2017 Jaguar F-PACE

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE
2017 Jaguar F-PACE

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

11 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2017 Jaguar F-PACE trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

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 competiton: 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 (our recent experience in an XJ sedan was similar) 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.

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

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Safe, exciting SUV to drive!

Not only is this a gorgeous looking car, but its performance is superb - on the open road, in snow and blizzards - I have never felt safer than when I have driven this F-Pace. Leg room is great, seats are comfortable, handling is impeccable, sound is super. Lots of trunk space. Quiet interior. All in all, a pleasure to drive and experience some real power.

5.0

i love the vehicle i got from cowles

i love my 2 vehicles that i got from cowles will recommend this dealer ship for your next car or truck shopping i’m very satisfied with my purchases at cowles will come back to buy vehicle for my daughter

4.3

LOVE my F-Pace S - FREE CarPlay update for some...

As I said in the title, I LOVE my F-Pace S. If you have one with the InControl Touch Pro system (wider screen with no buttons on the sides - included in the Tech package with the electronic gauges) your 2017+ FP should qualify for a FREE software update. This update requires a trip to the dealer, but it adds Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as well as the ability to receive Software Over The Air (SOTA) updates. Now on with the review... I’m in my 40’s and I’ve barely kept a vehicle for more than 3-4 years since I was 16, so I’ve had a few. The F-Pace is one of my favorite vehicles I’ve ever owned. The SC 3.0 is efficient when you need it to be (I’ve got 27.1 mpg avg on 2hr+ interstate trips - not bad for almost 400hp) and has more power than most will ever need when you click it into Sport/Dynamic modes. The exhaust sound is glorious, not quite the growl of the SVR, but still pretty great and a lot cheaper. It actually sounds like an F-Type since it’s one of the engines they put in there as well. It’s comfortable, but it’s definitely more of a “sport” biased SUV so you’ll feel the bumps in the road transmit to the cabin more than a more luxury biased model. The optional 22” wheels on mine don’t help the situation, so if you want a more plush ride, opt for the standard 20” wheels because that extra rubber will help smooth out the ride a bit. It’s not as cushy as the JGC Overland I traded in on it, but the FP’s handling and performance is worlds better than the Jeep until you get into the SRT range. The FP definitely gets more attention than the Jeep, since they’re still pretty rare. Cargo room is actually very good, and almost as big as the Jeep, which is a class above the FP in size. The FP has much more cargo space than its closest competitor, the Porsche Macan. I love the Macan, but I have kids, so it was a no-go due to its tiny cargo area. Being from the Jaguar/Land Rover company, the FP seems to have much better off-road/AWD performance than the Macan as well. That was important to me since I work in healthcare where we don’t have the luxury to miss work because of bad weather, and I occasionally drive to rental cabins in the mountains on less than stellar roads. From what I’ve seen in reviews and heard from other owners who have had their FP’s in some rough conditions, is that Land Rover definitely had some input with the Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) mode on the Jag. You can pick from options like Low Friction Start and All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) - which is basically like hill ascent/descent control that uses the systems of the car to help keep you slowly making progress on slippery/loose surfaces. I tried driving up a steep hill of wet grass on ultra high performance Conti DWS 06 tires using ASPC and low friction launch, and I was amazed. I don’t think my JGC on BFG A/T’s could have done any better. So in conclusion, I think the FP is an amazing vehicle that’s practical in terms of storage, hauling, and towing capacity, while still handling and driving like a sports sedan. No vehicle is perfect, but the FP is a great compromise of sport and utility.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles

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