Jaguar F-PACE 2017 25t r-sport awd (184kw), Porsche Macan 2017 [blank]

2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport v Porsche Macan (4cyl) comparison

You could pitch an XJR against a Panamera, or an F-Type against a Boxster or Cayman. Yet the absolute domination of SUVs in today’s sales numbers suggests the most relevant Jaguar versus Porsche comparison pits the F-Pace against the Macan.

Many automotive purists would prefer neither existed, believing them to be a slight on two brands with impeccable sporting pedigrees.

Yet both the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan have proven to be the most dynamically accomplished pair in the world of mid-sized luxury SUVs.

And here we’re at the relatively affordable spectrum of the two model ranges: the $81,787 F-Pace 25t R-Sport AWD and the plainly and simply named Macan at $80,110.

Yes, this is the cheapest new Porsche you can currently buy, but will a thinner features list and a four-cylinder engine borrowed from a Volkswagen Golf GTI dumb down the Macan experience?

Can a new four-cylinder petrol engine ensure the F-Pace remains as exciting to drive as V6-powered S we’ve already come to admire?

Which, ultimately, is the best circa-$80,000 sporty sports utility vehicle? We find out as we take the F-Pace and Macan onto some highly challenging and highly enjoyable roads.

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