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2021 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is a modern version of the E-Type, one of the sexiest English sports cars from the 1960s. Available as a hardtop coupe or a convertible with a power-folding fabric top, the Jaguar F-Type ranges from a rear-wheel-drive P300 model with 296 horsepower to the scaldingly fast all-wheel-drive F-Type R with 575 hp. In between is the P380 R-Dynamic model, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 380 hp.

This a 2-seater grand touring sports car with several great class contenders, but few of them have the character of this Jag, let alone its poise, precision and suppleness. The F-Type also deftly blends classic visceral thrills with a modern suite of advanced safety technology.

The F-Type’s competitors are many. Four worth considering are the Porsche 718 Cayman and Porsche 718 Boxster, along with the Porsche 911 Turbo and the new Chevrolet Corvette.

What’s New for 2021?

In addition to the refreshed styling for 2021, the Jaguar F-Type is equipped with a new 12.3-in digital instrument panel. Moreover, the F-Type model lineup has been trimmed for 2021. The almighty SVO version has been discontinued, as have the P340 V6 and P380 RWD models.

The F-Type R, now powered by the 575-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 from the SVO, gets new rear suspension arms and its engine cover has been deleted for enhanced cooling.

There’s also a new model for 2021: the F-Type First Edition. Available for only one model year, the F-Type First Edition essentially is an F-Type R-Dynamic model with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and numerous added features like a black roof, dark gray 20-in alloy wheels, aluminum gearshift paddles, sport seats and a black headliner made of a convincing artificial suede. The new F-Type First Edition is available in black, white or gray exterior colors. See the 2021 Jaguar F-Type models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Beautiful styling, tastefully modified
  • Epic supercharged V8
  • Highly capable handling
  • Coupe or convertible
  • It’s British

What We Don’t

  • Cockpit a tad cramped for big drivers
  • SVO model discontinued
  • Underwhelming resale values

How Much?

$62,625-$106,925

Fuel Economy

The entry-level F-Type, the P300, has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. With a RWD setup and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the P300 is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined.

Next up is the F-Type P380 R-Dynamic, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. This AWD model returns 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.

The F-Type R is also an AWD model, but it’s blessed with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that now puts out 575 hp (up 25 from last year) and 516 lb-ft of torque (up 14). Its fuel economy is 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined.

Note: All EPA fuel-economy figures apply to the coupe and convertible versions of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type.

Standard Features & Options

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is available as a 2-seat coupe (with an optional glass sunroof) or a 2-seat convertible with a power fabric top. The base level P300, midlevel P380 R-Dynamic and F-Type R performance flagship are all available as a coupe or a convertible.

The base Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe ($62,625) has 18-in alloy wheels, power-adjustable sport seats covered in leather and a pseudo suede, a 380-watt sound system, a pushbutton starter, metal scuff plates, satellite radio, a navigation system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

New for 2021 is the F-Type First Edition. This $74,025 model, built for only one year, is a 4-cylinder rear driver that has sport seats and the aggressive suspension of the F-Type R-Dynamic model, plus some visual differences like a black roof and dark gray 20-in alloy wheels. The First Edition is available only in black, white or gray.

The P380 F-Type R-Dynamic coupe ($82,825) has the 380-hp V6, 20-in dark gray wheels and an adaptive suspension. Other standard fare on this AWD machine includes a limited-slip rear differential, larger brakes (with black calipers) and a gloss-black front spoiler.

With its 575-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the F-Type R ($104,225) has earned its spot at the top of the lineup. The supremely powerful AWD 2-seater adds an electronic rear differential, larger rear brakes (with red calipers), sportier seats, richer interior leather and R-branded scuff plates.

Stand-alone choices on the 2021 Jaguar F-Type include a 770-watt Meridien sound system, a panoramic sunroof and a power tailgate, the latter two available only on the F-Type coupe. A carbon-fiber roof, along with pricey carbon-ceramic brakes, are available on the F-Type R.

Strangely, a blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, two great safety technologies, aren’t standard. They’re a part of the optional Blind-Spot Assist Pack.

A few details: Convertible F-Types cost an extra $3,100. The power top takes 12 seconds to go up or down, and it can be done at speeds of up to 30 mph. The coupe has an 11 cu. ft trunk, and the convertible’s is only 7.

Safety

The 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Notable safety hardware on this Jaguar 2-seater includes rollover hoops behind the convertible’s headrests and standard automatic emergency braking. With this system, the F-Type will warn the driver and apply the brakes if it senses a stopped car or a pedestrian in its path. Even if the accident isn’t avoided, its severity will be lessened by this genuinely good safety tech.

Last, all F-Types also have a Driver Condition Monitor. If this system senses that the F-Type driver is getting drowsy, a coffee cup on the dash will illuminate to suggest a break.

Behind the Wheel

The Jaguar F-Type has been criticized for having a plain dashboard. Not anymore. The 2021 F-Type now fitted with a 12.3-in digital instrument panel replacing the traditional analog gauges. It’s a visual feast with three display themes, with a default mode that features a large tachometer right in of the driver, as it should be in a car with such an impressive sporting lineage. And speaking of history, certain 2021 models of the F-Type will carry a badge on the center console with script that reads: “Jaguar Est. 1935.”

Acceleration is strong in any version, but it’s hard to imagine forgoing the supercharged V8. It’s 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 P380 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). However, the Jag is without question a world-class sports machine with stunning ability and high-speed stability.

In normal circumstances, the AWD system favors the rear wheels for a sporty feel. On a twisting road, slippery surfaces or a racetrack, the system can send 50 percent of the 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 electrically assisted power steering systems become the norm, purists bemoan a lack of feel. But the F-Type’s system is far from numb. It’s communicative. This is how good it is: You don’t even think about it because you’re busy enjoying the drive.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Chevrolet Corvette — The mid-engine Corvette, in coupe and convertible form, is comparable in many respects to the V8-powered F-Type models. And it costs much less.

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster — For pure open-topped driving enjoyment, it doesn’t get much better than this mid-engine 2-seat Porsche roadster. The new Boxster Spyder has a 4.0-liter flat-6 with 414 hp.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman — For pure fixed roof driving enjoyment, it doesn’t get much better than this mid-engine 2-seat Porsche coupe. The new Cayman has a 4.0-liter flat-6 with 414 hp.

2020 Porsche 911 — The larger 911 coupe and convertible compete closely with V8-engined F-Types in both price and performance. The 911 Turbo is available now, too.

Used Aston Martin V8 Vantage — Sensational looks. Sure, it’s an entry-level model, but the Vantage still feels incredibly special. A rarer bird, too.

Autotrader’s Advice

If you’re drawn to the 2021 Jaguar F-Type purely for its looks, that’s fine. It’s a great-looking car, and the refresh has enhanced an already handsome design. While the 4-cylinder P380 and First Edition cars are fine grand touring machines, the supercharged V6 and V8 models add some serious exhilaration to go along with all that classic style. Find a Jaguar F-Type for sale

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