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Luxury automaker Jaguar finally enters the crossover ring, and the 2017 F-PACE was well worth the wait.

Review of 2017 Jaguar F-PACE S AWD

CROSSOVER CAT
Jaguar’s first foray into the luxury crossover market perfectly blends practicality and stylish design.

Though some might say Jaguar is about 17 years late to the luxury crossover party, its new F-PACE proves that an unhurried approach can yield automotive gold. The F-PACE is, quite simply, an absolutely phenomenal crossover, from its exceptional ride and handling to its eye-catching style. This Jag is yet another market disrupter in what is shaping up to be the year of the outsider for luxury cars.

Because the F-PACE is the first crossover Jaguar has ever built, designers were able to start from a clean slate. The F-PACE’s class-leading width and aggressive stance make it a standout on the road; its muscular rear haunches are inspired by Jaguar’s raucous F-TYPE sports coupe. A bulging hood draws attention to the powerful engine, while 22-inch wheels clad in custom Pirelli P ZERO tires beautifully fill up every inch of the wheel wells. Up front, the Jaguar grille is framed by familiar J-Blade LED headlights, and below, new fog lights use TV-screen optics and light tubes to create a unique running-light glow at night.

Available with a diesel or two different gasoline engines, the F-PACE is a blast to drive—no matter the desired degree of performance. The top-of-the-line F-PACE S comes with a 380-horsepower supercharged V-6 that screams from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. A throaty exhaust beckons you to gun the engine in tunnels and under overpasses, where you can really enjoy the full whine of the supercharger. An eight-speed automatic fires off smooth, quick shifts and helps achieve an impressive 23 mpg on the highway. Thanks to its lightweight all-aluminum construction and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the F-PACE displays agility comparable to even the best sports sedans, and stability on par with the top end of luxury crossovers.

Inside, the F-PACE is not only spacious and luxurious, but also filled with cutting-edge high-tech connectivity features. The optional Jaguar InControl Touch Pro system features a 10.2-inch capacitive touch screen and debuts a high-speed 60GB solid state drive to display fast, incredibly detailed mapping graphics. A color laser head-up display makes following navigation instructions simple, while a 12.3-inch fully customizable instrument display makes it easier to keep your eyes on the road while still accessing various infotainment features. The F-PACE’s adjustable rear seats and four-zone climate control keeps passengers cozy, while best-in-class overall width provides plenty of room to spread out comfortably for longer trips.

With a base price of $56,700 for the most powerful F-PACE S AWD (and $40,990 for the entry-level diesel version), this Jag also represents an outstanding value, especially considering Jaguar’s EliteCare program, a five-year/60,000-mile warranty that includes complimentary scheduled maintenance. Look for the new F-PACE at Jaguar dealers now.

2017 Jaguar F-PACE S AWD

Base price
$56,700

Engine
3.0-liter supercharged V-6

Transmission
8-speed automatic

Horsepower
380 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque
332 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

Maximum cargo capacity
63.5 cu. ft.

City fuel economy
18 mpg

Highway fuel economy
23 mpg est.

Fuel tank
16.6 gal.

Weight
4,015 lbs.

0 to 60 mph
5.1 seconds

Top Speed
155 mph

FAB FEATURES
Waterproof wearable key fob
Laser head-up display
Oversize panoramic roof