Jaguar F-Type (2013-present)

It's classically designed, but the Jaguar F-Type has the latest engine technology for maximum power

Strengths & Weaknesses


Sharp and responsive steering
Heady roar from the engine
Stylish inside and outside


Small, awkwardly-shaped boot
Extra equipment is expensive
High running costs

Jaguar's F-Type is a two-seat sportscar with a range of powerful engines that sees it rival the finest offerings from Porsche and Mercedes. It was launched in 2013 and was an instant hit. Its purposeful stance, cutting-edge styling and premium interior press all of the right buttons, while a selection of either a V6 engine, which is good for a 5.1 second 0-60mph sprint, or a supercharged V8 that can rocket from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, will please even the most eager drivers. Customers have the choice of explosive or outright devastating performance.

A Coupé version soon followed in 2014, as did an even more aggressive R version, which went on to feature in a convertible body style. An all-wheel-drive version also hit the market and Jaguar has recently announced the most extreme iterant of the F-Type to date - a fearsome SVR model that packs 567bhp and is capable of reaching close to 200mph.

Whichever model you opt for, you’ll be treated to ultra-precise handling, blistering performance and the sort of exhaust note that stops passers-by in their tracks. The V8 is particularly boisterous and those with neighbours in close proximity might want to forewarn them before firing it up early in the morning.

Downsides include an overall lack of storage and a dated satellite navigation system in older models but this is a two-seater sports car, not a family-friendly people carrier. Customers buy into the sheer drama and the F-Type delivers it by the bucket load.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 08:00

Key facts 

3 years / unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
196 litres
1308 to 1311mm
Tax (min to max): 
From J (£490 in the first year, £265 thereafter) to K (£640 in first year and £290 thereafter)

Best Jaguar F-Type for... 

Jaguar F-Type Coupé
The 'entry-level' F-Type is a tempting £51,760 on the road but beware the options list. Adding niceties gets expensive quickly.
Jaguar F-Type R RWD Convertible
It packs a 5.0-litre supercharged engine that develops 542bhp, which is in turn pumped to the rear wheels. Need we say more?
Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition
The patriotic paint job is an acquired taste and the additional extras are expensive.

Jaguar F-Type History 

  • 2013 The F-Type is launched in a Roadster version only; with the choice of either a 374bhp supercharged V6 or a 488bhp V8 engine. 
  • 2014 A Coupe version is added to the line-up but is only offered with the V6 engine to begin with, although 'S' trim models develop 374bhp, while the standard car develops 355bhp. The lack of folding roof means the Coupe is also treated to a functioning boot. It's small but useful. 
  • 2014 The potent 'R' model arrives soon after with a 542bhp supercharged V8 engine. 
  • 2015 The F-Type R convertible arrives, offering customers unrivalled power with the thrills of an open-top platform. 
  • 2016 Minor tweaks to the interior see an improved sat nav system.

Understanding Jaguar F-Type car names 

  • F-Type
  • Trim level
  • Engine
    3.0 V6
  • Trim level
    There are four trims in total (F-Type, S, R and SVR). Each higher level means more equipment, more performance and a larger price.
  • Engine
    Just two engines are on offer but each can be specified in varying levels of power. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 comes with either 335bhp or 374bhp in the 'S', while the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 delivers 542bhp in 'R' models or 567bhp in 'SVR' versions.

Jaguar F-Type Engines 

Petrol: 3.0-litre Supercharged and 5.0-litre Supercharged

The entry level F-Type comes fitted with the lowest powered 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, which develops 335bhp that is delivered to the rear wheels. Despite its comparatively low power output, this smaller engine is often regarded as one of the most fun on the road. Unlike the banzai 5.0-litre supercharged V8, it doesn't overwhelm the rear wheels at the slightest prod of the accelerator, meaning it inspires more confidence through the twisting country routes. It can be mated to either a manual or automatic gearbox.

Those looking for slightly more shove can specify the same engine in 'S' trim, which pumps power up to 374bhp. Customers can also opt for all-wheel-drive should they want greater traction on the road. The combination of mid-range V6 and all-wheel-drive is often regarded as the sweet spot in the range, where hair-raising power meets razor sharp handling.

In 'R' guise, a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is on offer in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive layouts. It develops a whopping 542bhp and some of the most impressive performance figures in the range (0-60mph in 3.9 seconds) but it is thirsty and sits in the higher Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) bracket.

Finally, the recently announced SVR models gets an even more powerful version of the same engine, which develops 567bhp and can push the car from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 200mph.





0 - 62mph

Top speed

3.0-litre Supercharged V6 Manual






3.0-litre Supercharged V6 Auto






3.0-litre Supercharged V6 S Manual






3.0-litre Supercharged V6 S Auto






3.0-litre Supercharged V6 S Auto AWD






5.0-litre Supercharged R V8 Auto






5.0-litre Supercharged R V8 Auto AWD






5.0-litre Supercharged SVR V8 Auto AWD







Jaguar F-Type Trims 

-Type, F-Type S, F-Type R, F-Type SVR

The F-Type is a premium vehicle and as such, customers hand over a premium price to join the club but that doesn't necessarily mean models roll out of the factory fitted with an abundance of standard kit.

In fact, basic F-Types lack cruise control, front parking aids and even mirrors in the sun
visors. It seems Jaguar not only looked towards its rivals Porsche when tuning the chassis for handling prowess; it also followed the German marque's lead in creating a tempting yet expensive options list.

Luckily, all cars receive a neat 8-inch colour touch screen display inside that now comes with Jaguar's InControl Apps. These allow the owner to tether a smartphone to the system and access music, phone contacts and even certain aspects of social media and news on the move.

The standard Jaguar sound system pumps out at 180W but customers have to travel up British Design Edition, R or SVR models to receive the excellent Meridian 380W Sound System with 10 speakers - or plump for another expensive option.

Of course, the more money you spend, the more Jaguar will throw into the mix. For example, F-Type R models receive neat aluminium touches to the interior consoles and bespoke leather steering wheels, but many of the tempting niceties remain expensive extras, regardless of the trim level.

Climate packs, parking packs and even seat memory packs can be added to increase the amount of luxury and convenience lavished on the car but expect these to cost anywhere between £500 and £3,000.

Jaguar F-Type Reliability and warranty 

The Jaguars of old often suffered with reliability issues and although the F-Type is a completely new car from a new era at Jag HQ, it seems the British marque can't escape its past. The F-Type made its debut on the Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey last
year and ranked a reasonable 34th out of 200 cars.

However, it only came 72nd for reliability and 51st for build quality but Jaguar has some of the best customer service in the industry, so expect any problems to be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

New Jaguars come with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty as standard, but you can pay to extend it for up to five years’ cover. The picture is pretty similar across the board in the premium sector.

Used Jaguar F-Type 

Previously, budget-conscious buyers have avoided Jaguar sports cars due to the fact they have suffered with terrible residual values but the F-Type looks to buck this trend. A new manufacturing process, new materials and a marketing campaign that has seen the model fly off the forecourts means demand is high for this British speed machine.

Regardless, bargains can still be found, they just require a little more hunting due to the fact that not many owners are ready to let go of their pride and joy just yet.