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SUV Review: 2021 Jaguar F-Pace 250 S

SUV Review: 2021 Jaguar F-Pace 250 S
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The F-Pace’s rear seat can be a bit tight if those in the front have their chairs all the way back, but overall, it’s a very comfortable vehicle, especially with my tester’s optional 18-way seats, for $1,050, which came with heat and ventilation. I also had heated rear seats, which add $500 to the tag.

The most noticeable change is the redesigned centre stack and console, with a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen and new climate controls — although the starter button still flashes red with a “heartbeat” pattern once you’re inside to help you find it in the dark. There’s a new push-pull electronic shifter, but I’m not a fan. One should not have to hit a separate button alongside the shifter to put it in Park, and I prefer the old dial shifter that this new one replaces. There’s also a 12-inch programmable digital instrument cluster, a $550 option on my tester.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace 250S Photo by Jil McIntosh

Overall, the new cabin look is very elegant, although the metal accents around the upper vents and on the console can be blinding when the sun hits them. Also speaking of visibility, you may want to first test-drive a vehicle with the heated windshield before you check off the $450 option box for it. The tiny, tightly-packed wires in the glass do a fantastic job in nasty weather, but I find it tiring to look through them, and the view always seems a little hazy because of them. Make sure it’s not going to be an issue for you.

The new, next-generation Pivi Pro infotainment system is much easier to use than its frustratingly complicated predecessor. It still isn’t the industry’s best, and if the screen is cold, it can take a couple of taps on the icons before anything happens. But it is far more intuitive now than it was, and includes over-the-air software updates, Wi-Fi modem, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the ability to connect two phones at the same time.

You can also order an Activity Key, a waterproof bracelet that opens, locks, and starts the F-Pace so you don’t have to carry a key fob to the beach or on your run.

To Jaguar’s credit, it took a good hard look at the F-Pace and figured out what was less-than-great about it — some cheaper-looking materials, a clunky centre screen — and really did something about it. This new cat looks good inside and out, and even with its smallest engine, it’s very satisfying to drive. The last F-Pace might sometimes have been a second thought when cross-shopping the German and Japanese competitors, but this one is right up there with all of them.
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