Monthly Update for February 2018 — 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Road Test

2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

Where Did We Drive It?
It seems that the slow 31 days from our January update bled into the 28 days of February for our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. The F-Pace served in roles familiar to us all: going to work, going home, and running errands. Not exactly exciting, but routine in the way that we aim for in these tests, which is to show the true ownership experience for these cars.

In February, we chose to address a couple of recalls, visit the dealer for scheduled maintenance, and investigate a possible leak in the coolant system. More on that below.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We drove 721 miles in February, quite a bit less than average, and consumed 41 gallons of gas. That averages out to 17.7 mpg — nearly the F-Pace’s EPA-estimated city mpg rating — and reflects exactly how we used the SUV this month: doing a lot of street driving.

Average lifetime mpg: 18.4
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 15,864 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
Our long-term F-Pace was due for a 16,000-mile service, so we scheduled that along with the IP screen recall that Mike Schmidt wrote about in last month’s update and a recall for tie-rod ends. We also addressed the low coolant warning (it just needed a top-off) and received a quote to replace the cracked windshield (also mentioned in last month’s update).

Logbook Highlights
"A warning indicator lit up on the digital dash indicating the windshield wiper fluid reservoir was low. There was a half-gallon of wiper fluid at the office and the F-Pace’s tank took all of it with plenty of room to spare. Curious about its capacity, a little research shows the tank volume is 1.8 gallons! It’s deceptive because the entire tank is deep in the fender, and its design is such that you can only see the top of the tank. So if you have an F-Pace and you get the warning, have no fear about leftover wiper fluid!" — Calvin Kim, road test editor

"The service center at Hornburg [in Santa Monica] was packed when we arrived a few minutes prior to our scheduled time. We waited five to six minutes just to pull in and park the car. Our adviser processed the car quickly and addressed all of our concerns. On the agenda:

1: 16,000-mile service
2: Recall for the IP screen blanking out
3: Recall for tie-rod ends
4: Low coolant warning
5: Replace windshield

"The car was ready later that day at 5 p.m. Service was free under Jaguar’s maintenance plan. Both recalls were performed under warranty, as was a coolant level top-off. No leaks were detected. We got a quote of $1,600 for the factory windshield and passed. More on that at a later date. We’d use this location again, though, assuming we have one to three weeks to plan for it." — Mike Schmidt, director of vehicle testing

"This Jaguar SUV can really move when it needs to. I was merging into traffic from the on-ramp when I noticed a vehicle pull out of its lane, get into part of the shoulder, and then to try to speed through and pass the gridlock by trying to get into my lane. They were bearing down on me rather quickly so I decided to hit the accelerator since I had some room in front of me. The F-Pace easily sped forward to avoid any close incidents. This kind of thing happens often here in L.A. and you really do have to keep your head (and eyeballs) on a swivel." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician