Despite being a newcomer to the luxury crossover segment, the Jaguar F-Pace has made a good impression for buyers. Debuting in 2017, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is indeed an interesting vehicle. It’s elegant, spacious, fun to drive and fuel efficient, depending on your engine choice and how much you want.
There are four engine available for the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 380 horsepower in S models and 340 hp for all 35t trim variants. Jaguar added a new turbocharged inline-four this year. It produces 247 hp or 296 hp and with a more affordable price. And a diesel engine that makes an impressive 29 mpg in combined driving.
At the end, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace has a unique space in the luxury crossover SUV segment. Although the F-Pace has some shortcomings, overall you’ll find it as an alluring option.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV available in six trim levels: base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S and Portfolio.
The base comes with standard equipment includes keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, LED running lights, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, power front seats, simulated leather upholstery and a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat.
Technology features include Bluetooth, the InControl 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Jaguar InControl Protect emergency communication services, and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. A rearview camera can be added separately.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Premium adds 19-inch wheels, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, driver-seat memory functions and a rearview camera. The Vision package available for the Premium trim adds automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive xenon headlamps with auto-leveling and washers, a blind-spot monitoring system and lane departure warning. The Black package adds a gloss black finish to the exterior front grille, window surrounds and side vents.
The base and Premium F-Pace are eligible to the Cold Climate package, which adds heated washer jets, a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats. It also can be equipped with a navigation system integrated into the InControl Touch system.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige get most of the above equipment along with keyless entry, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, a folding rear armrest, smartphone apps and voice controls. Things that aren’t standard is the safety aids and Black package, which available in the Prestige Vision package but also adds adaptive LED headlights. The Adaptive Dynamics package adds you an adaptive suspension and special drive mode to optimize grip in off-road conditions.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport gets you special R-Sport styling elements and bumpers, 20-inch wheels, foglights, a simulated leather-trimmed instrument panel and aggressively bolstered front seats with power-adjustable thigh support. This is in addition to everything above except the Adaptive Dynamics and Black packages.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace S trim is similar to the R-Sport but comes with unique S body styling, increase engine power and the Adaptive Dynamics package.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige, R-Sport and S can be equipped with the Comfort & Convenience package, that adds a hands-free gesture-activated liftgate, ventilated front seats, power-reclining rear seats, a remote release for the folding rear seats. The Technology package adds 3G onboard Wi-Fi, a fully digital instrument cluster, upgraded InControl Pro 10-inch touchscreen interface and a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound audio system. Stand-alone options are roof rails, a head-up display and an Activity Key.
The Luxury Interior and Driver Assistance package also available for the R-Sport and S. It adds 10-color interior ambient lighting, upgraded carpets and headliner, four-zone automatic climate control with an air quality sensor, a cooled glove compartment, rear-seat power sockets and air vents. The Driver Assistance package adds a surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, an automatic parking system and speed limit notification. The R-Sport and S can also be equipped with 22-inch wheels.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Portfolio comes with everything from the Prestige trim along with 20-inch wheels, upgraded trim, premium leather upholstery, the Comfort & Convenience and Luxury Interior packages. The Adaptive Dynamics package is optional.
Every 2018 Jaguar F-Pace comes standard with all-wheel drive, hill-start assist, an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an automatic stop-start system. There are four engine choices: 25t, 30t, 35t and 20d.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t is powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar claims it can hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates at 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway).
The 30t version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, 49 hp more than the 25t models. EPA fuel economy is similar.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 35t models get a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 340 horsepower (380 on the S) and 332 pound-feet of torque. Jaguar estimates that this engine will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds or 5.1 seconds with the S. Which is among the quickest in the segment. EPA fuel economy at 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway).
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 20d has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that produces 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar estimates that it will hit 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway).
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace cabin may not be as visually attractive as the exterior, but still upscale and made of high quality materials. The large climate control and InControl Pro touch screen system features sharp graphics, fast responses and large virtual buttons. It may take more time than is possible during the initial use of this system, but will be easy to use afterwards.
On the front, the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace combines the high view of SUV with a low carlike seating position. The seats also offer enough adjustment and space even for higher drivers. At the rear, there is more leg room than most competitors, even with the taller driver in front. The headroom is also good, and the head does not sweep to the roof even if you add panoramic sunroof.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace cargo space is great for the class, with 33.5 cubic feet with rear seats in used and a maximum capacity of 63.5 cubic feet (just less than Volvo XC60). And if you use a roof or cargo space to transport kayaks, surfboards or outdoor adventure items, you may be interested with the F-Pace optional Activity Key: a waterproof Fitbit-like bracelet that when placed over the Jaguar liftgate unlocks the car, which allows you to leave the key locked in the car.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 F-Pace has been available at dealers since spring. Although there is no change in standard equipment, the F-Pace base price goes up for 2018. The diesel 20d, previously the base F-Pace, has been shifted by the $43,060 25t. Last year F-Pace Premium, F-Pace Prestige and R-Sport trim levels carry over to 2018, with minor price increases to certain trims ranging from $775 (20d R-Sport) to $2375 (35t Premium). The diesel adds $1500 to the price over the gasoline four, while the V6 will cost $4200.