No one needs a 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE, but it’s completely understandable to really, really want one. The tricky part is which version of this sport/luxury 2-seater car to buy. There’s the initial decision of fixed-roof coupe or convertible. After that, there are budget and power considerations to take into account.
While more is most often better, even the least expensive version still comes with the essential F-TYPE looks that are fully contemporary while still being recognizable as a Jaguar. There’s poise and precision as well as suppleness. It also comes with that special mix of visceral thrills and current technology — especially in the safety department.
This is a class in which there are several great contenders, yet none come close to having the kind of character the F-TYPE exhibits. Some would rather be efficient and capable than charming, but the F-TYPE can do all three.
A few people might complain about cabin space or trunk size, but the 2020 F-TYPE is a sports car, not a Camry. OK, one gripe: Apart from the start button (which pulsates red), the dashboard holds a little less visual interest than the rest of the car. Overall, though, the F-TYPE richly deserves its place among the best of its kind.
What’s New for 2020?
A series of Checkered Flag limited-edition versions are available with either the 4-cylinder engine or the 380-horsepower supercharged V6. This involves sport seats, leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, cabin accents of brushed dark aluminum and Gloss Black 20-in alloy wheels with a dedicated design.
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration becomes standard throughout the range, along with front parking sensors. The manual transmission option is no longer offered. See the 2019 Jaguar F-Type models for sale near you
What We Like
- Strong acceleration
- Epic supercharged V8
- Highly capable handling
- A real head-turner
What We Don’t
- Don’t expect much insulation from the outside world
The entry level F-TYPE has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It drives the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it returns 23 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in combined driving.
The first upgrade is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 making 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is also a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) setup with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined.
The second upgrade is a more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 380 hp and 339 lb-ft. All-wheel drive (AWD) becomes optional at this level. Fuel use runs to 19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined (RWD) or 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined (AWD).
The AWD-only F-TYPE R enjoys a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, developing a mighty 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined.
The F-TYPE SVR, again with AWD and an automatic transmission, is even mightier. That same V8 is tuned here to generate 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It achieves the same gasoline consumption as the R: 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined.
All fuel figures apply to coupe and convertible versions.
Standard Features & Options
The 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE is available as a 2-seater coupe with a glass sunroof or a 2-seater convertible with a power-retractable fabric top. Both styles come in base, R-Dynamic, R and SVR trim levels.
The base F-TYPE coupe ($62,625) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, LED lighting, an automatic rear spoiler, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, a sport exhaust with center-mounted dual tailpipes, rain-sensing wipers, leather/suede-effect fabric upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable seats with driver’s-side memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel (tilt-and-telescopic), a self-dimming rearview mirror, front parking sensors, an engine start button, a 10-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, navigation, a USB slot, HD/satellite radio, a 12-speaker/770-watt Meridian audio system, emergency braking, an adaptive speed limiter, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and a driver fatigue monitor.
The F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition coupe with the 4-cylinder engine ($72,925) adds its aesthetic differences.
The R-Dynamic coupe ($85,325) has the 380-hp V6, 20-in wheels and an adaptive suspension. AWD is an extra $3,000 in this version.
The corresponding 380-hp Checkered Flag coupe ($95,525) has AWD as standard, while otherwise following the same formula as the 4-cylinder model.
The F-TYPE R coupe ($102,825) gets the supercharged V8, stronger brakes, an electronic torque-vectoring limited-slip differential, heated sport seats and rear parking sensors. The coupe has a powered tailgate.
The SVR coupe ($124,625) has the most muscle, as well as a titanium exhaust system, a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, quilted stitching in the leather-covered seats, and a simulated suede headliner (coupe).
Options include a heated windshield, a carbon fiber roof for the coupe, active safety features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, plus a pricey but strong carbon ceramic brake system in the sportier trims.
Convertible variants cost an extra $3,100. The convertible’s top takes 12 seconds to go up or down, and it can operate at speeds of up to 30 mph.
Trunk space is tight in the convertible: 7 cu ft. The coupe is only marginally more accommodating at 11 cu ft.
The F-TYPE comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags and rollover hoops behind the convertible’s headrests.
The F-TYPE hasn’t been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Behind the Wheel
The dashboard and controls seem relatively plain, but the quality of the materials is suitably upscale. And everything seems put together well. The optional extended leather trim adds character, especially when an adventurous color is chosen.
Acceleration is strong in any version. That said, it’s hard to imagine forgoing the supercharged V8 for any reason other than financial. This is one of the best engines around, delivering tremendous power with a spine-tingling growl. Flooring the V8’s throttle at around 60 mph is a peak experience. The V6-powered versions are perfectly capable and have the slight advantage of less weight up front, but the F-TYPE feels incomplete without that V8.
On winding roads, the F-TYPE is less involving than Porsche’s best (but Porsche’s best is the absolute best). It is, however, unquestionably a world-class sports machine with stunning ability and high-speed stability.
In normal circumstances, the AWD system favors the rear wheels to preserve a sporty feel. On a twisting road, slippery surfaces or a racetrack, the system can send 50% of torque to the front wheels for optimum grip and traction. Jaguar says torque vectoring results in the perfect line when entering a corner and AWD provides the perfect line accelerating out of it.
As electrical power steering systems become the norm, purists bemoan the lack of feel that some erstwhile hydraulic systems offered. In many cases, you might as well be twirling a video game controller for all the apparent connection there is to the front wheels and the road. But the F-TYPE’s system does not suffer from numbness. This is how good it is: You don’t even think about it. You’re too busy enjoying the drive.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Chevrolet Corvette — The Corvette is comparable in many respects to the V8-powered F-TYPE models and costs much less.
2020 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.
Used Aston Martin V8 Vantage — Sensational looks. It’s an entry level model, but still feels incredibly special.
As mentioned above, if it’s just the looks that draw you to the 2020 F-TYPE, the 4-cylinder version could easily suffice. On the other hand, the SVR is extreme, both in terms of muscle and money. The R versions have enough of everything. Find a Jaguar F-Type for sale