JAGUAR F-PACE REVIEW
First things first – Pricing.What do they cost in comparison. The Jaguar F Pace comes in cheaper at £35,435 for the entry level model.
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR REVIEW
The Land Rover Range Rover Velar come in more expensive at £43,850 but as a result, you get a bit more bang for your buck. You get lots of extra luxury and comfort.
Why the price difference and which one is better.
Both made by the same company. You might think then they are both the same car? As the keys are identical and so are the consoles and the gear shift... Same car, right??Wrong they are not the same – while they might have some standard similarities - they are definitely, not the same car.
Firstly, both fail on our sun visor test – there is NO extension of the sun visors they are just standard sun visors – not a massive deal but would be a nice to have! But fear not they both have some other great features.
Box test – Both can fit 12 - 20 Litre boxes. The Jaguar F Pace has more litreage but realistically how many litres of milk are you going to be transporting...How many boxes you can fit in the boot would be more an appropriate test – hence we discovered that you can fit 12 – 20 - litre boxes into both and that is what makes the difference in the real world. How many suitcases can you fit – how much camping equipment, how many dogs, how many moving boxes... no one really cares how many litres of milk you can transport about in the boot of your car.
The Jaguar and the Velar are both 380 HP / 332 TQ. They are quick but not fast cars. Bearing in mind they are very big cars, so they are a lot heavier on the road. But they both pull of quickly. But I would not say they are the fastest SUV’s on the market. But they go a decent speed on the motorway and at being limited to 70 miles / hour on the motorway- do you really need it to go much faster... they are not the fastest shifting gears (ZF 8 speed gears) - but if you use the paddles you will get the gears to shift faster, but they both don’t do this naturally when in auto. There is a lots of down shift lag if you don’t use the paddles.
Both are just as fast as each other if you were to theoretically have a drag race. We did not do this for legal reasons, but you are welcome to try.
The Velar comes with 22” wheels – while the Jaguar F Pace comes in 20” wheels.Part of the S package on the Jaguar is you get the black tinting and black out grill and red brake calipers. This makes it look really sleek and very sporty.Both have duel exhaust. Jaguars looks better and sounds better in a dual exhaust as it is connected directly to the exhaust. Jaguar sits higher and has a gap between the car and the wheel, whereas on the Velar, the wheels sit nice and snug within the wheel arches. The black O package makes the Velar look like a beast – it is entirely black and looks like a beast on the road. In our opinion, the F Pace looks nice and is very eye catching in terms of the colours that it comes in, but the Velar just looks so much better. But this is totally just my opinion.
The door handles on the Velar are pretty impressive. They pop out when you unlock your car whereas the Jaguar has regular handles. The interior of the Velar has mood lighting – change it to your preference of colour.
The cool thing about the Velar is it has air suspension. The air suspension on the Land Rover Range Rover Velar is so handy. If you want to raise the boot for loading it will raise the boot to the right height you want it to lift up or drop-down, making loading and unloading much easier. It also has very handy off-road modes that you can use – simply hit a button and the entire car will be lifted up to make off roading easier.
However, I’m not sure how many people will actually take this car £43K car off roading … but never the less it’s a pretty cool feature if you need your suspension raised.
Both the Velar and the F Pace can tow 5000 pounds – however the Velar can pull slightly more than the F Pace.
The way the seating is designed and positioned in the Jaguar it gives you a very sporty race car feel. The seats in the Velar are designed more for comfort. So much so that you have the option for them to massage you! Both have heated rear seats and rear climate control. The Jaguar has reclining rear seats which is great.
The Velar wins the category hands down. If you like tech and screens and gadgets you won't go wrong with the Velar – it has 2 screens and loads of interactive little gadgets and buttons. The F Pace Jaguar has it all neatly packaged into one screen. I suppose it’s a case of personal preference if you want it all on one screen or on multiple screens. The multiple screen options might make you feel a bit overwhelmed with information initially, whereas the Jaguar has it all in one and you know where everything is. The great thing about the info screen in the Velar is that you can change the angle of the screen to avoid sun glare on the screen which can be annoying and most of the previous models in the Land Rover range don’t have this option.
Start stop button
The Velar has the start-stop button in the same place as every other car in the world – however, it is a bit tucked away under the steering wheel – but you can move the wheel up to access it. The Jaguar F Pace has it’s start button where the radio volume button would be. We just felt this was in an odd place – but again just a personal preference.
Steering wheel and Gauges
Digital screens on both. You can get the screen to go into full map mode on both which is very handy and looks cool. With regards to the controls on the steering column – the Velar has a changing digital paddle which is very handy but can be difficult to get used to and again is a bit overwhelming if you are not used to it. The Jaguar has very simple, normal controls on the paddles, but you know exactly how to use them and what they are.
Conclusion - if you want a car that is a very sporty looking, feeling and driving car - go for the Jaguar. If you want luxury, comfort and tech go for the Velar. The drive on the F Pace is better than the Velar, but in terms of luxury and tech, the Land Rover Velar would be the car of choice for you. The F Pace is slightly faster than the Land Rover Velar, but it is only marginal. So, if you are a speedy, sporty kind of person go for the F Pace Jaguar but if you want a comfortable drive go for the Land Rover Velar.
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10th of August 2018