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

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
As expected, we did our normal commuting and the like in our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace in October. But I did manage to head up to Northern California for a weekend getaway with my wife. As you'll see in the following comments, I was a little underwhelmed with the F-Pace's long-distance touring abilities.

Overall, though, our Jag is running strong and earning a lot of favorable comments as it heads into the second half of our yearlong test.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
I thought I might be able get a new fuel economy high on my round trip from Fresno, California, to Pescadero, California. It was a lot of highway driving, about 400 miles' worth, and my average driving speed was reasonable. But I didn't even come close. My best tank for the trip came in at 22.2 mpg.

For the month, our Jag averaged 19.6 mpg over 1,422 miles.

Average lifetime mpg: 18.0
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393 miles
Current odometer: 11,191 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Performance
"By far the most fun car I have ever driven, powerful and nimble-feeling but with a size that commands respect. Even though it's considered a compact SUV, it didn't feel that way at all. I made it a point to take the winding roads of Sepulveda on my way home because it felt so good." — Laurel Carden, social media manager

"Our F-Pace is legitimately entertaining. It willingly dives into turns like few other SUVs, and its supercharged V6 doles out muscular power and an appealing exhaust note. I often find myself planting our F-Pace's throttle and clicking through the gears with the shift paddles just for fun and cornering with enthusiasm. This kind of engaging personality in a SUV is rare indeed." — Brent Romans, senior editor

Comfort
"To be honest, I didn't think it was that comfortable. It felt somehow masculine with the big leather seats. Someone taller and wider would probably appreciate it a lot more than I did." — Laurel Carden

"I've driven our F-Pace on a few multihour trips now. Each time, I haven't found the driver's seat to be overly comfortable. After two or three hours in the saddle, I start getting fidgety and a little sore. Making adjustments to the seat positioning and lumbar support hasn't helped." — Brent Romans

Interior
"A few months ago my co-worker Josh Sadlier mentioned a rattle from our Jag's driver door. I can hear that rattle, but it's now overwhelmed by one coming from the dashboard, which buzzes anytime you drive over rough pavement." — Brent Romans

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

"It's remarkably easy to hit your head getting into and out of the F-Pace. The low, sloping front roofline combined with the relatively high driver's seat makes me brush my hair on the A-pillar almost every time I get in. And I'm only 5-foot-9. One of these days, I'm sure I'll be paying attention to something else and really bonk my head." — Travis Langness, staff writer

"I agree with my co-worker Josh Sadlier's comment from our September update: This isn't a particularly quiet SUV by luxury standards. There's a fair amount of road noise coming into the cabin at highway speeds, and I can often hear the engine and exhaust. Now, I dig the snarly V6 when I'm driving around town, and the noise levels are far from being deal-breaker territory. It's more of a quality that a potential F-Pace buyer should be aware of." — Brent Romans

Cargo Space
"The F-Pace is a little bigger than typical small luxury crossover SUVs (the BMW X3, for example) but a little smaller than typical three-row models (the Acura MDX). From a utility standpoint, it's a happy medium that I can agree with. The available cargo space with the rear seats up (33.5 cubic feet) is enough for typical tasks you'll likely need it for, such as grocery shopping or Costco runs. Need more? Folding down the 60/40-split rear seats is easy. Just pull a cargo area-mounted lever and they flop forward automatically to create a nearly flat load floor." — Brent Romans

Miscellaneous
"I don't think this is all that great of a vehicle for long-distance driving. In addition to the seat comfort and road noise issues noted above, our F-Pace also has a smallish gas tank. While we did stretch one fill-up to almost 400 miles back in June, it's more likely that you're going to be filling up after just 300 miles or so." — Brent Romans

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