The Jaguar F-Pace, which is Jaguar’s fastest selling model, has won the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards, being chosen by 75 motoring journalists from 24 countries. The Jaguar follows last year’s winner, the Mazda MX-5, as only the second car to win both headlining awards at the same time.
“The F-Pace is our first ever SUV but it is clearly recognisable as a Jaguar and for it to win [these awards] vindicates our decision to bring our unique design principles and dynamic qualities to a new sector of the market,” Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar. In 2016, the model’s first year on sale, 122,460 F-Paces were sold. It’s a tall car with a modicum of off-road ability. The F-Pace is based on the same architecture as the XE and XF, which means it’s largely aluminium – 80% of the body. The F-Pace has double wishbones at the front and an integral link rear suspension system. Engines are mounted longitudinally at the front and drive through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, depending on the specification. It has big door bins, a sizeable centre cubby, good-sized twin cupholders and upright storage cubbies in the sides of the centre console that are designed especially to take the smartphone. The storage bay is wide and deep. The F-Pace’s optional InControl Touch Pro infotainment system has a quad-core processor, 60GB of solid-state storage and a 10.2in touchscreen. This car is supposed to be the most sporting SUV in its class. The F-Pace needs 9.2sec to reach 60mph. it feels slower than most of its competitors when overtaking and accelerating hard.