Jaguar F-Pace Review Ireland

Jaguar F-Pace 2.0-litre AWD Review

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The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first ever SUV and Jaguar are confidently billing it as ‘the practical sports car’.

On the surface at least, the styling of the new Jaguar F-Pace is every bit as evocative as a classic Jaguar sports car, with a level of drama and dynamism that is missing from many rivals. The big, upright grille and slim LED headlamps make a bold statement, while at the back there are many similarities to be drawn with the F-Type coupé. Not a bad thing at all!

Inside I think the F-Pace is best described as ‘modern luxury with a sports car feel’. The centre console has a slick design built around a touchscreen system to control media, Bluetooth connection and navigation. The cabin is awash with contemporary finishes and the overall quality secures the F-Pace’s position at the premium end of the mid-size SUV segment.

Jaguar F-Pace Review Ireland
The styling of the new F-Pace is every bit as evocative as a classic Jaguar sports car

The F-Pace was one of the most hotly anticipated new cars of 2016 and the build-up began long before the car premiered at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Much was made of the F-Pace’s performance pedigree and certainly there is a sense that Jaguar put everything into the development of this car to make it special. The F-Pace has the same lightweight construction as the the XE and XF saloons and so is 80% aluminium. You can really get a sense of that car-like DNA when driving the F-Pace and also in the way you as a driver are positioned in the car in relation to the steering wheel, controls and pedals. The centre tunnel is also quite high for an SUV so it all enhances the sports car feel behind the wheel.

The F-Pace is available in two or four wheel drive and even four wheel drive models operate as rear wheel drive vehicles in normal driving conditions. It is a fantastic SUV to drive. The F-Pace has an athletic and playful character on the road that belies its sheer bulk. The steering is fluid and precise, and torque vectoring comes as standard so you can pull the F-Pace tightly into bends with a great deal of precision and there’s no loss of stability. It’s remarkably flat and balanced through corners for a high riding SUV. The suspension is firm enough to keep it tight in the corners, but there is also compliancy there to keep things mostly smooth and comfortable in the cabin.

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The interior of the new Jaguar F-Pace

In terms of engines, a 2.0-litre diesel with 180hp is the best for economy. For the more performance oriented buyer there is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel (300hp) and a 3.0-litre V6 petrol (380hp). My test car had the 2.0-litre diesel and an automatic transmission. It’s a quick, quiet and smooth combination. 0-100kmh is 8.7 seconds and motor tax is just €280 per year for the four wheel drive model. The official economy is close to 53mpg, while I returned 43mpg during my time with the car.

Elsewhere, the F-Pace is a spacious five seat family car with large footwells and a 650 litre boot. Pricing starts at €44,100 for rear wheel drive models and €47,800 for four wheel drive models. In Ireland, the F-Pace is available in SE, Prestige, R-Sport, S and Portfolio trims. Standard equipment includes keyless start, cruise control, climate control, four electric windows, electric parking brake, 18" alloys, front fog lights, touchscreen infotainment and a host of safety equipment.

The V6 diesels start at €69,700, while the V6 petrols start at €78,000.

Jaguar F-Pace Review Ireland
Jaguar F-Pace: The 2.0-litre 180hp diesel is the best for economy

The new Jaguar F-Pace lives up to the hype, and really does deliver as a practical, fashionable and quite cool SUV. The 2.0-litre diesel might leave performance oriented buyers wanting but it ticks the boxes for efficiency and competitive pricing, and ensures that this car should easily find its market and really boost Jaguar sales.

But what sets the F-Pace apart is that it is a true driver’s car, and I didn’t think that was always possible with an SUV. The Jaguar F-Pace is an exciting SUV to drive and performs with the poise and intent of a much sportier vehicle. Jaguar has stayed true to their sports car roots in the development of their first ever SUV and it really shows in the new F-Pace.

Now watch my F-Pace video review:

Model tested: Jaguar F-Pace 2.0 AWD Prestige Auto
Price: €56,210 ( Range starts at €44,100)
2.0-litre turbo diesel
8.7 seconds
CO2 emissions:  
Tax band:
€280 per year

Caroline Kidd

opel adam S review ireland

Opel Adam S 1.4-Litre Turbo 150hp Review

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The new Opel Adam S

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The Opel Adam was a car full of possibility when it was launched back in 2013. Adam was naturally good-looking, cute, infinitely customisable, and as it would turn out, can wear a body kit very well too.

Yet in terms of engines, the 1.4-litre, naturally aspirated petrol unit Adam was launched with didn’t do the car much justice, lacking the character to match the superstar looks.

But the later arrival of the 115hp 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine heralded good times for Adam, as did the arrival of Adam Rocks, which also happened to feel like a more sophisticated car on the road, with meatier steering and a more comfortable ride.

Opel has taken Adam a step further and keen to get away from the cutesy market, has launched something a bit more masculine. Say hello to the Opel Adam S, the hot hatch Adam you’ve been waiting for. Under the bonnet, there’s a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine pushing out 150hp. Adam S is a little guy so this should be a bit of a riot, right?

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Opel Adam S comes as standard with the Red Your Engine interior pack!

Adam now looks like a bit of a lad, beefed up with a body kit, 18” alloys with red brake callipers and quite a lairy looking spoiler to create some downforce (!). Adam S is just as customisable as any other member of the Adam family and my test car (pictured) sported RednRoll roof and Forget About Grey body work.

Inside it’s all familiar Adam with a few sporty additions. Adam S comes as standard with the Red Your Engine interior pack, and some gorgeous Recaro buckets seats are available as a €2000 option. It all feels quite upmarket, and the quality and fit is very good.

Adam S has a satisfying little growl as it idles and you can really feel the pull of the engine as you move off. The new powerplant has 220Nm of torque and will propel the Adam S to 100kmh from a standstill in 8.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 210kmh. The performance figures are quite modest, but Adam S always feels lively and engaging.

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Opel Adam S: Turns out Adam wears a body kit very well...

As well as the extra power, the car has a stiffer sports suspension and uprated brakes. There’s loads of grip from those big wheels and the steering has a weighty, sporty feel to it so you can really push Adam S through corners and the back follows the front with very little in the way of body roll.

There is compromise in terms of ride quality - it’s firm and there is quite a bit of a bouncing sensation as the suspension reacts to the surface of the road. The other compromise I see with this car is the road noise, which drones at high speeds on the motorway. Running costs for this sporty Adam will also be higher than your average city car - the Adam S qualifies for motor tax of €280 per year and will return up to 48mpg.

Adam S has a hefty price tag of €20,750 considering the car’s size. The whole Adam range is aimed at the style conscious buyer and space has never been a strong point. There’s just 170 litres of boot space. It will take your weekly shop just don’t try moving house with the car. Rear seating space is also limited.

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Opel Adam S: 1.4-litre Turbo engine with 150hp provides the power

Yet the blow is softened by the fact that this is a well-built little car and comes as standard with Opel OnStar, air con, electric windows and mirrors, trip computer, Bluetooth, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights and the aforementioned big wheels and other visual updates. Opel’s Intellilink infotainment system is available as an option as part of the Technical Pack with parking sensors for €750.

Adam S is relevant and fills the gap for a small hot hatch in the Adam range. The car is quick, fun, handles well and there is a lot of power on offer here for just under €21,000. The problem is that you are compromised here on space and comfort, which means the car doesn’t appear as the best value, especially when you have the likes of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra lurking for just about €2000 extra, with more space and more power.

But like the rest of the Adam family, you buy these cars for their unique looks and image, and there are few that can match Adam S for that! So if you love the look of little Adam but fancy him a bit more with a body kit and extra potency under the bonnet, well it’s easy. Adam S is your man.

opel adam S review ireland
Opel Adam S: The fastest Adam yet

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Opel Adam S
€20,750 (Adam range starts at €15,795)
1.4-litre turbo petrol
8.5 seconds
CO2 Emissions: 
Motor Tax: 
B2 (€280 per year)

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