2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace has been in the fleet for about five months now, and as a result our attentions are turning more toward the details of our Burgundy Brit. While the driving dynamics continue to impress, as does some of the functionality, a few other notable bits are coming to the fore. After all, just because something looks cool doesn't mean it isn't irritating.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We pedaled our F-Pace about 1,200 miles in August, mostly around L.A. and its neverending sprawl. Mileage was, shall we say, less than ideal, but it's not unsurprising given the athletic nature of the Jag's powertrain. We averaged 16.6 mpg for the month, which dropped our lifetime average just a bit more over last month.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.6
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 7,823 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"This rig's on-road handling is legit. I took it south on Topanga Canyon Road today from the 101 to PCH [Pacific Coast Highway], which is a pretty twisty route in places. The F-Pace took it all in stride, staying remarkably flat through corners for an SUV and responding immediately and accurately to my steering inputs. I was following a C6 Corvette and didn't feel out of place. Opinions may vary about our Jaguar's ride quality, but I think we can all agree that the handling is spot-on." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"The sound system in this F-Pace is impressive. It's the 11-speaker Meridian system that comes with the Prestige trim level and there's quite a bit of adjustability. There are multiple modes/settings to futz with, an easy-to-understand menu structure in regard to audio adjustments, and impressive sound quality. If I had one gripe, it would be the massive range of adjustability in volume. From zero to 62 is way too much. You crank and crank and crank the knob and you're still only at half volume — way too low for any respectable rock song." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"It's 99 degrees currently. It feels hotter than that actually. The Jag is full of people and everyone has asked if I can turn up the A/C. The air-conditioning is currently on Max. I've tried taking it off Max to see if it would help, but it doesn't. This has got to have THE weakest (warmest) A/C out of all the luxury SUVs. It's a little unbearable. I think I'm going to buy a portable unit to help out in this thing." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"I wasn't a fan of our long-term Jeep Renegade's Easter egg extravaganza, but I'm charmed by what Jag's done with the phone function on this touchscreen. A photo of a red British phone booth in a field tells you all you need to know about what that button does, with a welcome dash of dry humor. I see what Jaguar's trying to do here — veer toward Germanic engineering excellence while retaining the better elements of British character. So far so good." — Josh Sadlier
"Jaguar's been using this rotary shift knob for years now, and the big story is that it automatically retracts when you turn the car off. That may be a fun parlor trick at first, but this design also opens up some useful storage space that would otherwise be consumed by the shift gate and boot. For example, it provides a perfect slot for my sunglasses case, whereas in many cars I have to stuff the case vertically into a cupholder, which gives me one less place to stash my wallet and phone. Might seem like a small thing, but it makes the day-to-day driving experience that much more pleasant." — Josh Sadlier
"I usually respond to Jaguar's novelty rising shift knob with a massive involuntary eye roll. The window dressing factor trumps functionality in much the same way as [it does on] the Model X's ridiculous falcon-wing doors. But this afternoon this shifter turned the corner from silly to repugnant. It's hot and sunny this weekend, and the rim of this thing is shiny metal right where you grasp it. Hours of retained heat seared my fingerprints when I shifted out of Park, and 'Ouch!' was not among the four-letter words I blurted out. Can we please stop getting too tricky with basic controls? Different isn't always better."
"This dashboard, is it for real? Just some circles and no numbers? What a waste of a fully configurable wide-screen display. I hate it." — Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing