Luxury SUVs are no longer enough to satisfy the well-heeled buyer. These days, manufacturers need to offer a ridiculously fast performance version to stay relevant. Enter Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations. They have breathed rather heavily on the impressive F-Pace and gifted it some trick bits to make it faster, louder, and better in the corners. The headline-grabber is the F-Type sportscar's donation of its heart. A 5.0-liter supercharged V8 is nestled in the front of the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, and it produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Together with an all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission, this super-SUV can hit a top speed of 176 mph. Is it as good as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Porsche's Cayenne and Macan though?
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR carries over from 2019 virtually unchanged, but the one update is a notable one. For 2020, all new Jaguar models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
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The F-Pace SVR's exterior is vastly more aggressive than the regular F-Pace's from any angle. The LED headlights on the front look all the more aggressive thanks to gaping grilles, while the fenders add a pair of sharp vents. The hood also has a fair bit of massaging along with a pair of vents. Round the back, large vents feature again, along with a quad-exit exhaust system. Forged 21-inch wheels are standard, while 22s are an option, but all SVRs feature a panoramic glass sunroof.
The F-Pace SVR measures 186.5 inches in length with a wheelbase of 113.1 inches. Height measures 65.7 inches while the width is 81.5 inches with the mirrors folded in. Curb weight starts at 4,395 pounds. These dimensions make it longer, taller, and wider than the Stelvio QV, but only 35 pounds heavier.
A vast array of color options is available for the F-Pace SVR, seven of which won't add any cost to your build price. These include the solid Fuji White and metallic options like Ultra Blue, Firenze Red, Indus Silver, Eiger Grey, Yulong White, and Santorini Black. Ultra metallic paint options are limited to six, with the most striking being Velocity Blue, but these hues are pricey, at $4,550 each. The SVO Premium palette is similarly priced and offers mostly restrained colors, with the exception of Madagascar Orange. If you really want to splash out, Special Effect paint options are available for $9,180. Three choices are on offer, with Meribel White Pearl, Spectral Racing Red, and Valloire White Pearl. These can be had in a satin finish too, adding a further $2,860 to your bill. As standard, the SVR comes with red brake calipers.
The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR uses SVO's favored power plant - a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this meaty output, along with a slick eight-speed automatic and a capable all-wheel-drive system, the SVR can sprint from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds according to independent test drives, with top speed at 176 mph. This is a top speed it shares with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SV, its direct competition, but that vehicle accelerates harder, completing the sprint from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. The F-Pace SVR is more than just an SUV with a big engine thrown in - the front and rear springs have been stiffened and bigger brakes are included too. The exhaust system on this model is also a switchable active system, allowing you to listen to the pure supercharged roar of the V8 or keep it dignified for the school run. In addition, the F-Pace SVR can tow up to 5,291 lbs.
The F-Pace SVR's engine is one that is fitted to most of the Jaguar Land Rover group's high-performance models. With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, it's not difficult to understand why they have such a fondness for this power plant. The guttural growl is an addictive noise, but the performance is far more impressive. Throttle response is good, and it's unlikely that you'll line up next to many other SUVs on the school run that can take off from a traffic light the way this thing can. The shove in your back is strong and comes into play when you're on the freeway too, making the process of overtaking some annoying little hatchback a simple one. The power is always there and always progressive, depending on how aggressively you stab the throttle with your right foot.
The gearbox is similarly good, with the ZF unit offering smooth and silky shifts when you're taking it easy. In sportier settings, the gears are held onto for longer, allowing you to rev the big V8 out. When it's time for the next gear, it's presented quickly, making for continual and fluid progress. Slowing down brings well-timed downshifts too, but if you'd rather not let the gearchanges be handled automatically, you can take manual control via the steering mounted paddles, and these offer swift and crisp responses.
The F-Pace's chassis upgrades have made a big difference to the way it drives, mitigating how much body roll is exhibited through corners taken at speed. It turns in sharply and accurately, offering good weight that adjusts based on your speed. The all-wheel-drive system offers plenty of grip too, making standing starts and low-speed corners easy to deal with and accelerate from. The adaptive dampers, even when in their stiffest setting, are impressively compliant too, making the balance between performance and comfort a well-managed experience. Naturally, this isn't the type of vehicle you can throw about with wanton abandon, but there are situations that will cause you to back off. When cruising, small and large bumps alike are managed with exceptional poise, and although it's not as soft as a regular F-Pace, the suspension is unlikely to cause any complaints. The brakes are excellent too, with good initial bite and plenty of force. Stopping in traffic is simple too. In review, the F-Pace SVR is a well-refined package and manages the objectives of high performance and comfort with aplomb.
Jaguar claims that the F-Pace SVR achieves gas mileage figures of 16/21/18 mpg on the EPA's city/highway/combined cycles. With a 21.7-gallon gas tank, this gives it an estimated range of around 390 miles with mixed driving. In comparison, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio achieves official figures of 17/23/19 mpg on the same cycles. However, the Alfa has a smaller, 16.9-gallon gas tank, which gives it an average range of only around 321 miles.
The interior of the SVR is spacious and comfortable, with gorgeous quilted leather adorning the seats and splashes of aluminum breaking up the contrasting leather - although full black is also available. A 12.3-inch digital driver info display dominates the view of the driver, while a ten-inch touchscreen display handles infotainment. Both front and rear seats are heated, as is the steering wheel, but the fronts also feature ventilation. Build quality is good and the ambiance is luxurious, but some areas of the cabin feel outdated and the infotainment system is one of the main culprits. However, amenities like a cooled glovebox are available to improve the cabin.
The Jaguar F-Pace seats five, but unlike in many other competitors' vehicles, adults can actually sit comfortably in the back. The front occupants get 14-way power-adjustable seats with lumbar support, and the headroom and legroom in both rows are generous. Ingress and egress are graceful too. In the driver's seat, visibility is good in all directions, although the high belt-line can obscure smaller cars in your blind spot. However, all seats are both comfortable and supportive, helping keep you relaxed and confident.
The beautiful cabin of the F-Pace SVR is almost completely finished in leather, besides a faux-suede headliner and splashes of aluminum on the seats, consoles, shift paddles, and pedals. Double-stitching is used too, for a premium feel. Four quilted leather options are available for the seats, with Pimento and Ebony, Light Oyster and Ebony, and Sienna Tan and Ebony as your two-tone options. Alternatively, plain Ebony is available too with none of the options adding any price increase on the car. Those meshed aluminum trim inlays can be swapped out at a cost, with aluminum weave carbon fiber available for $1,300.
The F-Pace outshines most of its rivals in this department, offering almost 20 cubes more volume than some competitors. Cargo volume with the seats in place is a capacious 33.5 cubic feet, and the rear seats can be dropped in a 40/20/40 split for even more volume, allowing you to carry skis, bicycles, and more with ease.
In the cabin, four cupholders are on offer along with large door pockets and a decent glovebox. A center armrest storage bin is included too and the center console also features a neat spot for your phone.
As standard, the F-Pace SVR features heated and power-adjustable wing mirrors, heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. A sliding panoramic sunroof is standard too, as are rain-sensing wipers, a power liftgate, adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, ambient lighting, a switchable active sports exhaust, variable drive modes, and hill start assist. You also get forward collision alert with low-speed automatic emergency braking. Lane keep assist is included too, but you pay extra for adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking, a head-up display, and a 360-degree camera. Other available features include quad-zone climate control and a cooled glovebox.
Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system with its ten-inch touchscreen display is fitted here, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto newly standard. The system also features SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, a WiFi hotspot, and navigation. The system looks fairly attractive and the images are high quality, but it's very finicky to use and slow to respond, with confusing sub-menus wholly ruining the experience. At least the sound system is good, with an 11-speaker Meridian setup installed as standard. Optionally available are a CD/DVD player and an upgraded 17-speaker Meridian audio system for true audiophiles.
Thus far, the 2020 F-Pace range as a whole remains free of any major recalls in the USA, emphasizing the current iterations reliability. However, the 2019 model, which is almost identical to this one, had one recall for a faulty crankshaft pulley bolt.
An excellent, fully-comprehensive warranty covers the F-Pace SVR for the first five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition, complimentary scheduled maintenance is included for the entire duration of the aforementioned warranty.
No major US crash-test and safety ratings agencies have subjected the Jaguar F-Pace SVR for review for its crashworthiness. Fortunately, a comprehensive consignment of active and passive driver-assist and safety technologies are included for peace of mind.
As standard, the F-Pace SVR comes with automatic adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams, as well as forward collision warning with low-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, hill start assist, parking sensors front and rear, and a rearview camera. Frontal, side-impact, and overhead curtain airbags are included too, while the options list offers blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree surround-view camera, a head-up display, automatic parking, and adaptive cruise control with high-speed autonomous emergency braking.
The F-Pace SVR has a beautiful interior, a striking road presence, and a powerful and toneful engine with a rorty switchable exhaust, not to mention plenty of power and an astonishing top speed. Yet it's handling is equally impressive, with the tall SUV behaving much like a car in the corners, all while also being able to cross continents in impressive comfort. The cargo area is also huge and there's no shortage of standard features, with a powerful sound system, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and advanced options like adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and quad-zone automatic climate control. The only major stumbling block is the infotainment system, which is infuriatingly distracting to use. Nevertheless, it's a good vehicle all-round and has excellent warranty and maintenance coverage. If you can look past that infotainment system and can afford the gas, go for it.
The 2020 F-Pace SVR is only available in a singular trim level and with one drivetrain configuration. The entry-level pricing starts at a base point of $80,600 MSRP, before a delivery and destination fee of $1,025. Opting in all the available options can see the Jaguar F-Pace's price shoot to almost $110,000.
The F-Pace SVR is only available in a single configuration. A 5.0-liter supercharged V8 turns all four wheels with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission in the middle. A unique and very aggressive body kit distinguishes the SVR from lesser models, along with 21-inch forged wheels and a quad-exit exhaust. Jaguar says this body kit is largely functional, with all the front vents playing a role in reducing heat and improving aerodynamics. In the cabin, quilted leather upholstery is standard, along with ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch digital driver info display, a ten-inch touchscreen infotainment display, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, heated seats, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sliding sunroof. A switchable active exhaust is included too, as are parking sensors and a power liftgate. The F-Pace SVR is capable of 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds with top speed capped at 176 mph.
Various standalone and packaged options are available for the SVR. One of the former is a head-up display at $1,010. The Luxury Interior package costs $1,165 and adds extended configurable ambient lighting, a lockable cooled glovebox, quad-zone climate control with an air quality sensor, and a pair of 12V power sockets for the rear passengers. The Driver Assistance package is considerably more expensive at $3,600. However, it adds valuable features like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, automatic parking assist, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist. Alternatively, you can forgo the rear cross-traffic alert feature and drop the steering assist and surround-view camera with the Drive Pack, for a more affordable price of $1,700.
We'd skip opting for some matte paint or going for an overly pricey hue, and we'd also look past the optional 22-inch wheels that worsen the ride slightly when kitting out our model of choice. Instead, we'd rather opt for the Driver Assistance package with its comprehensive safety features. We'd also consider the Luxury Interior package for its cooled glovebox and quad-zone climate control. All in, you have a fast, safe, luxurious SUV for less than $85,000.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV is very similar in many ways to the Jag F-Pace SVR, and even their base prices are separated by only a hundred bucks. Both feature all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Alfa, however, uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 45 hp less than the Jag with a 59-lb-ft deficit. Yet it's the Alfa that accelerates to 60 mph quicker, although both share the same top speed. The biggest difference is in the cargo area, where the Alfa only offers 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats while the Jag manages a whopping 33.5 cubes. The Alfa also has a smaller gas tank, but we'd prefer the Stelvio QV. Why? Well, it drives much better, gets better fuel economy, and has a more modern interior with a simple and easy to use infotainment system. That said, choosing the marginally more expensive F-Pace SVR is not a bad decision either.
The Porsche Macan Turbo is another fast SUV in the same price bracket as the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, although the German vehicle is three grand pricier than the Brit. As with the Alfa above, Porsche opted to fit the Macan Turbo with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, but it's the least powerful vehicle here, with just 434 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. However, it has a telepathically brilliant seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission that helps it to get from 0-60 mph just as quickly as the Jag. Porsche is often very modest with these claims, so it may even be quicker. Top speed is lower, though, at 167 mph and towing lags behind the SVR at 4,409 lbs. It's also less spacious, both for cargo and adults. Yet, it drives far better and feels more fun. For practical reasons, we'd choose the Jag. Throw that out the window and we'll be behind the wheel of the Porsche.
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