2021 Jaguar F-PACE S SUV Performance

MSRP $53,895 - $59,395

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2021 Jaguar F-PACE S SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: November 3, 2020

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Jaguar is one of the most iconic British automakers in the world. And they have been for around 80 years. Jaguar has been rolling out fast two-door sports cars and stretched out luxury cars from the start, but they have never made or sold an SUV. That was until 2008 when Ford announced that it had agreed to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors of India, rumors, and speculations quickly circled around a new SUV coming into the picture. 

2021 Jaguar F-Pace S three quarter view
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S three quarter view

It wasn’t until the years after until we finally laid our eyes on the gorgeous F-Pace SUV from Jaguar in 2015 at Frankfurt. It dripped with swagger looks borrowed from the beautiful XF, a variety of engine options, and built over the same platform as the XE, XF, XJ, and the Velar. The F-Pace doesn’t just look good, it also drives brilliantly, Jaguar went ahead and even released an SVR version for the enthusiasts, it featured the 5.0L Supercharged V8 motor making 550 bhp and an exhaust note that would send most of its competitors’ owners back into the borrows.The all-new 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S is set to enter another year with minimal changes from its debut year. Jaguar has obviously altered the F-Pace’s performance and looks along its way to keep things fresh and exciting. The S trim comes with an all-new powertrain designed by Jaguar for the newly refreshed 2021 F-Pace S models. The F-Pace sits in a very competitive and upcoming class. Possibly the class with the most manufacturers competing against each other.

What’s under the hood of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

Along with the refreshed 2021 F-Pace model featuring exterior and interior design tweaks, Jaguar has focused more on introducing a new engine in the F-Pace line up, this will come as optional and sit above the standard 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder found in the base model and replacing the outgoing 3.0L supercharged V6.

The new optional engine is a 3.0L Inline-Six turbocharged and supercharged engine uses a 48-volt starter-generator system that Jaguar brands as a mild-hybrid technology. The new powertrain uses an electric supercharger and a twin-scroll turbo strapped to an inline-six which uses a belt-driven generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery that stores power like a warehouse while the engine is running and uses that power to give more boost under acceleration as well as smoothening the engine start-stop system. All this advancement has given the 2021 F-Pace a 247 horsepower engine for the P250 S and a 335 horsepower engine for the P340 S.Whether you pick the tiny four-pot or the new dual forced induction straight-six, an 8-speed automatic will be paired with the engine as is the all-wheel-drive system.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro

MSRP

$45,200

$44,500

$44,000

$43,300

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed ZF Automatic

9-Speed G-TRONIC Automatic

8-Speed Torque Converter Automatic

7-speed S-Tronic DCT Auto

Power

247hp@5,500rpm

255hp@5,800rpm

248hp@5,200rpm

248hp@5,000rpm

Torque

269lb-ft@1300rpm

273lb-ft@1,800rpm

258lb-ft@1,450rpm

273lb-ft@1,600rpm

The Jaguar sits comfortably at par with its competitors when it comes to power as well as torque figures. All cars are evenly matched and provide very capable powertrains and all feature all wheel drive systems. Prices are also pretty competitive with the Jaguar commanding a slight premium. If you feel the need for more power you can opt for the new in-line six that delivers 335 hp. This is more than ample to meet the needs of most consumers.

How fast is the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S from 0-60 MPH?

The base engine is a 2.0 L inline four that makes 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. It is also equipped with a rapid shifting 8 speed ZF transmission. Coupled with the all-wheel-drive system, and the Jag sprints to 60 MPH in 6.6 seconds from a dig.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace S accelerate 0-60 mph just in 6.6 sec

 And flat out past the quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds. It does not come with any fancy launch control system like you would get in premium sporty models like the Macan, but the sub-seven second mark feels adequate in the Jag.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

6.0 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

15.5 sec

15.1 sec

14.5 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

135 MPH

Competitors who have fitted their cars with launch control and so on have a much better acceleration time than the Jaguar. But at the same time, if you want quick acceleration times you can opt for the P-340 F-Pace S which does the 0 to 60 sprint much quicker.When it comes to top speed, the Jaguar is at an advantage because it is limited at 155 mph compared to its competitors which are more than 20 mph down.

How good are the brakes on the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

Jaguar has fitted the F-Pace S with its standard braking system on all four corners. The 2021 model should carry over the same braking system from the previous model year. The F-Pace gets ABS on all four corners giving it increased stability while braking in slippery conditions.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace S side view

 The brake pedal delivers adequate feedback while nose dive stays minimal. This is a 4,000 pound SUV and the best a set of 13.8-inch front and 12.8-inch back steel rotors can do is a 113-feet stop from 60 MPH. Which isn’t the greatest but enough during an emergency situation.

Model

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro

Brake Rotors Front

13.8"

13.5"

13"

13.3"

Brake Rotors Rear

12.8"

12.6"

13"

13"

Curb Weight

3913 lbs

3891 lbs

4034 lbs

4057 lbs

60-0 MPH

113 ft.

115 ft.

114 ft.

112 ft.

The Jaguar almost leads the class with the shortest braking distance of 113-feet, but the Audi does it just one feet lesser. It would also have been the lightest weighing in at a tad below 4,000 pounds had it not been for the Mercedes that weighs about 20 lbs lesser. We presume the lighter Mercedes would achieve the lowest stopping distance in the class but we were as surprised as you are.

How does the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace handle around the corners?

Jaguar has dripped out the F-Pace S with 19-inch gorgeous looking alloy rims all-round wrapped in some thin wall tires. And built on a chassis platform that comes from the XE and XF, the driving dynamics of this SUV is more like that of a sedan’s. It's composed and manages to carve up corners with absolute minimal body roll. Regardless of the model to choose, the steering of the F-Pace is brilliantly set up with quick and confidence-aspiring feedback from the road through the front wheels. The F-Pace’s suspension is tuned to handle minor bumps on the roads without any hesitation.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace S driving view

But when it comes to tackling larger bumps like an off-road surface, the thin walls and larger diameter wheels start to creep in many of the imperfections of the road into the cabin. And because of the hard rear seats, the vibrations are escalated resulting in unsettling ride comfort. The Jag is not set up to venture out off the tarmac as is its cousin sister, Velar. The Jag is best at home on the tarmac and can also be maxed out to get the 22-inch wheels and the SVR trim which gets you the most ferocious Jaguar SUV anyone can get.

What MPG figures can you expect from the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

In terms of MPG figures, the F-Pace S returned satisfactory results in 2020 which kept it on par with the others in the group. The pro of a supercharger is that since it’s a belt-driven forced induction system, you need not rev the engine much to make boost like for a turbo.But that means you do get poor MPG ratings and that’s why 3.0L supercharged V6 in the outgoing F-Pace gets a combined rating off 24 MPG matching that of the others who make more power and torque.

Model

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro

MPG (City)

22

21

24

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

29

28

MPG (Combined)

24

24

26

24

Fuel Capacity

15.8 gallons

17.4 gallons

17.2 gallons

18.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

347.6/426.6/379.2

365.4/487.2/417.6

412.8/498.8/447.2

407/462.5/444

Despite their vast differences in straight-line performance and power output, they all have a forced induction 2.0L engine that gets near-identical MPG ratings. If one has to pick the king in terms of power efficiency it has to be the BMW.This allows for higher engine output with a better fuel economy. With the new engine setup being introduced in the Jaguar lineup for the F-Pace, we do hope to see a positive change in those figures, especially with the mild-hybrid system being introduced.

Should you buy the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

Jaguar has refreshed its flagship SUV for the next year with exterior and interior tweaks and a new infotainment system in place too. The major change is the newly developed engine of theirs which will be featured in the F-Pace S variants replacing the old supercharged 3.0L V6 models. The Jag has to be one of the best looking SUVs from the lot and is the more pocket friendly one too. Even more pocket friendly are the cars in the used car market. It serves as a great family hauler and has amazing driving capabilities if you keep it on the tarmac. Instead of spending thousands more on the others in the group, Jaguar is able to meet those standards too with their stunning SUV.

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