While the F-Pace stands out by its heft and muscular design, it does not compromise on the luxury experience, as visible inside the cabin. The 2.0 litre Petrol Prestige variant promises a maximum power of 184 kW and a maximum torque of 365 Nm. The drive experience is smooth as silk thanks to the 8-speed automatic transmission. The drive modes are controlled through a knob on the central console.
What I found particularly practical on Mumbai’s crowded streets was the automatic start-stop function. While I couldn’t push the car to its speed limits on Mumbai’s streets, it does come packed with features like cruise control, traction control, stability control and speed limiter, which might be extremely useful on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, for instance.
The manually adjustable steering wheel column, coupled with the ergonomically designed seat makes driving this massive beast extremely easy. Plush would be a great way to describe the understated British elegance of the cabin, with grained leather seats and highly stylised design accents that run throughout the car. The central console is not too cluttered with complicated buttons and controls. The climate control feature is easy to operate and extremely effective.
The entertainment, information and communication system of the F-Pace is on point. The 10-inch central touchscreen has an easy-to-use interface. The overall entertainment system is impressive, and features a suite of Meridian speakers, rendering the drive extremely enjoyable. Other cabin perks include coffee cup holders, USB chargers, stowage compartments for personal belongings and cooling glovebox.
For the car geeks reading this, asking about the safety and security features of the F-Pace: it comes with a host of features like emergency brake assist, seat belt reminder, lane keep assist and driver condition monitor.