The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace’s Safety Systems Need Some ‘Tweaking’
Jaguar is experiencing some major changes, and the F-Pace is no exception. Critics have slammed the luxury compact SUV for a lackluster interior that’s not on par with other luxury vehicles. However, the automaker has taken steps to fix that issue, and it has almost hit the mark with the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace. All it needs to do now is work on some safety features.
Try not to fall in love with the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar has made quite a few changes to the 2021 F-Pace, and most of them are good. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 246 hp. Another engine option comes as a turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. And all come with all-wheel drive, MotorTrend reports.
The 2021 F-Pace’s fuel economy is decent for a compact SUV. It gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
But the interior is where the F-Pace really shines now. Jaguar has listened to the criticism and has taken some major steps to fix the interior problems. First, the automaker updated the seating. The leather seats are attractive, modern, and comfortable.
Also, the infotainment screen is now larger than ever. A 7.0-inch screen sits in front of the driver to display basics like speed, required maintenance, and vehicle information. Then there’s an 11.4-inch curved Pivo Pro central touchscreen. It’s much easier to navigate than previous F-Pace touchscreens and is a pleasure to use.
But this 2021 Jaguar F-Pace driver’s aid needs some work
Safety features are amazing and can prevent car crashes — when they work correctly. When safety features don’t work as intended, they can be dangerous, especially for drivers who have become reliant on them.
For instance, lane-keep assist is designed to ensure the vehicle stays in its lane. For drivers who are sleepy, distracted, or impaired and begin to drift into another lane, lane-keep assist will activate and gently maneuver the vehicle back where it belongs. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace.
MotorTrend was less than impressed with the F-Pace’s lane-keep assist. “In the F-Pace, it was better at detecting lines on the left than on the right, but even still, it often came dangerously close to crossing the line before issuing a jerking steering correction — and sometimes it just blithely traversed the line anyway, tossing a late warning vibration in its wake,” MT reported. “At other times, the system added corrective steering tugs when action didn’t seem to be necessary.”
However, this luxury SUV boasts plenty of other safety features
Despite the lane-keep assist issues, the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace comes with plenty of other advanced safety features. It boasts blind-spot assist with rear cross-traffic monitoring, exit monitoring that alerts passengers of an approaching car or cyclist before opening the door, and a 3D surround-view camera. Forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and lane-departure warning also come standard.
However, adaptive cruise control is available only for an extra $1,325. Because the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace has an already high starting price of $51,345, the up-charge likely won’t make consumers happy. It’s a helpful feature on highways that should be standard equipment on a luxury vehicle.