Strong acceleration; epic supercharged V8; highly capable handling; pleasant interior; a real head-turner
Manual transmission is a nice idea, but not always great in the real world
An updated infotainment system brings a 10-inch, high-resolution touchscreen that's standard in all versions. Fresh paint colors become available. A new secondary naming system reflects engine power (P300, P340 and P380). Emergency braking, adaptive speed limiter, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and a driver-condition monitor are also standard throughout.
A V8 engine under that long, sleek hood is the ideal way to go, and the R is sufficiently muscular. If, however, it's the F-TYPE's looks that are the main attraction, then there's no need to go for so much horsepower. The F-TYPE is also expected to perform well in terms of resale value.
The 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE is available as a 2-seater coupe with a glass roof or a 2-seater convertible with a power-retractable fabric top. Both versions come in base, R-Dynamic, R and SVR trim levels.
The base F-TYPE coupe ($61,745) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, LED lighting, an automatic rear spoiler, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, sport exhaust with center-mounted dual tailpipes, rain-sensing wipers, leather/suede-effect fabric upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable seats with driver-side memory settings, power-adjustable steering wheel (tilt-telescope), a self-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, an engine start button, a 10-in touchscreen, navigation, a USB slot, HD/satellite radio, a 12-speaker/770-watt Meridian audio system, emergency braking, adaptive speed limiter, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a driver-fatigue monitor.
The R-Dynamic coupe ($83,045) adds the 380-hp V6, 20-in wheels and an adaptive suspension.
The F-TYPE R coupe ($101,745) gets the supercharged V8, stronger brakes, electronic torque-vectoring limited-slip differential, heated sport seats and rear parking sensors. The coupe has a power tailgate.
The SVR coupe ($123,745) has the most muscle, plus a titanium exhaust system, a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler, parking sensors at the front, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, quilted stitching in the leather-covered seats and a simulated suede headliner (coupe).
Convertible variants cost an extra $3,100. An automatic transmission, where it isn't standard, is another $1,300.
Other options include a heated windshield, a carbon fiber roof for the coupe, active safety features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, plus a pricey but strong carbon ceramic brake system in the sportier trims.
The convertible's top takes 12 seconds to go up or down, and it can operate at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Trunk space is tight in the convertible at 7 cu ft. The coupe is only marginally more accommodating at 11 cu ft.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Chevrolet Corvette -- The Corvette is comparable in many respects to the V8-powered F-TYPE models and costs much less.
2019 Porsche 718 Boxster -- For pure open-topped driving enjoyment, it doesn't get much better than this. However, there's no engine in the Boxster's portfolio to match the F-TYPE's V8.
2019 Porsche 911 -- The larger 911 coupe and convertible competes closely with V8-engined F-TYPE models in both price and performance.
Used Aston Martin V8 Vantage -- Sensational looks. It's an entry-level model, but it still feels incredibly special.