What Did We Buy?
For the last couple of years, SUVs have outsold sedans, and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Mercedes-Benz entered the SUV market in 1997, followed by BMW in 1999, Porsche in 2002 and Audi in 2005. Here we are in 2017 and finally Jaguar enters the ring with the F-Pace.
We've evaluated the F-Pace on a short-term basis and it received favorable scores in a number of categories. It proved it was more than just a pretty face thanks to its impressive performance, general interior comfort and surprising amount of cargo space.
Since it went on sale in September of 2016, the F-Pace has become the best-selling Jaguar in the company's 72-year history. Our recent track record with long-term Jags has also been favorable, with no mechanical issues to report with our 2012 XF or 2015 F-Type Coupe. We'll be interested to see if this 2017 Jaguar F-Pace will continue that trajectory and confirm our positive initial impressions.
What Options Does It Have?
The base F-Pace with a 247-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder starts around $43,000, and the range-topping S trim with a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 will set you back $60,000 without options. We opted for a middle-of-the-road version in Prestige trim with the supercharged 3.0-liter (35t) engine that's good for 340 hp. Its price starts around $52,000.
Notable standard features for the base F-Pace include all-wheel drive, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, Jaguar's InControl Touch 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system. The Premium trim adds items such as a rearview camera, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, and driver-seat memory functions.
Our Prestige long-termer comes standard with all of that plus xenon headlights, parking sensors, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a navigation system and smartphone apps.
On top of all those features, we added the Technology package (a 10-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a virtual instrument panel); the Vision package (adaptive LED headlights, headlight washers, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert); the Comfort and Convenience package (upgraded leather upholstery, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, rear-seat power recline, remote rear-seat releases and a hands-free liftgate); 20-inch wheels; gloss black exterior trim; etched aluminum interior trim; a tow hitch; a cargo area rail system; a black headliner; and the deep Odyssey Red Metallic paint.
The as-tested MSRP is $63,320, and there was no negotiation necessary since the vehicle was provided on loan from Jaguar Land Rover.
Why We Got It?
An SUV with the Jaguar name on it seems about as out of place as an SUV wearing the Porsche crest. Yet the Porsche Cayenne and its smaller cousin, the Macan, have become the best-selling vehicles in Porsche's lineup. Jaguar is hoping to see the same kind of enthusiasm for the F-Pace and early sales numbers indicate that's the case.
The question on our minds is how true to the Jaguar name the F-Pace feels when you drive it every day. Does it have the same kind of athletic feel as the sedans? Does it stand out in the SUV crowd as the F-Type coupe does against its respective competitors? And finally, is it practical in all the ways that an SUV should be?
For the next 12 months, we'll throw our F-Pace into every possible situation to see how it handles a wide variety of tasks. From extended road trips to hauling kids to school, it'll see a little bit of everything along the way. Follow its progress on our long-term road test page and on Instagram for our latest thoughts and impressions of this sleek, sporty and capable SUV.
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.