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2021 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type ranks near the bottom of the luxury sports car class. The F-Type has spry handling, robust engine performance, and many standard features, but it’s let down by its cramped interior and poor predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Well-balanced handling
  • Spacious trunk
  • Snug seating space
  • Finicky touch screen
  • Low predicted reliability rating

New for 2021

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Standard digital gauge cluster
  • SVR trim discontinued

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type's #14 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Jaguar F-Type has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 6.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Jaguar F-Type a Good Car?

Yes, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type is a pretty good luxury sports car. The F-Type is offered in sleek coupe and convertible body styles, and it has a sizzling lineup of four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines. It’s a blast to drive along winding roads, and the suspension keeps this Jaguar feeling surefooted and stable without sacrificing ride comfort. There’s ample cargo space, at least by sports car standards, and the F-Type comes loaded with features like Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning. That said, the F-Type does have its share of drawbacks, like a slow-to-respond infotainment system, snug seating space, and a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us: 45 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 45 Jaguar F-Type reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2021 F-Type review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2014.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Jaguar F-Type?

The Jaguar F-Type merits consideration if you’re shopping for a luxury sports car, but ultimately, there are better alternatives in this highly competitive segment. The BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra offer similar driving enjoyment at a lower price point than the F-Type. The Porsche Boxster and Cayman have sportier driving dynamics, plus comfier cabins. The Chevrolet Corvette manages to undercut the base model F-Type on price while nearly outgunning the top model on engine performance. All of these competitors rate higher for predicted reliability as well.

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2020 vs. 2021 Jaguar F-Type: What's the Difference?

Jaguar gives the F-Type a considerable styling update for 2021. The F-Type now features a new hood and bumpers, narrower LED headlights, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Jaguar also retuned the F-Type’s suspension and discontinued the high-performance SVR model. Otherwise, the 2021 model is mechanically similar to 2020-and-older F-Type models.

Compare the 2020 and 2021 F-Type »

Here are the key changes for the Jaguar F-Type over the last few years:

  • 2018: four-cylinder engine became available; gained standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • 2019: lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and driver drowsiness monitoring added to standard features list; infotainment system updated with 10-inch touch screen
  • 2020: standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added; manual transmission discontinued
  • 2021: refreshed exterior styling; retuned suspension; digital gauge cluster added; SVR model discontinued

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 F-Type, 2019 F-Type, and 2020 F-Type reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Jaguar F-Type Cost?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has a starting price of $61,600, which is about average for a luxury sports car. The price rises to $81,800 for V6-powered models and up to $103,200 for V8 models.

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Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Jaguar F-Type vs. Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman coupe is one of the best vehicles in the luxury sports car segment, and it beats the F-Type in many areas. The Cayman serves up sharper handling, and it’s available with a manual transmission, something the F-Type no longer offers. The Cayman also has a roomier cabin, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and a better predicted reliability rating. Cayman prices are lower across the board as well. Look to the Porsche Boxster if you’re interested in a convertible version. It’s not a blowout victory for the Porsche, though. The Jaguar does have a much roomier cargo area.

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Jaguar F-Type vs. Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevy Corvette is simply an outstanding sports car, and it’s a better buy than the F-Type for most shoppers. The Corvette delivers searing acceleration, an even finer balance of handling and ride quality, and eye-catching interior styling. It rates higher for predicted reliability than the Jag, and the infotainment system is easier to use. The Corvette’s biggest highlight is arguably its price. This 490-horsepower monster starts at just $58,900. That’s $2,700 less than the four-cylinder F-Type. Go with the 'Vette.

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F-Type Performance: Four, Six, or Eight

F-Type Engine

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is available with three engine options: a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a 380-horsepower supercharged V6, and a 575-horsepower supercharged V8. All are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The four-cylinder model – or P300 in Jaguar-speak – may not seem as desirable as the V6 or V8, but don’t let that cylinder count fool you. It produces a hefty amount of torque at low rpm, and it easily scoots the F-Type up to speed. Going from zero to 60 mph takes about 5.5 seconds. Throttle response is quick as well, and the eight-speed automatic transmission rifles through its gears in a smooth and prompt manner. You can change gears manually using the shift paddles.

The V6 model – or P380 – has a raspier exhaust note and an even sharper throttle response, but it’s not appreciably faster than the four-cylinder model. It can dash from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. The V8, on the other hand, hits like a sledgehammer. It can rocket the F-Type R from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and its exhaust pipes emit a sonorous roar with occasional crackles.

Jaguar F-Type Powertrain/Performance Options
  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque; starts at $61,600 (P300)
  • Available engines:
    • 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque; starts at $81,800 (P380)
    • 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque; starts at $103,200 (F-Type R)
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive (P300); all-wheel drive (P380, F-Type R)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Jaguar F-Type Performance Packages and Options:
  • 19-inch wheels (starts at $1,100)
  • 20-inch wheels (starts at $2,100)
  • Switchable active exhaust (starts at $225)
  • Configurable Dynamics (starts at $564): driver-adjustable settings for the throttle, transmission, steering, and suspension
Jaguar F-Type Appearance Packages:
  • Black Exterior package (starts at $1,100): gloss black exterior accents
  • Black Interior package (starts at $310): gloss black interior accents
F-Type Gas Mileage

The Jaguar F-Type gets decent fuel economy for a luxury sports car. The F-Type P300 gets an EPA-rated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The F-Type P380 yields an estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, while the F-Type R gets 16/24 mpg.

F-Type Ride and Handling

The Jaguar F-Type backs up its sports car appearance with athletic driving dynamics. It feels stable and surefooted when winding around turns, the steering is crisp and nicely weighted, and the brakes provide fine stopping power. The F-Type’s ride quality is firm, so you can expect a little jostling from the suspension on rough pavement. However, larger bumps and dips are soaked up in reasonable comfort.

How Fast Is the Jaguar F-Type?

The Jaguar F-Type P300 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which is reasonably quick for a luxury sports car. The F-Type P380 can hit 60 mph in a comparable 4.9 seconds. The F-Type R has a sizzling zero-to-60 time of just 3.5 seconds.

Does the Jaguar F-Type Have All-Wheel Drive?

Yes, the F-Type P380 and F-Type R models come standard with all-wheel drive, while the base model F-Type P300 is offered with rear-wheel drive only.

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F-Type Interior: Sporty and Snug

F-Type Cargo Space

The Jaguar F-Type coupe has 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is much better than average for a luxury sports car. The cargo area is shallow but long, making it possible to transport two bags of golf clubs. The F-Type convertible has a smaller 7.4-cubic-foot trunk, though it’s still roomy enough for one golf bag or a pair of carry-on bags.

How Many People Does the F-Type Seat?

The Jaguar F-Type is offered in coupe and convertible body styles. Both models have two seats that are well-bolstered and provide good lateral support. It’s relatively easy to find a comfortable driving position as well. On the downside, the seat padding is firm, and there isn’t much head- or legroom for taller occupants, reducing the F-Type’s appeal as a daily driver.

The F-Type comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable seats. Heated and ventilated seats are available. Convertible models have a power-operated soft top that can raise and lower in 12 seconds.

F-Type and Child Car Seats

Like many two-seat sports cars, the F-Type does not have LATCH car-seat connectors. We don’t recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

F-Type Interior Quality

The Jaguar F-Type’s interior is somewhat of a letdown when compared to its striking exterior. This is largely due to the plain dashboard design, which has begun to look quite dated. The many soft-touch plastics and leather-wrapped surfaces are on par with class rivals though, and there’s minimal wind and road noise by sports car standards. Visibility is good to the front and sides of the F-Type but not great to the rear.

F-Type Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Jaguar F-Type is equipped with the latest iteration of the brand’s Touch Pro infotainment system. It features a 10-inch touch screen with sleek graphics, and it's accompanied by physical knobs for the main audio and climate controls, making it fairly easy to adjust these functions when driving. The downside is that some of the menus are confusing, and the screen is often slow to respond to inputs.

On the plus side, the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers to integrate their smartphone apps with the screen. The digital gauge cluster is also a plus. It can be configured to show as little or as much information as you want, including a navigation view.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and 10 speakers
  • Available infotainment features: a 12-speaker stereo
  • Additional standard features: a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, remote keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, automatic climate control
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof

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F-Type Reliability

Is the Jaguar F-Type Reliable?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

Jaguar F-Type Warranty

Jaguar covers the F-Type with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty.

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F-Type Safety

F-Type Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 F-Type.

F-Type Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Hands-free parallel park assist

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F-Type Dimensions and Weight

The Jaguar F-Type is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,351 to 3,887 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Jaguar F-Type Built?

Jaguar builds the 2021 F-Type in the United Kingdom.

When Did the Jaguar F-Type First Come Out?

Jaguar launched the F-Type as an all-new luxury sports car for 2014. The F-Type is the spiritual successor to the famous Jaguar E-Type of the 1960s and '70s. In a more literal sense, though, the F-Type served as the replacement for the larger, pricier, and slower-selling Jaguar XK in the brand’s lineup.

Which Jaguar F-Type Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type comes in four trim levels: P300, First Edition P300, R-Dynamic P380, and F-Type R. The entry-level F-Type P300 is a good option for most shoppers. It has a potent turbocharged engine and a wide array of standard features. Upgrade to the F-Type R if you truly want high performance, though. It’s the only trim offered with a V8 engine.

Jaguar F-Type P300

The Jaguar F-Type P300 starts at $61,600 for coupe models and $64,700 for convertible models. The P300 is equipped with a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

Standard features include a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, 10 speakers, remote keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Available features include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, blind spot monitoring, parallel park assist, and 19- or 20-inch wheels. These additions cost between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.

Jaguar F-Type First Edition P300

The F-Type First Edition P300 starts at $73,100 for the coupe and $75,400 for the convertible. This trim adds 20-inch wheels, aluminum interior accents, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel but otherwise shares its standard features and 296-horsepower engine with the base model P300. In addition, the First Edition is available with ventilated seats and a 12-speaker stereo.

Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P380

The F-Type R-Dynamic P380 trim starts at $81,800 for coupes and $84,900 for convertibles. This trim features a 380-horsepower supercharged V6 engine and adds all-wheel drive, an adaptive suspension, a limited slip differential, and larger front brakes with dual-piston calipers. All options carry over unchanged.

Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R starts at $103,200 for coupes and $105,900 for convertibles. This trim comes with a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine and adds larger rear brakes, a power liftgate, and proximity keyless entry. All options carry over.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has a lot going for it. The F-Type can accelerate in a flash, and it’s a joy to thread along tight, winding roads. It sports elegant styling and a rather spacious cargo area, and it’s well-equipped with standard features. The F-Type just lacks the X-factor that many other luxury sports cars offer, from its value proposition to its interior quality. It’s a fine option, but one of many.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "All in all, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type continues to be a car to aspire to with its handsome appearance left largely intact and a personality that inspires driving for the very sake of driving. If you're a track rat or demand the sharpest car you can afford, there are better options on the market. Leave the Jaguar for people who love a pretty face and an exciting car that's just a little bit different from the rest." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With Jaguar moving toward electrification—the next XJ flagship will be electric only—it feels as though the F-type got just enough of a refresh to carry it through until a total rethinking. Yeah, it's quieter. Maybe we'd better get used to that." -- Car and Driver
  • "Loud, raucous and not exceptionally practical, the Jaguar F-Type remains one of our favorite sports-car indulgences. Its gorgeous shape and proportions are among the best on the road and belie the precise, aggressive tendencies lurking under the hood and sheet metal. But that doesn't mean the 2019 F-Type isn't a pragmatic choice. Indeed, with four-, six- and eight-cylinder engine choices, there's an F-Type for all driving styles." -- Edmunds (2019)
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