Just because you’ve been known for one thing your entire existence, and perhaps you’re even at the top of your game for that particular thing, doesn’t mean you can’t branch out and try something new… right?

With Jaguar’s rich and storied history in the luxury performance car segment, I admit when I first heard about the all-new F-Pace, I was skeptical. I may have even laughed a little, and I certainly didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. How could a company known for its luxuriously decadent cars, loaded with power and prestige, tackle the crossover segment; one typically reserved only for practical, function-over-form cars?

Yet, somehow they managed, and they managed it very, very well.

The real beauty of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is the perfect combination of cat-like car reflexes, and the stability and internal practicality of a compact crossover. Based on the same platform as the XE, the F-Pace truly is a joy to drive in every sense of the word. The added ride height is perfect for gentle off-roading and most definitely our colder winter months. However, it doesn’t hamper with the big cat’s handling or performance.

Equipped with Jaguar’s fabulous 3.0L V6 Supercharged mill, this handsome crossover offers up 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Power is handled via an 8-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and offers seamless shifts as well as steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for more involved driving. And of course, this feline lands on all fours at all times, with all-wheel drive.

While the drive of the F-Pace is super important, the exterior and interior design are the real winners here. Stunning to look at, no matter the angle it’s viewed from, Jaguar’s produced a stable of truly attractive vehicles, and the F-Pace fits into the family lineup perfectly.

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Miranda Lightstone

As compact and race-ready as an Austin Mini Mk1 Cooper Works; don’t be fooled by her small stature. Miranda packs a serious drive, and a fair amount of ambitious horsepower, beneath her bespectacled grille. Plucky and always ready to hit apexes with precision, Miranda’s been round the track a few times with over a decade of driving and writing experience under her seatbelt. With an opinionated backseat driver who calls her Mum, and two cats at home that could care less what she’s got parked in the drive, Miranda passionately spends her time driving anything and everything she can. When she’s not behind the wheel, going for a quick run or exploring the world with her son, she’s relaxing with a glass of red wine, and must never be disturbed in those moments. Seriously. Unless you’re bringing her more wine, then pull up a chair…

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