Key Specs

of the 2017 Jaguar F‑PACE base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Accelerator response
  • Handling and power with supercharged V-6
  • Cargo room behind rear seats
  • Clean, stylish exterior
  • Plush available cabin materials
  • Impressive warranty

The Bad

  • Rear visibility
  • Lower trim levels lack some must-have features
  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Vinyl upholstery in lower trims feels cheap
  • Automatic transmission occasionally gear-hunts
  • Backseat floor hump
2017 Jaguar F-PACE exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE

  • Jaguar's first SUV
  • Choice of supercharged V-6 engines
  • Late diesel engine availability
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Seats five
  • Available 12.3-inch instrument panel screen

2017 Jaguar F-PACE Road Test

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Kelsey Mays

Editor's note: This review was updated Oct. 1, 2016, to detail glitches observed in an F-Pace driven after the media preview.

The Verdict:
The new F-Pace, Jaguar’s first SUV, is a handsome five-seater with enough performance and utility to overcome a few annoyances.

Versus the competition:
The F-Pace isn’t the most utilitarian or luxurious choice among smallish luxury SUVs, but it’s a solid pick for sheer driving fun.

If Jaguar wanted to build an SUV, it's bizarre — from a financial standpoint, anyway — that it wouldn't just sculpt and rebadge an SUV from Land Rover, its sister brand that builds many acclaimed SUVs. (India's Tata Motors owns both British marques.) Yet Jaguar insists it never even considered making a version of the Range Rover Sport or Evoque because the whole gamut of Land Rovers is simply incapable of driving like a Jag.

As billed, the F-Pace does, in fact, drive like a Jaguar. Developed on the same platform as the all-new XE and redesigned XF, it's as fun to drive as you'd expect from a brand known for roadsters and sport sedans, but electronic glitches with our test car raise concerns.

On sale now, the F-Pace slots between compact and midsize rivals (think BMW X3 and X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC- and GLE-Class) in overall length, with a price that puts it closer to the smaller set. All-wheel drive is standard and the F-Pace comes in six trim levels, with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 that makes either 340 h...

Editor's note: This review was updated Oct. 1, 2016, to detail glitches observed in an F-Pace driven after the media preview.

The Verdict:
The new F-Pace, Jaguar’s first SUV, is a handsome five-seater with enough performance and utility to overcome a few annoyances.

Versus the competition:
The F-Pace isn’t the most utilitarian or luxurious choice among smallish luxury SUVs, but it’s a solid pick for sheer driving fun.

If Jaguar wanted to build an SUV, it's bizarre — from a financial standpoint, anyway — that it wouldn't just sculpt and rebadge an SUV from Land Rover, its sister brand that builds many acclaimed SUVs. (India's Tata Motors owns both British marques.) Yet Jaguar insists it never even considered making a version of the Range Rover Sport or Evoque because the whole gamut of Land Rovers is simply incapable of driving like a Jag.

As billed, the F-Pace does, in fact, drive like a Jaguar. Developed on the same platform as the all-new XE and redesigned XF, it's as fun to drive as you'd expect from a brand known for roadsters and sport sedans, but electronic glitches with our test car raise concerns.

On sale now, the F-Pace slots between compact and midsize rivals (think BMW X3 and X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC- and GLE-Class) in overall length, with a price that puts it closer to the smaller set. All-wheel drive is standard and the F-Pace comes in six trim levels, with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 that makes either 340 horsepower or, in the top two trims, 380 hp. Go here to stack them all up.
Exterior & Styling
With Jaguar's squinting headlights, tall grille and signature taillights, the F-Pace fits right in with the rest of the lineup. Lineage aside, it has all the cues of a performance SUV: high belt line, long hood, short overhangs and wide stance.

Naturally, that profile robs visibility. Forward sight lines are acceptable, but the belt line and roofline converge on a small rear window that limits the rearward view even if you flip the rear head restraints down.

A panoramic moonroof is standard, as are 18-inch alloy wheels. Top trim levels have some light ground effects and you can option the wheels all the way up to 22-inchers.
How It Drives
The F-Pace's supercharged V-6 pulls the SUV swiftly up to speed, with just a hint of coarseness if you push it all the way toward redline. I drove both versions of the V-6 and the extra 40 hp — a tuning modification, Jaguar says, with no difference in torque — is hard to detect. Both versions deliver punchy acceleration, making Jaguar's zero-to-60-mph claims of 5.1 to 5.4 seconds, depending on engine, entirely believable. Those numbers are sport-sedan quick and impressive for a base gasoline engine.

The accelerator responds immediately, enabling lag-free movement from a standstill — an unsung benefit in many Jaguars, especially considering the lag that's rampant in too many luxury cars. Still, the F-Pace's eight-speed automatic occasionally hunts on downshifts. Driver-selectable sport modes quell some of this, but transmissions should be responsive without the driver having to futz with settings.

Ride quality is firm but livable, with limited body motion over rapid elevation changes. The suspension neutralizes individual bumps well enough, but broken pavement brings a busy sensation that can wear on you. I drove cars with both the fixed suspension and an adaptive option and didn't detect a huge difference between the two.

For the average luxury SUV shopper, the F-Pace's handling should satisfy. The SUV delivers secure grip, flat cornering and direct enough steering. Its significant width, however — at 81.5 inches, it’s about 5 inches wider than an X5 — will keep you from wanting to sling it around tight corners. The brakes require an inch or two of pedal travel before much response, but they're strong thereafter.

Later this year, Jaguar will debut a base, turbocharged diesel four-cylinder good for 180 hp and 318 pounds-feet of torque. EPA-estimated mileage for the gasoline F-Pace is 18/23/20 mpg city/highway/combined. Estimates are still pending for the diesel version.
Interior
The cabin sweeps around in a traditional cockpit orientation, but it's wide enough to avoid feeling pinched. Jaguar also left some well-placed storage areas to hold a smartphone or two. Cabin materials show some cost-cutting below arm and elbow level — areas where the GLC-Class excels — but they're nicer elsewhere, with an optional vinyl-wrapped dashboard that could pass for real cowhide.

I can't say the same for the F-Pace's Luxtec vinyl upholstery, which is standard in lower trims (the norm in this class). It's a rubbery, cheap-feeling substitute for the real leather that comes in higher trims. (Not all vinyl upholstery feels this way; it's a convincing alternative in some luxury cars.) Power-adjustable front seats are standard; sport seats with deeper bolsters are optional, as are heated and ventilated seats.
The three-position backseat has good headroom and legroom but a rather low seat height; some adults may find their knees uncomfortably elevated. Heated outboard seats with power recliners are optional, but all rear passengers will be annoyed in the F-Pace's lower trims, which lack a center armrest or any rear cupholders. C'mon, Jaguar. Let the masses have their Big Gulps.
Ergonomics & Electronics
The F-Pace has a standard Meridian stereo with HD radio, USB and iPod compatibility, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. It's easy to use thanks to physical shortcut keys that flank the standard 8-inch touch-screen. There's also a 5-inch display between the analog gauges.

An optional multimedia system adds upgraded Meridian audio and swaps the gauges for a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster. The screen can simulate various gauge themes or show a navigation map, similar to Audi's virtual cockpit (though the Jaguar display lacks Audi's Google Earth overlays, if you’re into that). It also trades the 8-inch dashboard touch-screen for a 10.2-inch unit that eliminates the shortcut keys. I prefer the mechanical keys to the larger display's onscreen ones, but the system is otherwise an upgrade — especially its navigation system, with pinch and swipe capabilities that work at smartphone speed. You can still get navigation with the 8-inch display, but it's a slow, yesteryear system by comparison.

Jaguar says its dedicated InControl Apps interface — also optional — integrates third-party apps from a connected iPhone or Android smartphone. Still, the F-Pace doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, two interfaces fast becoming the price of entry for any multimedia system.

An optional waterproof wristband transponder, which Jaguar calls Activity Key, gets you into or out of your car without the normal remote. The embedded RFID tag means it's battery-free and, as part of the locking process, deactivates any remotes you leave inside the car while you surf, swim or whatever. Way cool, brah.

Concerning, however, are the F-Pace’s electronics, which had all kinds of glitches during our two weeks in a local test car after returning from Jaguar’s media drive.

Multiple editors noted the bugaboos. In two instances, the volume and channel-surfing controls froze on satellite radio. The audio also cut out entirely, once with FM radio and another time with satellite. Both outages occurred in areas without apparent signal obstructions. In several cases the backup camera failed to engage with the F-Pace in Reverse, and in one instance we observed a warning light appear for the automatic emergency braking system while we were stopped at an intersection.
Cargo & Storage
The F-Pace's cargo area has 33.5 cubic feet of space below window level, which is impressive for the class. The backseat folds in a 40/20/40 split to provide 63.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. A power liftgate is standard; hands-free operation is optional.
Safety
The F-Pace has not been crash-tested. Jaguar offers the usual panoply of safety tech, but much of it is optional instead of standard. Base models lack a backup camera, which is inexcusable for a 2017 luxury SUV. Optional forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking doesn’t come in the bottom three trim levels, which make up more than half of all F-Pace inventory on Cars.com. In the GLC-Class, collision warning with automatic braking is standard.
Value in Its Class
It’s certainly not the first time we’ve experienced glitches in a Jaguar (read about our recent experience in an XJ sedan here) and it raises questions of long-term reliability. But Jaguar mitigates that to a great extent with its impressive warranty and maintenance coverage.

Jaguar struck while the iron was hot, launching its first SUV as consumer demand for the body style soared. The smithy served up some fine metal indeed with the F-Pace, which starts at a little over $43,000 with destination. The diesel version will reduce that by about $1,400 when it goes on sale.

Somewhere between the F-Pace’s starting price and its high $70,000s ceiling, the SUV should appeal to any performance-SUV shopper. There's no doubt the brand will cannibalize a few of them from its Land Rover sibling, but the F-Pace should get a piece of the luxury SUV pie nonetheless — much of it from other competitors.

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2017 F-PACE Video

Debuting on the new-for-2017 F-Pace SUV, is the Activity Key, a waterproof, shockproof rubber bracelet that allows you to stash your keys and gear in the car and then unlock it later using the band. Watch the video for our test.

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Jaguar F-PACE currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Jaguar F-PACE has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jaguar

Program Benefits

Rigorous 165-Point Inspection, Transferable Warranty, Roadside Assistance, No Deductible, Vehicle History Report, Trip Interruption Benefits

  • Limited Warranty

    Up to 7 Years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date (no deductible), whichever comes first
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 165 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-PACE received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker