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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. If you put driving experience and interior technology above overall practicality in an SUV, then yes, you should consider one. 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 D200 mild hybrid diesel, though, which is punchier than you'd expect a heavy SUV to be (thanks to the torque from the diesel engine), and in most situations is fairly economical. We'd certainly recommend the more powerful D300 diesel if the budget stretches to it, being smooth, fast and surprisingly frugal if you drive carefully.

The smaller selection of petrol engines are faster and more refined, but right now don't really stack up in terms of economics. While these are likely to appeal to some put off by diesel, the fuel economy is likely to be a way off the figures claimed. Still, if you're doing lower annual mileage it could make a degree of sense, so do the sums before you commit.

That aside, the P400 is a hoot – and if you really want the last word in performance SUVs, the V8 SVR 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. 

The P400e plug-in hybrid is a niche choice that should only be considered if you can plug-in after every journey. If you do mostly town driving, and rarely travel more than 40 miles at a time, then it's hushed, fast and super relevant. If not, go with a regular petrol or diesel.

As for the F-Pace range as a whole, some rivals offer better refinement and a more forgiving ride. We would also like to see a more affordable range of hybrid 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.