Road Tripping in the Jaguar F-Pace

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The Jaguar SUV Shines as the Miles Roll On

There are so many vehicles you can take on a holiday road trip. You can hop into a luxury sedan for a smooth ride to your in-laws’ house. Or you can pack your family and all of your gear (and the kitchen sink) into a giant three-row SUV. Forbes used a Jaguar F-Pace.

Over the Christmas break, they drove Jaguar’s first SUV all over England, “from the heart of urban London to Suffolk, a province to the east of the country and then onto Worcestershire and the Cotswolds, an impossibly picture perfect region in south central England.” The more miles they put on the diesel-powered R-Sport model, they more they liked it. The graceful profile, the nimbleness enabled by the aluminum construction, the quick steering – all of those traits stuck out as much as Rudolph’s red nose on a snowy night. Forbes‘ F-Pace test vehicle also got on the publication’s “Nice List” for its InControl 12.3-inch infotainment system, eight-way power front seats, and “smooth-sounding 380W Meridian sound system.”

Despite the tight rear seating dimensions, Forbes deemed the F-Pace nearly perfect. After having driven an F-Pace R-Sport 35t for a week earlier this year, I personally have to agree with their conclusion. The outer design was beautifully proportioned. The interior was attractive and full of useful tech. I found the 340 horsepower from the supercharged V6 a great match for the F-Pace’s 4,015-pound curb weight, which seemed to drop when I thrust the machine into every curve I could find. My journey might have been a much shorter road trip than the one Forbes took its F-Pace media loaner on, but it sure felt as if I was being given a present.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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