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2017 Jaguar F-Pace Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace was new.


Performance: 8.9

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace handles like a rear-wheel drive sports car on the highway, with standard all-wheel drive ready to automatically engage on slippery roads or when you head off the pavement. Steering is responsive and body roll is minimal for solid handling in a variety of conditions. All engine options are energetic, and test drivers note that the gasoline engines have faster acceleration than the standard diesel engine. 

  • "The 2017 F-Pace feels more like a sport sedan from behind the wheel than an SUV -- even when compared to the relatively sporty models with which it competes." -- Edmunds
  • "In fact, on paved roads, the F-Pace acquitted itself an awful lot like a tallish sport sedan -- one with thwacking-great midrange torque (332 pound-feet), a memorable exhaust note and a much more planted feeling than one might expect from something with 8.4 inches of ground clearance." -- CNET
  • "Though few customers are ever likely to go there, when the tarmac ends the F-Pace is among the more accomplished of the current generation of soft-roaders, which is what you'd hope from a company that also builds Land Rovers. A lot of the capability comes from electronics, of course, including the Adaptive Surface Response system, which automatically adapts the maps of the throttle, transmission and stability control system to maximize traction under a variety of conditions. All Surface Progress Control is a Land Rover-developed system that acts like a low-speed cruise control that allows a driver to select a speed between 2.2 mph and 19 mph and let the vehicle figure out throttle and brake to maintain optimal traction. In Montenegro it took the F-Pace up and down some reasonably steep and rough hills with no effort from the driver other than steering around the biggest obstacles." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The standard engine for the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is a 180-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. An optional 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine is available for most F-Pace models. Powering the F-Pace S and First Edition is a 380-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the sole transmission choice, and every F-Pace comes standard with all-wheel drive.  

The base diesel engine is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for the class. The 3.0-liter gasoline engine in both iterations gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg overall (18 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway), which is below the average fuel efficiency of luxury compact SUVs. 

Reviewers are pleased with both the power and the hum of all the F-Pace engines. The base diesel engine is the slowest to accelerate – accompanied by more noise and shake than a gasoline engine, as is typical of diesel – but it's smooth and powerful at higher speeds. Every engine option offers enthusiastic performance, though some test drivers report that acceleration times can feel slow in comparison to similar performance-tuned SUVs.

  • "The 380-hp F-Pace S proved suitably quick in Montenegro - Jaguar claims a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.1 sec, but the 20d R-Sport was more enjoyable to drive. It's a little slow to get rolling—claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time is 8.2 sec—but once off the line, the diesel-powered F-Pace is a delight to drive, and it's lighter, which you can feel in the steering, braking, and cornering." -- Motor Trend
  • "A supercharged V6 engine produces 340 horsepower (or 380 in the S model) at a price point where most competitors have turbocharged four-cylinders and 100 fewer horses. Acceleration is not surprisingly superior to most, as well, and comes attached to an F-Type-inspired boisterous exhaust note." -- Edmunds
  • "An eight-speed ZF automatic is the only transmission available, which is just as well. It works perfectly, and in S mode holds gears and fires off shifts exactly as we want. There are shift paddles, but we didn't find much need for them. Our only real complaint with the car's behavior is that throttle response is a bit too abrupt in Dynamic mode and with the transmission in Sport, tossing heads in ways the car's well-sorted suspension doesn't." -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is well-balanced and sporty, according to test drivers, with steering that is light and responsive. While the handling is nimble, the ride remains comfortable. Four different driving modes are available for drivers to customize throttle response and suspension (normal, eco, dynamic, and rain/ice/snow). For even sportier performance, the F-Pace S incudes configurable dynamics, adaptive dynamics, and larger brakes, all of which can be added in other F-Pace models as options. All-wheel drive is standard, with the F-Pace set up as a rear-wheel drive SUV under normal driving conditions.  

  • "As you'd expect, the F-Pace drives a heck of a lot like a sport sedan, only giving up the illusion if you notice how high you're sitting from the road." -- Autoblog
  • "It requires no more than a mile or two of driving before recognizing the chassis is a thing of brilliance. There's a sense of immense stiffness in the structure but it doesn't translate into a harsh, noisy ride. The comfort and quietness is even more surprising once you've flung the F-Pace into a few turns only to discover flat cornering behavior, utterly neutral handling and steering that does exactly what's asked of it. " -- AutoWeek
  • "It comes as no surprise to us that Jaguar ripped apart a Porsche Macan to benchmark its agile driving dynamics, particularly while developing the F-Pace's front double-wishbone suspension and rear integral link suspension. The Macan still handles more like an honest-to-goodness sports car, but the Jaguar's ride is a bit more compliant." -- Automobile Magazine

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