- Stunning aesthetics
- Great to drive
- Punchy engines
- Expensive to run
- Road and wind noise
- Only two seats
Exquisitely styled coupe that offers bundles of fun.
The Jaguar F-Type, first introduced in 2013 as the successor to the Jaguar XF, is the British manufacturer’s premium sports car. Available in either a coupe, or a drop-top roadster, the F-Type is one of the finest sports cars on the roads. With a range of hugely powerful engines, with their unique rumbly notes, and unbelievable handling, the F-Type is the most fun you can have out on British roads. Practicality is also pretty decent, surprisingly. And though it isn’t cheap to buy, or to run, the F-Type does boast one of the classiest interiors in the class. If you want a performance coupe that is not only the best of British, but also one of the best cars on the roads, the F-Type should be right at the top of your shopping list.
Exceptional driver focused cabin.
The interior of the Jaguar F-Type is one of the most dynamic on the market. It really does feel like a sports car when you’re behind the wheel. As you might expect, quality is excellent throughout, and there’s a surprising amount of boot space for a car in this class.
The dashboard design of the F-Type is one of its strongest suits. The angled dash reaches towards the driver, giving a real driver-focused experience. It’s not as flashy as some other sports cars, but its understated simplicity is typically British. Material quality is excellent throughout, with dense, soft touch materials adorning every area, whilst build quality is outstanding. It really feels like it’s built to last. Controls are simple, and easy to use, whilst the touchscreen infotainment system is one of the best on the market.
When you’re buying a two seater sports car, practicality isn’t usually high up the list of requirements. But despite only having two seats, storage space is actually pretty decent. The 315 litre boot space is big enough for a couple of sets of golf clubs, or two people’s travel luggage. It’s obviously not going to be a car for family buyers, but for a sports car, it’s surprisingly practical.
Equipment levels in the F-Type are pretty generous, no matter which model you go for. The entry-level model comes with part-leather seats, 18” alloy wheels, satnav, parking sensors, keyless entry, and an 8” touchscreen infotainment system that includes DAB and Bluetooth. S trim adds bigger alloy wheels, full leather upholstery, an active exhaust, and better brakes. Whilst range-topping R trim adds a body kit, 20” alloy wheels, and sporty seats.
Overall there’s very little to complain about with the inside of the F-Type. It really is a great sports-focused interior. As you’d expect from a Jaguar, quality is outstanding. Whilst there’s a surprising level of practicality for a car in this class.
Incredibly fun to drive, comfortable, and refined.
The Jaguar F-Type is one of the funnest cars to drive on the market. Steering is sharp and precise, whilst grip is excellent. Out on the open road the F-Type allows you to really throw it into a corner with confidence, and you’ll more than likely come out of the corner with a huge grin on your face. S and R models come with adaptive dampers, which only improves the handling, allowing you to choose from a variety of settings. Body roll is virtually non existent as well, and the F-Type remains balanced no matter how hard you push it.
Suspension and Chassis
Though fun is of primary importance in a sports car, the F-Type is still a Jaguar. For most buyers they will expect a great deal of comfort and refinement to match the superb handling. Thankfully, the F-Type lives up to its billing. The suspension easily copes with loose road surfaces and potholes, remaining settled even on the worst British roads. Refinement is also pretty good. There is a little wind and road noise on the motorway, but it’s never intrusive.
Gearbox options in the F-Type come in two guises. The entry level V6 is available with a six speed manual box. It offers a sharp gear change, and a short throw, which only adds to driver involvement. The rest of the F-Type range comes fitted with an excellent eight-speed dual-clutch semi automatic transmission. It’s the best of the two on offer, as it is smooth and refined for when you just want to cruise, whilst it’s responsive enough to be fun when you want it to be.
Three superb supercharged engines.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your F-Type, you’ve got three options. All three are supercharged petrol engines, and all of them offer plenty of punch. The entry-level will be enough for most, but the barking mad SVR model will have petrolheads in awe.
Those who want unbelievable power from their F-Type should take a close look at the bonkers 5.0 litre supercharged V8 in the SVR model. It produces a whopping 575bhp and 516lb/ft of torque, and will slingshot you from 0-62mph in an incredible 3.5 seconds. Even the entry-level 3.0 V6 takes just 5.1 seconds, so no matter which model you go for, your F-Type is going to feel rapid.
Eco-friendly buyers will want to look away now. To be fair, high performance sports coupes aren’t usually their car of choice. And it’s easy to see why. The greenest engine in the range is the entry-level 3.0 V6 Auto, which produces 199g/km of CO2 emissions. Pretty hefty figures, but this is a sports car after all. For money-savers, this engine is the best option to consider. It’s not exactly cheap to run, with a £270 road tax bill, and a fuel economy of 33.6mpg, but it is an awful lot more efficient than the rest of the F-Type range.
Whether you go for the 3.0 V6, the 375bhp V6S, or the monstrous 5.0 V8, you’re going to get an engine that sounds, and feels amazing. With 0-62mph times of around five seconds or less, no matter which one you go for, you’ll be able to outrun almost every car on the roads.
Not tested by NCAP, but plenty of standard safety features.
As with nearly all high-end sports cars, the Jaguar F-Type hasn’t been tested by the boffins at NCAP. Jaguar as a brand tends to perform well in safety tests however, so you shouldn’t worry yourself too much when you’re behind the wheel. Especially when you know that you’ve got plenty of safety equipment on board. All F-Type’s come equipped with four airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, and brake force distribution. The V6S, V8R, and SVR models all get a limited slip differential, which improves grip in wet and wintry conditions.
Decent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Jaguar F-Type is by no means a cheap car to buy, especially from new. Nor is it cheap to run. But this a sports car after all, and it’s competitively priced compared to rivals. Running costs do vary between model to model, but most buyers will want to stick with the lowest powered 3.0 V6, paired with the automatic transmission. It’s the cheapest to tax, and fuel economy is the best on offer in the range. Whichever F-Type you go for, you’re going to need deep pockets.
Insurance groups for the F-Type are expensive no matter which model you go for. All of the F-Type models are in the highest possible group 50. It’s to be expected, this is a high performance sports car after all. But a Porsche Boxster, and even some 911s will offer cheaper premiums.
Though the F-Type tends to hold its value well after the first few years, depreciation is still a factor to consider. But only if you choose to buy from new. With depreciation as high as 50% in the first three years, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Jaguar F-Type is one of the best high-performance sports coupes on the market. Arguably, it’s also the best looking car in its class, if not in the entire motoring world. It really is exquisite. The F-Type is just as good to drive as well, whilst the engines on offer not only sound great, they also go like the clappers. Obviously it’s not a cheap car to run day-to-day, but the F-Type does offer reasonable levels of practicality. And with a high-end interior, and high-tech equipment, you’ll certainly feel special when you’re behind the wheel of an F-Type.
Buying a used Jaguar F-Type online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Jaguar F-Type for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used F-Type. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Jaguar F-Type online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Jaguar? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Jaguar F-Type, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used F-Type, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Jaguar to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.