Written by Bill Visnic

Considering the brazen pricetags some &quot;luxury&quot; vehicles bring to market these days, I&quot;d suggest this F-Pace&quot;s as-tested price of $62,280 could be judged almost a bargain. No turbocharged four-cylinder wannabe here Jaguar delivers a chesty, 340-hp (254-kW) V6, take-charge sheetmetal on a husky stance and a satisfying blend of premium old-school hardware and new-tech features. Dynamically, the F-Pace 35t R-Sport is one of the most genuinely &quot;sporty&quot; luxury crossovers you&quot;ll drive. The ride&quot;s thumpy on the 20-in alloys and the steering is twitchy too quick a ratio or just overboosted? and I think the initial turn-in elicits a too-abrupt body-roll reaction. But the F-Pace certainly has an aggressive-enough handling repertoire to leave most luxury CUVs eating its dust. I can&quot;t explain the &quot;35t&quot; nomenclature for a 3.0-L supercharged V6, but the F-Pace engine&quot;s always ready to throw itself at you like a carnival-game barker; throttle response is almost too abrupt, even in normal mode, let alone &quot;sport,&quot; and indulging in all the throttle pedal will cause conversing passengers to stop mid-sentence to determine what emergency has summoned such thrust. The F-Pace has superb high-speed cruising ability and the power to match its chassis, but the entire powertrain even the generally fantastic 8-speed automatic transmission seems to be missing that last 5% of refinement. Maybe Jag developers wanted it that way? Infotainment leans towards the German aesthetic of making it all a bit too complicated. Set a radio preset? Still haven&quot;t a clue. There&quot;s a gorgeous, oversized 10-inch touchscreen that comes with the $3200 Technology Package, yet certain icons (such as for Sirius channels) are inscrutably tiny. The overall impression, however, is that the F-Pace interior lives up to the luxury quotient expected of the Jaguar nameplate: the 14-way front seats are a treat, there&quot;s nary a visible piece of cost-cut material and it&quot;s all assembled with noticeable precision. There&quot;s a price to pay for the F-Pace&quot;s wickedly back-swept roofline, though. Those in the rear seats feel low in the chassis and low in relation to the beltline, almost the opposite of the &quot;theater&quot; placement of other SUVs that impart rear occupants with more satisfying outward vision, particularly forward. In the back seat of the F-Pace, your panorama essentially is the back of the front seats. 2017 Jaguar F-Pace 35t R-Sport Base price:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n bsp; $56,300 As tested:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;& nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $62,280 Highs: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Athletic engine and chassis; quality interior; surprising value Lows: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Twitchy steering; dungeon-like rear seats The takeaway: &nbsp;&nbsp; Delivers what&quot;s expected from a Jaguar crossover <br />

Date written: 23-Oct-2017 12:20 EDT

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