Does the Jaguar F-Pace Have Claws to Handle a Colorado Blizzard? [Video Review]

Does this cat have some serious claws? Check out the video above to find out!

Jaguar has wowed onlookers in recent years with the svelte, seductive design of all their models. From the entry-level XE to the new F-Type, you can’t deny Jaguars are fantastic looking cars. The F-Pace represents the brand’s first attempt at a truly practical car beyond their ordinary sedans. It comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, or you can have a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Whichever engine you choose, the F-Pace also has sporting potential, in line with Jaguar’s tradition for agility as well as luxury.

On normal roads, the rear-biased all-wheel drive system makes Jaguar’s first performance SUV a blast on the road. However, how does that system cope when the weather turns blustery? Just how well can the F-Pace handle snow? TFLcar’s Nathan Adlen takes to the Colorado Rockies to find the answer.

Jaguar equipped this particular F-Pace with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It makes 247 horsepower and 269 lbs.-ft. of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car does also have a Rain/Ice/Snow driving mode for when things do get slippery. However, working against the car in this case are Michelin Latitude tires. While they are mud and snow rated, they’re built more for on-road use than handling slippery conditions. While snow tires would, naturally, be the better choice, see for yourself just how well these tires tackle winter weather.

This F-Pace – the R-Sport model – starts out at around $54,175. With a few options, you can spend $63,585 for the F-Pace shown above. The all-wheel drive system does manage winter terrain fairly well, as it happens. And while spending $60,000+ for a compact crossover may be a bit pricey, you will be riding in style and comfort. For those times when the mercury dips below freezing point, it also has heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Certainly, it’s a better place to be than out in the frigid cold, as our man Andre demonstrates.

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