Wheels in wheels
Report 6 Jaguar F-Pace
Here’s an advantage of high-roofed crossovers. They’ve got a high roof, duh. This means you can carry tall objects upright – in this case a bicycle, wheels-off but otherwise undismantled. In an estate you’d have to lay it flat and it’d take up more fore-aft space so you’d have to fold a section of the seat. Useful, as I could carry three cyclists, plus another bod, in the car. One of their bikes and their panniers stood in the boot and two more bikes on a simple towbar-mounted carrier. This is perhaps the only day in my time with the F-Pace I haven’t been feeling I’d rather be in an XF estate.
I don’t like the ride and handling of crossovers. But whenever I drive a rival (eg Stelvio, GLC Coupe, most recently the new X4) I realise the F-Pace has the least worst chassis.