The interior layout, fit and finish
The biggest difference here between the regular F-Pace and this range-topping SVR model is the sports seats in the front. They hold you in place really well around corners and yet, crucially, remain comfortable on longer journeys.
They also have 14-way electric adjustable, making it a doddle for you to find a comfortable driving position to begin with. The fact that you sit farther from the road than you do in some rivals, such as the Alfa Stelvio, is something SUV fans will appreciate. If you prefer to be closer to the road, you’d be better off looking at a performance saloon.
The F-Pace is relatively easy to see out of and standard parking aids include front and rear sensors, along with a 360deg bird’s eye view camera that’s displayed on the central 10in touchscreen.
While we’re on the touchscreen, it isn’t particularly user-friendly or quick to respond compared with the best systems. True, the Mercedes GLC and Alfa Stelvio don’t have particularly brilliant infotainment systems, either, although they do at least have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring; the F-Pace SVR has neither.
Interior quality is more impressive than in the Alfa Stelvio and there are soft-touch plastics and leather and vinyl coverings on all the surfaces you touch regularly. However, the Mercedes GLC feels a touch classier inside, while the Porsche Macan is in a different league altogether for interior plushness.