2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for January 2018
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
It's been a somewhat slow 31 days for our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. After 10 months, this stylish SUV is nearing the end of its stay in our long-term fleet, and many staffers have moved on to newer, shinier things.
The biggest news items this month stem largely from maintenance. We received a recall notice for a problem in which the infotainment screen would randomly blank out, a problem Travis Langness detailed in our June 2017 update. We also discovered the double whammy of a crack and a chip in the windshield, so we'll have to replace it soon. And we still can't get used to the location of the window controls, no matter how many miles we log.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our F-Pace covered 1,238 miles this month, slightly less than average, and consumed 62 gallons of gas. That calculates to 19.9 mpg, landing January's fuel economy result right on the EPA's 20 mpg combined rating. Still, the F-Pace's 18.4 mpg lifetime average is closer to its city rating, which is indicative of the kind of driving we've been doing.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.4
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 15,143 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"A recall notice arrived this month describing a problem where the F-Pace's entertainment display can intermittently go blank. We'll be going to the dealer in February when the software update is ready." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"Like many of us, I thought I would get used to the location of the window controls. I still haven't. Every time I go to roll the window up or down, I always go to the door lock buttons. It's strange that it feels like a natural spot to put the window controls there, but apparently it does, and the F-Pace's aren't there." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"While pulling into the gas station, I glanced at the little fuel arrow, as I usually do, which indicates the side the fuel door is on. It pointed to the driver's side. So I pulled up to the pump, hopped out and ... no fuel door. Hopping back into the car and pulling around to another pump, I saw what happened. The fuel gauge has an arrow that points to the fuel level bar. Why does there need to be an extra arrow? I don't know. But since I pulled in on a half-empty tank, I mistook it for the gas flap indicator." — Jonathan Elfalan, road test manager
"Hopped in the F-Pace today and discovered something no one wants to see: a crack in the windshield. And directly beneath it? A big chip. The effect is similar to when you walk up to your car and see a flat tire. It's frustrating because you can't blame anyone, but you'll have to spend some money to fix it. So it goes." — Carlos Lago