You may very well look at the prices of the F-Pace’s rivals and conclude that Jaguar has been somewhat bullish with the car’s showroom price.

As tested here, it’s the second most expensive option in our class top five. The cheapest four-wheel-drive version of the F-Pace is more than £2000 more expensive than the equivalent BMW X3 and £3000 more than a like-for-like Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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CAP expects strong, if not exceptional, residuals for the F-Pace, which will see it better a BMW X3 but not a Mercedes-Benz GLC

And yet you can tell that Jaguar’s blooming sales success is beginning to manifest itself in a gathering confidence to price ambitiously – and perhaps not unreasonably.

With this in mind, we would opt for the F-Pace in the R-Sport trim, unless you particularly crave a comfy car. We would add Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics Pack, which is a must if you have the bigger alloys, and don’t forget to add a spacesaver too.

That 2.0-litre diesel engine, which failed to pull up many trees earlier on, failed similarly to set any economy records for our True MPG testers.

The 36.7mpg it returned was poorer than any result we’ve seen from a car in this class since the identically engined Discovery Sport – and most of the rivals bettering it also did so with four-wheel drive.

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