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Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014–)

Last updated 6 June 2019

 
4
Breathtaking good looks and outstanding handling. R model is brutally quick. Cabin is classy and comfortable. Boot is also usable.
Expensive to run. Ride can be rather hard. Infotainment system feels dated.
Updated 6 June 2019

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Introduction

One of the best cars to emerge from Jaguar in a generation, the F-Type Coupe improves on the Convertible on almost every level, with stunning good looks and outstanding handling. The Coupe is 80 per cent more rigid than the soft top, which makes it more composed in corners, with a firmer footing under hard acceleration. 

The F-Type Coupe engine line-up ranges from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol producing 300PS, to the a 550PS V8 headliner used in the F-Type R. The latter reaches 60mph in 3.9 seconds - or, if that's not quick enough, the 575PS F-Type SVR covers 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds.

Most F-Types come with a super smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox, which provides instant changes and excellent anticipation on both the up and down shift. You can take over using paddles mounted on the steering wheel, if you wish - while the V6 can be specced with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The majority of F-Type Coupes are rear-wheel-drive, save for the powerful V8 models which are four-wheel-drive. It's impressive how much of the market the F-Type Coupe covers - from the £52,000 four-cylinder Porsche Cayman rival, to the £113,500 F-Type SVR which takes on the most serious of 911s.

While we really like the entry-level car, the V6 sounds so good, it's easy to justify the rather small price difference. And then once you've justified the V6, it's worth considering the 380PS V6, with its adaptive dampers, a limited slip differential and a raucous sports exhaust system. It feels like a much more serious proposition.

The F-Type Coupe R, takes things to another level, with an electronic active differential and configurable dynamics, which lets the driver tweak the steering, gear changes and throttle mapping. The electronic differential works really well in the F-Type, providing plenty of grip, while a torque vectoring system provides independent braking for each wheel to improve responsiveness. A switchable exhaust system is also fitted, which unleashes a thunderous howl from the quad tailpipes. 

The F-Type R’s brakes, meanwhile, are the largest available in the range, at 15-inches. Both the R and S models have the option of carbon brakes, with better stopping power and reduced weight by 21kg.

The interior of the F-Type Coupe is comfortable and modern, with the option of leather sport seats and configurable ambient lighting. Navigation, parking sensors and an eight-inch touchscreen are included as standard, while the intelligent dashboard design makes it easy to operate the majority of the controls. Admittedly, the touchscreen feels a tad dated, but this is a small criticism in what’s otherwise a good cabin. 

As an all-rounder, the F-Type Coupe is one of the best sports cars money can buy. It’s great fun to drive and also has a useable boot, with 407 litres, which is enough to carry two sets of golf clubs. Unlike some of its rivals, the Jaguar is easy to drive at low speeds and is also narrow enough to fit into most parking spaces. The V8 is the pick of the bunch, but the V6s are also extremely good, especially with adaptive dampers. 

Jaguar F-Type Coupe 2014 Road Test

Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe 2016 Road Test

Jaguar F-Type 2.0 Coupe 2017 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Fantastic car which people still admire even though 3 years old
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