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BabyDrive Verdict

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My Grandfather had a Jaguar when I was a little girl and I remember it being a treat to go for a drive and being originally from the UK, the brand has a place in its history. So I was very much looking forward to driving the Jaguar F-Pace and experiencing some of that luxury I remember! I imagined an interior where knobs, dials and switches felt the best quality and the surfaces and wooden panelling were really luxurious!

The reality definitely did not match up with my imagination!! For the $120,000 the model I drove cost, you got cheap black plastic doors, with tacky red leather and faux wood plastic panelling! I was seriously shocked to find similar black plastic to the stuff I despise in Mitsubishis!

Unfortunately, I found the disappointments kept on coming with the F-Pace, when surprisingly for your $120,000 there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which is frankly ludicrous in a car of this price!

The air-conditioning didn’t feel adequate enough to fight against the slow roasting everyone received from the Australian sun beating through the untinted windows or the enormous sunroof that was only covered by a thin black mesh blind, which was very much a concern when carrying little passengers in the back!

The cruise control in the F-Pace could not keep to the set speed on my test route at 60km/h on undulating roads and could range from up to 10km over the speed and 10km under which was worrying!

When opening any doors of the F-Pace there was for some reason a really annoying beeping alarm and the driver's digital display constantly wanted you to press okay on the steering wheel for anything and everything! This drove me mad in the week that we had the F-Pace.

In contrast, one BabyDrive feature we did appreciate was the silent boot! It sounds so simple but the boot opened and closed silently whether it was opened by the key, in the cab or the door. This was a pleasant surprise after the doors making such a racket!!

Storage in the cab was very limited and most of the space was given over to the central consoles flat faux wooden surface and gear dial that rises out of the fake wood when you start the car and retracts when you turn it off. In this sense, it was definitely not practical as a family SUV, with nowhere for rear passengers to put anything as map pockets were small nets and door pockets tiny. In the front,it's  a similar story and we just found the flat surface of the central console became a dumping ground for anything child related that wouldn’t fit anywhere else!

Storage in the boot was better; I could fit 13 shopping bags in when it was empty, or a Mountain Buggy Duet and six shopping bags. The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle pram fitted with seven bags or the Mountain Buggy Nano compact stroller fitted with 10 shopping bags around it.

You could put your medium sized dog in the boot but you would need to remove the parcel shelf and it does not store anywhere in the car.

The F-Pace has two sets of ISOFix attachments, one in each of the outer rear seats. They are within plastic guides and really easy to connect to. There are top tether anchor points for all three rear seats, positioned in the back of the backrests and I found easiest to connect to through the boot.

Where the F-Pace did excel is in its rear seats! Surprisingly the Jaguar F-Pace fitted three child seats across the width of the rear seat, despite the reclined angle of the seat base! I fitted a Mountain Buggy Infant protect capsule on both outer seats and a Britax Maxi Guard Pro booster seat in the central seat. Alternatively, the central seat was large enough for an adult to sit between the two Mountain Buggy infant capsules very comfortably and the seatbelt buckle was well positioned to not stick in your bottom!!

Legroom was limited in the F-Pace. I am 162cm and there was not an awful lot of space between my driver’s seat back and the rear-facing Mountain Buggy infant capsule behind it!

With a rear-facing infant capsule in both rear outer seats the front passenger only had 7.5” of knee room that is very limited! It is perhaps a car more suited to families with slightly older children in forward-facing child seats. (Who are also well trained in not kicking the back of chairs!!!)

The F-Pace was a disappointing car to drive, the seats were uncomfortable and there was really nothing special about this car apart from the fact you could fit three child seats across the back row and the boot capacity is good and the boot door quiet. Although these are important BabyDrive features there are other far less expensive cars that do these things and have a lot of other important features too. Without the crazy price tag! So you could have a much better BabyDrive and a long family holiday for the same price!!

The Jaguar F-Pace scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

BabyDrive Indepth

The Jaguar F-Pace has a five-Star ANCAP safety rating. In testing it scored 85% for child occupancy protection (42 out of 49), 93% for adult occupancy protection (35.5 out of 38), 72% for safety assist technology (8.8 out of 12) and 80% for pedestrian protection (33.9 out of 42).

The Jaguar F-Pace has six airbags as standard. For the front passengers, front and side chest airbags and for front and rear side passengers there are side curtain airbags.

As standard the Jaguar F-Pace as standard has parking sensors front and rear and comes with lots of other safety features. Including anti-lock brakes (ABS), autonomous emergency braking (AEB), automatic headlights, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), emergency brake assist (EBA), emergency stop signal (ESS), electronic data recorder (EDR), forward collision warning (FCW), lane departure warning (LDW), daytime running lights (DRL), hill launch assist, reversing collision avoidance, roll stability system and tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

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