Jaguar F-Pace SVR review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Given that this is the range-topping V8 model, you probably won’t be surprised to learn it’s also the most expensive F-Pace you can buy; it’s priced tens of thousands of pounds higher than some of the more sensible versions in the range.

The asking price is roughly on a par with the Mercedes GLC 63 AMG, so slightly more than Alfa-Romeo charges for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. However, you get loads of equipment to help justify that, including climate control, leather seats, dual-zone climate control and LED headlights.

Fuel economy is predictably terrible, with even the notoriously optimistic official figures suggesting an average of just 23.7mpg. Based on our limited experience with the car so far, we reckon you’ll be lucky to get more than 20mpg unless you pootle around like you’re on your driving test.

Reliability isn’t a Jaguar strong point, either. The British brand finished a disappointing 28th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, while the F-Pace itself proved less reliable than rivals, including the Mercedes GLC. However, it’s worth noting that the SVR version wasn’t included.

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Overview

Strikes a sweet balance between ride comfort and handling finesse, and that V8 engine sounds spectacular. The Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio is faster and will ultimately go around corners quicker, but it’s no more rewarding to drive and the F-Pace SVR beats it hands down for practicality.

  • Ferocious pace
  • Glorious V8 soundtrack
  • Surprisingly practical
  • Interior quality is mediocre
  • So-so infotainment system
  • Lots of road noise

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