Review - Jaguar F-Type
April 06, 2021
For those that haven’t seen it or heard of it, the F-Type is a spiritual successor to the classic sexy E-Type of the ’60s – yes, that ‘yeah baby, yeah’ car featured in Austin Powers films. From some angles, you can see the family genes. From others, it has its own contemporary elements and aggressive characteristics.
In Australia you can get the F-Type with a monster supercharged V8 with enough power to buckle the Earth, or you can opt for more efficient supercharged V6 and even a four-cylinder. You can also go for a stunning drop-top convertible or a more subtle coupe. This means the price range is very wide, helping it appeal to a wider audience than its key rival, the Porsche 911.
It’s definitely a sports car inside. There isn’t a lot of room but it brings the perfect amount of intimacy for the driver. The centre fascia is a real work of art in our opinion, slightly skewed toward the driver with a passenger hang-on-for-life brace closing off the main controls.
Most of the switchgear has been made to celebrate an occasion. When you turn the climate on, for example, the centre vent rises up from the dash automatically. The temperature controls are pretty cooll too, featuring a window display for your setting. All buttons feel solid and premium, particularly the driving mode toggle which looks and feels like it’s straight from the set of a James Bond flick.
Both the coupe and convertible offer a stunning exterior design. It’s hard to pick between the two. However, with the black fabric roof on the convertible we think it doesn’t look as breathtaking as the coupe. Flip the roof back though (button operated), taking about 12 seconds, and you have yourself one of the best-looking cars on the market we think. It truly is an exquisite piece of machinery to behold.
Like having a tamed lion as a pet
It’s nice to have a great-looking sports car. But, it’s even better when the car can match its visual presence with inspiring driving dynamics. The F-Type is an excellent-handling vehicle, blending aesthetics and athleticism into one. It remains confident and reassuring in the bends, with perfectly flat and neutral handling.
The steering is superb. It provides clear and direct feedback at all times. With an ideal driving position presented, it is very easy to get into the ‘zone' and become one with the car. In other words, if you want to go out for a sneaky Sunday morning drive, the F-Type is an encouraging companion. And in V6 form, it sounds so good and goes very nicely indeed.
If you’re in the market for a high-end sports car – speaking to Porsche 911 buyers – you really need to take one of these for a test drive. It offers an unforgettable driving experience. Add to that the huge savings in the initial price, especially in V6 and four-cylinder forms, and things don’t get much more convincing. The only thing left to decide is if you want a coupe or if you should let your hair down and go for the convertible. We’ll leave that up to you.
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 3.0-litre supercharged V6
- Transmission and drive: Eight-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Not tested
- Official fuel economy: 9.0L/100km (12.8L/100km during test)
- Time from 0-100km/h: 5.2 seconds
- Drop-dead gorgeous design
- Pin-sharp handling
- Addictive engine sound
- Reasonably priced (compared with rivals)
- Very small boot
- Tight cabin space
- Low nose prone to scrapes