New Porsche Macan vs Jaguar F-Pace

A revamp for Porsche’s Macan sports SUV means it’s all set for a fresh shootout with the Jaguar F-Pace. Which is the better buy?...

New Porsche Macan vs Jaguar F-Pace

Our verdict

The F-Pace is one of the best cars Jaguar makes; it handles well at normal road speeds, sports an impressively roomy interior and comes with plenty of standard kit. However, there’s no ignoring the fact that, when viewed as a sports SUV, it isn’t quite up there with the Macan.

That’s right: five years on, the Macan, even in entry-level specification, is still the class’s most rewarding car to drive. With a sweet chassis balance and precise steering, you hardly have to make any allowances for the fact that it is a high-sided SUV. And surely that’s what all makers of sports SUVs should be striving for, right? 

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1st - Porsche Macan - 5 stars

Porsche Macan driving

For Great chassis balance; fantastic steering; slicker gearbox; cheaper to run

Against Tight rear seat space; AEB is only an option; sparsely equipped as standard

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2nd - Jaguar F-Pace - 4 stars

Jaguar F-Pace rear

For Bigger boot; lots of standard kit; roomy rear seats; cheaper to buy after discount

Against Unsettled ride; clunky infotainment; gearbox hampers performance 

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Specifications: Jaguar F-Pace 2.0T 300 R-Sport

  • Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price £48,530
  • Target price £45,938
  • Power 296bhp @ 5500rpm
  • Torque 295lb ft @ 1500-4500rpm
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 6.4sec
  • Top speed 145mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 28.0mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test mpg 25.4mpg
  • CO2 emissions 185g/km

Specifications: Porsche Macan 2.0T

  • Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price £46,344
  • Target price £46,344
  • Power 241bhp @ 5000-6750rpm
  • Torque 273lb ft @ 1600-4500rpm 
  • Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
  • 0-60mph 6.4sec
  • Top speed 139mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 28.0mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test mpg 26.4mpg
  • CO2 emissions 185g/km

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