Jaguar F-Pace Leasing Deals in the UK from Intelligent Vehicle Finance
Jaguar, for many years the very definition of comfortable driving and high-quality saloon cars, has joined the high-end SUV market – and they have hit the jackpot at the first attempt! The Jaguar F-Pace is creating quite a stir and receiving rave reviews. Intelligent Vehicle Finance have the best deals in the UK on Jaguar F-Pace leases.
SUV or 5-Seat Saloon?
With its first SUV, the F-Pace, Jaguar has put the driving experience front-centre. Indeed, given half a chance it’ll try to tell you that this is a sports car that just happens to take five people and go off-road, rather than an SUV.
But the F-Pace isn’t the only one trying to steal this territory. Porsche’s Macan is more expensive, but has already made this market its own, while BMW’s X4 isn’t as pretty, but is good fun to drive.
A 2.0-litre diesel engine will accounts for the bulk of F-Pace sales, while a pair of 3.0-litre units (one diesel, one petrol) are also available. The 2.0-litre can be ordered with rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, whereas the 3.0-litres are automatic and all-wheel drive only.
Is it a Re-badged Land Rover?
The Jaguar F-Pace is the first Jaguar infused with a few drops of Land Rover DNA. Yes, Jag’s first SUV toes a very different line to its rough and tumble sister company. For example, a part-time four-wheel drive system means it’s rear-wheel drive in normal situations, only sending up to 50 per cent of the power to the front tyres when they’re scrabbling for grip. The Jaguar F-Pace has 213mm of ground clearance (the same as a Discovery Sport) and a wading depth of 525mm (175mm less than the Disco), so it’ll get you safely to your country cottage in a storm, but the focus is very much on being practical, fun to drive and seductive to look at, not the first choice for expeditions through the Amazon.
The F-Pace is roughly the same size as sister company Land Rover’s Discovery Sport, with which it shares some of its oily bits. However, it isn’t simply a rebadged Land Rover; its underpinnings actually have more in common with Jaguar’s XE and XF saloons.
As a result, the body is super-stiff and there’s lots of aluminium and other lightweight materials to keep its weight down and improve agility. The F-Pace is very much a road-focused SUV, even though four-wheel-drive versions have some clever off-roading technology; cheaper models actually make do with rear-wheel drive.
The Driving Experience
Jaguar will tell you all day long that the F-Pace is a ‘performance crossover’ infused with technology and ability borrowed from the F-Type. That’s a load of cobblers. Yes it has the same suspension layout as the F-Type, and a similar name, but this is a large SUV that size-wise sits somewhere between the Porsche Macan and Cayenne (although at 1,861kg it’s 80kg less than the equivalent Macan, thanks to its snazzy all-aluminium platform).
Body control is tighter than any Land Rover model, but let’s not pretend it changes direction like an F-Type – that’s physics. Dial back your binary inputs and drive briskly, not manically, and it responds with slick, balanced movements. Ultimately, its safe zone is fast, open roads where it gobbles up big mileages in supreme comfort. Naturally, the big V6 diesel and petrol are appealing, but this is also the best home yet for the 2.0-litre Ingenium engine.
The 2.0-litre diesel is no firebrand. But for most people, most of the time, it’s gutsy enough, whether you stick with rear-wheel drive or pay a bit extra for four-wheel drive. The optional eight-speed automatic is worth the premium over the standard six-speed manual.
The Beauty of the Beast
There are four trims available: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. The limited-run First Edition model, which came with a massive equipment list, exclusive paint and enormous 22-inch wheels, sold out nearly as soon as it was announced, although you can still get most of the options from it on other F-Pace models.
The F-Pace range comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, Jaguar’s InControl infotainment and sat-nav system and electric leather seats. The interior is plush, and will feel familiar to XE and XF owners, thanks to the identical switchgear, including the rising gear selector on automatic models and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. You can choose from a huge number of desirable options, too, including full-length panoramic glass and a high-end Meridian sound system.
With engine size and performance to suit every motorist from the “Mum on the school run” through to the performance and gadgets focused “Petrolhead” the F-Pace is the ideal choice. With great handling, spacious and luxurious interior and boot, and great handling on and off road it is no wonder the Jaguar F-Pace was named car of the year 2016 by Autoexpress.
Intelligent Vehicle Finance offer the best deals in the UK for personal or business leasing on the Jaguar F-Pace. Our Jaguar F-Pace lease starts at £339 a month*
*Business leas excluding VAT