Test drove Porsche Macan, BMW X3/4, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC350, and bought the F-Pace. Compared to the competition, The Jag is simply the best combination of size, power, comfort, handling and technology. Time will tell if the long-term reliability and re-sale are acceptable. For a new to market vehicle, in the hottest market segment, Jag knocked this one out of the park.
Wow, we just picked up our F Pace "S" after a three month wait. And was it worth every minute. Traded in a 12 Mercedes GLK 350 and that car wasn't even close to being in this category. This car is sweet. We got the British Racing Green, with the black 20" rim. What a car! A looker! The interior is not plush, just plain comfortable. Only gave a poor rating in traction, cuz the wife hit the gas on the wet road with the 380hp engine, and had to hang on in a turn. It's that mean. I'm the husband of the owner and I love my two drives in it so far. Hope resale value holds in 4-5 years, unlike the GLK-350. Meantime, I can't wait for my turn to drive. Did I mention the app that auto starts the car. My wife is freaking over that. Love it. Cooling seats awaiting in the summer, and heat when winter comes. This car is much more than all the reviews you have read. They got this one right, right out of the box...
I just sold my 2009 E350 with AMG package. I LOVED the stereo and the ride; the Jag is better at both levels. I also currently own a 2013 BMW 335XI and I love it. However, I'm bored with it compared to this Jag. My wife and I have had the F-Pace for seven weeks and it gets better everyday. In sport mode it is super aggressive and incredibly responsive. In standard driving mode it glides along the interstate. A recent trip to the Gulf from Nashville was nothing short of fantastic. The front seats are superior to both the Mercedes and the BMW. The cabin is very quiet with very little wind noise. This beast will get you in trouble fast-----at 2500 RPM I found us sailing along at 91 MPH (didn't mean to). I can't get enough of this vehicle; the sound system is superior to anything I've heard; lots of bass and crystal clear mid and high ranges. I love streaming music from my phone with the easy BlueTooth pairing. I found myself buying music just to test the bass. Ours is British Racing Green in color and it is beautiful. While the cargo space seems a little tight it was more than adequate to stow our luggage as well as my daughter's and her two little girls. Now, I crave driving it and wonder about the Jaguar sedans----if they're this good then I just might have to get one in pace of the BMW!
I was pretty excited at the opportunity to borrow the new F-Pace and managed to log nearly 700 miles in varying road conditions while in my possession for the week. The first thought that came to mind as I initially stepped on the throttle was "Wow, this is a sports car in Jaguar SUV form!". The frame/body feels extremely rigid and solid, the grip of the wheels is beyond confidence inspiring and feels firmly planted w/no signs of slip even when making very quick tight turns on damp roads, and the same F-Type engine aggressively launches this performance SUV especially in Dynamic Mode. Gas mileage is excellent for this amount of power in an SUV (23+ mpg in mixed driving). The new generation infotainment system is thankfully much improved, quick, and easy to use and there's tons of room for passengers and cargo alike. Now the minor gripes I can point to, and there are a few, include the rotary gear shift dial is very imprecise and just a poor overall design for shifting to exact gears as it's easy to rotate and overshoot to an unintended gear (R or P). The window controls on the door are oddly and annoyingly switched w/the seat memory controls? The gas tank is small and should ideally hold at least 2 more gallons for long road trips. There's some bit of hard plastic in the Premium model. The most annoying and awkward thing, and I'm not a big person, for some reason no matter how I adjusted the seat or entry, I always had to crane my neck to avoid hitting the top of the roof when entering the vehicle? The following is subjective but overall I generally like the exterior/interior design and finish of my Audi Q5 2.0 T more. Though the Q5 feels more like a quiet luxury SUV, performance-wise the F-Pace makes my Q5 seem like a 'grandpa mobile'! If you consider the minor gripes trivial and you really enjoy performance in your vehicles, Jaguar has successfully produced an SUV to more than compete w/other high performance SUVs along w/the added excitement, style, and drama of a Jaguar!
I've owned this vehicle since October and have had a great experience driving it daily. Having driven other performance vehicles, it is truly a sports car in an SUV body. It accelerates incredibly well, handles well on narrow terrains, and the back seats are roomy enough for two six footers in my house. The grunt it lets out on acceleration is absolutely priceless. No mechanical issues so far. A few minor concerns: I am not quite six feet tall but my knee hits the rear door opener sometimes when I enter the car. I am learning to adjust but this has happened a few times. Once seated in the car, my right knee rubs against a bulging trim on the side of the gear compartment. That will give you a bruise on long commutes if you rest on it like i do. As you would expect in most performance cars the suspension is pretty tight, which means you are not pampered on rough surfaces. Otherwise, please test drive other potential competitors before you drive this car. My experience is that there is only one other PERFORMANCE SUV class out there - Porche Macan and Cayenne.