2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura RDX 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.

Compared to metal, the RDX’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 RDX 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the F-Pace. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the F-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 62 percent more Acura dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RDX’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Engine

The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (272 vs. 247) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) 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 Acura RDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The F-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.1 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The RDX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the F-Pace.

Brakes and Stopping

The RDX stops shorter than the F-Pace:

RDX

F-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The RDX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Base’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Pace Base.

The RDX 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 RDX has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (8.2 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The RDX’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the F-Pace (8.2 vs. 6.3 inches).

Chassis

The RDX is 6.7 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the RDX easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The F-Pace doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F-Pace (104 vs. 96).

The RDX has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the F-Pace with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

The RDX 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 RDX has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

The Acura RDX outsold the Jaguar F-Pace by over four to one during 2018.

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