Monthly Update for May 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 May 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Where Did We Drive It?
There were no road trips on the schedule for our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace in May, but it still logged plenty of additional miles. Almost all of them were either in stop-and-go city traffic or the occasional late-night open freeway jaunt that makes leaving the office late worth it.

Regardless of the circumstances, the F-Pace made an impression on several of our drivers who got behind the wheel. Senior Consumer Advice EditorMatt Jones liked the feel of the F-Pace but couldn't get over the fact that he couldn't find the button to close the sunroof. I'm pretty sure he'll get over it.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?

Average lifetime mpg: 17.2
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 20.9
Best range: 313 miles
Current odometer: 3,893 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Interior
"The rear window is too small and, combined with headrests that don't fold down, really hampers rearward visibility. The rising beltline exacerbates the problem. Lane changes to the right require a bit of faith. It seems like this is one of those ownership concessions you'll have to accept. Passing a last-generation Cayenne S, with its vast widescreen pane of rear glass, was a reminder that good form doesn't require abandoning function." — Dan Frio, automotive editor

"I've been driving cars a long time, and although I don't claim to know every nook and cranny or feature of every new vehicle, I am confident enough in my automotive prowess to say, with total confidence, that I can proficiently open and close a moonroof. Well, I mean I thought that until I drove the Jaguar F-Pace last weekend.

"I picked up the Jag on a Friday night. While walking up to the SUV, I hit the unlock button on the key fob twice and held it. I usually do this when I'm getting into a car that is new to me to see if it will roll down the windows and open the moonroof. No surprise, the F-Pace key allowed for both. I love open-air driving, and I will drive with a moonroof open nearly every chance I get. So even though it was 11 p.m., cloudy and about 65 degrees out, I planned to keep the big panoramic roof open for my 40-mile commute home.

"About 10 miles into the trip, however, things started getting foggy and moisture was creeping into the cabin. I decided to close the moonroof, except I couldn't figure out how. The button that looks like it should close the moonroof doesn't, and I couldn't find any other button that looked like it would close all that glass. So I continued to drive home and just dealt with a little bit of wet.

"When I got home and parked, I still couldn't figure out how to close the roof. I spent 10 minutes trying, pressing the button that should have done the job. I pulled out the instruction manual, still no luck. I even called my co-worker Cameron Rogers for suggestions and help. No dice. All told, I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure how to shut the panel. I was beaten.

"By midnight, I'd had enough and did the only reasonable thing I could think of. I left the SUV, went inside the house and ate some spaghetti. While eating, I looked up some F-Pace forums and found a solution that was not included in the manual or the quick-start guide. (And if it was, I missed it.)

"If you stand outside the locked vehicle with the key fob and touch the door handle in just the right spot, the windows, including the moonroof, will eventually close." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor

Performance
"Finally, a crossover with personality! Dig even partially into the throttle and the F-Pace opens the taps on its supercharged V6. The 340 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) is impressive. 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. It reminds me of the BMW X5 M." — Cameron Rogers, associate editor

"This transmission just doesn't like to hang on to any particular gear. It seemingly wants to shift every 500 rpm, at least in normal mode. Dynamic mode will rev the engine a little longer in each gear. There does feel like some kind of intelligent shifting going on, though. If you stomp on it with some authority from a standstill, it'll wring out first gear pretty good and sport-shift the rest of the way up the gears. But if you just lollygag it from a stoplight with soft pedal pressure, you're in sixth gear by 45 mph." — Dan Frio

Misc
"Shouldn't most Jaguars feel special? The F-Pace doesn't. The cabin's nice, and the engine and exhaust have that trademark Jag tenor. There just doesn't seem to be much personality or attitude here. Annoying ergonomics (trip meter metrics hidden in a thumb button at the end of a control stalk) might count as eccentric charm, but not personality. Not that every Jag is a machine of mystique. An S-Type from a decade ago wasn't that special. Even today's XF borders on supermarket salsa mild. I may have expected too much from Jaguar's grand entrance into the SUV race." — Dan Frio

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