2017 Jaguar F-Pace - Review
A once exotic supercar company specifically catering to the only privileged few dealing with their midlife crisis, has now dipped into the SUV market. Leave it to the British to begin to conquer foreign lands. What’s next? Could this new force take its growing empire to the affordable sedan market? Or perhaps the slow-moving, hippy, battery operated hokas-pokas market? (Watch your back Toyota Pruis!)
This brand new Jaguar F-Pace is a true driver’s car. It exudes performance with its supercharged V6 engine dishing out 380 horses, blasting off from 0 to 100 in 5.5 seconds. The Fuel economy is great for a sportier SUV it is equipped with an eco-mode that optimizes fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions, And Jaguar said “Why not?” and followed the trend by making it lightweight aluminum; this gives the Jaguar F-pace a fuel economy of 10L/100km highway and 13.3/100km city. Let’s discuss the advanced technology of this vehicle that’s almost reminiscent of that nerdy kid in high school that everyone’s thinking “Yeah, he will find a cure for a disease in 5 years” only the F-Pace is double as smart. It contains adaptive dynamics with configurable dynamic mode and adaptive surface response that redistributes torque specifically to the road conditions. Ever get annoyed when you are driving with a passenger, and they are constantly nagging about your driving habits? Well, let the F-pace do it for them with its complex integrated system providing feedback on your driving.
The exterior of the vehicle conveys a sleek and elegant look throughout. Containing similar features to the Jaguar F-Type; its elegant crease lines give the appearance of a fierce look. LED lights tapered in a “J” formation give it that seductive Jaguar cat look. Aerodynamics is key for sportier vehicles, and the F-pace has delivered in that with its advanced shape increasing downforce to reduce fuel consumption and wind breaking noise complimented by its high-speed stability.
Inside the vehicle, you will notice the stylish leather seating making your trip always comfortable. On those romantic endeavors, Jaguar has also included a set of mood lighting surrounding the F-Pace’s interior. Surrounding you with an elegant light show as you recline back into your chair with your significant other and gaze upon the stars through the panoramic sunroof. The 11 speaker sound system by Merdian™ allows you to set the mood right with some Marvin Gaye. It’s completely spacious with the ability to fit any standard twin mattress, and as well as any other items.
The overall drive of this vehicle is without any flaw in performance. The double wishbone front suspension provides the F-Pace with tremendous handling capabilities to match with the dynamic power. The heads-up display is a nice touch allowing the driver to never take eyes off the front. The Jaguar F-Pace had a stiff feel to it, so every turn would feel tight. Some restrictions to the rear visibility was some concern of mine, I would often have problems viewing my rear in a full capacity vehicle. This could be caused to the styling choice of slimming down the backend to maintain a sporty look as opposed to boxy. A Unique option is the introduction of an activity key which I found to be an excellent idea. It’s fully waterproof and resembles a Fitbit™ type style that is worn on the wrist that fully locks and unlocks your F-Pace with a swipe over the rear logo. Giving you the fearless satisfaction that you won’t lose your key while out on an adventure.
- Starting price $ 67,900
- 3.0L Supercharged V6 Engine
- 13.3L/100km City, 10.0L/100km Highway
- 4 years/80,000 kilometers 24/7 Roadside Assistance/New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Equipped with traveling appendages, I decided to put the Passport to the ultimate test. However, to really test this Passports limits, I figured I would get three friends to accompany me. Four grown size adults on a four-day road trip, let’s see how this goes.