Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014-2020) review
The Jaguar F-Type Coupe is a sleek, stylish, sports car that is huge fun to drive, but easy to use every day – much like its rivals, the Porsche 911, Aston Martin V8 and Mercedes AMG GT.
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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 Jaguar 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 Jaguar 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.
The two-seat Jaguar F-Type will clearly never be a family car, but it does cater for its two occupants very well, with lots of room inside. The boot is pretty big, too, but it’s awkwardly shaped
This is as much a surprise as hearing that Motorhead played the odd acoustic track, but the F-Type is quite practical. Well, for a two-seat sports car, anyway...
The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seater – so not the most family-friendly of machines – but a couple of adults will have plenty of space to stretch out. Worth considering are the optional Performance Seats that have a lot more support than the standard items.
The F-Type isn’t an out-and-out sports car, instead it trades some agility for long-legged ability – it can soak up miles in a way more-focussed machines cannot. But, taken on a trackday, the Jaguar will quickly feel out its depth.
The noises the F-Type makes is enough to make you giggle like a schoolgirl
Like the convertible, there’s a choice of three engines – all supercharged
The most sensible option, if you can call it that, is the 340hp V6, which hits 62mph from a standstill in 5.1 seconds dead – faster than a Honda Civic Type R a car that, trust us, never feels slow. Fuel economy of 37.2mpg isn’t too bad and CO2 emissions sit at 234g/km.
Go for R-Dynamic trim and you get the same engine tuned to 380hp for 0-62mph in 5.1. As with the base car, the smaller engine means it handles better than models from further up the range that are loaded down by a heavy V8 in the nose.
The best model for drivers is the 400 Sport that, you guessed it, has 400hp but also gets dynamic dampers and bigger, more powerful brakes. It cuts the 0-62mph sprint down to 4.8 seconds.
What the V6 models can’t match is the V8’s firepower. Even the cheaper R model comes with a 550hp V8 that means it can get from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and top out at a speed of 186mph. It also looks more distinctive thanks to its quad exhaust pipes and aggressive aero package.
The full-blown SVR gets from 0-62mph 3.5 seconds and maxes out at ludicrous 200mph. It comes complete with a titanium exhaust that is 16kg lighter than the standard unit, forged alloy wheels save a further 13.8kg, and you can shave another 21kg by choosing the optional ceramic brakes.
Both the R and the SVR get fuel economy of 25mpg and return CO2 emissions of 269g/km.
While the F-Type Convertible driving experience didn’t quite live up to its amazing the looks, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe is said to be the most-capable Jaguar ever. Its fixed roof has allowed Jaguar to stiffen the suspension considerably, as it no longer has to mask the scuttle and shake caused by the Convertible’s floppy chassis.
Go for a V6 model and you get a better weight distribution than the V8 can offer for more-neutral handling and a car that is easier to drive on the limit. Best of all is the 400 Sport that gets bigger brakes and active dampers as standard. The latter are a particularly useful addition because they not only make the car better to drive in bends but also more comfortable if you want to eat up the miles on the motorway.
V8 R models feel a little more cumbersome in the corners but have more grip thanks to their standard-fit Electronic Active Differential that can send power to whichever wheel has the most adhesion.
If you want to make a real statement of intent – you’ll have to put your money where your mouth is and choose the top-of-the-range SVR model. Along with useful weight saving, it also features a smooth underfloor and a prominent rear wing that cuts lift by 15 percent. Go for the no-cost-option to fit the standard rim and your top speed is ‘limited’ from 200 to a mere 186mph.
All V8s now coming with four-wheel drive that makes them a good deal more manageable in slippery conditions, while only the basic model does without the eight-speed automatic gearbox that is standard on the rest of the range.
Most things are shared between the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible and the interior is among them.