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SUVs the Jaguar F-Pace has to contend with

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by April 30, 2016 General

There’s little room in the back, but the Porsche is a blast behind the wheel. — Handout via AFPThere’s little room in the back, but the Porsche is a blast behind the wheel. — Handout via AFPSINGAPORE, April 30 — Even though the market for luxury SUVs is crowded, Jaguar decided to build the F-Pace to spoil buyers with more choices when it comes to plush, elevated and rugged-looking transport. Here are the cars the new Jaguar has to beat.

Audi Q5

It’s getting long in the tooth now, but the Audi is still competitive. The interior has dated well and still feels modern and expensive, and the powerful S Q5 version is a hoot to drive. It rockets to 100kmh in just 5.1s.

Porsche Macan

There’s little room in the back, but the Porsche is a blast behind the wheel. It’s unruffled by mid-corner bumps, and stays faithfully on any line the driver chooses, with uber precise steering and terrific balance. It’s the gold standard for drivers.

Lexus RX 400h

If you’re spending big money on an SUV, why not try this as a wild card? The Lexus has sharp looks, a huge cabin and lovely build quality. It’s set to launch soon, and its hybrid hardware should offer a smooth, silent drive.

BMW X3

The X3 is under threat somewhat by its own sibling, the X1, which is not that much smaller on the inside. But the X3 does drive better than that car (as well as the larger X5), and a cut-price model with two wheel-drive is available.

Mercedes GLC-Class

Only sold here as a GLC 250 for now, the Mercedes won’t keep up with the F-Pace in a straight line, but its solid cabin, decent handling and sharp looks give it plenty of appeal. It’s currently the best SUV that Mercedes makes. — TODAY

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