Jaguar F-Pace review - design

Jaguar’s design language has been adapted to the F-Pace’s SUV shape well. What’s more, this is one Jaguar you can tell apart from the other in the range

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  • An involving drive, and not just for an SUV
  • Most powerful engine is slightly lacklustre

The exterior design is perhaps where the F-Pace has needed the least amount of work since its original debut, and it looks like Jaguar has thought the same thing, as aside from some subtle reprofiling of the bumpers and lighting, the overall effect is much the same. That is a testament to the original design by Ian Callum and Julian Thomson, built on a foundation of fantastic proportions and timeless design signatures that have only needed a small update to stay fresh five years after its launch. In fact, thanks to a somewhat flat generation of new design from most premium manufacturers in this class, the F-Pace could be considered the best looking.

The new design elements are welcome though; the headlights are very similar to before with only their internal design reconfigured, but the rears have a much more confident graphic that also completely changes the night-time signature. The only weak spot would be the overly complex rear valance that makes the whole car look bigger due to the body colour looping down underneath the exhaust outlets.

There are new wheel designs in most sizes, and while the 22-inch option still offers that concept-car like stance, new 21-inch offerings (not previously available) draw a more finessed compromise between ride quality and aesthetics; their actual designs are also the most attractive.

Overall, its appearance is largely what will continue to draw buyers to the F-Pace, and in lieu of a new design language expected with Jaguar’s 2025 rebirth as an all-electric brand, it’ll have to stand the test of time. So it’s a good thing the last blank-sheet Jaguars were under the expert watch of Callum and Thomson. We’ll just have to wait and see what new overriding JLR design chief Gerry McGovern has in store for Jaguar’s next era.

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