Jaguar F-Pace review - Why Jaguar's SUV is one of the best - Engine and gearbox

The F-Pace's armoury is well equipped to take on the Porsche Macan

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  • An involving drive, and not just for an SUV
  • Most powerful engine is slightly lacklustre

Engine and gearbox 

The 3-litre V6 turbo-diesel might not be the most characterful engine, but it’s functional and incredibly flexible. Keep it between 2500 – 4000rpm, which is easy thanks to the plethora of gears in the 8-speed automatic gearbox, and you can make swift progress. Rev it out to its limiter and, although the noise isn’t unpleasant – it’s much nicer than you’d expect from a diesel – there’s not much to be gained in terms of performance.

The top-spec, supercharged V6 might produce some impressive numbers, but it isn’t quite as impressive to use. It needs revving hard to feel the benefits of the power on offer, a task not befitting for an SUV. If you aren’t working the supercharged V6 hard, then the diesel – with its additional 184lb ft of torque – is faster from A to B.

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The volume seller will be the 178bhp 2-litre turbo-diesel, which while not as quick nor as flexible as its six-cylinder relatives it has just enough performance to avoid frustration. The manual may appeal to the die hard driving enthusiasts but the eight-speed auto is more naturally suited to the F Pace.

The F-Pace has a number of driving modes from eco, through normal to dynamic. The throttle map and automatic gearbox's shift points and speeds are changed dramatically in the sportiest mode.

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It may not be the most powerful engine available, but we think the 3-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 diesel suits the F-Pace better than the supercharged, petrol V6. Its huge torque figure delivers the performance that works best with an SUV, and it suits the rest of the Jaguar's character, too.

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That is until Jag’s 5-litre V8 worms its way into the front of the F-Pace, which it inevitably will. Then, we’ll undoubtedly change our minds.

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