By Mike Torpey on 2020-12-13 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Jaguar F-PACE D300
STANDING out from the in-crowd when you own a version of the fastest-ever selling Jaguar model can come in different ways.
You can head down the customisation route with various colour combinations, wheel sizes and accessories, or perhaps go for a special edition that in many cases offers savings as well.
That's certainly the case with one of the most attractive, and stylish, specials to emerge from Jaguar's successful F-Pace SUV range - the D300 Sport.
It comes with a choice of two 300ps engine options in the shape of an outstanding 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol unit and the equally impressive 3.0-litre V6 diesel powering our tested variant.
Both boast some big numbers to back up an alluring package, the latter version capable of blasting from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and on to a 150mph top speed.
The 300 Sport differs from the more standard F-Pace offerings, externally at least, thanks to its 22-inch grey alloy wheels and dark satin front grille and side window surrounds, side vents, mirror caps and door finishers.
There are also discreet 300 Sport badges on the front grille and rear tailgate for a model that is only available in black, white or silver, the Yulong White example being especially eye-catching.
Step inside and the yellow contrast stitching on the instrument panel, centre console and leather seats looks classy, along with the 300 Sport logo badged on the treadplates, carpet mats and steering wheel, and also embossed on the front headrests.
Meanwhile, convenience comes via Touch Pro Navigation with Connect Pro that enables the driver to control essential features remotely and a smartphone can be linked via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There's also a 12.3-inch interactive display, a Meridian sound system including that 21 Century rarity of a CD player, a full-length glass panoramic roof, ambient interior lighting and 14-way heated electric front seats with memory.
And from a value perspective, buyers get Â£4,555 of added value over the F-PACE ‘S' model for only Â£500 more.
That said, upgrading further from the standard spec can prove quite costly. Our model included extras like a 360-degree surround camera system at £990, adaptive LED headlights and daytime running lights for £750, an electronically deployable towbar at £990 and privacy glass for £395.
Either way Jaguar's initial venture onto the SUV scene has from day one provided a vehicle that looks sharp and lean yet covers the practical bases of space, economy and comfort.
There's plenty of room to stretch your legs out in the back - provided you're not stuck in the centre rear seat - ample space up front and a commanding, comfortable driving position. And there's a vast load space that rises to 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded.
Out on the road the F-Pace, which comes with all-wheel drive as standard, is agile and well balanced, supple over bumps and broken surfaces in town and on country lanes and a treat to drive on faster roads and motorways.
Our 250 miles of mixed urban and rural driving returned an average of 36 miles per gallon - not bad given the size and power of the vehicle.
Jaguar F-PACE D300 Sport
Mechanical: 300ps, 2,993cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox
Max Speed: 150mph
0-62mph: 6.2 seconds
Combined MPG: 37.9
Insurance Group: 27
C02 emissions: 170g/km
Bik rating: 37%
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles
Choose from one or more of the options to find the car for you.
Based on your search find the dealership
nearest to you.