Review: Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014)

Rating:

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.

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Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014): At A Glance

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

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What does a Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014) cost?

List Price from £55,285
Buy new from £55,810
Contract hire from £512.47 per month

Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4470–4482 mm
Width 2042 mm
Height 1308–1311 mm
Wheelbase 2620–2622 mm

Full specifications

The cabin of the F-Type Coupe is modern and comfortable, with a wraparound dashboard design and intelligent centre console layout. Due to its size, the cabin is strictly a two-seater, with a small loadspace behind the seats; however, the interior is spacious enough, with a large glovebox and a useful cubby. There's also a couple of cupholders and a pocket in each door, although the latter is rather small.

The F-Type gets part leather sports seats as standard, with ‘Performance’ seating (standard on R models) available as an option. For us, the seating upgrade is a no brainer, with improved support and comfort for longer trips. All seats are electronically adjustable, via a stylish electronic controller that’s situated in the door panel, and there's also a memory function.

The dashboard layout is intelligent and driver focused, with rotary dials operating the navigation, audio, heating and air con. The centre console is dominated by an eight-inch colour display, which controls all of the in-car systems and uses a graphic display to illustrate the car's set up. For everyday use, the system is adequate, but some of the graphics are a little blocky. Indeed, compared to the rest of the F-Type Coupe’s modern interior, the infotainment system feels quite dated. 

The cabin does get a few nice touches though, with a smart three-spoke leather steering wheel and ambient lighting on S and R models, which can be configured with different colours. A full length panoramic glass roof can also be fitted as an option, which gives the cabin an airy feel.  

Behind the wheel, the driver gets a good view of the road although rear visibility is limited due to the small rear screen. However, the wing mirrors are large and include blind spot monitoring, which make up for the large blind spots on either side of the car.

Parking sensors are included as standard, so reversing into tight spaces is easy enough. The F-Type has excellent sound and heat proofing, which means you can sit in traffic or drive at low speeds, without the cabin cooking up from the engine heat. 

The Coupe also has a much larger boot, compared to the convertible, with a maximum of 407 litres. However, this falls to 315 litres with the parcel shelf and an optional space saver will reduce carrying capacity even further.

Standard equipment levels:

V6 getsJaguar performance braking system with silver calipers, sports suspension, sports Exhaust, 18-inch Vela alloy wheels, sports seats with leather and Suedecloth facings, three-spoke leather steering wheel with black gear shift paddles, light hex aluminium console finisher, bi-function HID xenon headlamps and a deployable rear spoiler.

V6 S hasJaguar high performance braking system with red calipers, sports suspension with adaptive dynamics, active sports exhaust, centre mounted twin exhaust pipes, 19-inch propeller silver alloy wheels, limited slip differential, sports seats with leather facings plus configurable ambient interior lighting with selectable palette.

V8 R comes withJaguar super performance braking system with red brake calipers, switchable active sports exhaust with quad exhaust pipes, electronic active differential with torque vectoring by braking, configurable dynamics system, premium leather interior, dark technical weave aluminium console finisher with 'R' graphic and performance seats with Premium leather facings and 'R' embossing.

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What's the Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014) like to drive?

The F-Type Coupe range kicks off with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is actually very likeable. With 300PS, it's quick enough, and the weight-saving over the front end makes it feel more agile.

There are also two 3.0-litre V6 units, and two 5.0-litre V8s. All are coupled to Jaguar’s excellent eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be operated manually via the central selector or through the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Enthusiasts will know that sporty Jaguars have suffered with difficult and clunky transmissions in the past, but the new unit is a huge improvement, with quick gear changes and excellent anticipation in full auto mode. However, the F-Type R gets the best set-up, with a recalibrated ‘box and closely-stacked ratios, which makes maximum use of the V8's brutal horsepower.

There is the option of a manual gearbox with the V6, but few buyers opt for this and in truth, there's little point - the automatic suits the car well.

All three engines are impressive and we liked both of the V6s, which are powerful and refined. The standard F-Type V6 gets 340PS, which provides rapid pace and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds. For most, this will be more than enough power, with 460Nm of torque and top speed of 161mph. However, the sports suspension is on the hard side, with the F-Type Coupe occasionally crashing over bumps and pot holes. 

The second V6 – found in the F-Type Coupe S – gets a marginal power increase, with 380PS and 460Nm of torque. As a result, it will reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 171mph. On the road, the S is a much more rounded car, thanks to a raft of technical improvements, which include adaptive dampers, bigger brakes and a mechanical limited-slip differential. As a result, the F-Type Coupe feels much more alive in corners, with plenty of grip and improved traction out of the bends.

If you want supercar rivalling performance, there's the V8 in the F-Type Coupe R. The 5.0-litre engine pumps out 550PS and 680Nm of torque, which means it will skip from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds and be good for an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.

The R also gets an electronic active differential and configurable dynamics, which lets the driver customise the steering response, gear changes and throttle mapping. On the road the R is agile and brutal, with mountains of torque and bags of grip. It also features a torque vectoring system which provides independent braking for each wheel to improve the handling even further. 

However, no matter which engine you choose, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe is always a fun and rewarding drive. The steering is light and responsive, while the power delivery is smooth and predictable. Both S and R models get an active exhaust, which emits a high pitch shrill every time you punch the throttle. The F-Type Coupe also gets parking sensors and blind spot monitoring aids, which makes it easy to drive on a daily basis.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.0i 300 Automatic 36 mpg 5.7 s 163–179 g/km
3.0 340 27–29 mpg 5.5–5.7 s 234 g/km
3.0 340 Automatic 27–34 mpg 5.1–5.7 s 199–234 g/km
3.0 380 27–29 mpg 5.3–5.5 s 234 g/km
3.0 380 Automatic 29–33 mpg 4.8–4.9 s 203–223 g/km
3.0 380 Automatic AWD 28–32 mpg 4.9–5.1 s 211–233 g/km
3.0 400 Automatic 33 mpg 4.9 s 203 g/km
3.0 400 Automatic AWD 32 mpg 5.1 s 211 g/km
5.0 V8 550 26 mpg 4.0 s 259 g/km
5.0 V8 550 AWD 25–26 mpg 3.9–4.1 s 269 g/km
5.0 V8 575 AWD 25–26 mpg 3.5–3.7 s 269 g/km

Real MPG average for a Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014)

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Average performance

104%

Real MPG

24–38 mpg

MPGs submitted

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Buying a Jaguar F-Type - which wheel size is best?

I will shortly be ordering a new Jaguar F-Type S coupe. I have seen you comment many times on wheel sizes so could I ask whether you would recommend 19 or 20-inch wheels?
What do you want? Ride comfort or track day grip at the expense of ride comfort? For ride comfort, better tyre life and less vulnerability to pot holes I'd go for the 19-inch wheels. Even though the tyre profiles seem to be similar the 19-inch tyres are a bit more comfortable.
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