A lofty driving position, upmarket ambiance and practical cabin make SUVs such as the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Ford Edge perfect for family buyers with an eye on style. We compare the three side-by-side to find out which are best.
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Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge prices
The Land Rover is the cheapest option here, costing from £28,995. It comes as standard with heated driver and front passenger leather seats, climate control, an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio and a 10-speaker audio system.
The Ford is the next cheapest car here, priced from £30,595. Entry-level versions come with 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping and traffic sign recognition.
The Jaguar is the most expensive of the trio. It costs from £36,960 and all models come with leather upholstery with heated front seats, a range of driver aids, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio. You also get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge styling
From the outside, it’s clear the Edge has been designed primarily for the American market – it’s huge. Weirdly, it’s a similar size to the other two here but, thanks to bulky styling, appears much larger than life. It gets some aluminium trim pieces and distinctive sharp lines although, from some angles, the bonnet looks rather similar to that of the Discovery Sport.
Speaking of which, the Land Rover stays true to its roots – it looks tough and rugged yet decidedly upmarket thanks to its cool, minimalist exterior style. Everything from its grille to its LED headlights fits the image but we can’t help but feel it might look a little dated in a few years’ time.
The F-Pace on the other hand has swooping, curvaceous bodywork that easily looks the most expensive of the three cars here. It aims to separate itself from its Land Rover stablemates with a noticeably less brutish aesthetic denoting its greater focus on on-road handling and refinement.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge interior
Inside, the Edge doesn’t look quite as special as it does on the outside, especially when compared to the other cars here. Material quality is okay but no better than a Mondeo, yet the price is up there with the premium brands. The Edge’s infotainment is the slowest and least intuitive of the trio, but more recent models than the one we tested have Ford’s much improved Sync 3 system.
The Discovery Sport’s interior prioritises functionality over style – dominated by simple rectangular shapes and rugged controls but with little to truly excite. The infotainment is clunky to use and the graphics are a bit out of date, but we’d still take it over the Sync 2 system in our Edge.
This F-Pace is fitted with a standard eight-inch touchscreen. It works moderately well but you’re better off upgrading to the more responsive 10-inch version, which also has better graphics. The Jaguar’s interior design is the coolest of the lot. Although, while there’s leather everywhere, not all is perfect – bits of the F-Pace’s trim are like fake jewellery – pleasing to the eye, but feel cheap to the touch.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge practicality
The Edge is the most practical car here with handy underfloor storage plus various cubbies and tethering points, plus you can carry more cargo than the other cars thanks to a 601-litre boot. There’s plenty of space to fit a child seat and it’s also the best for carrying three passengers in the back at once, with the most elbow room and the comfiest seats. The only problems are the protruding bumper that makes loading tricky and the folding back seats that are prone to snagging.
The Discovery Sport is the only car here available with seven seats – but the third row is only really suitable for children and takes up a lot of boot space when in use. Flip the rear row down and there’s an enormous 981-litre bay and, with the second row folded flat, there’s a whopping 1,698 litres of space. If you don’t need all the boot space, you can slide the middle row back to increase rear legroom.
The F-Pace is the least comfy of the three in the back thanks to its hard centre seat. That said, fitting a child seat is relatively easy and cubby spaces are decent. The F-Pace has a low, sporty roofline but rear passengers won’t find themselves wanting for headroom. The F-Pace is marginally better for carrying luggage than the Ford with a 650-litre boot.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge engines
The entry-level Edge’s 2.0-litre diesel makes 178hp and returned 37mpg in our tests. A more powerful 207hp version offers a bit more grunt and is ideally suited to those who regularly tow trailers. All Edges are equipped with four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox – a six-speed automatic is optional. Despite being more powerful than its rivals, the hefty Edge feels a bit sluggish, achieving only a modest 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds – the more powerful engine is only marginally brisker at 9.4 seconds.
The Discovery Sport is available with two 2.0-litre diesel engines, all of which come equipped with four-wheel drive as standard. The entry-level 150hp unit is the most efficient but we’d opt for the more powerful 180hp version because it’s noticeably quicker – dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in 8.4 seconds – with an average in our tests of 38mpg. The manual feels a bit stodgy so we’d recommend the slick nine-speed auto that suits the car much better.
The Jaguar borrows engines and gearboxes from Land Rover, so returns similar mpg and performance figures. For performance fans, Jaguar also offers a pair of sporty 3.0-litre V6 engines with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The F-Pace comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive in entry-level versions but we’d strongly suggest trading up to an automatic with all-wheel drive. The mighty 300hp V6 diesel engine is a match for most hot-hatches, covering 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. The 375hp petrol engine is even more impressive and gets close to some premium German rivals – its 5.2-second 0-62mph sprint is quick enough to see off many sports cars.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge driving
The Edge feels noticeably slower than its rivals but handles well with intuitive steering and good body control. The car is set up with comfort in mind making it ideally suited to family buyers. Take the Edge off-road and it immediately feels out of place, however – it struggles for traction and lacks the ground clearance to get over tough obstacles.
On road, the Discovery Sport impresses with its high seating position and driving experience set up for comfort. Where the Discovery Sport comes to life is off-road – outshining the other two thanks to a clever terrain control system and grippy tyres.
The Jaguar is the sportiest of the three with a greater focus on on-road driving. It feels completely planted at a fast motorway cruise with the only trade off being a firmer ride than the other two. The Jaguar is the second best of the three off-road – that is if you avoid the entry-level rear-wheel-drive car. Its off-road systems allows the F-Pace to attack muddy fields but it’s no match for the Discovery Sport’s off-road system.
Jaguar F-Pace vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ford Edge verdict
The Ford Edge is practical, comfy, priced well and looks good but it’s outclassed by its rivals here. The slow engines, laggy infotainment system and lack of seven-seat option let the Ford down.
The Discovery Sport offers everything the Edge does, with the addition of two extra seats and impressive off-roading capability. It loses out on the top spot, however, thanks to its dull interior and imperfect build quality.
The clear winner is the Jaguar F-Pace. It’s the best of the three to drive and arguably the best looking of the three. You still get a decent amount of practicality but, with a bit more character than the other two and a driving experience to rival some sports cars, it offers something more than either of its rivals.