Jaguar’s first-ever SUV—the F-Pace—is based on the same rear-drive platform as the new XE and redesigned XF sedans.

This new Jag definitely has the “pace,” with its 340-hp supercharged V6 launching the all-wheel-drive SUV to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. There’s a 380-hp version, too, along with a four-cylinder diesel. And the eight-speed automatic is a smooth operator, although the auto start/stop system fires up the engine with a shudder and hobbles the air conditioner’s ability to keep the cabin cool when stopped.

The F-Pace’s quick steering makes it feel athletic, and body lean is kept in check. But the ride is stiff, and passengers feel many quick, short bounces. Though the subdued levels of road and wind noise are commendable, the always-prominent exhaust drone becomes irritating.

Expanses of hard plastic contribute to a disappointing lack of flair for a $50,000-plus vehicle. The F-Pace’s infotainment system is dated and limited.

Positives include a roomy driving position, with well-padded and supportive seats. The rear seat is spacious and comfortable, but the seatback can’t recline. Sleek styling shrinks the rear window to practically a sliver.

Safety systems such as forward-collision warning and automatic braking are available only on the top R-Sport and S trims.

Despite its speed and agility, the F-Pace loses ground because of its choppy ride, loud exhaust, and unremarkable interior.

Read the complete Jaguar F-Pace road test.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Review

HIGHS: Agility, acceleration, braking, transmission, rear seat
LOWS: Ride, noise, rear visibility, so-so infotainment system, wimpy A/C
POWERTRAIN: 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 20 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $53,895


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.