Leaper, Large: The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
About that headline.  "Leaper" is the name of the cat featured on Jaguar's hood ornaments (when they had them).  And "large" is the best way to describe the Jaguar F-Pace.  Yes, it's shorter than the big XJ luxury sedan, but in every other dimension, the F-Pace is the biggest Jaguar, not only in the current lineup, but in the history of the marque.

Rear 3/4 view of 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

That weight is more than offset if you step up to the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, like our tester.

Engine in 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The 247-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found under the hood of standard F-Paces is replaced by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 making 550 horsepower.   That's 126 more than the Maserati Levante S GranSport we reviewed in October.   And it translates to (according to Jaguar) 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, the quarter-mile in 12.3 and a top speed of 176 miles per hour.

That's connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles and all-wheel drive, resulting in an EPA fuel economy estimate of 16 mpg city/21 highway---respectable given the sheer power involved.

Brakes on 2020 Jaguar F-PACE SVR

All that demands some serious stopping and handling power as well, so the F-Pace SVR gets upgraded brakes with painted calipers, an electronic active differential with torque vectoring by braking, Jaguar DriveControl with selectable driving modes, all surface progress control, and adaptive dynamics.  And it all rides on standard 21-inch wheels.

Side view of 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Starting price is $79,990, which undercuts not only the Maserati (by more than $10,000) but also the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (by more than $40,000).   The Mercedes-Benz AMC GLC 63 is more than $6,000 less than the Jag, but it also carries 71 fewer horsepower.

Standard equipment for your $79,990:

  • Adaptive LED Headlights w/LED Signature, Power Wash, Auto High Beam Assist 
  • Powered Tailgate 
  • SVR Body Kit 
  • Panoramic Roof - Sliding Front Section w/Power Blind 
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Wiper 
  • Auto-dimming, Power Fold, Heated Door Mirrors w/Memory & Approach Lights 
  • Lozenge Quilted Windsor Leather Seats 
  • Heated & Cooled Power Front Performance Seats w/Lumbar & Memory 
  • Heated Split Fold Rear Seats 
  • Power Adjustable Heated Sport Soft Grain Leather Steering Wheel 
  • Luxury Carpet Mats
  • Bright Metal Pedals
  • Metal Treadplates 
  • Two-Zone Climate Control 
  • Auto-dimming Interior Rear View Mirror
  • HomeLink® 
  • Ambient Interior Lighting 
  • Keyless Entry & Push Button Start
  • InControl Remote™ 10'' Touch Pro System w/Navigation Pro
  • Pro Services Meridian™ Sound System (380W)
  • WiFi Hotspot (w/limited data trial) 
  • SiriusXM® All Access Package w/3 month trial period
  • HD Radio™ 
  • Bluetooth® & USB Connectivity 
  • Interactive Driver Display
  • Perimetric Alarm & InControl Protect™ 
  • Front, Front Side & Full Length Side Window Curtain Airbags 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • ISOFIX System for Child Seats 
  • Dynamic Stability Control Emergency Braking
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Emergency Brake Assist 
  • Cruise Control 
  • Rear View Camera
  • 360 Parking Aid 
  • Lane Keep Assist & Driver Condition Monitor 
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Adaptive Speed Limiter
Rear seats in 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Front seats in 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Gauge cluster in 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Infotainment and HVAC in 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Our tester also had some extra-cost options:

  • Driver Assist Package (Blind Spot Assist, 360 Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control    w/Steering Assist, High-speed Emergency Braking, Park Assist, Rear Traffic Monitor): $3,600.
  •  22" 5 Split-Spoke Style 5081 w/ DT Finish Wheels: $1,530. 
  • Aluminum Weave Carbon Fiber Trim Finisher: $1,300.
  • Head-Up Display: $1,010.
  • Meridian™ Surround Sound System (825W): $450
  • Activity Key: $410. 
  • Heated Windshield: $385.
  • Rear Seat Remote Release Levers: $200.
Front view of 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Rear view of 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

With $1,025 destination and delivery charge, the bottom line on the window sticker reads $89,900. For this level of performance, user-friendliness and feature content, that's a bargain. 

If you had said "Jaguar SUV" to me ten years ago, I'd have said it was heresy.  But the F-Pace SVR is proof that the concept can work---and hopefully, help Jaguar pay for the next generations of the more classic sports cars---roadsters, coupes----on which the company built its reputation.