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

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

Where Did We Drive It?
November was a relatively quiet month for our long-term 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. It stayed close to home, touring the Los Angeles basin and occasionally voyaging beyond the Orange Curtain (that's Orange County for you non-locals). As such, it was a light month, milewise, for the big British SUV.

Nevertheless, we learned some new things about it.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
You might expect the commuting-heavy driving the Jaguar experienced for November didn't result in stellar fuel economy, and you'd be right. However, its 18.4 mpg result for the month is a smidge higher than its EPA city rating and its overall lifetime average to date.

Average lifetime mpg: 18.2
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 12,259 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Comfort
"The Jaguar F-Pace always brings me joy whenever I get to drive it. It's not that it's perfect; several editors have commented on how subpar the interior is. The cooled-ventilated seats make me happy, however. Even in the midst of a three-hour commute (to travel 33 miles), the seats keep me cool under pressure. It makes everything that much better." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician

Interior
"I've been in the F-Pace for two days and I still can't figure out how to get into and out of the car without looking like a fumbling fool (which I am; I just don't want to look like it). As Travis noted last month, the roofline is low and the driver seat sits high. I think there are three additional factors that inhibit ingress/egress: a narrow door opening, a wide doorsill, and my ideal driving position, which happens to be far behind the F-Pace's side roof pillar. I find it so strange that a midsize crossover, which should offer better ingress and egress than a sedan, is giving me so many problems." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Utility
"The steep rake of the trunklid means that when it's open, I need to duck my 6-foot frame under it. Unfortunately, the latch mechanism protrudes down a few very, very hard inches. Taller buyers are advised to watch their domes when loading and unloading the trunk." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer

"Will and I have the same problem with bonking our melons on the Jag's tailgate, which prompted me to peruse its owner's manual for a way to raise the max opening height. Lo and behold, the max opening height is adjustable. You simply set the desired height manually, then press the tailgate's close button for 10 seconds. That's it! Now the tailgate will clear even the tallest staffer's skull." — Jason Kavanagh, senior road test engineer

"There's another tailgate surprise I found in the owner's manual. The F-Pace's tailgate can be opened via gesture control. Swing your foot under either corner at the back of the Jaguar and the tailgate opens. Easy peasy." — Jason Kavanagh

Performance
"I really like the steering response in this rig. That's not something I've found myself thinking about in many SUVs, but the F-Pace is certainly on the performance end of the spectrum. Every steering input is met with an immediate and proportional response, as if the F-Pace were a sport sedan. If you want more Novocain in your drive, there's always the related Land Rover Range Rover Velar, but I like how Jaguar's staying focused on its sporting mission." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy

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