Monthly Update for April 2017 - 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace arrived to our office late March, and we've already logged 2,585 miles on the odometer. Early consensus? We like driving this thing.

I took the F-Pace up to Santa Barbara for a weekend family get-together. We had our 50-pound dog in the backseat, and the rear cargo area filled with all kinds of baked goods, clothes and dog accessories. Jaguar says there's 33.5 cubic feet of storage back there, and we used every last piece of real estate.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

I wanted to show off the fancy Jaguar to my mom, who was in the market for a new SUV, so of course I immediately caught the flu and spent the next two days in bed delirious. The F-Pace nonetheless provided everything we needed — space, namely — and a bunch of extra features such as attractive styling, a powerful engine and enjoyable handling.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The sheer number of miles we've logged would indicate lots of freeway driving. Unfortunately, our F-Pace has yet to meet even the EPA's 18 mpg city fuel economy rating. Sure, we like exploring the acceleration from that supercharged V6, but we also hope to see fuel economy improve as our time goes on with this SUV.

Average lifetime mpg: 17
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 20.9
Best range: 313 miles
Current odometer: 2,585 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Interior
"Can one 6-footer sit behind another? I think it's an important question in this class, and the answer in the F-Pace's case is yes. Barely. I positioned the front seat for my lanky 6-foot self and had just enough room for my shins behind the front seatback. Headroom's fine, and the generous footroom under the front seat is much appreciated. Spacious? No, but I'll call it serviceable." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

"Holy panoramic sunroof! This one goes from the visors clear to the rear headrests. It's most of the roof. Editor Jason Kavanagh — he of the periodic anti-sunroof rants — is gonna have an aneurysm. For the record, I love it."— Josh Sadlier

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

"The interior has an odd mix of materials that left me a little cold. It looks more German than I was expecting. Maybe it's just the trim we selected, but it doesn't give off the kind of warm, inviting feeling I expect from a Jaguar. I do like the simplicity of it all. Between the main interface screen and the minimal climate control buttons, the dashboard has a very clean look. Everything seems well put together, so I'll reserve judgment on the cabin until I get additional seat time." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

Performance
"Finally, a crossover with personality! Dig even partially into the throttle and the F-Pace opens the taps on its supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Three hundred and forty horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque aren't exactly awe-inspiring on paper, but put your foot down and the subsequent thrust (and boisterous engine note) will impress even performance-minded drivers. However, I find the throttle too twitchy at low speeds. The Jag feels high-strung, like it's ready to charge ahead as soon as you push the pedal just a little harder." — Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

Comfort
"The ride quality is pretty stiff compared to other luxury SUVs. The available adaptive suspension may help this a bit, but even our short-term test car from last year (it had the adaptive suspension) got dinged for this. In some ways, it feels like the overly stiff Audi SQ5 I rated awhile back, but it's not a deal breaker for me." — Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

Miscellaneous
"This is a Jag? Could have fooled me. I honestly don't register any semblance of a 'this is special' vibe. It's another decent SUV, but with a weird shifter and oddly placed window switches. Caveat: I've only driven it a single day, there was traffic, and we didn't journey anywhere. It does deserve another shot." — Dan Edmunds, Testing Director

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