In the world of compact-luxury SUVs, the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is one of the most beautifully designed options out there, and the SVR variant adds fire-breathing performance via a V-8 powertrain. Indeed, this is no soft-spoken Brit. Its 550-hp engine means this Jag can really hustle. And unlike so many of its high-performance rivals, the F-Pace SVR retains the smooth and agreeable ride of its luxury-minded siblings rather than ratcheting up the stiffness. In the handling department, the Jag is confident and fun but not quite up to the level of the Porsche Macan Turbo or BMW X3 M. The passenger and cargo areas are suitably spacious, and the cabin boasts all the expected contemporary tech features. Buyers seeking a balance of performance, handling, luxury, and technology should find the F-Pace SVR a perfect fit, but driving enthusiasts who prefer a slightly more focused package may be underwhelmed.
What’s New for 2021?
Like the base F-Pace, the high-performance SVR model receives a few exterior styling revisions for 2021. The powertrain also gains a bit more torque, which should improve acceleration, and Jaguar tweaked the transmission tuning. Inside, a 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen displays the brand’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, and new faux-suede accents adorn the door panels and redesigned dashboard. Jaguar made some changes to the center console, too, which now features a wider leather-wrapped shift knob and a larger roll-top storage cubby. Plus, a wireless smartphone charging pad and active noise cancellation join the list of standard features.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Historically, Jaguar has offered the F-Pace SVR in a single lavishly equipped spec, and we don’t expect that to change for 2021. Standard equipment will be generous, given the SUV’s base price. Jaguar hasn’t released the options list, but we’ll update this story when we find out more.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Jaguar F-Pace SVR SUVs come with a muscular supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood. This engine generates an impressive 550 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends torque to all four wheels. In our testing, the 2019 F-Pace SVR made the 60-mph run in a scant 4.1 seconds, but improvements to the powertrain for 2021 could result in even quicker acceleration. But while 4.1 seconds is indeed impressive for a vehicle this size, it trails the time logged by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. That SUV made the dash in a crisp 3.4 seconds. It also lags the 3.7-second time of the Performance-pack-equipped Porsche Macan Turbo. We’ll update this article with results when we get the chance to test the 2021 F-Pace SVR. As for how it drives, this crossover offers keen handling and precise steering but not at the sake of driver comfort. Jaguar tuned the SVR to ride softly over harsh roads, making this ute a pleasant choice for daily commutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA’s methodology, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR achieves fuel-economy ratings of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. While respectable, these numbers are eclipsed by those of rivals such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (17/23 mpg) and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 (16/22 mpg). In our time with the Jaguar, we faired a little better than expected, observing 24 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin design is both elegant and sporty. The aggressively bolstered front seats are attractive to the eyes and comfortable to the backsides. We’re fans of the quilted upholstery, which boosts the luxury quotient within the cabin. Both rows of seats provide reasonably roomy accommodations for adults. The F-Pace SVR offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row. That’s considerably more cargo capacity than you’ll find in rival models such as the Porsche Macan (18 cubic feet) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (19 cubic feet). Plus, the F-Pace SVR’s rear seat has a 40/20/40 split that allows you to accommodate a variety of luggage while also keeping some seating available.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jaguar has equipped the F-Pace SVR with a load of tech features. All models come standard with an 11-speaker Meridian audio system and an infotainment system with a 11.4-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is on hand to help you seamlessly connect your devices, and Bluetooth phone and music streaming comes standard. All models are equipped with navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio, too, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR hasn’t received an overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, this SUV comes with helpful driver-assistance features that may help to keep you out of harm’s way on the road. Key safety features include:
- Standard lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jaguar provides longer warranty coverage than what you’ll get with Alfa Romeo or Mercedes-Benz.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles
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