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Jaguar’s distinguished pedigree combines refined luxury motoring with high performance thrills of the race track. So it comes as no surprise that the F-PACE SVR, the turbocharged V8 F-PACE, impressed CarExpert’s Anthony Crawford as “the most fun you can have in a luxury SUV at the right price”.

Produced by Jaguar’s renowned Special Vehicles Operations arm, it stands up against the hard-hitting German competition as “one of the most exciting SUVs less than $150,000 can buy”. Considered to be a big-hitting bargain by Crawford, buyers will find a vehicle “armed with significant firepower in the form of a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 pushing out 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque”.


The SVR’s striking form turns Crawford’s head, and he views it as “arguably one of the nicest looking SUVs on the market – one that oozes class as well as serious intent”. This intent is reflected throughout the SVR’s design, and not just to enhance its looks, but to aid in either cooling or aerodynamics, from the black bonnet vents through to the massive air intakes positioned in the front bumper and side strakes.

Inside, Crawford finds the F-PACE SVR “just as special as the outside”, with slimline performance seats attracting immediate attention, “beautifully sculpted and heavily bolstered all the way up to your shoulders for complete lockdown in tight bends”.

He sees the list of inclusions inside as “generous”, with Jaguar’s 10-inch infotainment system and huge digital instrument display, heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated rear seats, ambient lighting, suede headlining, and two-zone climate control. Crawford appreciates the premium look and feel of the cabin, “with superb quality leather upholstery, and lashings of piano black and polished metal accents to make the place feel special – and visually stunning.”


On the road is where a performance vehicle should really come into its own, and the F-PACE SVR doesn’t disappoint, with the drive feeling “ferociously quick from behind the wheel”. The supercharged V8 “barks to life and gives you a taste of the thunder and lightning to come once you get into it”, and the variable valve active exhaust system will “wake your entire street - in a good way.”

Once Crawford switches over to S-Dynamic mode, he finds the F-PACE SVR properly comes alive “with enough noise to overshadow many of the world’s best-sounding sports cars”. Throttle response is “satisfyingly urgent and it simply doesn’t let up, with enough mid-range pull to embarrass the current crop of American muscle cars”.


For city driving in Comfort mode, Crawford’s experience is of a more relaxed and gentle beast, which gives him an ideal opportunity to “dial up the volume and enjoy the clarity of your 17-speaker Meridian sound system”.

The F-PACE SVR was a standout for Crawford across the board and he concludes by saying, “The SVR has one of the best performance car exhaust notes on the planet thanks to its relatively unrestricted fire-breathing V8. It also has excellent handling and ride, and a luxurious interior fit out.” As a relative bargain against most of its rivals, this performance SUV with the DNA of a sports car is engineered for excitement.