Whether we like it or not, SUVs and crossovers are fast becoming the dominant species in our automotive ecosystem.
Sure, a station wagon offers all the same convenience without compromised handling, but people just aren’t reaching for their wallets for those the way they do for a raised ride-height and the (theoretical) potential to drive on rough terrain.
Even OEMs that ply their trade based on a heritage of racing, with back catalogues full of sports cars, have gotten in on the act. Porsche showed the way with the Cayenne—the vehicle that arguably saved the brand—and then the Macan.
Audi has the SQ5.
Alfa Romeo has high hopes for its Stelvio.
And then there’s the Jaguar F-Pace.
The F-Pace is the first Jaguar SUV, built on a lightweight aluminum platform that also underpins the company’s sedans. One might think Jaguar wouldn’t need an SUV, since its Tata-owned stablemate Land Rover makes SUVs and nothing else.
But the corporate bean-counters evidently saw an untapped market, and here we are. Jaguar says that the F-Pace is a “performance SUV for those who love driving, with exceptional dynamics and everyday usability,” something we decided to put to the test during the course of a week we spent with an F-Pace 35t R-Sport.
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