2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano (except S/SV) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The F-Pace doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Jaguar F-Pace has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Murano the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Murano’s reliability 46 points higher than the F-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The F-Pace isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 13 more horsepower (260 vs. 247) than the F-Pace 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The F-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Murano stops shorter than the F-Pace:

 

Murano

F-Pace

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-Pace doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the Murano has a greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (6.9 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Murano’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the F-Pace (6.9 vs. 6.3 inches).

Chassis

The Murano is 6.1 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the Murano easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the F-Pace (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The F-Pace doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Murano has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F-Pace (108.1 vs. 96).

The Murano has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

The front step up height for the Murano is 3.4 inches lower than the F-Pace (15.8” vs. 19.2”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 4.7 inches lower than the F-Pace’s (15.1” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the F-Pace with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the F-Pace’s in almost every dimension:

 

Murano

F-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

40.6”/71.9”

Max Width

54”

49.4”

Min Width

43”

40.7”

Height

33.7”

29.6”

Ergonomics

The Murano has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Murano is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by almost six to one during the 2018 model year.

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