With the imminent launch of the first ever SUV from British luxury automobile maker Jaguar, the F-Pace, car buyers (the ones with the rather deep pockets) in India have more choice than ever before. In this article, we pit the F-Pace against two formidable vehicles that will be jousting to keep their place in the luxury SUV segment: the Porsche Macan and the Range Rover Evoque.
Prospective buyers of the Jaguar F-Pace will be able to choose between two engine options. The first is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel motor that puts out 177 bhp. This engine belongs to the new line of Ingenium motors and has a lightweight, all-aluminium architecture that also makes it thermally very efficient. The second option is a larger 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6 diesel engine that pumps out 296 bhp and a stellar torque figure of 700Nm. This engine will be provided in the two higher trim levels and is powerful enough to propel the F-Pace from 0-100 kph in just 6.2 seconds.
Porsche provides the Macan with several engine options, the smallest being a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that, despite its tiny proportions, delivers 248 bhp. You also get a 3.0 litre V6 diesel that makes 255 bhp, a 3.0 litre V6 petrol tuned to deliver either 335 bhp or 355 bhp; and the ballistic Macan Turbo with a 3.6 litre V6 that produces 394 bhp (0-100 kph in 4.8 seconds, if you must know). The other contender, the Range Rover Evoque, has a 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder engine that develops 188 bhp and 420Nm of torque. This engine sends its power to all 4 wheels via a 9 speed automatic gearbox.
All three vehicles, being luxury SUVs, are extremely well kitted out. The Jaguar F-Pace comes with an InControl touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, a sound system by Meridian, 10-way powered seats with memory, All Surface Progress Control (terrain management system), gesture-controlled tailgate, reclining rear seats, ambient interior lighting and much more.
Both the Macan and the Evoque are equipped with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, a high end sound system (Bose/Burmester for the Porsche, Meridian for the Evoque), automatic climate control, a head-up display (HUD), multiple airbags, traction control, ESP and more. The Macan also gets heated seats and ultrasonic interior surveillance.
The F-Pace measures 4731mm in length, 2175mm in width, 1651mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2874mm. The Porsche Macan is 4697mm long, 2098mm wide and 1624mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2807mm. The Range Rover is 4465mm in length, 2120mm in width and 1635mm in height. The wheelbase of this vehicle measures 2660mm.
All three SUVs stretch across a wide gamut of prices depending on trim levels and the amount of extra features you opt for. While the Porsche Macan is the best to drive among the three, the Jaguar is the largest and has the most imposing presence. One thing seems clear, no matter what your requirements are, there seems to be a vehicle to cater exactly to that.