2017 Jaguar F-Pace Review: Can a AWD Crossover be Sexy, Fast & Fun to Drive?

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meet the 2017 jaguar f pace Jaguars first crossover or as a company like to
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say a performance SUV
 
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now last year Jaguar sold about 15,000 cars in America
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let me put that in perspective for you lexus sold about a hundred thousand of
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there are ex model which will compete directly against this now Jaguar is
 
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hoping that this car is going to increase their sales significantly
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well let's see what they've built by taking it for a ride
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yeah
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when you do give me the beans
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it will play likes to an end and it does
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beat you up especially coming over these
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expansion joints longer haces turn
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yeah it does like the play
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I could see myself
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having a little fun on the weekend with his own things here's my favorite
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feature of this new F pace it has to do with what I'm wearing on my wrist and
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this this is called the activity key and the cool thing about it is you don't
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need batteries
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you just need a new FPS and here's how it works let's pretend i'm out spring
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skiing since I'm in Aspen and I want to go and hit the slopes
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I throw all my gear and I'm not wearing into the car
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that's right i throw the key in the car as well I close the car to open up the
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car all i do is push the button under here
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then take my activity hold it up against the j
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car locks and I'm ready to drive home
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how cool is that Jaguar was kind enough to bring me to Aspen in TFLs backyard to
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test drive this F pace and the one thing that you immediately learn about
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Colorado when you move here especially in the early summer is that the weather
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can change and you know that's almost perfect conditions for testing this F
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pace because let's face it the reason people love crossovers is because of
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this ability for them to go anywhere in all kinds of weather we've got an
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all-wheel-drive system that can make the car feel like it's rear-wheel drive
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like right now
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yeah
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more when the weather turns nasty it can appropriate power 5050 front and back to
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give you that all with the confidence
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you're jonesing for death pace you're in luck because they're already on sale
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they start at about forty one thousand dollars if you get the more powerful
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we have 80 horsepower for tradition that it's 56,000 why the Jaguar decided to
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build a crossover or a sports yeah
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performance SUV as you guys like to say that performance SUV segment actually
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the fastest growing segment of the automotive industry and with the
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introduction of this car and then the XC the compact sports sedan that we
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introduced it actually opens up almost triple the market potential that we have
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right now with our existing three car lineup and paste drive
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now it's not a sports car it is around their lively
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acceleration is crisp engine notice
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fine like a well aged wine
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it's not too out it's not too intrusive again it's not enough to be there so you
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know that you're behind the wheel of a supercharged
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thanks
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the FPS competes with cars like the BMW x3 the porsche macan and in case you're
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wondering how big it is it's a hundred eighty six inches what does that mean
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well it splits the difference right between the BMW x3 and the BMW x5 so
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it's kind of in between the two inside it's a very nice place it's very
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conservative but you have these two massive screens
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you also of course have the traditional Jaguar hockey puck shifter
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all right let's talk about the interior ya got two screens here both RL TV right
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yeah this is 10 . 2 inches hard because that that's twelve point three inches
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this comes standard as part of our new navigation system in control touch pro
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yeah one of the things that has always been kind of my personal issue with
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Jaguars is that this was always kind of slow and cumbersome have you spent it up
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absolutely yeah you have a intel quad core processor that runs a 60 gig hard
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drive solid state hard drive
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yeah all connected with ethernet automotive ethernet so very very quick
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very responsive
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both these seats are set for where I Drive as you can tell i have plenty of
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legroom I have plenty of headroom
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it's very comfortable it's very bright in here and here is my favorite feature
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check this out look at that an electric reclining rear seat
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now that is luxury there's also the ability to selectively change your
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dynamic modes as well to turn the engine response to normal or dynamic gear shift
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normal dynamic steering normal dynamic full customization
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so I think when you put it in sport mode it makes the steering little more
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responsive it makes the seneschal bit firmer it changes where the shift points
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are
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yeah so the valving in the dampers changes
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so you get a little bit stiffer and stiffer ride better handling better
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throttle response quicker chefs and this way to the steering as you mentioned as
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does the heavy up a little bit
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so what is going to make this Jaguar a sales success like the lexus well
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there's a lot of features that are unique to this vehicle first and
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foremost it's built out of well about eighty-one percent aluminum which makes
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it very light and very modern because that's one of the materials that's
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becoming involved in the industry
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if you think about these cars and being a spectrum of performance spectrum with
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let's say this side being the least on this side being the most performance
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oriented than the lexus RX is over here and the porsche macan is over here and i
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think the f pace is probably over here
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so one and that's ten it's probably about me
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maybe a seven it's quite Lively
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points in your head steering is somewhat communicative in the cars flying I'm
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taking these terms pretty quickly
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the car's not leaning the car's not allowing the corner in other words
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understeer it's very neutral
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I think my favorite part of the interior is the so customizable TFT screen on the
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in control patch process we may do that
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look because I'm you control it all through the menu button there is that
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once more and go to display settings to the right and click map for example
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ok and now you'll have your your full screen map up here on this display
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rather than having to take your eyes off the road
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it's within your line of sight yes it's not pretty tall car 8.4 inch of the
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ground clearance which means it's carrying this weight up high and
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obviously for sports car do you want all that way to be low but with modern
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electronics it doesn't matter that much anymore
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it's remarkable women are like this can achieve I think in challenge design is
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really the magic sauce
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you have a lot of f-type derived design features here
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the rear launch of the vehicle is straight from f-type Drive from f-type
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the back into the car the tail lights
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you've got a familial design language as well where it's instantly recognizable
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as a Jaguar you have anywhere from a 19-inch wheels and a 22 inch we always
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do for food
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yeah all season tires are standard you can get a summer performance tire with
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the 22-inch wheels as well
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the interior is very reminiscent of the XF is that on purpose it's absolutely on
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purpose
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both the X f the f pace and the AXI share common architecture the dash
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layout is very very simple
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it's rear-wheel drive bias so I ninety percent of the torque is ordinarily
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driven the rear wheels you can drift the car which is really fun
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it also a push up to ninety percent of the torque to the front wheels as needed
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wow so it drives like a rear-wheel-drive car yeah if there's ice or snow you can
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appropriate power the front wheels we call it a Jaguar intelligent driveline
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dynamics or torque on demand all wheel drive
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now the company is of course is jaguar land rover guess how much of land rover
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range rover is in the face exactly zero percent
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yeah it's Jaguar through and through its own platform with the exception of
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powertrain is shared across the range 340 horsepower supercharged 3-liter v6
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you can get in some land rover products
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it is Jaguar through and through
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yeah
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yeah
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it's also one of those vehicles that I think does well with both guys and gals
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in other words i think this is a car that both women and men are going to
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enjoy driving and owning and it's also as the Thunder comes an all-wheel-drive
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crossover which is the hottest segment
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there is right now so we'll kick alexis is ass
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well I'm musically shade only time will tell as always is Roman reporting for
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the fast lane car check out tfl car.com for more news views and of course real
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world
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jaguar f pace reviews see you next time ever since i was invited to test drive
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this 2017 acura nsx I've been on pins and needles because full disclosure I
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used to own and then the sex the first generation and the word on the street is
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mixed the initial reviews came in as a car that means a lot more refinement the
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later reviews came in as a car that is a wonderful GT car Grand Tour
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and of course race car drivers say that it has too much understeer so which one
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of these three is true
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well there's only one way to find out we're going to take on the track
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we're going to take it on the road we're going to get behind the wheel of first
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generation for this complete and I hope fun fast lane car first drive review and
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that is coming up right now
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