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2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR test


2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar only introduced the SVR tag on a few vehicles, making them the performance variant for their respective series. Well, the first, the F-Type (SVR), is particularly famous among all performance machines. In the same days, Jaguar started toying with the F-Pace, a compact crossover SUV designed for luxury. The developed model was then supplemented with the SVR badge. In addition, no other vehicle has received the SVR badge. But there’s another SUV that’s worthy of that badge, even though it’s not a Jaguar.

Well, that was quite necessary as the competition was getting bigger. And none of the F-Pace were powerful enough to take on the competition. Meanwhile, the F-Pace SVR came out. The looks and styling didn’t have much that was new, aside from a slightly revised interior and some sporty exterior styling notches. But the only thing that made the difference was the powertrain. Borrowed entirely from the F-Type R with just a few differences that weren’t fit for an SUV.

The F-Pace SVR behaves like a Jaguar coupe but looks like an SUV. Fantastic work by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) indeed. But might only attract the guys interested in buying an SUV that drives like a sports car.

Jaguar is asking $79,990 for a base variant. But after some necessary taxes, the price jumps to $80,990. However, if you add some amenities like an interior comfort item or tweak the exterior, the price would surely exceed 90,000.

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engine transmission hp torque
5.0L 8-speed automatic 542 hp 502 pounds – feet
0 – 62 MPH top speed body style MPG
4.2 sec 175km/h SUV 14 city / 18 highway
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Bonnet of the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Inside the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine packed to pound tons of power. Well, as mentioned, it’s the F-Type machine used on some other SVR models. Even the turn-off rates are the same.

This 542-hp machine is capable of producing 502 lb-ft of torque at around 2,500-5,500 rpm. It is equipped with the eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission and the switchable active exhaust system. Beyond that, the driving feel is the same as the F-Type R. The most notable differences are some handling specs and the F-Pace SVR’s shyness to behave fully like a coupe. But the four-wheel drive is indeed helpful in breaking down some shyness.

Before that, the suspension was tightened and the shock absorbers were made stiff. At the same time, the dampers have been made more adaptive compared to the other models in the F-Pace. And the size of the brakes has also increased to 15.5 inches at the front and 15.6 inches at the rear. In addition, torque vectoring has been added during braking, which makes it easier to make sharp turns. Overall handling has improved somewhat decently, good enough to keep up with the V8 super machine.

Certainly the F-Pace SVR is capable of outperforming most of the Jaguar’s competitors. And in a way, it fully justifies its pricing.

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2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR exterior

The exterior design details are identical to the other variants of this series. Available differences include the larger intakes, larger vents and wider fenders. Certainly, the larger structure helps the car’s aerodynamic capabilities and cooling function. It’s obvious that such a huge engine in the F-Pace SVR would certainly require a larger cooling system.

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In addition, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR gets 21-inch forged alloy wheels, sporty SVR bumper kits and body-colored door panels. Additionally, it gets the quad exhaust tips with 3.7-inch finishers.

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Interior of the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR offers an exclusive sports interior. The quilted leather heated and cooled seats and ergonomic setup offer an excellent driving experience. In addition, the SVR emblem on the headrest blesses the interior with a confident appearance. Well, the interior is extremely comfortable and even quite spacious. A total of 5 passengers including the driver can ride this car. There is also some space for luggage, but this is similar to storing handbags, satchels or equivalent smaller luggage. A convenience package is also available upon request for $229. This gives you hooks and hangers to take your clothes with you. Add $270 more and you can get the premium convenience package, which adds a storage compartment for the back row guys.

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Features of the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The F-Pace SVR gets the same infotainment system as the other models. But the SVR gets some additional features. Other standard features include navigation, telephony, Bluetooth streaming, and smartphone and tablet connectivity. This car even has a premium sound system installed that makes it different from the other variants. After all, it’s the SVR!

You’d have to shell out another $300 to get the smartphone bundle that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Security

The passive safety equipment is standard. For the driving dynamics, however, you would have to spend a little more. Well, let’s go into detail! The driver assistance package, which includes some handy features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a park assist, costs $3,600. A cheaper driver’s package with just blind spot assist, emergency braking, and cruise control is worth $1,700. And the cheapest is the parking aid package with just some parking aids at $600. In a way, you have to spend more to be safer.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio will move all wheels and gets a 6-pack 2.9 twin-turbocharged engine with 505 hp. While the F-Pace SVR’s engine, twice the size, is only 37 hp more powerful. And even the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been tested to outperform the F-Pace SVR. In addition, both vehicles share similar interiors and stylish looks.

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR has yet to be launched. And before it’s rolled in, many of Jaguar’s competitors have started counting on their upcoming SUVs. Certainly the F-Pace SVR is a real sports utility vehicle.


Mackenzie Bostock
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