Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The revised Jaguar F-Pace SVR doesn’t produce any more power than its predecessor, but tweaks to the eight-speed automatic and a touch more torque give it faster acceleration.
Now, 0-62mph takes just 4.0 seconds, only slightly longer than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Mercedes GLC 63 AMG. The glorious V8 bellow the SVR makes when doing so is intoxicating, especially when you switch the sports exhaust to its loudest setting. The noise doesn’t abate when you lift off the accelerator pedal – you get angry pops and crackles from the exhausts.
Ride comfort in town isn’t as plush as in the regular F-Pace, especially if you upgrade to 22in alloy wheels from the standard 21in rims. That said, it’s no bone-shaker, and is actually quite composed on faster roads, particularly motorways. All things considered, it’s more comfortable than the GLC 63 AMG.
The F-Pace SVR is good fun through corners too. It leans a little more through tight twists and turns than the slightly smaller Stelvio but the precise, deliciously weighted steering allows you to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
There is plenty of road noise, but this is a criticism we’d also level at rivals such as the GLC 63 AMG and Porsche Macan. Although the optional Meridian sound system has noise-cancelling software, if you want something more hushed, we’d recommend looking at a luxury SUV rather than one this sporty.
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