2018 Jaguar F-PACE: Luxury SUV With The Heart Of A Jungle Cat

The 2018 Jaguar F-PACE is Jaguar’s first SUV, a mid-size entry that goes right up against Porsche’s Cayenne. It was introduced to the US market in May of 2016. Like the Cayenne, the F-PACE is the first SUV from a maker of sports cars, and is already its best-selling vehicle. Combining Jaguar’s sex appeal with two-row SUV practicality is a winning formula!

Penned by Jaguar’s head of design Ian Callum, the F-PACE is composed of 80 percent aluminum, with a composite tailgate and structural parts of magnesium. This results in a stiff, lightweight structure that produces both excellent performance and very good fuel efficiency.

Six Trim Levels Available On 2018 F-PACE
The 2018 F-PACE comes in six different trim levels: Base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio, and the high-performance S. Here are some items that are standard on each:

  • Base – 18" alloy wheels, 8-way powered front seats, 11-speaker, 380-watt Meridian sound system, sliding panoramic roof, power tailgate 
  • Premium – 19" alloy wheels, driver seat and exterior mirrors memory, rear view camera, Homelink garage door opener, auto-dimming and power folding exterior mirrors
  • Prestige – Grained leather seats, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, xenon headlights, navigation, keyless entry, front and rear parking aids
  • R-Sport – 20" alloy wheels, ‘R-Sport’ body kit, full LED adaptive headlights with intelligent high beams, 18-way sport seats, lane keep assist, emergency braking, blind spot monitor, and reverse traffic detection
  • Portfolio – 20" alloy wheels, perforated Windsor leather luxury seats, 10-way electric front seats, configurable interior mood lighting, gloss figured ebony veneer
  • S – 3.0L 380hp supercharged V6 engine, 20” alloy wheels, adaptive dynamics with configurable dynamic mode, ‘S’ Body Kit with ‘S’ branding on metal sill finishers and multi-function steering wheel, 18-way electric sport seats including 4-way power lumbar and driver memory, lane keep assist & driver condition monitor, emergency braking, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection

2018 Jaguar F-PACE pricing starts at $42,065 for F-PACE 25t and tops out at $62,000 for the F-PACE 30t Portfolio.

Four F-PACE Engines To Choose From

The 2018 Jaguar F-PACE offers four different engines across several trim levels. All 2018 F-PACE models come with all-wheel drive as standard, as well as a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The standard engine is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 247 horsepower. It is available in the following trim levels:

  • F-PACE 25t 
  • F-PACE 25t Premium
  • F-PACE 25t Prestige
  • F-PACE 25t R-Sport

A 2.0L four-cylinder turbodiesel engine has 180 horsepower. It is rated at an EPA-estimated 33 MPG Highway and is available as:

  • F-PACE 20d Premium
  • F-PACE 20d Prestige
  • F-PACE 20d R-Sport

A more highly tuned four-cylinder turbo gas engine has 296 horsepower and is available in these trims:

  • F-PACE 30t Premium
  • F-PACE 30t Prestige
  • F-PACE 30t R-Sport
  • F-PACE 30t Portfolio (Limited Edition)

A range-topping, high performance 3.0L supercharged V6 puts out 380 horsepower, and comes just one way, as the F-PACE S.

The 2018 Jaguar F-PACE Is A Classy Mid-Size SUV That Will Get You Noticed

If you are looking for a mid-size SUV that does not blend into the background, the 2018 Jaguar F-PACE is an excellent candidate. It blends the traditional Jaguar traits of performance, luxury, and a bit of sexiness into a practical-sized SUV form factor. You can equip it so it is affordable, luxurious, or high-performing, depending on your preference and your budget.

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