The Jaguar F-Pace is a family crossover that’s also the British carmaker’s first attempt at entering the increasingly popular small SUV market. Its rivals include the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and Range Rover Evoque, but they aren’t as fun to drive as the F-Pace.
The F-Pace’s leather-wrapped dashboard cocoons you in a capsule of luxury just as Jaguars of old did, and the whole interior feels very well made. There’s ample space inside for five adults and the boot is the biggest among rivals.
The engine lineup covers the full spectrum of crossover buyers – a cheap-to-run diesel kicks off the range, a vocal petrol V6 with 375hp tops the pack, while the 3.0-litre diesel is widely considered as the sweet spot providing plenty of performance without the fuel bills of the petrol.
In terms of the way it drives, the F-Pace has dethroned the BMW X3 as the most dynamic crossover currently on sale. There’s little body lean in fast corners and a natural balance that inspires confidence in the driver – this is an SUV that you’ll want to drive like a sports car. The latest in traction control technology makes sure you have grip in any road conditions.
Equipment levels are good, and even entry-level cars come with sat-nav and parking sensors as standard, but be careful with what trim level you go for – the price difference between the cheapest Prestige model and the top of the range First Edition is close to £30,000!
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The F-Pace is a very commendable first effort in the fast-moving family SUV market, and it’s already looking like being one of the most accomplished crossovers in terms of driving enjoyment. Its broad range of talents and striking looks make it extremely competitive in class. It’s very close to its Audi and BMW rivals in terms of interior quality too; there’s little reason not to put it at the top of your SUV shopping list.
Check out the upcoming F-Pace SVR for a glimpse at this high-riding SUVs sportier cousin. Jaguar could be planning to launch a coupe SUV in the near future – read our Jaguar C-Pace article for full details or read our I-Pace electric SUV article for details on the British brand’s first all-electric SUV.