SUPERCHARGE YOUR DAY
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”.
STYLE MEETS SERIOUS INTENT
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.”
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”.
ENGINEERED FOR EXCITEMENT
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.