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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace

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Equipped with this engine, the Jag's zero to 60 mph run drops to about 5 seconds flat. Mileage also drops, but less than you might expect given the horsepower and performance uptick: The EPA says it gets 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

The Jag can also be ordered -- uniquely in this class -- with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. It has 180 horsepower and 318 foot-pounds of torque at 1,750 rpm. This engine emphasizes low-end grunt, pulling power and extremely long highway legs. It can travel almost 600 highway miles on a full tank; during a weeklong test-drive, I averaged almost 34 mpg.

On the Road

Miles per gallon probably isn't an economic issue for anyone with the means to buy a vehicle like the F-Pace. But miles in between fill-ups, that's something else. It's luxurious to be able to trundle along the highway for five or six hours without having to pit.

Also, there is so much torque on tap that there is an initial learning curve. You learn to push lightly on the accelerator. Give it the usual half push when the light goes green and you may be startled by how the front end lifts, how assertively the diesel-powered Jag jumps forward. But this is the good kind of "getting used to."

At the Curb

Though nominally a compact crossover, the F-Pace is closer to a midsized vehicle in function.

It is 186.3 inches long (the Porsche Macan is 184.3 inches long) and has 43 inches of legroom up front (the Macan has 41 inches). Second-row legroom is dead heat at 37 inches (the Porsche has 37.4 inches). But the Porsche 911-esque up-canted roofline allows a bit more usable headroom.

On the other hand, the Jag's extra length allows for significantly more cargo capacity: With the second row folded, it has 63.5 cubic feet, whereas the Macan has 53 cubic feet.

And the F-Pace has a bit more ground clearance: 8.3 inches versus 7.8 inches for the Porsche.

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