This variant of the F-Pace is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 177bhp/ 430Nm. This is the first vehicle from the JLR clan to be powered by its new and aluminium-intensive Ingenium family of engines. The Indian market gets this engine with an eight-speed ZF sourced automatic box and all-wheel drive system.
Thumb the starter and once the engine comes to life you are greeted by a muffled clatter which settles in a rhythmic idle. Get off the line and there is a minor lag before the car begins to move forward in a smooth manner. Post 2000rpm, you are greeted by a wave of torque which thanks to the eight-speed gearbox is well spread out over the range. This means you are doing fourth-gear in bumper to bumper traffic while out on the highway you can cruise at 130kmph at around just 1500rpm. However, the small displacement of this engine begins to show beyond the 4000rpm mark and you can feel it struggle towards the top-end of the power band. In Sport mode, the responses from the box are much quicker and it holds the gear till you hit the redline for maximum punch.
The response from the paddle shifters is quite good and makes a good companion for when you are in the mood to do some spirited driving. Our testing shows that this variant of the F-Pace managed to do the 0-100kmph sprint in just 10.33 seconds while the 20-80kmph kick down times are 6.05 seconds and the 40-100kmph time is 7.99 seconds.
Now we have been mentioning that the F-Pace has sporty leanings and this is very visible in the way it handles. Apart from the usual roll that comes with a vehicle of this size and height, it is actually good fun to drive. Tuck into a corner and it darts with a quick turn, thus making it a breeze to enjoy the change in direction. One of the major enhancers of this ability is the quick steering which Jag has fitted to the F-Pace. It responds well to your input and weighs up correctly as you go faster.
On the flipside, having such good handling ability means that the F-Pace rides on the stiffer side. It is not uncomfortable and will glide over most bumps without much fuss. However, for such an expensive vehicle the level of insulation is average and much of the time you can hear the suspension noise when you go over a bump or imperfection. Adding to this is also the fact that you can hear the engine noise, road noise as well tyre noise especially when you drive on a concrete road.