Jaguar Land Rover have spent big bucks in the last few years on engine tech. The ‘Ingenium’ line was introduced with the diesel range, we first drove one in the new XE way back in 2015.
Now, their Birmingham engine plant has turned its hand to the petrol lumps.
These all new Ingenium units feature benchmark low levels of friction, twin scroll turbos and continuously variable valve lift on the 195 and 247 BHP variants.
Fuel injection has been upped to 200 bar, with injectors featuring an optimised spray pattern. The exhaust manifold is also integrated with the cylinder head, helping reduce warm up times – a Jaguar first.
We headed out to the Cotswolds to sample the new 2.0 litre turbo unit in a two of the 18 MY vehicles.
First up was the F-Pace. Now I know what you’re thinking, a car this size with a puny 2.0 litre turbo lump powering it…it’s gonna be gutless.
With 247 BHP and 365 NM of torque it gives the F-Pace a 0-62 time of 6.4 seconds.
Coupled with the eight speed ZF gearbox the big Jag pulls well throughout the rev range, switching into ‘sport’ and you’ll wring every last drip of power from the 2.0 litre engine. As it hangs on to the revs it can get a little noisy, but it’s not too obtrusive overall.
Due to the engines diminutive size you won’t achieve astonishing MPG. Granted, that totally depends on how you drive, but expect to get around 31 MPG over everyday conditions.
You can only opt for the 25t with all-wheel drive and the auto ‘box, which can be a little sluggish when not in sport mode, getting out at junctions can take a little planning and down changes aren’t always the quickest.
Mid-range grunt is down compared to the diesel options, mainly due to the lack of torque. Overtakes feel a tad more laboured, and it’s when the smaller displacement shows through…but just a bit.
Next up we jump in the XE, this is far more in keeping with the 2.0 litre turbo’s performance bracket.
A lightweight subcompact saloon with suspension derived from the F-Type, perfect!
Once again, we sampled the new powerhouse with the auto ZF gearbox, in fact that’s the only ‘box you can get with the petrol variants. Lower powered diesels get a manual option though.
Producing the same 247HP and 365 NM of torque the XE will hit 60 in just 5.8 seconds.
Planting your right foot gives a near instant pickup, the ZF knocks down a cog or two, the revs rise and then you’re gone.
Our XE also had Jag’s all-wheel drive system. Now commonplace across the board, manufacturers had to compete with Audi and their Quattro setup that came to fruition on its saloons a few years back.
The AWD system adds 55 KG, but if you do a lot of motorway miles in the lovely British rain, or live in a remote area it adds a lot of confidence to the XE. You can corner with a lot of gusto and still feel as though the XE is riveted to the tarmac beneath.
MPG naturally suffers with the AWD, its Urban rating dropping to 33.8 MPG as opposed to 34.5 MPG for rear wheel drive only. It’s not much of a penalty, and certainly gives you extra piece of mind.
Looking across to the F-Pace and Jaguar have hit the market at the right time with the 25t option. Buyers are increasingly aware of how dirty diesels are.
Power is ample, even in this big ‘ol SUV. If you aren’t one for touring motorways the new Ingenium with 247 horses is perfect. We wouldn’t suggest opting for less than 200 BHP in the F-Pace, unless you want an 8 or nearly 10 seconds 0-60 time.
You can still opt for the 3.0 litre V6 petrol in both the F-Pace and XE, it now features a performance boost of 40 horses. Making both cars more potent than the current Germanic offerings in each respective class.
But you’d have to be a maniacal tyrant to demand the power of the V6, the power produced by the new 25t engine is more than enough for everyday use. In the XE MPG will drop by nearly 10 miles for the additional 130 horses, yet it will only drop you a second to 60.
For us the extra price and MPG loss simply isn’t worth it. The 25t will feed your power-hungry desires whilst being sensible on your wallet in terms of fuel and initial price.