Body lean in bends is well managed, and for most of the time you’ll even forget you’re driving such a big car. The automatic transmission is better suited to the F-Pace than the manual. But specifying it means you’ll have to spend more on the four-wheel-drive system.
Off-road, it’s not quite as polished as the Land Rover, but it’s still very capable. A few gadgets help to this end, including a Drive Control system that lets you flick between Snow, Ice and Rain settings.
In terms of the engines, the 247bhp petrol unit is hard to recommend. It does 0-62 in 6.8 seconds and returns less than 40mpg. This means it’s less economical than the diesel models, and hardly any more performative. That said, it’s near-silent.
If you just want pure power and pace, the F-Pace S model is the go-to option. Backed by a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine, it performs like a sports car and costs pretty much the same to run. Returns of 31.7mpg aren’t exactly attractive, and they’ll also be hard to achieve in the real world. You’ve been warned.
Inside, the F-Pace boasts the kind of top quality interior that we expect from a Jaguar. Leather comes as standard, as does the brand’s InControl infotainment system. This is the best of its kind in this class, and a huge improvement over the last model. It’s intuitive and simple to use, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay.
And despite how stylish the car is on the outside, it’s super practical inside. Accessing the car is easy thanks to the doors that open wide, and head and legroom are excellent. Adding the panoramic sunroof will take away some of that headroom, but not a huge amount.
Overall, there is a great impression of airiness in the cabin.
The boot measures 650-litres, which is significantly bigger than the Evoque. Drop the rear seats, and you can increase it to 1,740-litres.
Land Rover – £30,750 – £48,900
Jaguar – £34,700 – £53,300