In 2013, Jaguar flashed a light show and billowed dry ice over the C-X17, and tried this hard [finger and thumb so close they’re touching] to pretend to the public it was only a concept. Ha ha. Ever since, off-record briefings have spun us the line that Jaguar would come to the crossover party with something late but great. The best to look at, the best to drive. Throughout those three years Top Gear has arched an eyebrow and replied “We’ll be the judge of that.” Well, that moment has arrived.
Most people are going to end up with a four-cylinder diesel in their F-Pace (the name is silly enough without us capitulating to Jaguar’s insistence on uppercase). But there’s no Macan in that engine format, and Jaguar says its car is fit to be compared with the Porsche. Very well; we’ve moved up to diesel V6s. This gives us the chance to bring in the newly boosted Audi SQ5 Plus. The Jag is roomier inside than those two, so we’ve rounded off the group with a bigger crossover, and one that aims for style too, the Mercedes GLE350d Coupe.
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This feature was originally published in issue 284 of Top Gear magazine