- Thrilling to drive
- Sleek and attractive design
- Packed with features
- High quality technology
It is hard to believe the Jaguar F-TYPE was first launched almost 10 years ago, taking on the challenge of being the replacement to the iconic E-type.
Replacing a legend or constantly being compared to one is no easy challenge, but the F-TYPE has certainly proved its worth in both hard-top coupé or cabriolet open-top guise.
Engines and Driving Experience
Each model is offered with three power outputs named P300, P450 and P575, with the numbers relating to the maximum power in bhp on offer. All versions feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and customers can opt for all-wheel drive.
Factor in the numerous generously equipped trims to choose from, and there is a lot of decision making to do before signing on the dotted line.
We opted for the F-TYPE Coupé in R-Dynamic specification, powered by a 5.0-litre V8 443bhp Supercharged petrol engine with all-wheel drive. It boasts 428lb-ft of torque, which results in a blistering pace.
In fact, this particular F-TYPE can sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and maxes out at 177mph. The day-to-day running shows a combined 26.2mpg and carbon emissions of 246g/km, under WLTP testing.
In fairness, that is what you would expect from such a powerhouse of a car, and all those trips to fill up will be met with gazes of envy from onlookers.
So, the F-TYPE looks amazing and is packed with kit, but how does it perform when put to the test? The answer is exceptionally well and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
The pace out the starting blocks is instant and the acceleration is relentless as the car fires through the auto transmission.
There are paddles for added driver fun, along with drive modes to alter the reactions called Normal and Dynamic.
Most people will hear the F-TYPE long before they see it thanks to the roar of the engine, and noise levels can be increased further via an enhanced exhaust system.
And, when the weather takes a turn for the worst, the all-wheel drive system has a setting called Rain/Ice/Snow to cope with more adverse driving conditions.
Design and Practicality
The F-TYPE is absolutely gorgeous with powerful curves, a large black grille housing the Jaguar emblem, premium LED headlights with daytime running lights, flush door handles, quad tailpipes, a stretched bonnet, privacy glass, a fixed panoramic roof, deployable boot lid spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels with black brake calipers.
An optional black design pack on the car added a gloss black grille surround, side vents and window surrounds, along with a black front splitter, black ‘Jaguar’ script, plus black F-TYPE badging.
The menacing black theme continues within the cabin with black Windsor leather performance seats, black carpet mats and a dark headliner.
Comfort levels inside this two-seater are deceptively good despite being so close to the ground, although getting in and out with any resemblance to elegance is a challenge.
Storage options are quite limited, although the boot can accommodate 336 litres of goodies with hidden storage beneath the boot floor. In addition, there are slim door pockets, a glovebox, a deep cubby, plus cup holders for anyone brave enough to take a coffee along for the ride.
Equipment and Technology
The powered seats can be cooled or heated and there is a wealth of tech to explore, including a 10-inch widescreen Touch Pro infotainment system featuring full smartphone connectivity, built-in sat nav, DAB radio, a pitch perfect Meridian sound system and Bluetooth.
Visibility is not too bad, despite a narrow rear screen. A rearview camera and sensors make reversing easier, though.
The F-TYPE is kitted out with a wealth of safety features too, although you do pay extra for a blind spot assist pack with rear traffic monitor.
All in all, despite the F-TYPE being a bit more expensive to buy and run, it is a brilliant piece of kit that will deliver hour upon hour of rewarding driving miles that are guaranteed to make you smile. In R-Dynamic trim, it adds an even sportier look to the already attractive F-TYPE.