If you want to know which is the best SUV or crossover on sale today, you’re looking at it. The new Jaguar F-Pace combines great looks with super family-friendly practicality. Just for good measure, it throws in a fine handling chassis, an array of safety tech, and frugal engine options.
In fact the Jaguar F-Pace is such a good all-rounder, that we awarded it the highly prized Auto Express Car of The Year title in 2016. So naturally it comes top of our SUV/crossover category, too.
In spite of our appreciation of its many finer points, it’s actually good-old value for money that clinches the F-Pace its top spot. The big Jaguar has all the presence and desirability of premium SUV rivals like the Porsche Macan, but for less money. And if you go for the entry-level 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel your running costs should be no more than for a pretty mundane family saloon. The smaller engine comes with two- of four-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto gearbox, so appeals to a range of budgets and driving styles.
Other engine options include 3.0-litre petrol and diesel V6 engines that offer plenty of punch and performance, while the standard spec-sheet is groaning with goodies like 18-inch alloy wheels, Jaguar’s InControl touchscreen sat-nav and multi-adjustable luxurious leather seats.
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If you’re in the SUV market at the Jaguar F-Pace price point, we think it’s a car that you just can’t ignore.