Monthly Update for June 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 June 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Jaguar F-Pace got to stretch its legs on a trip from L.A. to Sacramento and back at the hands of editor Travis Langness. Outside of that, it was business as usual among the Southland's commuters, but at least it looks great doing it.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We logged 1,792 miles on the F-Pace in June, and the road trip to Sacramento helped to push the lifetime average up 0.8 mpg while also resetting the best fill mpg and range records in the process. We're still missing the EPA's combined mpg estimate, but we are hitting the city estimate. Considering the L.A. traffic and the Jag's sporty nature, we're not doing so bad.

Average lifetime mpg: 18.0
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 5,685 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Performance
"I'm almost a fan of the F-Pace's supercharged V6 powertrain. Definitely dig the engine itself — plenty of power and a nice growl, too. It's the transmission that leaves me cold, specifically its belabored downshifts in passing situations. I like a transmission that I can count on to give me that passing gear promptly and predictably. But in the F-Pace, there's often a pregnant pause between throttle input and gear engagement. Manual mode provides a work-around, but I think this performance-themed vehicle should have transmission programming to match. Maybe a software tweak can give this big cat the downshifting reflexes it deserves." — Josh Sadlier, content strategist

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

"Whether it's in Drive or Sport, this Jag has some pretty lackluster throttle response in the first 50 percent of the pedal travel. After that it's a bit jumpy so it's hard to find a balance. Passing on the highway is easy, but doing it smoothly isn't as simple." — Travis Langness, automotive editor

"Really like the brakes in this truck (and yes, I think the F-Pace is burly enough to merit that colloquial term; can't say the same about a Macan, for example). Firm pedal, confident stopping power, never a nervous moment. I'd call them sport sedan brakes. It's expected of this performance SUV and Jag has delivered." — Josh Sadlier

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Interior
"There's a rattle coming from somewhere in the driver door, I think. I rapped my fist up and down the door panel and couldn't get it to stop. Not a big deal in my book, but a bit unusual at 4,000 miles and change. We'll see if it resolves itself or gets worse over time." — Josh Sadlier

"Not in love with the Jag's climate-control interface. For one thing, the rudimentary temperature-setting readouts (one for each side) remind me of an '80s alarm clock. For another, the fan-speed setting is indicated by tiny lights right above the fan buttons that can be hard to see at a glance. And if you want to change the airflow, that button opens up an elaborate interface in the touchscreen. Seems like something simpler could have sufficed there. I do like how the silver tabs on the vents say 'Jaguar,' though. That's fun." — Josh Sadlier

Technology
"Four times during one trip, the Jag's stereo decided to drop my Bluetooth connection and switch to the radio instead. At first, I thought it was user error and that I had pressed a button inadvertently. Nope. After the fourth time, I realized there wasn't anything I was doing that affected the stereo mode. Midsong or mid-podcast, it just switches over to the radio. Sometimes I'd go several hours uninterrupted by glitches; other times it was 10 minutes between dropouts. A fifth incident occurred later on my road trip, too: The stereo cut out completely. First a black screen, then the Jag logo and a full reboot. Something's amiss here." — Travis Langness

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

MPG
"On a round-trip journey from L.A. to Sacramento and back, the F-Pace performed like a champ. I was able to average 25 mpg (2 mpg higher than the EPA's highway estimate) over almost 800 miles of all-highway driving, logging our best fill mpg (25.7) and our longest distance between fill-ups yet (393 miles). The drive went up and down highway 99 in the center of California and I absolutely didn't baby the F-Pace. I traveled with traffic, passed big rigs, and had a few rest stops all while using the A/C on a hot California afternoon. Other than the lack of satellite radio, this Jag does very well on road trips." — Travis Langness

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