Crossovers these days have become synonymous with style, elegance, space, and comfort. Well, Jaguar has added the same combination with the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace. The crossover is more than beauty, and it also offers impressive handling and ride quality. With the introduction of three engine options this year, consumers have multiple choices to consider under criteria such as fuel efficiency or high performance.
There's also a new trim in the lineup named Portfolio. The new trim comes loaded with an array of features, including a head-up display, Windsor leather seats along with three different optional packages. The new Jaguar F-Pace also comes with few new safety technologies such as a camera and radar based alert system, Forward Traffic Detection, and Forward Vehicle Guidance.
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Pricing And Features
Engine And Performance
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
The refreshed F-Pace came last year under the moniker 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, and this year, the new F-Pace comes with some notable changes. The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace comes with a new turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that is said to be the new addition to the lineup. The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace sits in the compact luxury SUV segment and offers a seating capacity for five people. There are a total of six trim levels on the charts with the Base starting at $43,060, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S, and the top end trim topping out at $59,775.
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2018 Jaguar F-PACE Pricing and Features
The base trim starts at $43,060, and features include LED taillights, keyless ignition, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, Jaguar's InControl Touch infotainment system, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system. The Premium trims start at $44,775, and come with added features like a reversing camera, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and more package options.
18″ alloy wheels.
Includes F-PACE key features, plus:
Grained Leather seats.
20″ Alloy Wheels.
3.0L 380hp Supercharged V6 engine.
Includes F-PACE S features, plus:
10×10 way front seats with 8×8 electric movement.
19″ alloy wheels.
Heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
'R-Sport' Body Kit including R-Sport front and rear bumpers, body-colored door claddings with satin black finishers.
Adaptive Dynamics with Configurable Dynamic Mode4 and Adaptive Surface Response.
4-zone automatic climate control
Meridian 380W Sound System with 11 speakers.
Driver seat and exterior mirrors memory.
Xenon headlights with LED signature daytime running lights.
Full LED headlights, adaptive with Intelligent high beam and front fog lights.
'S' Body Kit including sports front and rear S-style bumpers, body-colored S door claddings with satin chrome finishers and 'S' branding on metal sill finishers and multi-function steering wheel.
InControl Remote & Protect.
Rear View Camera.
Navigation with Jaguar InControl Apps Keyless entry.
18×18 Way Sport-style seats including 4-way front seats power lumbar and driver memory.
18×18 Way electric Sport-style seats including 4-way power lumbar with 'S' embossing and driver memory.
4G Wi-Fi hotspot
Sliding Panoramic Roof.
Garage door opener (Homelink).
Front and Rear Parking Aids.
Lane Keep Assist & Driver Condition Monitor4
Power tailgate HD Radio.
Auto-dimming and power folding exterior mirror.
The F-PACE Prestige trim starts at $49,125, and builds on the Premium trim's equipment with keyless entry, leather upholstery, driver's seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and voice controls. The R-Sport costs $54,175 and comes with 20-inch wheels, fog lights, and special R-Sport bumpers and styling elements.
The S trim begins at $59,775 and gets that extra 40 hp from the V6 as well as an adaptive suspension, an extra drive mode, and unique body styling. Finally, the new Portfolio trim has an MSRP of $63,200 and comes equipped with luxury features like a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, 4-zone climate control, a head-up display, and a power tailgate.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Engine and Performance
Unlike previous year's F-Pace, the new 2018 F-Pace comes with three engine choices. The base Jaguar F-Pace models are powered by an Ingenium 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The 2.0-lite turbocharged Inline-4 powertrain delivers a maximum power of 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of peak torque. Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine makes up to 340-380 hp and 332 lb-ft.
However, the engine choice varies according to the trim level, but every F-Pace is configured with an all-wheel-drive system and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
2.0L TFSI Turbocharged Inline-4
2.0L, TwinPower Turbo Inline 4
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
247 hp @ 5,500 rpm
252 hp @ 5,000 rpm
248 hp @ 5,200 rpm
241 hp @ 5,500 rpm
269 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm
273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm
273 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm
The Audi Q5 has the highest power and torque output but not by a huge margin though as the F-Pace has just marginally lower output. The GLC 300 produces the least amount of power but matches the torque output of the Q5, while the BMW X3 on the other hand has a similar power output as that of the Jaguar but has the least amount of torque.
What is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace's 0-60 mph Acceleration Performance?
The acceleration of the Jaguar F-Pace is something that can never disappoint you. It is capable of taking a 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.4 seconds while the quarter-mile is completed in 13.8 seconds. The top speed of 145 mph is also one of the fastest in the segment.
The slick 8-speed ZF automatic transmission of the SUV aids in getting swift gear changes which leads to better acceleration figures.
Mercedes GLC 300
The Audi Q5 with its power and torque advantage wins the competition in every aspect hands down. The X3 comes very close in the 0-60 mph sprint while the F-Pace has a photogenic quarter-mile finish with the Q5. The GLC 300 fails to impress and is the slowest car here.
What is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace's Braking Performance?
Although the Jaguar F-Pace has great drivability with a fun element to it, the brakes are one aspect where the Jaguar engineers could have done better. The 12.8-inch all-round Brembo disc brakes with a curb weight of almost 3,900 lbs only manage to halt the SUV from 60 mph in 121 ft. Not what we would expect from a car like the F-Pace.
Mercedes GLC 300
Brakes Front (in)
Brakes Rear (in)
Curb weight (lbs)
Despite being the lightest, the F-Pace travels farthest before coming to a halt from 60 mph. The Mercedes, which is almost the same weight as that of the Jaguar, performs the best which is matched by the over 4,000 lbs Audi. The X3, being the heaviest, does a great job as well as it takes only a couple of more feet than the Q5.
Has the Ride and Handling of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace improved?
The F-Pace is a 'sports SUV' that actually lives up to the name across the range with sublime handling and chassis balance that can match the driving dynamics of a sports car than a high riding SUV. The steering is really smooth and well-weighted, which provides a lot of feedback from the wheels, which helps this feel.
With the available engine options in the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, the transmission is smooth and highly responsive. The AWD feels slow on tight corners, but it depends on the road conditions. The F-Pace has a good build quality that determines the overall handling behavior. The larger 22-inch wheels can sometimes compromise with the handling part, otherwise it is best for normal road conditions.
2018 Jaguar Towing Capacity
The SUV that looks like it’s about to walk a car fashion show also has a lot of grunt and power to show off, other than the obvious gorgeous looks. This can be seen with the 5,290 lbs of the towing capacity of the car that is unseen in this segment. The towing capacity of Jaguar stands strong in the segment.
Mercedes GLC 300
Towing Capacity (lbs)
There is really no competition to the towing capacity of the Jaguar as the closest competitors from Audi and BMW max out at around 900 lbs less. The Mercedes is far behind in the competition and makes the Jaguar look way out of its league by offering only 3,500 lbs. Audi and BMW still save themselves by offering a decent figure of 4,400 lbs.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Fuel Economy
The all-new 2018 Jaguar F-Pace delivers improved mileage figures in comparison to the outgoing model. The engine makes it to 22 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. It is let down by the small 16.6-gallon gas tank that only manages to run for barely 400 miles before having to hit the gas station. The AWD powertrain would suck even more gas and expect the fuel economy and range to drop even further.
Mercedes GLC 300
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)
Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)
365 / 448 / 398
425 / 499 / 463
378 / 498 / 430
382 / 487 / 418
The Q5 and the X3 are the most fuel-efficient cars in this comparison, with the Audi providing the largest fuel tank that helps it achieve great driving range. The GLC 300 has an almost identical fuel economy like that of the F-Pace but gets a larger fuel tank, which results in a marginally better range.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Interior
Jaguar has offered generous cabin space with the 2018 F-Pace. The F-Pace boasts of a well-designed interior with sumptuous use of premium materials. The infotainment system in the center console is also very user-friendly. The surprising part is that there is the presence of some hard plastic and normal material with fewer buttons and stitches.
Most of the other compact SUVs in this segment offer better cabin finish and upholstery when the prices are taken into consideration. The Jaguar F-Pace offers a seat for five people. The car is big enough to accommodate all the occupants comfortably. There is plenty of headroom and legroom in both front and rear. However, rivals offer more headroom.
Mercedes GLC 300
Front (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)
37.8 / 57.7 / 40.3
41.7 / 57.7 / 41.0
41.1 / 57.6 / 40.3
41.9 / 57.3 / 40.8
Second (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)
37.5 / 55.8 / 37.2
39.3 / 56.5 / 37.8
39.1 / 56.0 / 36.4
38.5 / 56.5 / 37.3
All cars are roughly identical in terms of space with only minor differences between them. The most prominent being the lack of headroom in the F-Pace, this clearly is the example of style over form. But the legroom both at the front and rear is similar in all these luxury SUVs, and if we had to nitpick, it would be the Audi Q5 that has the best space inside its cabin for all passengers.
How's the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace infotainment system?
The 8-inch touchscreen display in the front is user-friendly and paired with Jaguar's InControl Touch system that supports touch and swipe gestures. The system is a bit slow in response and can be frustrating while driving. Additionally, there are a lot of additional physical buttons on the console. Behind the steering, you get a 12.3-inch virtual instrument display that perfectly replaces the physical gauges.
The screen displays a navigation map and a custom gauge cluster. Over connectivity, the 2018 F-Pace looks quite outdated with the 3G hotspot, while other rivals offer 4G LTE hotspots these days. Some key features include-
11-speaker, 380-watt Meridian sound system
12.3-inch virtual instrument display
What is the Cargo Space on the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace?
You will never find your F-Pace out of storage as it offers ample storage in the boot. It is capable of holding 33.5 cubic feet of stuff even after seating 5 passengers. By folding the rear seats with a 40/20/40 split, you can make more room up to 63.5 cubic feet. Jaguar boasts of offering the largest cargo space than any other luxury compact SUV. The F-Pace also offers a standard power liftgate, while the gesture-controlled liftgate is available on the top trims.
Mercedes GLC 300
With all seats upright (cu-ft)
With rear seats folded (cu-ft)
The Audi Q5 that has been performing so well in all the previous comparisons lacks in this aspect as it has the least cargo carrying capacity here. The GLC 300 has the least trunk space with all seats in use but has a marginally better maximum capacity when the seats are folded, as compared to the Audi.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Exterior
The Jaguar F-Pace exterior looks well-crafted across all sides. The Jaguar design team has given such looks to the F-Pace that it can remain distinguished among the crowd. The crossover is long, wide, and holds an athletic stance for a purpose. The front fascia of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace gets a rounded-off grille, followed by the "J-blade" headlamps. The rear gets straight taillights that resemble the Roadster and F-Type coupe.
The silhouette is flawless, and the car wears an aggressive attire. The design lines beautifully flow through the body and door bottoms. The windows are narrowed toward the rear spoiler. Overall, the design language adopted for the F-Pace speaks of an athletic vehicle that also offers luxury comfort. The profile is sleek and well-placed with a sloped roofline making it more classy and different than traditional cars in the segment.
Mercedes GLC 300
Curb Weight (lbs)
Ground Clearance (in)
Track Width (in) F/R
64.6 / 65.1
63.6 / 63.3
63.8 / 64.4
63.9 / 63.7
The Jaguar F-Pace is the largest SUV in terms of dimensions, and despite that, it is also the lightest car in this comparison. The X3 is only slightly smaller than the F-Pace, but is the heaviest car here and also offers the best ground clearance. Jaguar beats all except BMW with its ground clearance of 8.4 inches.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Safety
The Jaguar F-Pace 2018 has not been tested against crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So, the model remains untested. But for the safety of the passengers inside, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is fully loaded with an array of standard safety features such as airbags, traction, and stability control. There's also a long list of optional driver-assistance safety tech features, which helps clear out any anxiety that one might have with the lack of the crash test reports. Some of the prominent safety features on offer with the Jaguar F-Pace are listed below.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatic Emergency Braking
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Competition
Jaguar F-Pace vs Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 still looks young and powerful despite its age. The car also offers superior handling and has been observed as subpar in the luxury SUV segment. The Q5 is still too good for replacement as it offers ample cabin space and powertrain options ranging from the hybrid to diesel to supercharged V-6.
However, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace bests Audi Q5 in offering luxury features. Unlike Audi Q5, the 2018 F-Pace comes with a standard panoramic sunroof. Although there is enough technology in the Audi, the Jaguar offers even more than that.
Jaguar F-Pace vs BMW X3
The BMW X3 is the toughest competitor to the F-Pace as both have superb handling, similar straight-line performance, similar fuel economy, an almost identical interior, and cargo space, and there is not much of a price difference either, as the X3 is dearer than just a few hundred dollars.
That being said, the F-Pace offers more technology and a sophisticated interior than the X3. Add to that the superior towing prowess and a larger range of trims and options. It’s a close call, but we would prefer the F-Pace for its superior styling and interiors.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Mercedes-Benz GLC300
The Mercedes-Benz GLC300 offers a stable and comfortable ride irrespective of terrain quality. The F-Pace excels in terms of the upmarket cabin and sporty stance. The base price of the F-Pace starts at $43,060, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC base costs $41,045. This means that the GLC is cheaper by around $2,000.
With such a small price difference, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a better option as it provides similar acceleration performance, much better towing capacity, and a larger cargo capacity alongside looking ravishing as compared to the minimalistic Mercedes.
2018 Jaguar F-PACE Final Verdict
There are few compact SUVs in the luxury segment that hold a distinguished name among the competitors. With the latest offering, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace has once again emerged as a leading compact SUV. Right from the base trim, the Jaguar F-Pace gives tough competition to all its rivals. 2018 F-Pace indeed has a lot more attractive packages to offer, and if you want to extract a bit more fun out of your everyday SUV, the F-Pace has very little competition.