There’s nothing basic about the entry level F-Type. Even though it is the entry point to a range that will attract up to 85 percent of its customers from outside the Jaguar brand.
The Jaguar F-type V6 S delivers more power – 375bhp – and a fair bit more performance to go with it. The 0-60mph time falls from 5.2sec to an impressive 4.9sec.
Its steering, chassis, suspension and brakes have been tuned to deliver sharper responses than the entry-level car. At the same time the exhaust note can be heightened via a new Dynamic Drive system that allows drivers to tweak steering feel, throttle response, gear change speeds and exhaust noise at the press of a touchscreen button. This may or may not appeal to Jaguar’s customers depending largely on how old they are, and how they feel about such technology in the first place. Either way, there’s also a mechanical limited-slip differential fitted to the £69,800 V6 S which, perhaps more than anything else, proves just how keen Jaguar is to separate the characters of its five F-Types.
The entry level car is a frentic high revving four-cylinder, the V6 delivers a rousing note with sweet handling, the V6 S is a more focused, harder edged version of the same. Then there is the sharper 400 Sport, which uses the same V6 unit churning out 394bhp. And at the top there is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine powering both the R and the SVR F-Types and producing 542bhp and 567bhp respectively.
Be in no doubt, the Jaguar F-Type R and SVR are monsterous cars. Jaguar says it will do 0-100mph in 8.8sec and reach a restricted top speed of 186mph, which is fast with a capital 'F', while the SVR in convertible form will power onto 195mph before hitting the limiter. But in reality it feels even faster than that on the road, and has a delicious flamboyance to its handling, steering and ride to match. This is a hairy-chested sports car of the old-school variety, and we fell in love with it completely for that.
In simple terms it’s light for such a relatively big sports car, and that means it’s more agile than you’d expect. And faster, more economical, less polluting, better responding and so on.
The F-Type is, by most measures, a brilliant sports car. But which is best? Which model should you turn your back on a Porsche dealership for? Read on to find out.
From its long hood to its wide rear haunches, the F-type is one slinky stunner. Available as a coupe or convertible with your choice of a turbocharged four-cylinder or one of two supercharged V-6s, the F-type is quick—fast, even—and can hold any driver's attention through curving back roads. But it's not as brisk or as dynamically proficient as many other cars in its class. Wicked R and SVR models that make 550 and 575 horsepower, respectively, from their supercharged V-8s are reviewed separately. Sheer horsepower aside, the Jaguar sports car possesses one of the most distinctive and appealing exterior designs in recent memory and a crackling exhaust note that ensures heads will turn to notice both the car and its driver.
What's New for 2019?
For 2019, the F-type receives new standard equipment, more paint-color choices, and revised model names. Every model has an updated infotainment system that includes a larger 10.0-inch touchscreen with improved functionality and graphics; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now optional, too. The list of standard driver assists adds an adaptive speed limiter, automated emergency braking, driver-attention monitor, lane-keeping assist, and traffic-sign recognition. Buyers can also choose from 18 new exterior colors in either a gloss or matte finish. The F-type lineup drops the 400 Sport model with the 400-hp V-6, and Jaguar rebadged the four- and six-cylinder engines as the P300, P340, and P380 to correspond with their rounded horsepower figure.
Jaguar F-type Pricing and Which One to Buy
We'd choose the coupe, since droptops can be a challenge in the Midwest. We also like the 340-hp supercharged V-6 (P340) with the manual transmission. The 380-hp version comes with a significant increase in price; we think 340 ponies are plenty, so we'd avoid the more expensive versions. Standard equipment on the F-type includes 12-way power-adjustable seats with memory, 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and lane-departure warning and automated emergency braking. The fixed-glass roof is hard to resist, as is the Climate 1 package, which adds two-zone automatic climate control and heating capability to the windshield, seats, and steering wheel.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Likes: Symphonic exhaust note, engaging handling, well-sorted ride.
Dislikes: Stop/start function causes a startling brap, nearly every competitor performs better.
The entry-level F-type is a rear-drive coupe with a 296-hp turbo four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission. We've tested this slower powertrain and found it mostly enjoyable. Next in the lineup are two supercharged V-6 engines, tuned to either 340 or 380 horsepower depending on the model. Both can be bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, which we found easy to manipulate during our test of that model. All-wheel drive is an option on the V-6 models and helps them put their power to the ground efficiently. No discussion of the F-type's powertrain is complete without mentioning its wicked exhaust note. The brash, attention-grabbing exhaust growl draws eyes to the F-type, while its gorgeous design keeps them there.
The F-type looks hot and does well on the track by objective standards, but where performance is concerned, it simply can't match outstanding competitors such as the Chevy Corvette or the Porsche 718 Cayman. The Jag is athletic and responsive, a fun companion with which to charge down serpentine roads. For a sports car, however, the steering effort and feel are a bit light for our tastes. The ride is firm but comfortable and mostly disguises harsh impacts. The F-type braked to a stop from 70 mph in 150 feet. In most segments, that would be a standout result, but as the F-type is pitted against some of the best cars on the road, it is merely adequate.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The V-6's EPA estimates—which don't vary based on the two available horsepower ratings—aren't quite as impressive as the four-cylinder's, but they still match up reasonably well with the rest of the class. We haven't tested a four-cylinder F-type on our highway test route, but an all-wheel-drive V-6 model fell 1 mpg short of its 26-mpg EPA rating during our tests. However, that was the 400-hp version which is no longer available.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Likes: Simple center-dash design, wide array of available features, relatively roomy center console.
Dislikes: Low cabin is hard to exit, convertible has extremely limited cargo space.
The F-type's interior is small but well appointed. Leather and suede front seats are standard, with premium leather available at extra cost. Electric adjustments for the seats and steering wheel are standard in every F-type, as they should be in cars of this caliber, but more desirable features such as a heated steering wheel and seats cost extra. There's plenty of legroom but not much headroom inside the coupe, even compared with the other small cars in this set.
Every F-type comes standard with the same 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but buyers will have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For a car of this size, the F-type is replete with charging ports and other outlets. Two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet mean that no one should find themselves without a fully charged phone.
One should never expect that a car of the F-type's genre will be a good pack mule, but virtually every other car in this class is more versatile as a cargo hauler than Jaguar's entrant. If you plan on road-tripping in the convertible, pack light: it has barely enough trunk space for a single carry-on bag.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The F-type hasn't been tested by either crash-ratings agency, and with no back seat, there's also no safe place for young children. Automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning are standard, though, and heaps of other driver-assistance technology are just a few hundred dollars away. Key safety features include:
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available self-parking assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jaguar's warranty is pure simplicity. That coverage includes lengthy complimentary scheduled maintenance, a standout feature not just in this class but in the marketplace at large.
- Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles
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2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Review: Cool Cat With A Sumptuous Roar
Touted as the successor, or at least tribute to the legendary Jaguar E-Type, the F-Type is Jag's premier sports car and is offered in coupe as well as convertible body styles. There's a wide range of engine options on offer, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged V6 units which can be mated to an optional six-speed manual transmission and send power to either the rear or to all four corners. Power from the four-pot is measured at an impressive 300 horsepower, while the supercharged V6 delivers 340 to 380 hp depending on the state of tune. Although the F-Type Convertible has been around for six, going on seven years, it remains a stunningly beautiful car with tight handling and a well-built interior. The F-Type goes up against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a car that offers a lot of performance for a similar asking price, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Porsche 718 Boxster.
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2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 F-Type Convertible?
There have been only minor changes for 2019, so the F-Type is carried over from last year in pretty much the same state it entered 2018. The updates that have been included, all of which affect the infotainment and safety systems, do, however, add to the F-Type's overall practicality and safety. All Jaguar F-Types now feature the brand's latest ten-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which has seen some new software updates to improve usability. Active driver safety assistance tech such as emergency forward collision avoidance and a driver attention alert system are now standard issue features.
Pros and Cons
- It still as beautiful to look at as the day it was unveiled
- V6 models sound glorious
- Premium build quality
- Exceptionally good around the bends
- It gets pricey compared to some rivals
- Beginning to feel its age
- Uninspiring turbo four-pot engine
- Cabin storage leaves much to be desired
- Sub-par infotainment is a letdown
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F-Type Convertible Exterior
The 2019 F-Type Convertible continues to draw stares from onlookers with its shapely bodywork and overall presence. Standard exterior features across the range include LED headlights with the trademark J emblem integrated within the light housing, LED taillights, rain-sensing window wipers, heated door mirrors, flush door handles, and a sports exhaust system, which sounds absolutely heavenly when matched up to the supercharged V6 engine. A single centrally-mounted active sports exhaust system does duty in the four-cylinder engine, while V6 models get a dual round tailpipes also mounted centrally. Standard 18-inch wheels do duty on the entry-level model, growing to 19-inches on higher-spec cars.
The sporty F-Type Convertible is a low-slung beast, sitting only four inches from the ground and rolls on a short 103.2-inch wheelbase. Measuring 176.5 inches long and 75.7 inches wide excluding side mirrors, you can start to get the idea; the F-Type looks planted and self-assured, even when it's not moving. Its curb weight from 3,405-3,735 lbs is bordering on the podgy side, but it hides it well, and it only adds around 45 lbs to the weight of the coupe.
Max Width75.7 in
Front Width62.9 in
Rear Width64.9 in
Curb Weight3,405.0 lbs
- Santorini Black Metallic
- Yulong White Metallic
- Corris Grey Metallic
- Indus Silver Metallic
- British Racing Green Metallic
- Loire Blue Metallic
- Ultra Blue Metallic
- Carpathian Grey
- Silicon Silver
- Narvik Black
- Fuji White
- Caldera Red
F-Type Convertible Performance
Engine and Transmission
The turbocharged 2.0-liter and supercharged V6 might not seem that different on paper, but feel worlds apart in the manner they deliver their power. The forced-induction four-pot produces 300 hp and an impressive 295 lb-ft of torque in base models. It provides that power in one big mid-range punch, while the 340 hp supercharged V6 on higher trims offers 332 lb-ft of torque higher up in the range, but thanks to its larger capacity, it offers a more linear progression. The ZF eight-speed transmission equipped as standard offers convincing performance during hard driving and settles down nicely when cruising at low speeds, and is easier to live with than the available six-speed manual on the V6-powered trims. Power is sent to the rear wheels, but optional AWD is available on certain trims.
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
Handling and Driving Impressions
Make no mistake, the F-Type isn't a lightweight sports car; it's more like a boxer that throws heavyweight punches but moves like a middleweight. In convertible form, the F-Type feels bumpier over rough road surfaces, but retains the same planted feel of the coupe; most people won't be able to note the difference between the two. What the Jag does well is to offer a sporty ride with flat cornering characteristics and enough grip to do some seriously fast driving, but it also provides a relaxed driving experience when not in full-blown sports mode. Add the adaptive suspension, and the F-Type feels part Porsche Boxster, part GT cruiser. The only true betrayal is the abundance of wind and road noise that manages to permeate the cabin, regardless of whether or not the roof is open or closed.
F-Type Convertible Gas Mileage
Fuel consumption ranges from impressive to gas-guzzling, and there are no prizes for guessing which engines fit these descriptions. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will return an impressive 23/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined, which aren't numbers you'd expect to see from a 300 hp Jaguar sports car. The supercharged V6 in 340 hp guise, and fitted with the eight-speed automatic will return a respectable 20/28/23 mpg and stepping up to the 380 hp version will see those numbers drop to 19/27/22 mpg combined on the RWD version - dropping a further point in AWD guise. Depending on engine size, the F-type comes fitted with either a 16.6-gallon gas tank on the 2.0T models or an 18.5-gallon gas tank on the V6 models, which allows it a total range of around 430 miles.
Fuel Tank Capacity
City/Hwy: 23/30 mpg
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Seating and Interior Space
The F-Type is a full-blown two-seater sports car with a low ride height, so getting in and out can pose a problem for some, especially when it offers a headroom figure of only 37 inches; six-footers and above take note. Legroom, on the other hand, is generous at 42.8 inches. Compared to the 'Vette Stingray's 43 inches of legroom and 37.9 inches of headroom, the interior of the F-Type seems tight, but it's 56.5 inches of shoulder space allows for some breathing room between the driver and passenger.
Front Leg Room42.8 in
Front Head Room37.0 in
F-Type Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space
If you're looking for a two-door sports convertible with usable levels of trunk sand cargo space, the Corvette Stingray will be your best bet. The F-Type manages to eke out 7.3 cubic feet of trunk space. Unlike the F-Type Coupe, which sports a hatchback-style liftgate, most of the space in the rear is gobbled up by the roof, so all you get is a small luggage compartment. The Corvette offers ten cubic feet of space, but is limited by a high liftover and narrow entry.
F-Type Convertible Infotainment and Features
With a starting price of over $60,000, it is expected that the features list should be one of substance, and Jaguar hasn't disappointed. Standard features across the range include cruise control, rain-sensing window wipers, LED taillights, single-zone automatic climate control as well as six-way power seats, and push-button start. Higher up in the trim levels, LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror becomes standard options. The top trim level features 20-inch wheels and an awesomely cool Switchblade active exhaust that can switch the exhaust note between socially acceptable and uncouth in mere seconds.
The updated infotainment system on the 2019 F-Type received a much-welcomed update with the introduction of Jaguar's latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which sees an improvement in response and overall intuition. The ten-inch display is standard across the range and shares the same features and capabilities. Navigation, Jaguar's Pro Services, and InControl apps all work together to provide a coherent and easy to use system. Other Infotainment features include a USB and 12V socket, Bluetooth connectivity, and a punchy Meridian sound system that is capable of drowning out the 2.0-liter engine but doesn't stand a chance against the supercharged V6. No mention is made of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, or SiriusXM satellite radio.
F-Type Convertible Problems and Reliability
There have been four recalls in the past two years, the most notable being a recall issued in January of 2019 for a possible failure of a crankshaft pulley bolt that could cause engine damage. Jaguar covers the F-type with a class-leading basic warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.
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F-Type Convertible Safety
The NHTSA and IIHS tend to skip out on smashing low-volume sports cars, so there are no crash test ratings available for the Jaguar F-type in the US. Safety features available include optional blind-spot monitoring and active lane control, while six standard airbags, and adaptive cruise control, give peace of mind.
Verdict: 🏁Is 2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible a good car?
Before the launch of the F-Type, Jaguar was in dire need of a universally loved sports car, one that would make the same waves as the E-Type did back in the swinging sixties. When it launched, the public was blown away by its stunning looks and impressive performance, and although that wave has waned, there is no doubt that the F-Type is a phenomenal sports car (it has to be if Lana Del Rey featured one in her music video). Thanks to constant updates and improvements, the 2019 F-Type offers good tech and safety features and a range of engine options that range from efficient small capacity turbo units to symphonic supercharged V6s and beyond. It might not be as sharp as its Porsche equivalent, or as powerful and in your face as the Corvette Stingray, but everything it does, it does with glamor and a sense of occasion.
🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible?
Starting at $63,850, the turbocharged 2.0-liter model is the most economical way to get yourself behind the wheel of a 2019 F-Type. Supercharged V6 models start at $71,950 for the entry-level 340 hp version, while the 380 hp version will set you back a further $11,900 for a total price of $83,850. The R-Dynamic Convertible adds a little more at $85,150, excluding tax, licensing, registration, and destination charges.
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🚗What Jaguar F-Type Convertible Model Should I Buy?
If you're looking for an economical sports car, go buy a Miata. The 2.0-liter turbo F-Type is fast and capable in the corners but lacks that sports car growl, not to mention the emotion that the F-Type deserves. Instead, look at the 340-hp supercharged V6, which asks a premium of around $8,000 over the four-pot. The sound emanating from the exhaust pipes of a V6 powered F-Type will more than make up for the extra outlay. The higher-spec 380 hp car is better to drive fast thanks to its limited-slip diff, but it's not fooling anyone; the F-Type in standard form handles and performs well enough, and very few owners will be able to push it to its limits on public roads, never mind on a track. Standard features on the V6 car include a ten-inch infotainment system, single-zone climate control, cruise control, and automatic emergency front braking.
2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Comparisons
2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible vs Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Do you prefer your iron fist in velvet, or in a fingerless leather glove that smells like pork ribs? The way in which Europe and America go about designing and building performance cars is still miles apart; the Corvette Stingray offers a ton of performance thanks to a large capacity naturally aspirated V8 while the F-Type gives you the option of a zesty turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In its most powerful form, the Jaguar still can't touch the Vette's mid-four-second zero to sixty times but offers a more balanced driving experience. Look past the numbers, and the Jaguar is the superior car in terms of comfort, build quality and overall feel. The Corvette offers more space, but the Jaguar feels more special. If its speed you're after, get the 'Vette, but for everything else, the Jag is the better bet.
2019 Jaguar F-Type Convertible vs Porsche 718 Boxster
Comparing these cars is like pitting English style and grace against German precision. The exterior already tells a tale of two very different cars; the F-Type's swooping arches and dramatic front and rear end stand in contrast to the vented and smirking Boxster. In four-cylinder guise, the F-Type and Boxster offer similar power levels, but the Porsche's lower curb weight makes it more agile. The F-type manages to beat out the Boxster with brute force once you go with the supercharged V6, but the Boxster still manages to feel quicker on its feet. Both cars offer very little in terms of interior and trunk space, but the F-type is the bigger car. The Porsche is the better driver's car, delivering razor-sharp responsive from its beautifully balanced chassis, but can feel twitchy and stiff at lower speeds. The Boxster starts at just under $60,000 and should be your choice if you care more about driving than looking good.
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Available in coupe and convertible configurations, the F-TYPE has been available with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine since 2018. Obviously, the supercharged V6 and V8 engines are still available for performance diehards. Consumers can also choose all-wheel drive. Every F-TYPE is equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen paired with the Touch Pro infotainment system. The F-TYPE is by far the sportiest car in the Jaguar family.
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|Gas guzzler tax||CA$0|
|Engine||5,0 l V8|
|Power||575 hp @ 6,500 rpm (429 kW)|
|Torque||516 lb·ft @ 3,500 – 5,000 rpm (700 N·m)|
|Vehicle type / Category|
|Fuel efficiency / Autonomy|
|CO₂ emissions||299 g/km|
|Heated front seats||optional|
|Heated steering wheel||standard|
|Ventilated front seats||optional|
|Lane departure warning||standard|
|Auxiliary audio input||standard|
|Apple CarPlay compatible||available|
|Android Auto compatible||available|
|Premium audio system||standard|
|Steering / Suspension / Brakes / Tires|
|Steering||rack and pinion|
|Turning diameter||11 m (37′)|
|Front suspension||independent, short/long arm|
|Rear suspension||independent, short/long arm|
|Front brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Dimensions / Weight|
|Length||4,475 mm (176″)|
|Width||1,923 mm (76″)|
|Height||1,308 mm (51″)|
|Wheelbase||2,621 mm (103″)|
|Front track||1,585 mm (62″)|
|Rear track||1,610 mm (63″)|
|Weight||1,720 kg (3,792 lb)|
|Trunk||207 l (7 cu ft)|
|Fuel tank||70 l (15 gal)|
|Power to weight ratio||249.0 W/kg|
|0-100 km/h||3.7 s (manufacturer)|
|80-120 km/h||2.3 s (manufacturer)|
|Top speed||314 km/h (195 mph) (manufacturer)|
|Base warranty||4 years/80,000 km|
|Powertrain warranty||4 years/80,000 km|
|The Car Guide rating|
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