> Long term test of the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SUV
> Glitchy infotainment system becomes a pain
> Thankful to be driving a SUV when the snow hit
> F-Pace handles far better than a lot of its rivals
In February YesAuto attended the launch of the new Jaguar F-Pace, the car which has replaced the model we are currently running in showrooms. We enjoyed the new car and you can read all about it here, but driving the 2021 model threw the 2020 version’s shortfalls into stark relief.
Quite rightly Jaguar has made a lot of noise about its new Pivi Pro infotainment system, which now comes as standard on the latest F-Pace. Just for context, Jaguar Land Rover a long time ago opted to create its own infotainment system rather than farm the job out to a tech specialist like Google, as Volvo does.
Comparing the 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system, found in our test car, to the new 14-inch Pivi Pro is like comparing a Nokia 3310 to an iPhone 12. The Touch Pro’s resolution is smeary and the screen conspicuously small. Both of these we can forgive, but what we can’t overlook is how glitchy the system is.
Without warning the Touch Pro has dropped our phone from Bluetooth a few times, forcing us to pull over and re-connect, which often doesn’t happen first time and once required turning the car off and on again to re-boot the system. The system is slow to power up and connect the phone, something highlighted by the new Pivi Pro’s instantaneous power-up thanks to its own, dedicated power source.
We are well aware that our frustrations have been magnified by experiencing the new Pivi Pro, which is without doubt one of the best infotainment systems on the market, but if you are looking to buy the 2020 F-Pace second hand it’s something to be aware of. When the Touch Pro system is working properly, which it does 90% of the time, it’s perfectly acceptable. But if you’re looking for a second-hand SUV which is a piece of tech first, car second, we would urge you towards a Volvo XC60 or Mercedes GLC.
If having a slicker-than-the-average infotainment system ranks lower on your priorities than owning a SUV which you can push hard and chew up miles in supreme comfort, then the 2020 F-Pace is certainly worthy of your attention.
Rightly or wrongly the engineering which you can’t see but can feel has always come first with Jaguar, something evident throughout its range. While the 2021 models have comprehensively addressed the issue of a sub-par infotainment system and drab interiors, Jaguar didn’t have any catching up to do in the driving dynamics department.
Despite our P250 Chequered Flag edition F-Pace being bereft of adaptive suspension it strikes the perfect balance between corning response and in-town comfort. Jaguar really should be applauded for hitting the sweet spot: the F-Pace can attack a corner like a much smaller car and presents minimal body roll, and only very occasionally does the ride feel harsh over speed bumps or potholes, which is normally the trade-off.
We understand corning agility isn’t high on most people’s tick box list when buying a SUV, but the F-Pace also came into its own during the brief snowy spell we had in February. With permanent all-wheel drive this incredibly handsome SUV ploughed through the white stuff without so much as a hint of wheelspin or loss of traction. Yes, most all-wheel drive SUVs would be as sure-footed in the lightweight dusting we call snow in the UK, but we were glad of it all the same.
Facts and figures
Model on test: Jaguar F-Pace P250 Chequered Flag
Price as tested: £55,450
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Boot space: 650-litres
Current economy: 28.1 mpg