“The F-Pace is our first ever SUV but it is clearly recognisable as a Jaguar and for it to win [these awards] vindicates our decision to bring our unique design principles and dynamic qualities to a new sector of the market,” Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar. In 2016, the model’s first year on sale, 122,460 F-Paces were sold. It’s a tall car with a modicum of off-road ability. The F-Pace is based on the same architecture as the XE and XF, which means it’s largely aluminium – 80% of the body. The F-Pace has double wishbones at the front and an integral link rear suspension system. Engines are mounted longitudinally at the front and drive through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, depending on the specification. It has big door bins, a sizeable centre cubby, good-sized twin cupholders and upright storage cubbies in the sides of the centre console that are designed especially to take the smartphone. The storage bay is wide and deep. The F-Pace’s optional InControl Touch Pro infotainment system has a quad-core processor, 60GB of solid-state storage and a 10.2in touchscreen. This car is supposed to be the most sporting SUV in its class. The F-Pace needs 9.2sec to reach 60mph. it feels slower than most of its competitors when overtaking and accelerating hard.