The Jaguar F-Pace P400e is a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that has the capability for electric driving around town as well as the ability to offer effortless long distance travel at motorway speeds.
Jaguar, along with Land Rover, has primarily offered diesel engines over recent years, but with diesel engines falling out of favour and with no all-electric models apart from the I-PACE, the Jaguar F-Pace is now available with a petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Jaguar F-Pace P400e has a 2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor producing 143 PS of power and 275 Nm of torque. Total system output is 404 PS and 640 Nm of torque, which is transferred to the road via all-wheel drive.
The F-Pace design has been around for a while now, but it still looks good, and the interior feels luxurious. It’s also spacious, although the batteries result in the boot floor being raised, and angled down towards the tailgate, which isn’t ideal when trying to pack in luggage.
The F-Pace P400e can be driven on electric power around town, when it’s refined, even if responses from standstill can be a bit hesitant and jerky.
However the party trick of the F-Pace is its ability to effortlessly travel long distances at motorway speeds. When doing this, there’s lots of performance on tap (0-62 mph takes just 5.0 seconds), with an accompanying sporty soundtrack, and the ride quality is very comfortable. If you then turn off the motorway onto country roads, the F-Pace has excellent handling and sharp steering for such a big, heavy car (and the headlights were excellent, both on dipped and main beam). Grip is good thanks to the all-wheel drive system, and even with standard road tyres, the F-Pace managed to make progress on many roads that were covered in ice during its week on test during December.
There are ‘e-modes’ of Hybrid, EV and Save, and the car starts off in EV mode. The EV button is very small and sandwiched between two other buttons, so it’s quite hard to see and to press when driving; it’s easy to press the button next to it by mistake and inadvertently switch off the traction control.
There’s a drive mode switch which you push in to get it to pop up and you can rotate to select Dynamic, Comfort, Eco or Rain Ice Snow.
You can also select S via the gear selector, and you change gear using steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The gear selector is the same as in the Range Rover Velar, and in both the Velar and the F-Pace we found that we often tried to change gear by pushing in the button behind the selector but the car didn’t change gear. If you pull the gear selector twice to try and select the gear you want, it will change from D to S and if you’re on electric power, the petrol engine will fire up.
There’s a large central touchscreen but there are no shortcut buttons. There are dials that you push to activate the heated seats, and that you pull to select the fan.
The Jaguar F-Pace P400e has an official electric range of 33 miles and WLTP combined fuel economy of 130.2 – 112.5 mpg.
We consistently enjoyed a range of 24 miles in the real-world, during a week of freezing temperatures.
In terms of fuel economy, we averaged around 34mpg at motorway speeds on the petrol engine, and 44mpg over the week as a whole on petrol and electric.
The F-Pace was promising a total driving range of 400 miles.
The Jaguar F-Pace P400e R-Dynamic SE AWD costs £60,070. Our test car had the following options: Portofino Blue Metallic Paint (£740); 21-inch 10 spoke alloys (£1,200); Privacy Glass (£415); Cabin Air Ionisation / PM2.5 (£100); Air Quality Sensor (£60); Meridian Sound System (£840); Wireless Charger with Booster (£300); Lockable, Cooled Glovebox (£60) and Sliding Panoramic Roof (£1,600), taking the total price of our test car to £65,385.
The Jaguar F-Pace P400e is a very luxurious way in which to cover long distances at high speed. It can also drive 20-30 miles on electric power. It can also cope with ice-covered roads thanks to its all-wheel drive system. It has a comfortable ride, and good handling for such a big car. Because it’s a big car, it’s spacious. So there’s lots of good news; the bad news for the F-Pace is the Jaguar I-Pace. The I-Pace can do most things that the F-Pace can do, but on electric power all of the time. And when the F-Pace is on electric power, there’s 143 PS of power and 275 Nm of torque, compared to the 400 PS of power and 696 Nm of torque of the I-Pace, which gives the I-Pace much more performance on electric power. So the Jaguar F-Pace P400e is very impressive (it should be with a £60,000 price tag) and gains a Green Car Guide rating of 8/10, but we would opt for the I-Pace.