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Pigs in flight and hell freezing over; both are things that many expected to see before Jaguar would start making SUVs. It happened, though and, far from being a tentative paddle in unfamiliar waters, the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace signified something of a reinvention for the famous British brand.
As the UK’s appetite for SUVs shows little sign of abating, Jaguar’s range now includes a smaller E-Pace and the striking, cutting-edge electric Jaguar I-Pace. The F-Pace was first out of the trap, though, setting the pattern for things to come and competing against an impressively diverse list of rivals.
Such is the spread of engines offered in the F-Pace that it not only trades punches with large SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but also spars with sportier machines such as the Porsche Macan. At the top of the range, meanwhile, the supercharged V8 F-Pace SVR (which we’ve reviewed separately) can confidently take on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.
Under the surface, the F-Pace shares certain components with the Discovery Sport from sister company Land Rover. However, while you can chose the F-Pace in four-wheel-drive form, the bias is more towards motorway cruise than Serengeti expedition and many will find the more economical rear-wheel-drive versions better suit their needs. In fact, it’s the parts it has in common with the Jaguar XE and XF saloons that really make the F-Pace what it is, with super-stiff bodywork and a lot of aluminium and other lightweight materials to keep weight down and improve agility.
Read our in-depth Jaguar F-Pace review to find out which version is the best for you. We’ll look at all the engine choices, check it for practicality and look at how much it costs to run. And don’t forget that, if an F-Pace, or any other new car, takes your fancy, you can visit our New Car Buying pages for a great deal without the bother of haggling.