Jaguar’s cutting-edge In Control Touch Pro infotainment suite (below) is a slick piece of hardware (and replaces the instrument panel with a 12.3-inch reconfigurable screen), but it’s a cost option in all but the pricey First Edition models.ON THE ROADEngine:,20d – 132kW/430Nm 2.0 litre turbo diesel 4cyl,30d – 221kW/700Nm 3.0 litre turbo diesel 6cyl,35t – 250kW/450Nm 3.0 litre turbo petrol 6cyl,S petrol – 280kW/450Nm 3.0 litre turbo petrol 6cyl,Transmission: 8sp automatic, all-wheel drive,Suspension: double-wishbone front, multi-link rear,Brakes: Ventilated disc,Steering: Electrically assisted, 11.87m turning circle,Towing capacity: 2400kg braked Like most modern Jags, the F-Pace’s forte lies in its stellar handling. Dynamic? Brother, this car defines the term.Its bare structure is 80 percent aluminium by weight, incorporates a high level of recycled material (read: it’s made from beer cans), and tips the scales at just 298kg.Fully dressed, the F-Pace weighs between 1665kg and 1884kg – that’s light in the context of medium SUVs. A Porsche Macan weighs roughly 200kg more, spec-for-spec.Weight is distributed close to 50:50 front to rear and the F-Pace rides on double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Those aspects aren’t just car-like, they’re ‘sportscarlike’ – the Jaguar F-Type uses similar suspension hardware and boasts a similar weight distribution.And it all comes together on a twisting road. It doesn’t matter which variant, whether it’s the base model 20d four-cylinder diesel, mid-spec 30d turbo diesel V6 or the range-topping 35t supercharged petrol V6, they all handle extraordinarily well.Point it into a corner with the superbly well-weighted electric steering and you’re rewarded with almost unending grip at the front end. The F-Type digs its claws into the pavement and refuses to let go, only transitioning into mild understeer at a level of cornering G that’s well past where most drivers would dare venture.Though it’s AWD, the system is rear-biased most of the time and can only take up to 50 percent of available torque to the front axle.As a result it feels and behaves like a RWD car most of the time, though a brief offroad exercise demonstrated that the driveline is clever enough to shuffle torque between all four wheels when the surface gets properly greasy.Of the four engines offered, the mid-ranking 221kW 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 is the best all-rounder.With exceptional refinement, plenty of torque and a relaxed power delivery, Jag’s silken V6 diesel is the best match for the F-Pace. Our only criticism is that it doesn’t quite feel as torquey as brochure’s 700Nm claim, but with a 6.2 second 0-100km/h time it’s plenty quick.The entry-level “20d” 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel is a fine engine, with little in the way of diesel clatter or vibration to spoil the F-Type’s cabin ambience. With just 132kW and 430Nm it’s not exactly a rocket, but is more than adequate for the average motorist.Two versions of Jaguar’s 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 occupy the upper reaches of the F-Pace range, with a “low output” 250kW/450Nm model and a range-topping 280kW/450Nm version sitting above it.If you want all 280kW, you’ll need to get yourself into the $103,420 F-Pace S.It’s a cracking engine, with a rev-happy character and seamless, lag-free power delivery that matches the F-Pace’s scalpel-sharp chassis. Working in conjunction with the standard 8-speed automatic (which all models receive), it’ll zip to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.There’s some mechanical noise that filters through firewall on light cruising with the supercharged V6, however. It’s something that’s not there in either diesel model.In all models there’s plenty of road noise to contend with, with coarse chip asphalt generating plenty of decibels in variants equipped with 20-inch or 22-inch alloys. The shallower sidewalls also give the suspension a sharper edge, though the adaptive suspension of the F-Pace S managed to quell some of that.SAFETY ANCAP rating: The Jaguar F-Pace has yet to be rated by ANCAPSafety features: ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, stability control, six airbags (front, front side, full-length curtain), autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning are standard across the F-Pace range.A top-down camera view, park assist, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring are available at extra cost.RIVALS TO CONSIDERAudi Q5,Porsche Macan,BMW X3,Mercedes-Benz GLC,Lexus RX,Infiniti QX70,TMR VERDICT | OVERALL The F-Pace is the F-Type of SUVs, that much is clear. It’s without doubt one of the most nimble SUVs around, and is especially intoxicating with that supercharged 35t engine under the bonnet.For us though, it’s the 30d R Sport that is the sweetest deal of them all. It’s got huge torque, exceptional refinement, a nicely furnished interior and 19-inch alloys for a plusher ride, all for a not-unreasonable $90,350.Jaguar Australia is confident the F-Pace will make a big splash once cars start flowing into showrooms, and the company already has over 200 firm orders from customers.Will it double the company’s sales in this country? After our first date with the F-Pace, we can’t see why it should not. If you enjoy a dynamic drive, we would definitely recommend a look.