CARS.COM — While no one was looking — well, actually, while everyone was looking at Volkswagen, which had to remove from the U.S. market its VW and Audi clean-diesel SUVs because they, uh, weren’t — Jaguar and its sister company Land Rover moved on in.
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On the heels of two 2016 Range Rover models powered by an optional 3.0-liter diesel V-6, Jaguar’s new 2017 F-Pace SUV came along with an optional diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Rated at an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 mpg city/highway/combined, the diesel F-Pace, designated the 20d, has quietly become the most efficient luxury SUV on the new-car market apart from one gas-electric hybrid. It’s also much more efficient than the gas-powered F-Pace 35t, rated 18/23/20 mpg.
Because of the 20d’s small engine, shared with the compact XE sports sedan, I wondered how the F-Pace would perform, so I put a few hundred miles on one to find out.