New Jaguar F-Tempo SVR 2021 assessment
Higher to drive and take a look at because of a raft of detailed enhancements in and out, the redesigned F-Tempo SVR has a welcome new cabin that’s chock stuffed with recent and intuitive tech. It now competes effectively on this respect, however its ageing V8 hampers it objectively, so total it struggles to match the very best competitors from Germany and past.
There was a lot to love and never loads to dislike concerning the authentic Jaguar F-Tempo SVR when it went on sale in 2019. In easy phrases it value about 25 grand lower than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo however was rattling close to as fast, and was each inch pretty much as good to drive as its German rival.
How quickly issues transfer on, and for model 2.0, Jaguar has improved the F-Tempo SVR in quite a lot of methods with out tinkering essentially with its character.
As such, and regardless of being model new, the SVR does really feel quite a bit like an old-school scorching rod amongst modern SUVs, a lot of which are actually both full EVs or hybrids. It’s nonetheless powered by the identical previous 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as earlier than, albeit with one or two tweaks, and it nonetheless prices the suitable facet of 80 grand.
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Restyled each in and out to assist freshen its showroom enchantment, and with a raft of latest electrical methods that, says Jaguar, make it higher and extra environment friendly to drive than earlier than, the F-Tempo SVR continues to be a automobile that feels refreshingly out of kilter with most different SUVs.
Due to its launch management system and the engine’s colossal 542bhp and 700Nm of torque, the SVR can now handle 0-62mph in simply 4.0 seconds and has a prime velocity of 178mph. It’s additionally a fraction much less thirsty than of previous, even when 23.1mpg mixed nonetheless constitutes a heavy want for unleaded.
The kerbweight has elevated from 2,070kg to 2,133kg. Nonetheless, closely revised suspension bushings and improved dampers additionally give it extra management and compliance on the highway, based on Jaguar’s engineers, whereas in Dynamic mode the exhaust system sounds higher than ever, says Auto Categorical.
Jaguar’s SVO division realized a terrific deal about how you can combine the corporate’s venerable V8 when creating the Venture 8 super-saloon, and far of that data has appeared within the F-Tempo SVR. Therefore the explanation why the eight-speed auto gearbox and differentials work quicker and extra easily than earlier than, whereas each the steering and chassis have additionally benefitted.
On the highway the SVR doesn’t simply really feel faster and extra managed in consequence, it’s extra cohesive in the whole lot it does. Notably in its steering, which is beautiful – and it was already in a fairly good place in these respects.
Arguably, although, it’s inside the place the SVR has been improved essentially the most. The newly redesigned, respecified cabin represents a giant leap forwards, which is simply as effectively given how far behind its German opposition the unique F-Tempo SVR was.
There may be now all of the tech you might want for inside, all built-in into a way more intuitive, rather more complete infotainment system that includes a brand new 11.4-inch central touchscreen that works a deal with. There’s additionally a redesigned, much less fiddly-to-use gearlever, a brilliant-to-hold new steering wheel and all of the driver-assist methods you might need, all fitted as normal moderately than optionally available.
The brand new seats additionally supply extra consolation and assist, the end and supplies are a lot improved, the drive mode methods simpler but extra complete to make use of, and the general refinement superior.
Basically the packaging hasn’t modified, with sufficient house within the rear seats for comfy moderately than genuinely luxuriant journey, and a 613-litre boot. However it’s the steps up in high quality and design that go away the largest impression. The SVR is now a category act that competes, moderately than a automobile with an inside and a tech spec that the dynamics attempt to make up for.
And the Jag’s dynamics have additionally gone from good to wonderful on the similar time, notably in terms of experience, steering, braking and dealing with, in addition to its efficiency towards the stopwatch.
There’s a snag, although. As compelling because it stays, the SVR’s ageing V8 is tough to make excuses for in a brand-new car in 2021. And despite the fact that it’s filled with persona, objectively it’s more durable nonetheless to justify. So whereas we’ll miss it when Jag turns to full electrification in 2025, the SVR’s V8 is now holding it again. The reality is, a car that’s in any other case pretty much as good as this deserves a more energizing, extra trendy technique of propulsion these days. That may come sooner moderately than later, given the speed of progress amongst Jaguar’s key rivals.
|Mannequin:||Jaguar F-Tempo SVR|
|Engine:||5.0-litre s/c V8 petrol|
|Transmission:||Eight-speed automated, four-wheel drive|