The F-Pace is a High-Performance Sports Car and an SUV in One – But Can it Handle Off-Roading?

There are many reasons to consider the Jaguar F-PACE for 2023.

For starters, the Jaguar F-Pace is one of the few luxury SUVs on the market that gives you fun, sports car-inspired handling, incredibly responsive powertrains, and plenty of room for cargo.

It’s been a hit with consumers and the media alike, with Car & Driver gushing that the 2023 F-PACE boasts styling “that reminds you of the F-type sports car” with all of the “athletic road manners” you’d expect of a sports car-inspired SUV. On top of that, it’s spacious and packed with amenities.

Jaguar F-PACE
The Jaguar F-PACE gives you the best of both worlds. The comfort of an SUV and the performance and handling of a sports car.

You can choose from the standard 246-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine or a 395-hp turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six that gives you all the power you could want behind the wheel of a family-friendly SUV.

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Need an even bigger boost? There’s the 550-hp Jaguar F-PACE SVR with the highest possible performance.

Jaguar F-PACE
Need an even bigger SUV with the highest possible performance? The Jaguar F-PACE SVR is what you need.

All F-PACE engines include 8-speed Automatic Transmission and All Wheel Drive.

And no matter which F-PACE you choose, the cabin is comfortable, luxurious, and filled with quality materials and high-tech features. Take, for instance, the large touchscreen infotainment system sits above the dash and runs Jaguar’s latest software.

But should you really take it out into rugged conditions?

The hood frames a front grille inspired by our signature monogram pattern. Details such as the leaper fender vent give Jaguar F-PACE even greater presence. | Photography credit: Car and Driver

One British reviewer decided to put it to the test as an off-road vehicle. He found that the “F-PACE’s basic design aids its off-roading abilities” and noted that the “shortness of the car’s front overhang, which gives the car an excellent approach angle” made it possible to navigate a variety of road conditions.

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So while Jaguar may not be synonymous with off-roading per se, the Jaguar F-Pace should have no problem navigating some of the picturesque dirt roads near the Coachella Valley.

Jaguar F-Pace
The Jaguar F-Pace should have no problem navigating some of the picturesque dirt roads near the Coachella Valley

Our pick? Joshua Tree National Park. Let’s take a look.

While conventional off-roading is not allowed in the park, there are plenty of scenic asphalt and dirt roads to explore. All-wheel-drive vehicles and mountain bikes are always welcome in the park. The park service notes that you must stay on established roads for the protection of the ecosystem and the natural features. “Tire tracks on the open desert can last for years and will spoil the wilderness experience of future visitors.”

Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park. | Photography credit: AARP

 If you bring a mountain bike, the park’s unpaved roads are safe for bikes and hikers and offer many opportunities to explore the area, according to the National Park Service. 

Here are a few Joshua Tree routes to consider when you head out in your 2023 F-PACE. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and plenty of water, especially in the warmer months!

Berdoo Canyon Road.

Berdoo Canyon Road.
Berdoo Canyon Road.

Connecting the south end of Geology Tour Road with Dillon Road, this all-wheel-drive road requires a high-clearance vehicle. Berdoo Canyon Road leaves the park after 11.5 miles. The last 3.9 miles to Dillon Road winds past the ruins of the Berdoo Camp, which was established in the 1930s by the builders of the California Aquaduct.

Black Eagle Mine Road.

Black Eagle Mine Road.
Black Eagle Mine Road.

This route begins 6.5 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitor Center, and is a dead-end dirt road that runs along the edge of Pinto Basin, then crosses several dry washes, and winds through canyons in the Eagle Mountains. The first nine miles are within the park boundary. Beyond that point is Bureau of Land Management land and a number of side roads. Several old mines are located near these roads but may be too dangerous to approach.

Covington Flat.

Covington Flat.
Covington Flat.

The dirt roads in Covington Flat offer access to some of the park’s largest Joshua trees, junipers, and pinyon pines. From Covington Flat picnic area to Eureka Peak is 3.8 miles one way. The dirt road is steep near the end, but the top offers views of Palm Springs, the surrounding mountains, and the Morongo Basin. Your trip will be 6.5 miles longer if you ride or drive over to the backcountry board, a starting point for excellent hiking.

Dale Road.

Dale Road.

This 23-mile road starts at the same point as Black Eagle Mine Road. The first 11 miles cross Pinto Basin, a flat, sandy, dry-lake bed. Leaving the basin, the road climbs a steep hill, then crosses the park boundary. A number of side roads veer off toward old mines and residences. The main road leads to HWY 62, 15 miles east of Twentynine Palms.

Source: The National Park Service.

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