Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Loud sports car is fast and hugely entertaining

8.4
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This is the average score given by leading car publications from 14 reviews
  • Stunning looks
  • Improved ride
  • Usable boot
  • Expensive options
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Relatively high running costs
 

£51,775 - £110,000 Price range

 

2 Seats

 

25 - 33 MPG

Review

The Jaguar F-Type coupe is a sleek, stylish, two-seater sports car that is huge fun to drive, but easy to use every day – much like its rivals, the Porsche 911,  Audi R8 and Mercedes AMG GT. On average you can save £7,430 if you buy the F-Type Coupe via carwow.

The Porsche 911 still leads the way in terms of high-speed driving interaction, but the F-Type never fails to put a huge grin on your face, and praise doesn’t get much higher than that. This is a car that makes every journey a huge event.

The F-type coupe is incredibly fast – but has running costs to match. For maximum power, you want the 200mph, 567hp 5.0-litre SVR version, but the 340hp 3.0-litre model is still quick and much cheaper to buy and run.

It’s never going to be as practical as a VW Golf, but the coupe’s boot is surprisingly spacious and will swallow up a suitcase or golf clubs.

The interior has some nice driver-focused touches, such as a beautiful metal starter button and (in automatic models) metal gearshift paddles on the back of the steering wheel. The cabin feels solid and luxurious, with lots of leather and a minimalist design.

Equipment levels are as you’d expect from an expensive sports car: an eight-inch sat-nav display, cruise control, leather seats, powerful Xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and a (very) loud sports exhaust all come as standard.

Most things are shared between the F-Type Coupe and Convertible and the interior is among them. It’s a nice place to be and almost like a fighter jet’s cockpit in essence, thanks to its snug fit. Materials and finish are right out of the top drawer – even if it isn’t quite as modern as some rivals. The addition of the fixed roof doesn’t make it dingier in any way especially with the optional panoramic sunroof. 

Jaguar F-Type Coupe boot space

The Coupe also has a much larger boot than the occasionally derided small offering in the convertible car, though it’s still quite high and awkwardly shaped. It’s also exclusively a two-seater, without any attempts to include a pair of comedy rear seats, and it’s the better for it.

As with the F-Type convertible, the Coupe is a drivers’ car. It’s a great deal of fun in most circumstances and comes with a sense of theatre. Every part of the experience is direct, intuitive and rewarding – it’s just as good to drive quickly down a fast, flowing B-road as it is to lope long distances down motorways or pootle around town.

While there were question marks over the convertible car’s ride in some circumstances, the Coupe doesn’t seem to suffer the same maladies. The stiffer body allows for a different suspension setup and while it’s not wholly composed on some of the worst roads it will be entirely acceptable in almost all circumstances.

Without traction control and lacking a limited slip differential, it can be a little squirrely in the wet if you’re a bit lead-footed. While the crackling and popping exhaust is intoxicatingly childish you’ll probably not want to change gear too much in towns so you don’t appear to be a berk.

Like the convertible there’s a choice of three, all with superchargers attached. The most sensible option, if there can be one, is the 335hp V6 which ‘only’ hits 60mph in five seconds dead. The 375hp V6S is fractionally quicker and loses out only slightly in the fuel economy stakes at 32.1mpg to 32.8mpg.

And then there’s the 5.0-litre V8. This 542hp monster – 55hp more than the top spec model in the convertible – will hit 60mph in four seconds dead and top out at 186mph. It’s not a scary unit though and, like all of the engines, Jaguar has worked hard to make it tractable and compliant. 25.5mpg might be a little too much of a penalty for some to pay over the excellent V6S though.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe SVR

The SVR perhaps serves as a better spiritual successor to the classic E-Type than any other Jaguar F-Type. Like the classic it combines eye-burning good looks with enormous performance that few rivals can match at the price.

The headline figure is a 200mph top speed, courtesy of a tuned 5.0-litre V8 producing an extra 25hp and 15Ib ft of torque next to the standard model – for total outputs of 567hp and 516Ib ft, respectively.

Weight has also been reduced by 25kgs thanks in part to fitting a titanium exhaust. You can save another 25kgs by dipping into the options list for must-haves such as a carbon-fibre roof, carbon ceramic brakes and the carbon styling pack.

All that talk of carbon would have you believing this is a track-day special but, far from it, Jaguar wanted the SVR to be as usable as the standard model.

That would explain the fitment of four-wheel drive. It makes achieving the SVR’s savage 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds as manageable as you could ever hope it to be, while providing immense traction mid-way through and out of corners.

For a 1,705kg GT car it’s a surprisingly agile beast. The SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) bods at Jaguar have lightly fettled everything from the standard car’s adaptive dampers to its steering, and it feels very planted. But provoke a reaction with too much throttle and oversteer is yours to revel in and enjoy.

Although the suspension is firmer than the standard car’s, it hits the ride-handling jackpot – making the SVR easier to control at the limit, but also improving on the high-speed comfort of the ‘basic’ F-Type V8.

In performance terms, only the Nissan GT-R could humble the Jag’s combination of everyday usability and outright urge, but it can’t get close to its fabulous looks or luxurious fixtures and fittings. Judging by the reviews, in fact, the SVR sounds like the F-Type to have if you can stomach the plus-£15,000 premium over a regular V8. 

These are general, non engine-specific reviews of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe. They give you a good idea of what the car is like without going into detail on one particular engine.

There’s no Euro NCAP data for either the F-Type Coupe or convertible as both are low-enough volume cars to fly beneath the testing agency’s radar. That shouldn’t set any alarm bells ringing though. The Coupe’s body is a strong, bonded construction and filled to the brim with safety gear both as standard and as optional extras. 

There’s four airbags, traction control, stability control, brake force distribution and a braking pre-fill system to anticipate and shorten emergency stops. Amongst the optional extras is an approaching vehicle sensor which alerts you to lane changes in situations where another vehicle is approaching rapidly from behind. The bonnet will also lift slightly in front end-collisions to cushion the impact for pedestrians.

It’s a relative term when talking about a car that starts at £51,250, but the F-Type Coupe makes economic sense compared to some rivals. Alongside undercutting the convertible by £7k, the F-Type is £15k cheaper than the equivalent Porsche 911.

Equipment levels are excellent and the desirable F-Type shouldn’t depreciate much, but running costs and even insurance are a little expensive compared to other cars of its type. The options list is a bit of a thorn though, as if you get a bit tick happy you can push the F-Type up into Aston Martin money.

Conclusion

The F-Type Coupe is so much more than a convertible with a fixed roof. The 80% improvement in body stiffness means Jaguar can transform the car from a pretty firm-riding but cool motor into a genuine mile-munching super tourer.

It has improved on just about every shortcoming of the convertible and, let’s be honest, it didn’t have many. As well as the ride improvements, the boot is now sensible rather than occasional and the car looks even better on the 360 days a year most convertible F-Type owners would have the roof up. And it’s much, much cheaper too.

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