Both the F-Pace and X5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The F-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the F-Pace. But it costs extra on the X5.
To help make backing safer, the F-Pace’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the F-Pace and the X5 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, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.
The F-Pace comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The X5’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Pace for 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the X5 (5/60,000 vs. 4/50,000).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.
The F-Pace’s optional 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 40 more horsepower (340 vs. 300) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 300) than the X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The F-Pace offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.
For better maneuverability, the F-Pace’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.9 feet vs. 41.7 feet).
For greater off-road capability the F-Pace has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the F-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Jaguar F-Pace may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1150 pounds less than the BMW X5.
The F-Pace is 7 inches shorter than the X5, making the F-Pace easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The F-Pace’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S’ available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The F-Pace has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.