It may rely a little too heavily on the skill of Jaguar’s chassis tuners to conjure its sporting appeal and it may deserve a more distinguished diesel engine, although the recent additions of petrol engines may lift this burden off the oilburner's shoulders.
But it has enough SUV convenience, utility, ruggedness and refinement, combined with outstanding handling, to earn a fulsome recommendation.
For our money, it’s rounded and rewarding enough to deserve a berth at the sharp end of its class – and wider test experience suggests that it’s even better to drive in different chassis specifications.
Our preference for a Land Rover Discovery Sport, with its enormous breadth of ability, neatly sums up how little notional space there was for this car to flourish in – because even the perfect F-Pace could probably never be the complete SUV.
Nonetheless, this one makes a very refreshing, modern and engaging fist of things – and it will only get better. As a result it, the F-Pace betters the Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC to come in third behind Land Rover’s Discovery Sport and the BMW X3.