The Porsche 911 still leads the way when it comes to precision driving, but the Jaguar’s looks make it easy to forgive it’s less-than-polished driving experience. All things being relative – the F-Type is still a quick GT car that can reward on a country road and doesn’t require the same skill demanded by the 911 to be safely driven at its limits.
And the limits are never that far away because even the slowest F-Type – the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 can get from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds, while the top-of-the-range SVR model will knock a full two seconds off of that.
The F-Type is a car that will make you fall in love with driving again
Believe it or not, it’s even quite practical – the 420-litre boot is larger than the one you get in the Volkswagen Golf and the hatchback style opening make it easy to load even if it is quite shallow. The news for passengers isn’t quite so rosy – six-footers will find the cabin is a little tight, although that could be interpreted as ‘cocooning’ you as a sports car should.
Harder to excuse is an interior that is neither as contemporary nor as well built as the one you’ll find in a Porsche 911 – and no amount of leather and metal trim pieces can disguise this. The mixture of buttons looks messy and the infotainment system is no better – it has a clunky operation and low-res graphics.
On top of the eight-inch sat-nav display, the F-type comes as standard with cruise control, leather seats, powerful Xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, electric seats and parking sensors.
For a more detailed look at the F-Type, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, to see what kind of offers are available on the F-Type, click through to our deals page.