To be brutally frank, Jaguars sometimes do have a tendency to throw a hissy fit when it comes to electronics. I ran the first-generation XF for three months a years ago and while mechanically there were no maladies to report the zeros and ones did develop a mind of their own. The touch-sensitive cabin light would switch on for no apparent reason and then refuse to turn off until the computers decided to do so. The touch-sensitive glove box opener was an unnecessary complication too, and required several attempts before it would work. Jaguar smartly replaced it with a switch in the update.

Last year I ran the second-generation XF and things were decidedly much improved. There was only a lone incident of the rear cabin light displaying autonomy. I guess what I’m trying to say in a long drawn-out manner is that our long-termer has suffered its first electric glitch. Upon starting the F-Pace last week I was greeted with a message that the camera system was unavailable and I should consult the dealer. Thankfully though it was merely a technical hiccup, because as soon as I restarted the car all was well and the cameras were working absolutely perfectly. And have since.

But to be fair, with the amount of electronics in cars these days it’s not an issue restricted to Jaguars. Our long-term Volvo XC90 had tech issues, as did other long-term cars from nearly everyone. And so far nothing has failed or blown up so it’s all fine and dandy.

In terms of physical build quality, the F-Pace generally feels like a well-built car and on that front there isn’t much to complain about. Overall though, I am thoroughly enjoying my time with the F-Pace; it truly is deserving of our Luxury CUV of the year awards.


The progress

Week 1
Our Luxury Crossover of the Year arrives at the wheels’ HQ amidst a flurry of expectation. Our top-spec S version is not exactly cheap at Dh325,000, and specced like-for-like matches a Macan S.

Highs: Looks great, well-sorted ride and handling

Lows: No exactly cheap in top trim

Week 2
The F-Pace has a heavily colour-dependent styling. It doesn’t look anywhere near as special in our long-term tester’s regulation white. Our pick would be bolder hues in the range. The parking sensor is finding obstacles where there are none.

Highs: Rides better than most rivals, without compromising ride quality too much

Lows: Look ‘Meh’ in plain colours