2017 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige

by Mike Hunter

The best thing about the 2017 SUV from Jaguar is, it combines the SUV experience with a luxury sports car experience. The famously exclusive brand created a new and very useful vehicle that has gotten rave reviews in both performance and style.

While one may expect luxury and style to be atop the carmaker’s agenda in creating an SUV, this mid-size SUV is all about getting driver and passengers to their destination in comfort and with precision mechanics. The engine — a 360-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 — will impress and certainly make the journey in no time. It gets a boost off the line from 332 pound-feet of torque, and, with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the vehicle will accelerate with ease and virtually no feeling of gears changing.

Luxury goes far in a Jaguar, and this SUV is built to look tough and allow for perfection in comfort. The eight-way power adjustable front seats give perfect driver position and allow for a sturdy feel while maneuvering. The contrast-stitched Taurus leather upholstery is soft and smooth. The soft-leather-covered steering wheel and satin chrome dash are sporty and all about design. The console is matched with ease of controls for the driver and passengers alike.

Technology is unrestricted throughout in this creation from Jaguar. From Xenon headlights to Wi-Fi access, this machine will deliver any need of the most discerning driver. The InControl Touch multimedia system gets connectivity, premium audio and navigation. The eight-inch touchscreen is clear and workable, allowing ease for making calls, texting, directions, and listening to music and entertainment favorites. The precise climate control will keep the cabin at perfect temperatures and the Jaguar InControl Apps will ensure the driver is in control even away from the vehicle. The Head-Up Display (HUD) laser illuminates the speed and other directional indicators on the base of the windshield, allowing the driver to keep eyes on the road and not on the (albeit) impressive dash display.

This is an impressive entry to the luxury SUV market, touted for its forward-thinking design and reliable performance.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige

City: 18 mpg
Hwy: 23 mpg
0-60 mph: 5.4 sec
Trans: 8-speed automatic
MSRP: $48,700

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