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

2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
Time is running out on our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. We’ve got about one month to go before we wrap up our yearlong test. Tempting as it may have been to, say, send off the SUV on some sort of grand adventure in March (like driving to Alaska as an encore to our Jag XF trip years ago), we mostly stayed close to home. Notable highlights included replacing the windshield and taking it on a short family road trip for the Easter holiday. This month we also managed to eke out slightly better fuel economy than we’re accustomed to, but we also fell short of our monthly mileage target.

Read on to learn more.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
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.

Average lifetime mpg: 18.5
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 393.5 miles
Current odometer: 17,176 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
We installed a new windshield in our F-Pace in March. Here’s what Mike Schmidt, our senior manager of vehicle testing operations, had to say about that process:

"The windshield on the F-Pace got a chip several months back. Then a few weeks later a crack started in a completely different location. The crack was about 5 inches long and threatened to grow into the driver’s line of sight, but instead it held steady. So we didn’t act until the Jaguar was due for scheduled service.

"We shopped around for a new windshield. Hornburg Jaguar in Santa Monica was performing our service, so it made sense to get a quote there first: $1,600 to install a factory replacement. Safelite was our next stop since we’ve had good luck there in the past. Option 1 was an aftermarket windshield for $700. Option 2 was for an original equipment unit (Pilkington) for $1,152.

"Since we don’t own this car, our hands were tied. We opted for the Goldilocks glass, which fell right about in the middle of the price range. We set up an appointment online to visit the Westminster Safelite location. The staff was friendly and professional. I’m pretty sure every single person who worked there said ‘Hello’ or ‘Good morning’ to me. It was a pleasant experience and I’ll give this store my business again next time."

The total cost was $1,152, and it took about two hours to complete.

Logbook Highlights

"Geez, this cat wants to run. Acceleration is so effortless and the chassis is so stable that I find myself going way over the speed limit without meaning to. I’d catch myself, rein it in, and then five minutes later I’d be back where I was. There’s no sensation of speed hardly at all. It doesn’t help that the F-Pace’s speedometer is kind of small and indistinct. I’d have to get one with the head-up display that puts the speed readout directly in front of me; otherwise this Jag has the potential to be very bad for my driving record." — Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing

"I commented on this back in October of last year and I’ll say it again: Our Jaguar F-Pace is not an ideal long-distance driving companion. Based on the expectations I have for a luxury SUV, it’s just not quiet or smooth-riding enough to be truly comfortable for multi-hour drives on the highway." — Brent Romans, senior editor

"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

"I was driving our Land Rover Discovery earlier this month and now I’m driving the F-Pace. Unfortunately, it’s been a month of subpar infotainment systems. They’re the same system, so my comments on the Disco apply here. The poor native smartphone integration, lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and slow system response times are major drawbacks." — Brent Romans

Cargo Space
"I loaded up my family in the long-term F-Pace for a recent road trip for the Easter holiday weekend. While I don’t find the Jag particularly enjoyable to drive long distances, it does have a useful amount of utility as there’s a bit more rear cargo space (behind the second-row seats) than other small luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q5 or BMW X3. For my trip, I was able to load up a few suitcases and bags behind the second-row seats without having to pack all the way to the roof." — Brent Romans

"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

"Here’s another thing that diminishes the F-Pace’s appeal for long-distance travel: driving range. Even when driving on the highway, you’ll be fortunate to get past 300 miles before needing to stop for gas." — Brent Romans