2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Review

All claws, fangs, and growl in a velvet coat, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the 550-hp black cat of the brand’s SUV family

An exterior view of the F-Pace SVR

Everything about the 550-hp, Jaguar F-Pace SVR has been pumped up or widened. The tester was $89,900. (Photography by Mark Maynard)

Table of Contents

Overview
Pricing
The SVR Package
Performance Upgrades
Powertrain
Ride and Handling
Interior
Back seats and cargo
Why buy the F-Pace SVR?
Specifications

BY MARK MAYNARD

In the right place at the right time, the versatile 2019 Jaguar F-Pace is rich in the brand’s “beautiful” design directive. But three years ago, Jaguar had no SUV in its lineup. Today, however, the British manufacturer of road-going beauty is making tea while the pot is hot. It now has three SUV crossovers, including the electric iPace. The lineup has evolved the face and perception of the brand, the company says.

The driver's space in the F-Pace

The driver area is functional with a variety of small storage areas.

Jaguar F-Pace Overview

It might surprise that the F-Pace is not a clone from the SUV stable of corporate partner Land Rover. The closest it gets is the architecture of the carlike Range Rover Velar, which just doesn’t have the visceral appeal of the F-Pace.

The five-seat Jaguar F-Pace SUV is sold in a dozen, all-wheel-drive trim levels with five powertrain choices: two turbocharged four-cylinders, a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder, a supercharged V-6 and the SVR-exclusive 550-hp supercharged V-8.

Today’s tester, the F-Pace SVR, is a new model for 2019. On a scale of one to 10, the SVR is an 11, without going over the top, said Rob Filipovic, Jaguar’s director of customer experience, who was interviewed on a recent media drive.

Looking into the F-Pace driver area.

Filipovic called the SVR the “ultimate Jaguar experience, and it’s probably going to be better than you think it will be.”

There are several F-Pace competitors, including the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. But there are few to compare with the F-Pace SVR. Among them are the Porsche Macan S (348-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; $60,000), BMW X4 M40i (355-hp, inline 6-cylinder; $62,000) and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 (496-hp or 503-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8; $71,000).

Filipovic, 39, isn’t just blowing tire smoke at his admiration for the SVR. After spending almost 1,000 miles in highway and city driving (but no track time), I found it to be a bi-modal sports car. It has the attitude of the Jaguar F-Type SVR coupe but with added back seat room and luggage space.

The steering wheel in the F-Pace

Despite all the advanced tech, the F-Pace SVR is a hands-on experience.

Jaguar F-Pace Pricing

Pricing for the 2019 F-Pace lineup starts at $46,225 for the entry 25t and ranges to $80,925 for the high-performance F-Pace SVR, today’s tester; pricing includes the $1,025 freight charge from Solihull, England.

At $89,900 as tested, the F-Pace SVR pricing is competitive with the others in the segment. And there is the added owner perk of improved warranty coverage: five years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection with 24-hour roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance.

Look here for current F-Pace pricing and incentives.

The SVR Package

Because the F-Pace does not have to be a superior off-roading SUV, its drivability is balanced: A nonenthusiast can drive it without getting into trouble. And a car enthusiast can drive it hard and, with common sense, not get into trouble. The SVR is one of the few performance SUVs with an ideal 50/50 weight balance.

Everything about it has been pumped up or widened, from the brake-cooling vents in the front fenders to the 15.6-inch vented Brembo disc brakes all around. The forged wheels are lightweight and the sport seats front and rear are track-ready.

Slimline front sport seats in the F-Pace

The slimline seats look racing-harness ready, but they are actually quite livable.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR Upgrades

  • Aerodynamic body kit with unique front and rear bumpers. The wide-mouth grille, lower body sides and a rear spoiler enhance cooling, reduce lift and drag and add to high-speed stability.
  • SVR-tuned chassis with upgraded shocks front and rear spring rates increased by 30 percent and 10 percent.
  • Lightweight wheels. 21- or optional 22-inch forged wheels with staggered widths front to rear. The forged wheels saved 5 pounds at the front and 3 pounds rear.
  • Rear electronic active differential, to balance power delivery
  • Specially tuned variable valve active exhaust for a more vocal soundtrack. But the system is also 14.5 pounds lighter and reduces back pressure for more airflow exiting the engine.
  • Slimline performance seats in the front and rear feature Jaguar signature “lozenge” quilting and embossed SVR logo. The seats saved 5 pounds each.
  • SportShift Gear Selector (from the F-Type) replaces the rotary gear selector.
  • SVR steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters.
The Jaguar F-Pace V-8

The 550-hp, supercharged and direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 with 8-speed automatic is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, Jaguar says.

Jaguar F-Pace Powertrain

The second showpiece of this SVR package is the 550-hp, supercharged and direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 (the basic architecture is still built by Ford) and an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Hit the red ignition button and the engine fires with a deep growl and then settles into a nasty purrr. There are several performance modes to sharpen acceleration and suspension, but the standard setting brings raucous pleasure without having the ride quality of a buckboard paint-shaker.

Fuel-economy ratings are challenged at 16 mpg city, 21 highway and 18 mpg combined, on the recommended premium fuel. I worked up to 23.4 mpg combined in seven hours of highway driving. In addition, the 21.7-gallon tank of premium fuel went the 440 miles with 74 remaining when I pulled into my driveway.

The high-performance tires on the F-Pace SVR

22-inch wheels have room for big Brembo brakes.

Jaguar F-Pace Ride and Handling

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR has such easy drivability. There is eager pull from the engine and the transmission was always ready to keep the power in the rpm band. With such catlike finesse, the 16 mpg will be forgiven.

Some sport-tuned SUVs can have a tortuous ride quality, with suspensions more intended for racing than street driving. But the F-Pace SVR is masterfully engineered for compliance without disruption. The 113.1-inch wheelbase and steel-spring suspension — double-wishbone front and integral link rear — work to settle the F-Pace SVR’s 4,395-pound curb weight.

The cabin is very well sound-proofed and the 38-foot turning circle seemed smaller and is no-stress when negotiating the parking garage.

Among the tester’s options was the Driver Assist package, $3,600, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control. Activating the semi-autonomous system requires at least one hand on the wheel for the system to steer, brake and maintain speed. And it works well in stop-and-go commuting traffic.

I valued the system’s attentiveness when going through highway work zones with five lanes crammed into four. Commercial trucks and passenger cars are seemingly just inches away. In those close quarters, all it takes is a sneeze or a long glance at a roadside caution and the driver could be making new friends while exchanging insurance information. But not on this trip.

A look into the front passenger side of the F-Pace

Standard features include “lozenge” quilted Windsor leather seat upholstery.

Jaguar F-Pace Interior

The slimline seats look racing-harness ready, but they are actually quite livable. The seats will feel quite firm (hard) on initial seating — so much so that I almost removed my wallet from the back pocket. But after 7.5 hours on the road, I stepped out with no stiffness. However, the lumbar inflation bladder must have had a leak because I had to refill it every hour or two. Even the seat-cushion bolsters are low enough to not give an annoying wedgie on entry or exit.

The back-seat console with temp controls

Back-seat hookups.

The cabin is immaculately detailed with much leather and white stitching. It is a masculine space with handsome charcoal black microfiber headliner, enhanced by the (optional) aluminum-weave carbon-fiber trim.

Front headroom of 38.5 inches will fit most, and two inches more than in the F-Type coupe. However, a 6-foot-4 auto journalist on the drive commented that the tall seatback with head restraint pushed his head farther forward than he normally preferred. To compensate, he had to recline the seatback a little farther.

The driver area is functional with a variety of small-storage areas and two charging USBs in the center armrest box and a convenient place to lay a phone on the shifter console.

Cornering views are slightly compromised at the large side mirrors, but not so much that an owner will not adapt. And the 360-degree camera gives wide views for narrow parking.

The back seat in the Jag F-Pace

Back seat legroom is adult class at 37.2 inches.

F-Pace Back Seat and Cargo

The rear slimline seats are also quite firm with integrated head restraints, but legroom has adult comfort at 37.2 inches. There is no seatback recline, but the window seats are heated and passengers have access to two 5-amp charging USBs and a 12-volt plug. The center position is kid class.

Accommodations include a wide pull-down center armrest with can-cup holders, bottle storage in the doors, reading lights and grab handles with coat hooks.

Running boards are not needed to reach the roof to secure a bike or board. And fold the back seats for about six feet of length through the cargo area. The 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat is wide but with a tall liftover (30 inches).

The open cargo space in the F-Pace

The 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat is wide but with a tall liftover.

Why buy the Jaguar F-Pace SVR?

Jaguar’s engineering of the F-Pace SVR is all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat. It will almost drive itself and it will park itself, but it is still a hands-on experience that transcends technology.

A rear view of the F-Pace

The SVR’s aerodynamic body kit adds unique front and rear bumpers,  lower body sides, and a rear spoiler

Jaguar F-Pace Specifications

Body style: 5-seat, midsize AWD SUV crossover

Engine: 550-hp, supercharged and direct-injection V-8 engine; 502 lb.-ft. torque from 2,500-5,000 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Fuel economy: 16/21/18 mpg city/hwy/combined; premium fuel

BY THE NUMBERS

Fuel tank: 21.7 gal.

Cargo space: 33.5 cu. ft. *behind second row

Front head/leg room: 38.5/40.3 in.

Rear head/leg room: 37.5/37.2 in.

Length/wheelbase: 186.5/113.1 in.

Curb weight: 4,395 lbs.

Turning circle: 38 ft.

0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds

FEATURES

Standard equipment includes: smart key locking and push-button ignition, multiview rearview camera, “lozenge” quilted Windsor leather seat upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated and leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, 10-inch touch screen with navigation, 380-watt Meridian sound system, electronic multi-mode gauge display, 360 parking aid, adaptive LED headlights, power tailgate, panoramic roof with opening front section, heated and power-folding side mirrors (auto-dimming),

Safety features include: 6 air bags, dynamic stability and traction controls, emergency braking, brake assist, lane-keep assist, driver-condition (drowsiness) alert, traffic-sign recognition

PRICING

Base price: $80,925, including $1,025 freight charge; price as tested $89,900

Options on test vehicle: Driver-assist package, $3,600, includes blind-spot assist, 360-degree surround camera, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, high-speed emergency braking, park assist, rear traffic monitor; 22-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels $1,530; aluminum weave carbon fiber trim finisher $1,300; head-up display $1,010; 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound 825-watt audio system $450; Activity key $410; heated windshield $385; cargo area back-seat release levers $200

Where assembled: Solihull, England

Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper with 24-hour roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance

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Jaguar iPace EV Review

The all-wheel-drive Jaguar iPace is a battery-electric performance SUV crossover

A head on view of the Jaguar iPace

The Jaguar iPace EV has a driving range of 240 miles, more or less.(Photography by Mark Maynard)

BY MARK MAYNARD

Skimming along your favorite back road you just might begin to feel the hefty curb weight of the Jaguar iPace — but only if it’s country-lane blacktop.

This all-wheel-drive and larger-than-most EVs, is a performance Jaguar that feels tight as a slab of aluminum. This British-engineered EV has sports-car steering and a one-pedal function for acceleration and regenerative braking. The one-pedal function happens to be quite useful for trail-braking when powering into a turn.

Weighing 4,784 pounds, the iPace shrugs off the poundage with potent acceleration to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and from 30 mph to 60 it is like turning up a rheostat of instant lights-on power. And, what the heck, while your foot’s in it, it’s just a moment longer to brush triple digits. I was not expecting that from a Jaguar SUV.

The 2019 Jaguar iPace HSE pricing starts at $81,495, including the $995 freight charge from Graz, Austria.

iPace Overview

Jaguar is stalking the Tesla X to be the next luxury performance electric SUV. And Mercedes-Benz, Audi and others are poised to power into the luxury-EV segment.

The iPace is a five-seat, compact performance SUV that will be in dealers by November. By technical terms the iPace is an SUV (crossover) with a slightly raised ride height, a liftback to the cargo area and a height-adjustable air suspension for a selection of Jaguar Land Rover’s off-roading modes.

The front seat area of the iPace

The iPace has the footprint of a compact SUV, but the interior space of a midsize.

Pricing

Sold in four trim levels, starting prices range from $70,495 SE to $86,595 for the loaded First Edition (available only for 2019 model year). The HSE tester, with gorgeous red leather upholstery, was $88,235. It included such extras as the $2,400 Windsor leather upholstery with 14-way heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats. Also onboard were the useful head-up display ($970) and Light Oyster suede-cloth headliner ($900).

Find current Jaguar iPace pricing and incentives here.

A image from the rearview camera

The iPace multimedia display is wide and easily viewed.

iPace Powertrain

The powertrain consists of two 197-horsepower, Jaguar-engineered motors, at the front and rear axles, and a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The iPace has a driving range of 240 miles, depending on how much you engage the high-performance Dynamic driving mode. The liquid-cooled battery pack has an energy capacity of 388 volts from 432 cells, weighing 1,329 pounds.

The front seats in red leather

Headroom is tall at nearly 40 inches and the power seats are fully supportive.

The powertrain is laid out skateboard style along the base of the chassis. The position of the powertrain allows a low center of gravity, which contributes to its stability at high speeds, Jaguar says.

Charging times for an 80-percent charge range from about 10 hours on household current to 85 minutes on a 240-volt home system or 40 minute on a public fast-charge system.

Center console under-storage

Clever and concealed storage.

The battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles is part of the Jaguar EliteCare ownership package. If the battery falls below 70 percent of holding a 100 percent charge at any point within the first eight years of ownership, the battery is covered under warranty.

Interior Function

While it has the exterior footprint of a compact SUV, the I-Pace has the interior space of a midsize. The cab-forward layout has been smartly rethought because there is no engine under the hood and no transmission to cut into front cabin space. The dashboard is a clean sheet for the array of controls and center console function. It is fully electronic and quite functional.

The three-section gauge array has a large center dial for speed, state of battery charge and range, with a map graphic to the right and audio or other info to the left. The multimedia display in the center instrument panel is wide and easily viewed in all daylight conditions. Two large dual-purpose dials adjust temp control and fan speed is selected by lifting the dial. And there is a separate audio volume knob, plus redundant steering-wheel controls.

Headroom is tall at nearly 40 inches and the power seats are fully supportive and multi-adjustable, heated and cooled.

Sightlines are excellent over the front fenders, enabled by the quarter windows at the side mirrors. The rear view might look constricted because of the small half-moon glass, but in a couple hundred miles of driving it was of no consequence to me. And the camera system with a 360-degree view is liberating in any parking situation.

Back Seat and Cargo Space

The back seat has more roominess than most midsize sedans. The center tunnel is low, for good foot room, and the shoulder room is wide at 54.6 inches from window to window. The doors open wide for comfortable entry and headroom is generous at 38.1 inches with good legroom of 35 inches. Details include two USB charging ports and a 12-volt plug, with grab handles and coat hooks over each door and ceiling lights, even with the panoramic glass roof.

The back seat with red leather upholstery

The iPace back seat has more roominess than most midsize sedans.

Cargo space of 25.3 cubic feet is wide and flat, expandable to 51.3 with the back seat folded.

With so many brands set to debut $100,000 EVs it is yet to be seen how fast this segment will grow — it’s a thin market for combustion cars. But electrification will rule the combustion dinosaurs and shocking styling and high performance will still sell cars.

iPace cargo area

The cargo area is wide and flat that expands to 51.3 cu. ft. with the 60/40 rear seat folded.

2019 Jaguar iPace EV HSE Specifications

Body style: compact, 5-passenger AWD SUV

Electric powertrain: 2 197-hp motors (394 hp) and 90 kWh, 388-volt liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack

Transmission: 1-speed reduction gear automatic

Driving range: 240 miles

Charging times for an 80-percent charge range from about 10 hours on household current to 85 minutes on a 240-volt home system.

Drag coefficient: 0.29 cd

0-60 mph: 4.5 secs (Jaguar est.)

BY THE NUMBERS

Front trunk space: 1 cu. ft.

Cargo space: 25.3-51.3 cu. ft.

Front head/leg room: 39.9/40.9 in.

Rear head/leg room: 38.1/35 in.

Length/wheelbase: 184.3/117.7 in.

Curb weight: 4,784 pounds

Turning circle: 39.3 ft.

FEATURES

HSE standard equipment includes: keyless entry and push-button start, panoramic roof, navigation system, LED headlights with auto high-beam assist, 825-watt Meridian surround-sound audio, blind-spot assist, 360-degree camera system (front, rear, overhead), adaptive cruise control with steering assist, high-speed emergency braking, hands-free tailgate, 20-inch gloss black wheels, 60/40 folding back seat

Safety features include: 6 air bags, hill-start assist, driver-condition monitor, lane-keep assist, parking assist, rear-traffic monitor, traffic-sign recognition

PRICING

Base price: $81,495, including $995 freight charge; price as tested $88,235

Where assembled: Graz, Austria

Warranty: 5-years/60,000-miles with roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance

Battery warranty: 8-years/100,000-miles and degradation replacement at 70% state of health

A rear view of the iPace

The iPace is an all-wheel-drive SUV (crossover) with a slightly raised ride height, a liftback to the cargo area and a height-adjustable air suspension.

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