2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

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What We Got
Automakers that aren't in the compact crossover game right now need to rethink their approach. Nearly every carmaker offers a four-door crossover in its lineup, with brands such as BMW, Mercedes and Porsche representing the sport-luxury end of the spectrum. A few years ago, Jaguar joined in with the F-Pace.

For our long-term test, we wanted a midrange trim level, nothing with an extra-long list of options but not a base model either. We opted for the 35t Prestige with its midtier engine — a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 — and a respectable level of features. We wanted to see if the F-Pace was a midlevel luxury five-seater that was both practical and fun.

Performance

  • "Finally, a crossover with personality! Dig even partially into the throttle and the F-Pace opens the taps on its supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Three hundred and forty horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque aren't exactly awe-inspiring on paper, but put your foot down and the subsequent thrust (and boisterous engine note) will impress even performance-minded drivers. However, I find the throttle too twitchy at low speeds. The Jag feels high-strung, like it's ready to charge ahead as soon as you push the pedal just a little harder." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer


  • "This transmission just doesn't like to hang on to any particular gear. It seemingly wants to shift every 500 rpm, at least in normal mode. Dynamic mode will rev the engine a little longer in each gear. There does feel like some kind of intelligent shifting going on, though. If you stomp on it with some authority from a standstill, it'll wring out first gear pretty good and sport-shift the rest of the way up the gears. But if you just lollygag it from a stoplight with soft pedal pressure, you're in sixth gear by 45 mph." — Dan Frio, staff writer

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  • "Whether it's in Drive or Sport, this Jag has some pretty lackluster throttle response in the first 50 percent of the pedal travel. After that, it's a bit jumpy so it's hard to find a balance. Passing on the highway is easy, but doing it smoothly isn't as simple." — Travis Langness, staff writer


  • "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." — Calvin Kim, road test editor

MPG

  • "On a round-trip journey from L.A. to Sacramento and back, the F-Pace performed like a champ. I was able to average 25 mpg (2 mpg higher than the EPA's highway estimate) over almost 800 miles of all-highway driving, logging our best fill mpg (25.7) and our longest distance between fill-ups yet (393 miles). The drive went up and down Highway 99 in the center of California and I absolutely didn't baby the F-Pace. I traveled with traffic, passed big rigs, and had a few rest stops all while using the A/C on a hot California afternoon. Other than the lack of satellite radio, this Jag does very well on road trips." — Travis Langness

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  • "We drove about 1,000 miles in March and averaged 20.8 mpg. That's a little better than what we've been getting in the past. The 340 horsepower thumping out of our F-Pace's supercharged V6 is seductive, though, so I'm not surprised that we're getting about what the EPA says to expect for city driving." — Brent Romans, senior editor

Comfort

  • "The ride quality is pretty stiff compared to other luxury SUVs. The available adaptive suspension may help this a bit, but even our short-term test car from last year (it had the adaptive suspension) got dinged for this. In some ways, it feels like the overly stiff Audi SQ5 I rated a while back, but it's not a deal-breaker for me." — Mark Takahashi, senior writer

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  • "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

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

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

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's seat sits high. I think there are three additional factors that inhibit ingress/egress: a narrow door opening, a wide door sill, 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

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  • "The light-colored leather upholstery on our F-Pace's driver's seat isn't looking so great. We've got blue stains on the outside bottom bolster and then general grime and dirt on the rest of the bottom cushion. We've encountered this before on other test cars over the years with light-colored upholstery, so it's hardly a problem specific to our F-Pace. A good cleaning regimen should do wonders. Or just don't buy an F-Pace with the light interior." — Brent Romans

Audio and Technology

  • "After all this, I booted up the Route Planner and started entering addresses. It couldn't find any. Not my home address, not my work address, and not obvious places like Starbucks or McDonald's. The point-of-interest search finds nothing in Los Angeles. But hey, at least the web portal (jaguar.here.com) works as advertised. So does Google Maps, and that's the problem. InControl Touch works fine and has some neat ideas, but provides no significant advantage over Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration. Further, the process of setting up InControl Touch is convoluted in comparison to those solutions, which require little more than just plugging in your phone." — Carlos Lago, senior writer

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  • "Four times during one trip, the Jag's stereo decided to drop my Bluetooth connection and switch to the radio instead. At first, I thought it was user error and that I had pressed a button inadvertently. Nope. After the fourth time, I realized there wasn't anything I was doing that affected the stereo mode. Mid-song or mid-podcast, it just switches over to the radio. Sometimes I'd go several hours uninterrupted by glitches. Other times it was 10 minutes between dropouts. A fifth incident occurred later on my road trip, too: The stereo cut out completely. First a black screen, then the Jag logo and a full reboot. Something's amiss here." — Travis Langness

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Miscellaneous

  • "While pulling into the gas station, I glanced at the little fuel arrow, as I usually do, which indicates the side the fuel door is on. It pointed to the driver's side. So I pulled up to the pump, hopped out and ? no fuel door. Hopping back into the car and pulling around to another pump, I saw what happened. The fuel gauge has an arrow that points to the fuel level bar. Why does there need to be an extra arrow? I don't know. But since I pulled in on a half-empty tank, I mistook it for the gas flap indicator." — Jonathan Elfalan, road test manager


  • "I've had a few friends comment favorably about our F-Pace recently. In each individual instance, the friend had seen it parked and said something like, 'Wow, a Jag. Pretty sweet ride, Brent!' It's been a little surprising, honestly. From my standpoint, the F-Pace has been out for a year now and it's just as attainable as other luxury SUVs like the BMW X5. But analyzing the comments, I think that people still associate a high degree of brand cachet with Jaguar. The F-Pace is also still a relatively rare sight on the road. Combine the two and you've got a high-status SUV." — Brent Romans

Maintenance & Repairs

Regular Maintenance:
During the 12 months we drove the F-Pace, we took it in for one scheduled service, one recall and one windshield replacement. We handled the recall, for tie-rod ends, and the 16,000-mile scheduled service in one dealer visit. The 16,000-mile service included an overall inspection, tire rotation and an oil change. We also replaced a cracked windshield (with an OEM replacement), which cost $1,152.

Service Campaigns:
Early in our yearlong test, the F-Pace infotainment screen quit on us a few times. It went blank without explanation or reset entirely. Jaguar issued a recall for this issue and fixed the problem with a system update.

Fuel Economy and Resale Value

Observed Fuel Economy:
We took delivery of our F-Pace with 423 miles on the odometer. At the end of the year, the odometer read 19,623. We used 1,021 gallons of 91 octane fuel and observed fuel economy of 18.9 mpg in combined driving. Compared to the EPA's fuel economy estimate of 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway), we missed the mark by 5.5 percent.

Resale and Depreciation:
Jaguar lent us the F-Pace, so we didn't have a chance to negotiate the price. We tested a 35t Prestige trim level with a starting price of around $52,000. Adding a few options raised the as-tested MSRP to $63,320. After one year, the Edmunds TMV Calculator valued the F-Pace at $45,457 in a private-party sale, representing a depreciation of 28.2 percent. By comparison, our long-term Porsche Macan S had a depreciation of just 20.7 percent. The average depreciation of vehicles from our long-term fleet is 22 percent.

Summing Up

Pros:
Robust acceleration and sporty handling, especially for a crossover. Stylish exterior and classy interior. Respectable cargo space for a compact crossover despite the steep roofline.

Cons:
Stiff ride quality, both in the city and on the highway. Lower-than-advertised fuel economy. Starting price is high and balloons a bit with options, and depreciation is above average. Missing a few key tech features.

Bottom Line:
We enjoyed driving our long-term F-Pace, but we never seemed to really love it. Crossovers are typically very popular around the Edmunds office because they combine comfort and long-distance drivability so effortlessly. But we didn't take the F-Pace on many road trips, which we attribute to the stiff ride and the absence of tech features such as satellite radio and Apple CarPlay, both of which would've made it a bit more road-trip-friendly. The Jaguar F-Pace is likable, sure, but it has an uphill battle in such a hotly contested segment.

Total Body Repair Costs: $0
Total Routine Maintenance Costs: $0
Additional Maintenance Costs: $0
Warranty Repairs: None
Non-Warranty Repairs: None
Scheduled Dealer Visits: 1
Unscheduled Dealer Visits: 0
Days Out of Service: 0
Breakdowns Stranding Driver: 0
   
Best Fuel Economy: 31.4 mpg
Worst Fuel Economy: 12.1 mpg
Average Fuel Economy: 18.9 mpg
Best Range: 393.5 miles
   
True Market Value at Service End: $45,457 (private-party sale)
Depreciation: $17,863 (28% of paid price or original MSRP)
Final Odometer Reading: 19,623 miles

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.


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