Hard to imagine any kind of car enthusiast being disappointed by the Jaguar F-Pace SVR when it launched in 2019. If you liked SUVs then it appealed with those suave good looks and decent space; if you liked Jaguars, then the sound and performance of the supercharged V8 was certainly compelling; and for those mortified the family-friendly SVR wasn’t an XF, five minutes driving the F-Pace would likely have done the trick. It was mostly brilliant - as poised, supple and engaging as fast Jag tradition would dictate. The F-Pace was so good that it questioned the need to spend more on the Range Rover Sport equivalent. Alright, so the interior wasn’t as great as the rest of the package, but the SVR remained a mighty achievement.
And even if the V8 saloon template has changed somewhat, the F-Pace has at least depreciated in the best big Jag tradition. This Ultra Blue example is little more than three years old yet has something like £30,000 off its retail price - even at a time of unprecedentedly high used car values. Who knows what it might have dropped to in more normal times? Doubtless the slightly higher than average mileage (56,000) has an impact, but happily that just means getting into an SVR for thousands less than any other available on PH - and for new Golf R money. Which, even allowing for the usual new v used caveats (and the running costs of a supercharged V8), looks more than a little tempting.
Now, of course, a Jaguar that currently costs a little more than £45k at three years old is going to continue to depreciate. Potentially by quite a lot, too. But the curve won’t be as steep as that initial decline, and there’s not going to be much for sale at this money (anything modern, at least) that isn’t going to continue depreciating for a little while yet. Why not do it in leather-lined luxury? Even with more miles than might be expected, this SVR presents very nicely indeed.
Sure, it’d be nice to have one with the updated and Pivi Pro-enabled interior that came in 2021, but you won’t get one of those for less than £70k. And that’s a big premium for more user-friendly infotainment. New car gripes at £75,000 or more become less concerning a few years down the line.
The Jag even looks decent value against more obvious rivals. A Range Rover Sport SVR might be a tad bigger and have a more desirable badge, but pay less than £50k for one and it’ll be older and with more miles than the F-Pace. Similarly, the Porsche badge on a Macan Turbo is a compelling prospect, though precious few of this age are around for sub-£50k. And it’s nowhere near as family-friendly as the SVR.
So if not without fault, a V8 F-Pace arguably looks more persuasive than ever a few years after launch. And with Jaguar’s most recent update being that bizarre Le Mans-themed one, this isn’t going to be that far removed from the new experience. It's not going to be cheap to run, but the SVR sure as heck won’t be boring. Just like a big Jag ought to be.
SPECIFICATION | JAGUAR F-PACE SVR
Engine: 5,000cc, supercharged V8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 550@6,000-6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 502@2,500-5,500rpm
CO2: from 272g/km
Year registered: 2019
Recorded mileage: 56,224
Price new: from £74,835
Yours for: £46,990
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