The 2017 F-Pace also gains Jaguar’s latest optional - and very good - InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which costs £2670 and features a 10.1in central touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument cluster. The former is significantly more responsive than the old system and has higher-quality graphics, as well as dual-screen pixel technology that allows passengers to do things like watch a film on the same screen that’s displaying driving data or sat-nav instructions to the driver.
You can firm up the dampers in Sport mode, and with this body control is very good - on par with the class’s best - but the eight-speed gearbox feels a little hesitant to act when the motor is worked hard and can therefore hamper the experience. Downshifts in particular can take about half a second to respond, and while you might be inclined to cut an SUV some slack in this department, the car’s arch-rival, the PDK-gearboxed Porsche Macan, shows how high the bar has been set.
There is one standout benefit of the new engine when charging along at pace - its lighter weight. It gives the car a nose that resists understeer even more and makes the four-wheel torque vectoring more noticeable when powering through a corner. Like the Macan, the F-Pace does a great job of impersonating a hot hatch when trail braked into a bend, resisting body roll and even lending its back to tighten the line with small slides. But as soon as you get back on the power you’re reminded that the lump up front could do with a bit more torque, confirming that this engine will offer its best in less sporting environments.
Should I buy one?
The timing of the Ingenium petrol engine’s arrival in the F-Pace range couldn’t be much better, as public perception of diesels – particularly in urban environments – is at an all-time low. People nervous of impending tax hikes and pricier parking permits may be drawn to a small capacity petrol engine that gives respectable fuel economy and has just about enough poke to be entertaining.
Location Warwickshire On sale Now Price £44,460 Engine 4 cyls, 1997cc, petrol Power 247bhp at 5500rpm Torque 269lb ft at 1200-4500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1760kg 0-62mph 6.8sec Top speed 135mph Economy 38.2mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 170g/km Rivals Porsche Macan, Audi Q5