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

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Where Did We Drive It?

Our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace saw only about 900 miles of driving this July, the fewest since its arrival in March. The bulk of those miles came courtesy of a Fourth of July holiday weekend road trip to Palm Springs in the eastern desert of California. It proved to be very comfortable despite the triple-digit heat. The rest of the month, our F-Pace stayed close to home, which is probably why the average mileage was so low. City traffic doesn't make for great mileage numbers.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?

The Jaguar's fuel economy had a serious drop from June when it registered an all-time high of 19.9 mpg. This month, its sole road trip couldn't overcome the extensive number of trips in the city, which resulted in a monthly average of only 17.2 mpg. However, that number is roughly in line with most of the months the Jaguar has been in our fleet. Our overall mileage number now sits at a hair under 18, 2 mpg shy of the EPA combined rating of 20 mpg.

Average lifetime mpg: 17.8
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 6,532 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep

None.

Logbook Highlights

Interior
"This F-Pace isn't a small vehicle by any means, but it does feel small from behind the wheel. It's no accident. Like most Jaguars, the F-Pace has a cockpit design, which means the cabin is designed to wrap itself around the driver and, to a lesser degree, the front passenger. The way the dashboard cascades down into the center console divides the cabin in two, and the instrument cluster is only visible to the driver. Some designs go even further by tilting the center console toward the driver, but the F-Pace is a little more welcoming in this respect by offering equal access to either front passenger. All in all, it's a design that makes the F-Pace feel more like a sport sedan and less like a lumbering SUV. To some it feels constricting, but I happen to like it." — Ed Hellwig, senior editor

Comfort
"The Mrs. and I drove the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace to Palm Springs to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend. As luck would have it, we arrived in the middle of a brutal heat wave. Being a SoCal native, I'm not scared of a little heat. But climbing into the sauna-hot interior of a vehicle that's been basking in the desert sun just ain't fun. I dreaded getting into the Jaguar to head home.

"While walking to the SUV, I rolled down the windows and popped open the tailgate from the key fob, letting some of that demon breath dissipate. To my surprise, settling into the Jaguar wasn't terrible. And after starting the F-Pace and turning on the A/C, it only took about 2 minutes before the cabin was almost ... comfortable.

"This may not seem like a big deal. But if you're a person who parks outside often like I do, and lives in a warm climate like I do, having a vehicle that doesn't seem intent on melting you is pretty great." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor

Performance
"After driving the F-Pace over the last few months, I've become convinced that there's no need for anything bigger than a V6 in a vehicle of this size. There's more than enough torque down low, and even at higher speeds on the highway it has all the passing power you really need. Would it be just a little more fun with another 50 horsepower? Sure. Would it sound better with a small V8 lurking under the hood? Definitely. But when it comes to day-to-day driving, a well-tuned V6 is more than adequate for this particular Jag." — Ed Hellwig

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