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We drive the com­pelling and en­ter­tain­ing Jaguar F-pace SUV, which is true to the stylish brand with its su­perbly re­spon­sive drive that is per­fectly suited to our cities and comes fully loaded, with plenty of room and eye-catch­ing good looks.

A com­pelling drive, plenty of space for five and eye-catch­ing looks.

Few SUVS are as en­ter­tain­ing or ca­pa­ble as the Jaguar F-pace, and in its R-sport guise, it's as fun to drive as any SUV in its class and, with its ex­tra inches, more prac­ti­cal too.

Sub­stan­tial and fully loaded with com­fort and in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures, the F-pace is an im­mense city and cruis­ing SUV, but it truly comes into its own on a twist­ing moun­tain pass or wind­ing its way through forests on less than per­fect roads.

DE­SIGN

Hap­pily for those who value style, chief de­signer Ian Cal­lum en­sured the pro­duc­tion Jaguar F-pace re­tained quite a lot of what im­pressed the au­to­mo­tive pa­parazzi when the C-X17 con­cept car was first re­vealed at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in 2013.

The cur­rent F-pace is an im­pos­ing ve­hi­cle and, in the R-sport ver­sion, sport­ing the sig­na­ture grille flanked by long swept­back head­lights, 22-inch al­loys and a sleek coupé-like pro­file, it has gen­uine road pres­ence.

The F-pace de­sign team has taken in­spi­ra­tion along with some shared com­po­nents from the Ja­gaur XF and XJ and, just like its saloon and sports car cousins, it has pre­cise steer­ing, power to spare and a light, stiff body that gives im­pres­sive agility for a ve­hi­cle of this size. The in­te­rior too takes cues from the

XF and XJ in both style and er­gonomics. With easy-to-op­er­ate but­tons and switches, a beau­ti­fully crafted thick rim steer­ing wheel, sporty trim and in­tu­itive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, the airy cabin is func­tional and very stylish.

The stan­dard Jaguar F-pace R-sport is fully loaded, but nat­u­rally Jaguar of­fers a sig­nif­i­cant range of op­tions de­signed to help you cre­ate an even more ex­clu­sive and eye-catch­ing beast.

POWER

The F-pace R-sport uses the 3-litre V6 su­per­charged en­gine found pow­er­ing the fan­tas­tic F-type sports car, al­beit with a dif­fer­ent and less noisy ex­haust sys­tem. The highly re­spectable 340 BHP and 450 NM of torque is de­liv­ered to its 22-inch al­loys by Jaguar's ex­cel­lent eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box, which pro­pels the R-sport to 100 kph in just 5.8 se­conds on its way to an im­pres­sive top speed of 250 kph.

DRIV­ING

The fu­sion of the im­pres­sive power-train, AWD and the F-pace's light and stiff chas­sis has pro­duced a re­spon­sive ve­hi­cle that driv­ers will fully en­joy no mat­ter where they go. For cur­rent Jaguar own­ers this won't be a sur­prise, but the F-pace has some new and par­tic­u­larly user­friendly con­trol fea­tures that make it feel even more sure­footed and se­cure in heavy rain or icy con­di­tions. Aside from Jaguar's typ­i­cal Nor­mal, Dy­namic and Eco modes, the F-pace also has an ad­di­tional Adap­tive Sur­face Re­sponse mode. With ASR the on­board com­puter con­stantly mon­i­tors the grip level and adapts throt­tle, driv­e­line and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol sys­tems to suit. Im­pres­sive stuff and a fea­ture most wel­come in a re­gion prone to sud­den dra­matic del­uges.

LIV­ING WITH THE F-PACE

The F Pace is Jaguar's first cross­over ve­hi­cle and the R-sport mod­els get In­con­trol Touch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, sat-nav, Blue­tooth, DAB, park­ing sen­sors, heated leather seats, cruise con­trol and au­ton­o­mous brak­ing all as stan­dard.

Car­ry­ing five adults in com­fort, it has easy ac­cess, thanks to doors that open wider than is nor­mal. The boot ca­pac­ity is 650 litres with the seats in their stan­dard po­si­tion, but with seats fold­ing 40:20:40, there's a myr­iad of com­bi­na­tions that add even more space and prac­ti­cal­ity.

In sum­mary then the F-pace of­fers buy­ers a com­pelling drive, plenty of space, eye­catch­ing looks and a badge that is sure to im­press.

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