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2021 Jaguar F-Pace S Review: Price, Features, Performance, Interiors, And Rivals

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December 02, 2020 at 06:27 AM

With a variety of tweaks for the year 2021, the new Jaguar F-Pace will come out with a new modern image to compete in the segment. The 2021 F-Pace S is a threat to German marques like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the segment. The S variant of the 2021 F-Pace is available for $62,100.

Jaguar being a part of the Jaguar-Land Rover group, one would hardly expect an SUV to come from the luxury saloon manufacturer. But the British automaker surprised its patrons by announcing a sporty luxury compact-SUV in 2017, which is the Jaguar F-Pace. The SUV adopts from its performance-oriented and luxurious siblings and adds a touch of spacious interiors and practicality to it. The SUV is the most popular Jaguar currently on the market, and the frame has won several awards over the years.

The Jaguar F-Pace is set to receive loads of updates and tweaks for the 2021 model year. This includes changes to the exterior to give the luxury-SUV a more dynamic appearance. A completely redesigned and technologically loaded interior, with a cockpit design focussed on the driver to make it look more modern, is all set to be fixed. The cabin promises more refined comfort, and the new infotainment is larger and much more tech-savvy.

Under the hood, Jaguar promises further refinement, and the engines now have a much more forward-facing outlook. The 2021 Jaguar F-pace S can be outfitted with a variety of engine options, although the 2021 F-Pace S is only offered with a mild-hybrid P340 3.0L inline-6 producing 335 horsepower. The engine comes with an electric supercharger as well as a twin-scroll turbocharger for better performance and efficiency.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S boasts some outstanding driving character, and the redesign makes it that much more comfortable and luxurious. It is now much better equipped to go up against the other luxury manufacturers with their compact-SUV offerings. The competition for the F-PAce is the Mercedes AMG GLC 43, the BMW X3 M40i, and the Audi Q5 Prestige 55 TFSI.

What is the Engine offered in the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

The 2021 F-Pace S comes with a seriously powerful engine under the hood. The powertrain is mated to a mild-hybrid system, which helps in recovering energy as well as offering torque boosts. The engine is the P340, which is a 3.0L inline-6 that has both a turbocharger as well as a supercharger that provides a more linear acceleration and outstanding performance figures.

The transmission is an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which even has paddle shifters. The drivetrain is only available in AWD all over the F-Pace range, which also comes with individual wheel torque vectoring. The Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics make the suspension much more capable and improves the driveability. The MHEV technology uses a belt-integrated starter-generator to harvest energy when braking or slowing down. The energy is then stored in a 48-V lithium-ion battery and then intelligently deployed to assist the engine for better acceleration and a more refined start-stop system.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

BMW X3 M40i

Audi Q5

MSRP

$62,100

$59,500

$55,900

$60,350

Engine

3.0L Inline-6

3.0L V-6

3.0L Inline-6

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 

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

385hp@6100rpm

382hp@5800rpm

248hp@5,000rpm

Torque 

354 lb-ft @ 1500 - 4500 rpm

384lb-ft@2500rpm

365lb-ft@1520rpm

273lb-ft@1,600rpm

0-60 MPH 

5.8 sec

4.9 sec

4.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile 

14.1 sec

13.5 sec

13.3 sec

14.5 sec

Top Speed 

155 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

135 MPH

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S gets a downgrade in horsepower, although the new model takes big strides in the efficiency department. The F-Pace pushes 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, achieving a top speed of 155 MPH, which is rather decent. The overall driving experience and throttle response is set to improve and is sure to be that much more dynamic and maneuverable. Jaguar is sure to ensure that the SUV handles like a sports car.

The compact sports SUV offered by the other manufacturers like the BMW X3 M40i and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 both have much better performance and are that much more responsive to drive. 

What kind of MPG figures will the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

The Jaguar F-Pace is not quite an efficient car at present, and the newer car follows in its footsteps with its consumption. Although the new strides in mild-hybrid technology by the British automaker, which shows up on the new 3.0L engine offered by the brand is sure to drastically reduce the consumption, and much more importantly reduce the emissions from the engine.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

BMW X3 M40i

Audi Q5

MPG (City)

18*

18

21

20

MPG (Highway)

23*

24

27

28

MPG (Combined)

20*

21

23

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.7*

17.4

17.7

17.9

Range (City/Hwy) (mi.)

391/499*

313/418

372/478

407/462

Jaguar offered a rather large fuel tank on the 2020 F-Pace, which effectively granted the car a highway range just short of the highway mile mark. The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is most likely to overcome the 500-mile mark on the combined range, adding to the practicality of the SUV as well as boasting a rather well panned out touring character.

What are the changes in the Interior of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

The interior is one of the most notable places that have been completely redesigned for the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace. The dynamic and luxurious design is much more attractive and inherits design cues from Jaguar’s futuristic concept cars. The new cockpit is designed to accommodate the cutting edge design features the brand has introduced as well as offer a more driver-centric placement.

Authentic materials like open-pore wood veneers and aluminum appear on the upper doors as well as the full width of the instrument panel are used in the cabin. The cabin now completely comes decked in luxurious fine touch materials. The seat trim material shows up even on the door armrest, console sides, and door bins. The cabin lighting has been completely revamped to now exude a calming experience and can be configured to your preferred colors to accentuate the interior. The speakers are laser etched to offer a distinctly classy appearance and point towards the attention to detail the manufacturer has.

The seats are redesigned and now feature wider cushioning, massage functions, and heating and ventilating functions on either row. The F-Pace includes Active Road Noise Cancelling, introduced in all Jaguar models. The system calculates the exact opposite phase sound to the road vibrations to mitigate the noise that seeps into the cabin, to offer a quieter interior. The car also includes Engine Noise Cancellation to eliminate unwanted engine noise.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

BMW X3 M40i

Audi Q5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/57.7/40.3

38.9/57.3/40.8

40/57.6/40.3

41.7/57.7/41

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/55.8/37.2

38.3/55.8/37.2

38.5/56/36.04

39.3/56.5/37.8

The prime focus of Jaguar in the F-Pace is to give a comfortable interior, which exudes practicality with a performance that mimics sports cars. This is present in the seating of the car, which has comfortable legroom on either row, with capable seat cursing and comfort for 3 passengers in the rear. The rear seats have a surprising amount of headroom and can easily accommodate large passengers. 

What updates does the infotainment system in the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S have?

The heart of the interior of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S is the 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen coated in elegant magnesium alloy. The system runs on the intuitive Pivi Pro, which offers simplified menu structures, allowing easy functionality and access. The driver can access or view common tasks in less than two taps, which speaks volumes for usability. The system included standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and two-channel Bluetooth.

The central screen is three times brighter and much larger than the previous 10-inch screen and fits easily with the new 12..3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display. Full-screen 3-D mapping is now available with additional overlays for elements ranging from turn-by-turn instructions to places of interest. The driver’s information display is completely configurable and adequately placed to offer optimum convenience. 

Features included in the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S infotainment system are:

  • Heated and cooled seats
  • 14-speaker Meridian sound system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Cabin air ionization
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Dual sim 4G LTE capability, with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 3D surround camera
  • 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen
  • 12..3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display

How’s the Exterior styling of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

One major focus of the new 2021 Jaguar F-pace S styling is the headlamps, which are now ultra-slim, all-LED quad headlights with “Double J Blade” daytime running lights. The front grille is larger and now features Jaguar logo-inspired “diamond” styling. The rear lights now feature subdued graphics on them.

A newly sculpted hood that carries a much more aggressive design stands out on the redesigned car. The classic side vents on the fenders have been revamped and now feature the Jaguar emblem. The overall design shows much better attention to detail, and the car cuts a classy as well as an aggressive styling profile, which is sure to draw attention.

Models

Jaguar F-Pace

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

BMW X3 M40i

Audi Q5

Curb Weight 

4312 lbs

4191 lbs

4317 lbs

4685 lbs

Length (inches)

183.6

186.2

186.1

183.6

Width (inches)

74.5

76

74.7

74.5

Height (inches)

65.3

62.5

66

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

5.9

8

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

111

113.1

112.8

111

The new Jaguar F-pace has a rather low slung profile with the chassis being centered lower to add to the dynamics of the car. The SUV features a rather long wheelbase and is quite light, even including the heavy batteries now included in the model, which is sure to bump up the driveability and efficiency of the car. The revamped exterior gives the car a fresh and standout appeal, which looks distinct as compared to the older versions of the car.

What about the Safety features offered by the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

The safety on offer in the new F-Pace points towards standout features included now as standard in all the trims. The optional driver-assist packages cover-up in offering the best and most technologically advanced features available on the market today. The redesigned SUV is sure to have much better stability and rigidity, which will directly improve the safety offered by the car. As such, we can be sure that the 2021 F-Pace will exceed the capabilities of the previous generation model. Safety features included in the SUV are:

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Rear Traffic Monitor
  • Clear Exit Monitor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist
  • High-Speed Emergency Braking
  • Rear Traffic Monitor
  • Parking Assist
  • 360-degree Parking Aid

Should you buy the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S?

The F-Pace is Jaguar's best selling model in the United States. It is soon to get a much more modern outlook so that it stands out better against the capable German competitors in the class. The new styling changes on the interior and the exterior are sure to draw much more attention to the SUV while the high tech features, as well as the updated powertrain, is sure to boost the practicality as well as the performance of the car. Overall the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S is a much more convincing option as compared to its predecessor, and has all the right underpinning to equally compete with the other luxury SUVs if not overcome them.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace S three quarter view
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S rear three quarter view
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S front view
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S left side view
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S right side ivew
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S cockpit area
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S front seats
2021 Jaguar F-Pace S rear seats
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