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Autotrader: Tastefully restyled Jaguar F-Pace offers new engine choices and improved interior

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The Jaguar F-Pace, a compact all-wheel-drive SUV made in England, sees major changes for 2021. There’s fresh styling front and rear, highlighted by a sculpted new hood, thin LED headlights, and Jaguar leaper badges on the side vents.

More substantive changes have taken place under the revised skin. The supercharged V-6 engines from last year have been replaced by a new 3.0-liter inline-6 with an electric supercharger, a twin-scroll turbocharger, and a 48-volt mild hybrid system.

In the F-Pace S 340, the straight-6 puts out 335 horsepower. In the potent new F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400, it puts out 395 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an 8-speed automatic transmission. The P 250 and S 250 F-Pace models continue to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 246 horsepower.

There also is a 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR, powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 14 lb-ft compared with last year.

The Jaguar F-Pace

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Changes continue inside, where a curved 11.4-inch infotainment screen takes center stage, complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a new center console, and the latest Pivi Pro operating system, which is more intuitive and allows over-the-air (OTA) software updates. Active Noise Cancellation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are standard.

What’s new?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is majorly revised for 2021 with freshened styling, new mild-hybrid inline-6 engines, and an improved interior featuring a huge 11.4-inch touchscreen, Active Noise Cancellation, and a more intuitive operating system that allows you to complete most tasks in two taps or less. 

What we like
  • Tastefully restyled
  • Inline-6 engines get mild-hybrid electric assist
  • Choice of four engine outputs
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • New R Dynamic S 400 model has 395 horsepower
  • The potent SVR lives!
What we don’t
  • Soft resale values
How much?

$49,995-$84,600

Fuel economy

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is available in five ways for 2021: the 4-cylinder P 250 and S 250 models, plus the 6-cylinder S 340 and R-Dynamics S 400, both of which profit from a belt-driven 48-volt mild hybrid system. A potent F-Pace SVR also continues to be available in 2021.

At the entry-level, the P250 and S 250 are powered by the carry-over turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Both AWD models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, and both have U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings of 22 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway.

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The new inline-6 engines are quite a bit more powerful and should have an edge in overall smoothness because of their excellent inherent balance. In the F-Pace S 340, the supercharged and turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 puts out 335 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. EPA fuel economy for the S 340 is 20 mpg city/27 mpg, which is nearly as good as that of the 4-cylinder because the 6-cylinder has a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist that also creates smooth automatic restarts.

The F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400, at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway, is nearly as efficient, even though its (electric) supercharged and turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 packs a 395-horsepower punch (from 5,500 to 6,500 rpm) and a stout 406 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm. Of note, the lithium-ion battery pack in the new 6-cylinder F-Pace models is mounted beneath the rear seat and luggage compartment.

The top Jaguar F-Pace model, the SVR, is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with a whopping 516 lb-ft of torque.

Standard features and options

The 2021 F-Pace is available in five trim levels – the 4-cylinder P 250 and S 250 versions, the 6-cylinder S 340 and R-Dynamics S 400, and the V8-powered SVR.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S 250 has a starting price of $49,995, plus Jaguar’s destination fee of $1,025. Even though it’s the entry-level F-Pace, the turbocharged 2.0-liter S 250 comes well equipped with 19-in alloy wheels, 12-way heated front seats, the 11.4-inch infotainment screen, ambient interior lighting, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with XM.

The F-Pace P 250 ($53,895) adds leather interior trim and black 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as a power tailgate, upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment, and wireless smartphone charging.

If you want an F-Pace powered by the new inline-6, you have two choices. The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace S 340 ($59,395) powered by a 335-horsepower version of that straight-6, comes with leather interior trim and the power tailgate, plus the upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment and black 19-inch alloy wheels.

The F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400 ($65,200), with 395 horsepower, maintains its spot at the top of the lineup with an R-Dynamic kit (a unique grille, body cladding, bumper inserts), plus a leather-covered steering wheel, special sill plates, aluminum engine trim, and black headliner.

The F-Pace SVR ($84,600) comes with the potent V8 powertrain, an SVR body kit, 21-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, Pivi Pro infotainment, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, wireless device charging, a full assortment of driver assists, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Notable standard features for all 2021 F-Pace models include Active Road Noise Cancellation, automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Notable F-Pace options include a wearable activity key (that can be used to lock, unlock, and start this Jaguar SUV), a Cabin Air Ionization filter (that purifies the interior air), a head-up display (HUD), and a blacked-out exterior package.

Safety

Jaguar’s compact 5-seat SUV has a thorough standard safety suite. It’s highlighted by automatic emergency braking, which warns the F-Pace drivers of impending collisions and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian.

The new F-Pace also has parking sensors and a system that keeps the vehicle in its lane with minor steering inputs.

Also standard: a blind-spot monitor, which helps with lane changes, and a rear cross-traffic alert, which makes backing out of blind parking spots much safer. New for 2021 is a technology that Jaguar calls Clear Exit Monitor, which warns passengers to not get out of the F-Pace if it senses traffic approaching from behind.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t crash-tested the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SUV.

Behind the wheel

Autotrader hasn’t driven the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace. Check back soon. We have spent some time in a 2020 model, though, and we found the F-Pace chassis to be poised and composed. This is a crossover SUV with a refined ride and the talents of a sports sedan.

Other cars to consider

2021 Acura RDX—Similar in size to the F-Pace and powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Dependable, and holds its value well.

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio—Another sporty European crossover SUV, though not as roomy inside as the Jag. This Italian has a much smaller cargo area, too.

2021 BMW X3—All-wheel drive isn’t standard on BMW’s
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X3, which is similar in size to the F-Pace but has much better front headroom. Also powered by a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC—Very similar in size to the Jag, which has more cargo room. Mercedes has much better resale.

2021 Volvo XC60—Another European crossover SUV powered by a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. The front-drive Volvo
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starts at about $40,000, quite a bit less than the AWD Jaguar F-Pace.

Used Range Rover Sport—More interior space, excellent power, and a healthy dollop of English character are very much present in a used Range Rover Sport HSE from around 2016.

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Questions you may ask

Where does Jaguar build the 2021 F-Pace?

The F-Pace is made in Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull, England plant, at the same facility that builds the Jaguar XE sedan.

 What is the towing capacity of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

All 2021 Jaguar F-Pace models can tow an unbraked trailer with a loaded weight of 1,653 pounds. With trailer brakes, that rises to 5,291 pounds.

What is the ground clearance on the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace has a respectable 8.4 inches of ground clearance.

Is there still a diesel-powered F-Pace?

No. The last diesel-powered Jaguar F-Pace for the U.S. market was offered in the 2019 model year.

What is the top speed of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The Jaguar F-Pace P 250 and S 250 have a top speed of 135 mph. The potent R-Dynamic S 400 model has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The SVR can hit 178 mph. The S 400, for the record, hits 60 mph in a fleet 5.1 seconds.

 What is the warranty on the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace?

The Jaguar F-Pace has a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a powertrain protection plan also good for five years or 60,000 miles.

Autotrader’s advice

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is a great choice for buyers wanting a head-turning compact SUV with sporty manners and an interior that blends old English charm with modern technology. Plan to keep it a while, because resale values aren’t strong. We look forward to sampling the new inline-6 engines, and the model we find most intriguing is the F Pace S 340, which gets you a smooth 335 horsepower for less than $60,000.

This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.

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