Home' Open Road NSW Central Coast and Hunter : OR1116 Contents THE F-PACE IS JAGUAR’S first ever SUV.
The ‘delay’ was apparently due to Jaguar
not wanting to step on the toes of its
stablemates, Land Rover and Range Rover.
But it seems the ever-growing popularity of
SUVs means Jaguar can no longer afford to
ignore the luxury SUV market.
The F-Pace sits between the Porsche
Macan and BMW’s X3 and X4 in size,
straddling the compact and mid-sized
luxury SUV market. There are 12 variants to
choose from, across four equipment levels,
priced between $74,340 and $120,415 plus
on-roads. There are three engines – a 2.0 -
litre diesel, 3.0 -litre twin-turbo diesel and a
3.0 -litre supercharged petrol.
Our test model is the mid-range R-Sport
3.0d (3.0 -litre diesel). It’s priced from
$90,304, although ours came with $31,935
worth of optional extras. This is a trait of
the Jaguar Land Rover family, seen most
recently with the astonishing options list on
the Range Rover Evoque.
On the outside, the new F-Pace is
unmistakably Jaguar. From the bold
upright grille, clean lines across the body
side, familiar fender vents and sleek
roofline, this is one cool looking cat. Inside
it’s much bigger than its rivals, especially in
rear seat space. There’s 650 litres of boot
space and it grows to over 1.8 metres in
length with the rear seats folded.
The F-Pace has some clever touches but,
unfortunately, all are optional. The activity
key ($640) is a great idea and a segment
first. The waterproof, shockproof wristband
allows the key fob to be locked inside the
vehicle while you wear the wristband. You
can then unlock the vehicle by holding it
close to the ‘J ’ of the Jaguar lettering on
the tailgate. However, the one with our test
car only worked intermittently.
From behind the wheel, the F-Pace
doesn’t disappoint. Body control is excellent
and the SUV is confident and sure-footed on
a twisty mountain road. It has loads of grip
thanks to the massive tyres, and its all-
wheel-drive system has a rear bias that
adds to its sporty nature. Meanwhile, the
front differential is so fancy that even with
both rear wheels on polished ice (says Jag)
there’s enough torque transfer to pull away
using the front wheels only.
Despite all its tech trickery, the ride is a
bit jiggly and harsh at low speeds. Overall,
though, it’s still good – especially
considering our test car had the largest
wheels of the segment at 22 inches. On the
freeway, it’s a comfortable cruiser.
Rear vision is an issue – due to the thick
C-pillars and sharply raked rear windscreen
– and the rear camera picture doesn’t give
an accurate representation of distance.
Given Jag has had such a long time to
perfect it, the F-Pace is a letdown on some
points, but it’s still a beautifully designed
and engineered SUV, with the soul of its
sports car siblings. – Jaedene Hudson
Pros: Large interior space; elegant design;
torque-on-demand AWD system
Cons: Everything is an optional extra; harsh
low-speed ride; rear-vision impediments
After lying in wait for years, Jaguar finally stalks the luxury SUV market
Engine: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: eight-speed automatic Power:
221kW Torque: 700Nm Fuel consumption:
6.0L/100km ANCAP: Not yet tested Price:
$90,304 (plus ORC)
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IF YOU’RE A LITTLE CONFUSED with the
Infiniti brand, you’re not alone. Despite calling
the Q30 a ‘cross-over’, Infiniti defines the
car’s rivals as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz
GLA-Class, Mini Countryman and Audi Q3,
which are all SUVs. But we’d also suggest
Volvo’s V40 should be in the mix because,
with less ground clearance than a Mazda3,
the Q30 is really a hatch.
It’s available in three trim levels – GT,
Sport and Sport Premium. There are three
engines on offer – a 1.6 -litre turbo petrol,
2.0 -litre turbo petrol and 2.2 -litre turbo
diesel, all with the same seven-speed dual
clutch gearbox. Fuel consumption is
good at 6.0L/100km, 6 .3L/100km and
The Q30 is relatively well-equipped but
there are two omissions worth pointing out.
A rear-view camera is only available on
Sport Premium models, and there’s no Apple
CarPlay/Android Auto on any model.
What is good is that the Q30’s looks are
not as polarising as some of its siblings (the
QX80 springs to mind). While it still has the
distinctive ‘family face’ with the upright
grille, the Q30’s styling treatment is much
softer than other models and, at a quick
glance, strongly resembles a Mazda3.
The cabin has a premium feel, with classy
highlights such as the chrome accents around
the air con vents, on the doors, steering wheel
and around the gear selector. The seats are
comfortable on the long haul, thanks to what
Infiniti calls ‘zero gravity’ seat design. It’s
disappointing, though, that only the flagship
model gets powered seats.
Around town, the 1.6 -litre engine is
fuss free. It’s zippy and has some punch
but is quiet and refined even under load.
Overtaking sees you drop back a gear or
two, nothing unusual with a small engine
and a seven-speed gearbox.
There’s a lot to like about the Infiniti Q30
but many will struggle to hand over that
much cash on a badge that’s still relatively
unknown. – Jaedene Hudson
Nissan’s luxury vehicle division has a
unique take on the hatchback theme
Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmission: Seven-speed DSG Power: 115kW
Torque: 250Nm ANCAP: HHHHH Price: From
$38,900 (plus ORC)
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