Review: Jaguar F-Pace 25d 240

Review: Jaguar F-Pace 25d 240
Review: Jaguar F-Pace 25d 240

Can a more powerful four-pot diesel move Jaguar’s SUV forward?

The F-Pace has had a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel choice, with 161bhp or 178bhp. But now that Ingenium spread just got wider with a third option producing 237bhp, quite a leap forward. That’s still a way off the 296bhp of the V6 diesel that we like so much, but can this cheaper model deliver similar goods?

Although the 25d has another 60bhp or so on its lesser diesel sibling, that’s not the main improvement. Obviously, it’s nice to have but the 69lb ft of torque is what is really noticeable. The torque makes it easier to accelerate without the need of troubling the gearbox. That makes life more relaxing, even more so as the eight-speed auto box seems to get in a dither if left to its own devices, and often doesn’t seem to make quick decisions on what it should do. Which is exciting as you try to get out of a junction swiftly.

Jaguar F-Pace 25d 240 Portfolio

Price: £47,115
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, diesel
Power: 237bhp
Torque: 386lb ft
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
0-62mph: 7.2sec
Top speed: 135mph
Official economy: 48.7mpg
CO2, tax band: 153g/km, 32%

Better to use the paddles when you’re churning along and then you can get past slower traffic with ease. There isn’t the liquid shove of the V6 diesel, instead there’s more of a diesel vibe and a bit of a grumble, but that’s a function of a four-pot usually.

If you want to sharpen the transmission up then we suggest adding the Adaptive Dynamics Pack. It’s £1185, but it sharpens everything up, and makes the transmission act in a more urgent and focused manner. It also adds adaptive suspension which soaks up bumps really well even if it makes the ride a touch on the firm side.

Whatever you do, the F-Pace handles superbly, with a really tied-down ride and a liquid, controlled feel to the handling and ride which is pretty remarkable in such a big, tall SUV. A tall driving position goes with that, allowing drivers to see clearly over lesser vehicles, and there’s plenty of space in the cabin front and rear. At 650 litres, the boot is enormous.

Jaguar F-Pace

Up front there’s an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment, including sat nav, Bluetooth, and even a wifi hotspot. It’s not the quickest of systems but it works well, and if you feel like splashing out you can go for the InControl Touch Pro upgrade with the 10.2-inch screen, a 10GB hard drive and generally faster and sharper applications.

While that’s all good, and roughly on a par with the German counterparts, the choice of materials lets things down. The cabin doesn’t look and, equally importantly, feel all that premium, so it doesn’t feel like it’s a match for the price point.

Overall you can see why Jaguar decided to broaden the spread of four-cylinder diesel engines. Sure, this one is useful in terms of more power and torque than say the 20d. But that has pushed it relatively near the much smoother and superior V6 3.0-litre diesel. The V6 isn’t much more expensive, doesn’t have much worse emissions and doesn’t use that much more fuel either.

Given how smooth the V6 is against the more grumbly four-cylinder, and given the lack of savings you’d make, we’d still go for the V6 diesel if you have the budget but, if you don’t, then the lesser powered four-cylinder diesels offer savings that are worthwhile. Whichever engine you go for, though, you’re going to love the handling of this upmarket SUV.

Jaguar F-Pace

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