There is quite a stark contrast in performance between the various engines in the F-Pace. Most buyers will opt for the 2.0-litre diesel, which has 178bhp, and can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an eight-speed automatic. We would strongly recommend, if you can afford it, to go for the auto’, which is smooth and helps the engine feel less strained. The car is brisk enough in this form, too, but the engine can occasionally feel a fraction underpowered in such a large car. That's reflected in a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds. Those searching for a bit more speed will be well served by the excellent 3.0-litre V6 models. The diesel has 296bhp and massive mid-range grunt, so it feels gutsy and effortless at all times, while also being smoother and less harsh than the 2.0-litre when worked hard. The 3.0-litre V6 petrol is even quieter, but emits a purposeful howl from the exhausts in the sportier driving modes. Still, it actually feels a bit less punchy than its diesel counterpart on the motorway, and when getting up to speed. The only trouble is that these six-cylinder models are very expensive, and rivals such as the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC both offer quicker, cheaper alternatives to the 2.0d. The F-Pace is a refined motorway cruiser, but the four-cylinder engine can get quite noisy and intrusive when pulling away, with the gearbox holding it at high revs.