Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
With 542bhp, this BMW X3-sized SUV can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds – only slightly longer than it takes the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Mercedes GLC 63 AMG to do the same sprint.
But it’s the glorious V8 bellow the SVR makes when doing so that’s arguably more intoxicating, especially when you switch the sports exhaust to its loudest setting. The noise doesn’t even abate when you lift off the accelerator pedal, because you get angry pops and crackles from the exhausts.
Unsurprisingly, ride comfort in town isn’t as plush as in the regular F-Pace – especially if you upgrade to the massive optional 22in alloy wheels from the standard 21in rims. That said, the SVR far from a bone-shaker and is actually quite composed on faster roads, particularly motorways. All things considered, it’s a more comfortable choice than the GLC 63 AMG.
SUVs are never as agile as conventional sports cars but, compared with its direct rivals, the F-Pace SVR is good fun through the corners, too. It’s slightly bigger than the Stelvio, so unsurprisingly leans a little more through tight twists and turns, although is still surprisingly capable and its precise, deliciously weighted steering allows you to thoroughly enjoy the experience.