a suburban driveway or an city curb.
Utility vehicles today, especially those in the midsized and larger categories, are built around comfort and a technology package capable of delivering entertainment as well as navigation. The F-Pace serves up plenty of comfort in its roomy, well-furnished cabin, which looks as if it could play host to a meeting of the board of directors — provided the board has five or fewer members.
Despite Jaguar’s sporty reputation the interior is also quiet and the layout place important controls on the steering wheel or within easy reach. There is also a responsive touchscreen and plenty of storage space for the loose stuff that seem to accumulate inside a utility vehicle, while doing family errands or on a road trip of some sort. The sound system is excellent and visibility from the driver’s seat is very good while the night lighting in the cockpit is unobtrusive.
Jaguar F-Pace R Dynamic is powered by a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine, equipped with an electric motor and battery. The mild hybrid is linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, and adaptive dynamics and torque vectoring.
The mild-hybrid powertrain produces 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The Jaguar F-Pace R Dynamic has a combined rating of 22 miles per gallon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Technology
The F-Pace boasts front- and side-impact airbags and emergency braking as well as blind spot and rear-traffic monitor and lane-keeping assistance and a driver condition monitor to detect for drowsiness. It is also equipped with head-up system with traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and four-zone climate control system and panoramic sunroof and configurable ambient lighting throughout the interior. There is also an interactive driver display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Sirius XM radio, multiple USB ports and Bluetooth.
The best part of the Jaguar F-Pace is the performance. The power comes on quickly and efficiently out on the highway with smooth shifts to lift the vehicle to higher speed. The overall driving dynamics are also very good with accurate steering and plenty of braking power.
The dynamic suspension also help maintains a smooth ride over all kinds of surfaces. The overall impression is the Jaguar F-Pace is surprisingly nimble and fun to drive for big SUV with a hulking silhouette.
2022 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic specifications
|Dimension||L: 186.9 inches/W: 81.5 inches/H: 65 inches/Wheelbase: 113.1 inches|
|Powertrain||3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine with electric motors; 8-speed automatic transmission|
|Fuel Economy||20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined|
|Performance Specs||395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque|
|Price||As tested: $82,245 including $1,150 destination charge.|
|On-Sale Date||Available now|
The 2022 Jaguar F-Pace is essentially a carryover from the 2021 version, and it is bound to make a big impression on anyone who has had to give up sportier vehicles because they felt more comfortable behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle hauling family, friends or may even small cargo on a regular basis.
The F-Pace is swift and comes with an impressive suspension and chassis and is surprisingly maneuverable and a great deal of fun to drive even in heavy traffic where the vehicle’s quiet interior come into play to reduce stress, which is inevitable on quiet roads.
2022 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic — Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Jaguar F-Pace?
The Jaguar F-Pace is a good SUV. It has a capable base engine, three impressively powerful optional engines, sporty handling and a cushioned ride. The cabin looks good and is well built, and there are two rows of comfortable, roomy seats. Plenty of user-friendly features come standard, and few rivals have as much cargo space.
What is the price of a Jaguar F-Pace?
The F-Pace sports a starting MSRP of $49,995. That’s one of the highest starting prices in the class, as many competitors start under $40,000. The F-Pace SVR retails for $84,600, which is considerably more expensive than many rivals’ top trims.
Do Jaguar F-Pace have a lot of problems?
Jaguar F-Pace owners don’t report major mechanical breakdowns as much as issues involving the vehicle’s infotainment software, the drive system, power equipment as well as noises, leaks and occasional engine overheating.