Performance Tested - 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Performance Tested

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

SUVs have outsold sedans for long enough now to consider it a trend that's not going away. So it's no surprise that the all-new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace has joined the party. After all, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche and Audi are already in attendance, so in order to compete Jaguar needed an SUV of its own. It was a smart move since the F-Pace is already the brand's best-selling vehicle in its first year on the market. That earned it a spot in our long-term fleet, so after it had an appropriate number of break-in miles, we took it to the test track to see what it could do. Here's what we found.

Vehicle: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Odometer: 1,509 miles
Date: April 11, 2017
Driver: Calvin Kim
Price: $63,330

Specifications:

Drive type: all-wheel drive
Transmission type: automatic
Engine type: conventional gasoline
Displacement: 3.0 liters
Redline: 6,500 rpm
Horsepower: 340 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Brake type (front): one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake type (rear): one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Tire size (front): 255/50R20 109V
Tire size (rear): 255/50R20 109V
Tire brand: Goodyear
Tire model: Eagle F1
Tire type: all-season, asymmetrical

Test Results:

Acceleration:
0-30 mph: 2.1 seconds (with TC on: 2.3 seconds)
0-45 mph: 3.5 seconds (with TC on: 3.9 seconds)
0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds (with TC on: 5.8 seconds)
0-60 mph with 1-ft rollout (sec): 5.1 seconds (with TC on: 5.5 seconds)
0-75 mph: 7.7 seconds (with TC on: 8.2 seconds)
1/4-mile (sec @ mph): 13.7 seconds @ 100.4 mph (with TC on: 14.0 seconds @ 99.1 mph)

Braking:
30-0 mph: 30 feet
60-0 mph: 118 feet

Handling:
Skidpad lateral acceleration: 0.85g (with ESC on: 0.86g)
RPM @ 70 mph: 2,000

Comments:

Acceleration comments:
With a broad torque curve, launching the car is fairly easy. Place the transmission into Sport mode and the chassis in Dynamic mode. Left foot brake and hold till revs stabilize at 2,300 rpm. Manually shift into second gear as the tach needle sweeps by 5,800. During regular driving, the throttle is very linear and responsive. It's a very fun powertrain to play with.

Braking comments:
Interestingly, the F-Pace has a soft ABS limit; that means you can easily threshold brake and transition into and out of ABS intervention. But, there is only a small amount of feedback from the steering wheel and brake pedal during intervention, so you have to be ready for it. Otherwise, the car pitches heavily upon braking, and the pedal feel remains consistent. 

Handling comments:
As an SUV, the F-Pace handles adequately. It rotates easier at the traction limit and with stability control on, but the stability control tends to overcorrect, so you end up trying to find the line right before intervention. Problem is, the F-Pace is heavy, and the kinematics of the suspension don't feel like they were designed for this application. As you cross the limit, you get an uncomfortable front-end judder that results in critical understeer and destroys any change in direction you may have had.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

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