2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for September 2017
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It?
September was a month that found our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace on the road often. We subjected the Jaguar to its share of stop-and-go angst. That's to be expected on Los Angeles roadways. But over the past few weeks, we also got out of town and stretched its legs a bit. The result was above-average mileage accumulation and an increase in overall fuel economy.
A long weekend of golf. A hiking trip. A drive to grandmother's house. These trips added up to extended time behind the wheel. And they shined light on a handful of characteristics that we may not have noticed during shorter drives. Road noise, air conditioning, child seats and even sun visors received special attention this month. Read on to learn why.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Not a lot of change in the fuel economy category this month despite 1,900 miles of driving. Weekend getaways and the associated increase in highway driving did bump up our lifetime average 0.3 mpg, to 17.9 mpg, however. At the halfway point of our test, it looks as if the Jaguar still hasn't found its mpg happy-place.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.9 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7 mpg
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 9,769 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The low washer fluid light was being especially annoying, which is its job, I guess. So I bought a gallon and opened the hood to pour it in.
"It'd be nice if the spigot were closer to the corner of the engine compartment so I wouldn't have to hold it so high and far away while I poured, but I managed to get the pour started without spilling more than a couple of drops. The best part is the entire gallon fit into the washer reservoir. There's nothing worse than having to tote leftovers around (in a round container that can roll) until you get home to stash it a forgettable location on a garage shelf." — Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing
"Wow! This thing is powerful. The F-Pace is deceptively quick, and the low-end response is immediate. I like the muffled growl it makes when you put the spurs to it." — Dan Edmunds
"I like this Jag a lot, but I keep getting hung up on the road noise at highway speeds. I think there's just too much of it for a $60K-plus luxury SUV. I had to raise my voice significantly to converse with my backseat passenger today, which might be forgivable in a CR-V, but not in a premium rig that does battle with BMWs and Benzes. More sound-deadening material, please." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I'm going to agree with my colleagues that the F-Pace's air conditioning is a big disappointment. Temperatures topped 100 degrees throughout most of Los Angeles this past weekend and the Max AC setting wasn't up to task. It's easily the worst I've encountered. It makes a ton of noise and only blows mildly cool air." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"The F-Pace had plenty of cargo space for my road bike this past weekend. I didn't even have to remove the front wheel. Folding the seats down was only a matter of pulling on two levers. The cargo cover had a slightly more complex design than than the ones in other SUVs I've seen. It has two notches on either side that hold the piece in place. It is easy to remove but is a bit tricky to line up when you need to reinstall the cover." — Ron Montoya
"Every time I drive our more-than-$50,000 Jaguar, I am shocked that it doesn't have extendable visors. I guess commuting with a T-shirt stuck in your window to keep the sun out of your eyes is one definition of luxury." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer
"I'm not a fan of the high door panels in the F-Pace. I'm not sure if it's designed this way for safety or to simulate a cockpit feel to the interior. If you need to reach for something outside the vehicle and are of average height, you may have to brush up on your arm stretches. For example, I needed to grab a ticket at a parking lot and had to stretch my arm out as far as I could to pull it from the machine. I was a few millimeters away from having to open the door and reaching for it. I didn't try it, but I imagine it would be a similar awkward situation if I needed to grab something from a drive-thru window." — Ron Montoya
"Despite midsize SUV proportions, the F-Pace has plenty of space for child seats. The seats are easy to install thanks to highly accessible lower anchors. And with a full-size seat in each outboard position, the center pass-through is still fully functional. The same can't be said for all crossovers this size. Perhaps most important, both adult and the kid behind them have ample legroom." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations