2019 BMW X3 vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

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The X3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The X3 has standard Active Protection, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Compared to metal, the X3’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Jaguar F-Pace has a metal gas tank.

Both the X3 and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X3 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Pace has not been tested, yet.


The X3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X3’s reliability 13 points higher than the F-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the F-Pace:








sDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy



xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy



M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy




25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy



30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy



S 3.0 Supercharged V6

18 city/23 hwy



SVR 5.0 Supercharged V8

16 city/22 hwy

The X3’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X3 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Jaguar F-Pace (1 to 7). This means the X3 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the F-Pace every 15,000 miles.


The X3 M40i’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The F-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X3’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Pace:




Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

The X3’s optional 275/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The F-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the X3 has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (8 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the X3 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X3’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the F-Pace (8 vs. 6.3 inches).


The X3 is 7.1 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the X3 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the X3 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The F-Pace doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The X3 has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F-Pace (101.4 vs. 96).

The X3 has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

The front step up height for the X3 is .7 inches lower than the F-Pace (18.5” vs. 19.2”). The X3’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the F-Pace’s (18.5” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the F-Pace’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 16% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.


The X3 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X3 has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The X3 is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


Consumer Reports® chose the BMW X3 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X3 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The F-Pace isn’t in the top three.

The BMW X3 outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by over four to one during 2018.

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