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Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:58 pm
by ResearchMed
've been a Volvo owner for many decades, and now own a 2004 XC90 and a newer XC60 that we purchased as a one year old CPO - and we love the car. (The new XC90's are terrific, but... big...)
DH has had one Volvo (2002 S80) before getting the XC60.

We had noticed the ads for the Jag F-Pace, their SUV, and had planned to test drive one, for fun. We've test driven a nice Tesla, and before buying the XC60, we also drove a Subaru Outback and a Mercedes ML350 (which very much surprised us in a negative way, quite the opposite of what we were expecting).
Years ago, DH had expressed an interest in getting a Jag, but never wanted/bothered to follow up on it.
So, we had decided we'd test drive the Jag F-Pace.

Lo and behold, we needed a rental car to get to a conference a few days ago, and Avis pre-assigned us, as a "mid-level SUV", a Jag F-Pace. That was a surprise.
Most notable during the one drive to drop it off near our hotel after a few hours of driving, was the turning circle.
Volvos used to have ultra-tight turning circles, but that was in the past.

The ride seemed a bit hard, but we didn't try fiddling with any of the settings.
The seats were not a comfy as the remarkable seats in the XC60, but they weren't uncomfortable in any way. And they had amazing lumbar support that I've not felt anywhere else.
We both felt very good after several hours of driving. The harder ride seemed less of a concern when the roads were in better repair, no surprise.

We liked the car, and the price was less than we would have expected. (There was paperwork in the glove box indicating the price point.)

What's funny is that when I suggested that we seriously consider "getting him that Jag", he joked that maybe he's now a "Volvo type of guy" :happy

Do any Bogleheads have any firsthand experience, for more than a few hours, as F-Pace owners?
The good, the bad, the ugly...??

Thanks.

RM

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:42 am
by Cyclesafe
My neighbor has one of these. Fit and finish is noticeably inferior to my Porsche Macan Turbo. The Macan (2.0) and Macan S (3.0) should be cross-shopped if the F-Pace is being considered.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:05 am
by ResearchMed
Cyclesafe wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:42 am
My neighbor has one of these. Fit and finish is noticeably inferior to my Porsche Macan Turbo. The Macan (2.0) and Macan S (3.0) should be cross-shopped if the F-Pace is being considered.
Yeah, we were not particularly impressed with the general "appearance" of the interior (didn't spend much time looking at the exterior, other than noticing it was white!). It didn't seem to fit with our mental image of "Jag level luxury", although it's been a very long time since either of us has actually been in one.

We thought this might well be due to it being an entry trim level?
And if so, getting a more luxe trim level could up the price, possibly considerably.

Any first hand experience with driving, or comfort, maintenance, or any other feedback?

(Haven't considered a Macan... is this an SUV type? Even the XC60 doesn't have the "higher seats" we've had with SUV's, and that is the only real negative to the XC60. The Cayenne is probably "too big", which was a negative for the XC90. The clearance into our garage was by about a hair's width, quite different from our old model XC90.)

Thanks.

RM

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:20 am
by FireSekr
Porsche Macan is better built, drives better, and is probably more reliable. It also has better seats probably better than your Volvo if you get the upgraded seats. The Macau is about the same size as the F-pace and the interior is much nicer. The Jag just has a cheap looking interior no matter what options you get. It’s a hell of s lot of fun to drive though.

The F-pace is probably 2nd or 3rd most fun to drive (the Alfa Stelvio gives it a run for its money) and the Jag looks great.

If you want a combination of fun to drive, comfortable and reliable, the Porsche Macan is likely the best in the class. The redesigned 2019 BMW x3 M40i is also probably worth considering. Reliability will be about the same as the Porsche but maintenance will be cheaper. I don’t know how it drives but it has gotten spectacular reviews and the interior looks great and has the same if not better fit and finish as the Macan

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:32 am
by dknightd
My parents bought an f-pace-s. They seem to be happy with it. I have not driven it yet.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:33 pm
by corn18
Anyone try the new Range Rover Velar? Thinking about getting one for my wife.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:16 pm
by LadyGeek
^^^ Consider asking here: Wife New Car Recommendations - SUV, the Range Rover Velar is discussed on Page 1 of the thread.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:19 pm
by sasquatch12
No on the Land Rover I have had 2 in the past and their reputation for being unreliable is very deserved. They both spent the way too much time at the dealer.

Yes yes yes on the Porsche Macan I love my Turbo with performance package. I test drove the f- pace as well and it did feel a bit cheap inside and does not drive as well as the Mayan.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:42 pm
by 02nz
+1 on the Macan. Brilliant ride and handling and looks great. I've driven many luxury, none drives as well (I've not driven the F-Pace). My dad got one after totaling his Range Rover Evoque, and the Macan is better in every way (not least reliability). The 2.0-liter turbo is totally adequate. You need to be careful with the options list though it you want to get it for less than $60K.

Re: Jaguar F-Pace SUV ?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:19 am
by 3504PIR
I also recommend the Macan. It is the best vehicle I’ve ever owned. I recommend the 14 way seats as an option if you are looking at comfort. I’ve had a series of back and hip injuries from my time in the army, and prior to the 14x seats I’ve always had to stop driving every 2 hours to walk around and walk off the pain. Not with my Macan, no pain at all, great seats. Performance, reliability and drivability are all A+ as well. I’ve had the Macan for just over 2 years.