The F-Pace is slightly larger than its key rivals, and that extra space has been put to good use, making it one of the most practical cars in its class.
While it doesn’t have the seven-seat flexibility of a Land Rover Discovery Sport
, the F-Pace is a roomy five-seater with a huge boot. The rear seatbacks have a useful 40/20/40 split/folding system, too, and the load bay is wide and flat. The boot opens at the touch of a button (a standard feature) and you can even buy a special waterproof activity wristband that allows you to lock and unlock the car with the keys inside – perfect for trips to the beach, or any outdoor activity where you'd rather not carry your car keys with you.
The driving position is a bit lower than in some SUVs, which reflects the F-Pace’s sporty character, and most people should be able to get comfortable. Visibility is fine at the front and not so good at the rear – a trade-off for the swoopy styling that means the cabin doesn’t feel as light and airy as some rivals’, especially in the rear.
Much of the F-Pace’s dashboard is shared with the closely related XE executive car, although the F-Pace hasn’t yet gained the latest infotainment system that its saloon counterpart has. This is a bad thing, since the set-up in the F-Pace is looking rather outdated now. In fact, the cabin is a bit short on wow factor as a whole, with the quality of fit and finish no match for an Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60
Driving dynamics are another matter, and in this respect the F-Pace beats most of the competition. Unlike many SUVs the F-Pace feels nimble, responsive and well-balanced, while still giving you the solid, secure feeling you expect of such a car. The ride is firm but forgiving, unless you go for one of the wilder high-performance versions that have beefed up suspension and huge alloy wheels that make things much less comfortable.