Originally Posted by Paul Yeates
Hi Cat lady,
I see you had a R sport and now have an S? Which do you prefer?
this question may get you a much longer answer than you had hoped for
I was not in the market for a new car, but to get my husband off my back I went to the Jaguar dealer to look at the F-PACE in person. They had at least 25 of them on the lot with every configuration you could think of. The sales guy that attacked me at the door was arrogant, condescending and lacked any knowledge as to what he was trying to sell me (other than the bullet points in the brochure) let alone any knowledge on the history of Jaguar and could not even begin to comprehend why I was happy with the Jaguar I was already driving. So after test driving an "S" with all the bells and whistles and listening to him drone on about what he felt were the reasons to buy this car (with no attention paid to anything I said about reasons I wouldn't want to buy it) I left intrigued but irritated in the Jaguar I had arrived in.
I went home and for several days researched (including visiting this forum), and thought about what I would want in an F-PACE or if I even really wanted one. At the end of the week I knew what I wanted and searched all of the dealerships when low and behold the previous dealership I had gone to had a new F-PACE in stock and it was EXACTLY what I had wanted. So back I went. I walked in, asked to speak to the sales manager and informed him of my previous visit stating I would not deal with the previous sales guy.
I get a new sales guy who listens to what I say
I give him stock number , he locates car, we go for short ride (I did not drive it) next thing you know I'm signing papers on my first new car. A MY2017 F-PACE R-Sport 35t in Ammonite Grey
For 5 months she was my heart. I LOVED everything about that car.
My heart broke when she was destroyed by a Drunk Driver and because I spent way too much time here I knew that replacing exactly what I had lost wouldn't be possible as the 35t engine was discontinued for R-Sport
I spent quite a bit of time trying to find a leftover version of her ANY where in the US with no luck.
So back I went to the dealer to order a new one, the MY2018 "S" in the same color but they changed the name Corris Grey.
The crash left me with PTSD so driving the "S" when it arrived was not an option. I have been working with my therapist and driving it more lately so here's what I can tell you.
I LOVED the R-Sport!!! Unlike everyone else here I actually liked the horizontal cross bars on the front air intakes etc. The only thing about it I didn't care for was the lower portion of the rear bumper that was flat black plastic.
So the "S" arrives and it has a gouge in the paint on the passenger side A pillar, hood alignment is way off, it lacks the Winter Wiper Mode etc but I take delivery (I was in no mental condition to do so and shouldn't have) with written promises to fix issues. I discover paint defects and a myriad of other things that make me not want the vehicle.
With therapy it is discovered that my emotional attachment to Quorra (MY2017 R-Sport) may be an issue
I have now put a little over 2000 miles on MY2018 "S" and here is my take.
The "S" has the Dynamic suspension the R-Sport did not, it is so far an improvement on handling but not much on day to day potholes, speed bumps etc.
The exhaust note on the "S" 35t 380HP vs. R-Sport 35t 340HP is surprisingly louder and beefier. The additional 40HP makes her fun to drive except when it comes to gas mileage.
Both had the 20" wheels as I live on a dirt road I was anti 22" from the start.
I have driven 2 25t Premium F-PACE's as loaner cars and they aren't for me mostly due to the turbocharger vs supercharger.
So there is my long drawn out overshare on my R-Sport vs "S"
Both are BEAUTIFUL vehicles and you can't go wrong with either (unless you want the 35t suoercharged engine)
If there is something specific about the difference you want to know, give a shout out.
also had an MY2017 R-Sport and now has a MY2019 "S"
oh yeah, because mine were 2017 & 2018 I got the stupid cup holder cover in the "S" and I HATE it