Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Should I buy a Jaguar F-Pace?

The Jaguar F-Pace is a stylish and sporty alternative to more rational family SUVs like the Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC. It’s great to drive and if you pick one of the 3.0-litre engines, boasts an exciting amount of power to contrast the generous interior space and comfort, if you're willing to pay for the privilege.

The best all-rounder right now is the 180hp diesel version, though, which is punchier than you'd expect a heavy SUV to be with 180hp (thanks to the torque from the diesel engine), and in most situations is fairly economical. Don't look at the 240hp diesel as it's not much quicker – or at least, doesn't feel it – and is notably less economical.

The petrols are faster and more refined, but right now don't really stack up in terms of economics. That aside, the V8 is a hoot – and if you really want the last word in performance SUVs, the SVR version certainly stacks up well, with blistering performance and decent dynamics. Whether you would actually want a 176mph SUV is another matter entirely, and it competes directly with the more exciting Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Porsche Macan Turbo in terms of price. 

As for the F-Pace range as a whole, rivals offer a better interior finish and some of them ride considerably better. We would also like to see a wider range of petrol engines on offer, but these are the only nits we can pick in this talented and handsome SUV. Among the hordes of Q5s and X3s, the F-Pace is well worth a look.

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