2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

A car with character, not to mention speed
By Durhl Caussey, Epoch Times Contributor
November 23, 2019 Updated: November 23, 2019

This Jaguar is available with a few engine variations. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces up to 247 horsepower. Then there is a hotter 2.0L turbo-four which can squeeze out 296 horsepower. The F-Pace S model is the only one that carries a 380-horsepower, 3.0L supercharged V6. Finally, there is the 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 gasoline engine that muscles out 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque. This V8 model, with gearshift paddles, is exclusive to the SVR model I test drove for the week.

The sleek profile of the F-Pace. (Courtesy of Jaguar)

Maneuvering this beautiful vehicle is accomplished by electric power-assisted steering, with numerous supporting technologies. Exiting out of the corner feels like being propelled out of a howitzer.

All-Surface Progress Control is a low speed cruise control for low traction surfaces. Configurable Dynamics lets the driver select the vehicle’s driving response, while Torque Vectoring by Braking keeps the vehicle stable around tight corners. Electronic Active Differential has the intelligence to split the power to each wheel as needed.

During my week of driving the Jag, I averaged a combined city-highway mileage of 18 mpg.

Inside the Jag, artistically quilted, leather Windsor seats are a little firm. However, there are numerous seat settings to choose from that help provide reasonable comfort. Should your driving remain local, good support is provided. But on a longer, bumpier, pot-filled roadway, not so comfortable.

Jaguar interior. (Courtesy of Jaguar)

The new 10-inch wide screen is from the F-Type as is the gear selector. While the steering wheel and climate control are lifted from the XF, and the Driver Digital Display is similar to the one on the E-Pace. Bold, clear with color clarity.

The SVR does differentiate itself with carbon fiber trim and sport bucket seats with red and black quilted leather that are quite impressive. This bright combination jumps out from the usual, all black interior.

There is a good amount of space in the front compartment. And sitting high, you have a grand visibility.

The rear area is adequate, providing the occupants are not too tall. Cargo space is better than most competitors, but could be even larger if it weren’t for the spare tire. It takes up space underneath the trunk floor.

A handsome look from the back. (Courtesy of Jaguar)

The most unpleasing feature to me was the noise that proceeded to a roar as the transmission shifted through the gears. The motor noise takes from the beautiful exterior with its refined lines and overall styling. However, the 21-inch tires were helpful in stabilizing the engine noise.

When it comes to safety features you have numerous options. The standard Rear View Camera, Dynamic Stability Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Driver Condition Monitor were most appreciated. Also Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter helped enhance my driving experience.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the F-Pace SVR is $80,600.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this outlet or durhlcaussey@gmail.com.

 

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