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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2019 Jaguar F-Type is an exciting sports car to drive, thanks to its slew of meaty engines and athletic handling chops. A handful of less-than-ideal qualities (a complicated touch-screen interface among them) explain why it rates lower in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative engine lineup
  • Handling is exhilaratingly agile
  • Handsome interior
  • Coupe models have lots of trunk space
  • Awkward infotainment system and physical controls
  • Seats are too constricted for some

New for 2019

  • Minor reshuffling of standard features
  • Additional advanced safety features are standard

Is the Jaguar F-Type a Good Car?

The Jaguar F-Type is a good car. More than a dozen configurations are on the menu: every trim is available as a coupe or convertible, there are five engines to choose from, a manual transmission is available with select engines, and upgraded engines come with all-wheel drive. Its supercharged V6 and V8 engines are forceful, and most come with a driver-activated active exhaust system that intensifies this Jaguar's snarl. With its sharp steering and confidence-inspiring handling, every outing has the potential to be exciting. The downsides to the F-Type don't curtail performance, but issues like the complex infotainment interface may diminish your overall enjoyment.

Should I Buy the Jaguar F-Type?

You should buy the Jaguar F-Type if you're looking for a meaty sports car that offers a visceral connection to the road. It's exhilarating to drive, particularly when powered by one of the upgraded V6 or V8 engines. You'll find its cabin most inviting if you enjoy the look and feel of close quarters – the seats are snug, and the intimate cockpit has few extraneous nooks and crannies. The F-Type is also notably devoid of many indulgences (power-adjustable bolsters and Wi-Fi hot spot are among the missing upgrades). If you need options like these to satisfy your co-pilot, the Chevrolet Corvette may be a better choice. The Porches 911's larger seating areas (plus a bonus back seat) provides extra room and can be easier to get in and out of. 

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar F-Type?

The current F-Type is part of the car's original generation, first launched in 2014. For 2019, every new Jaguar F-Type comes with additional advanced safety systems, and its infotainment system gets an upgraded interface and larger touch screen. While these enhancements are appealing, you can likely save money by purchasing an older, but still nearly identical, F-Type instead.

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Our Jaguar F-Type review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 30 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Does the Jaguar F-Type Cost?

Pricing for the 2019 F-Type starts in the low $60,000 range, which is slightly higher than competitors such as the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche Cayman. The base MSRP for F-Type coupe models ranges from $60,750 to $112,750. For an additional $3,100, you can get any trim level in the convertible body style. For more details on pricing, editions, and options, see our section below on Which Jaguar F-Type Model Is Right for Me?

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Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar F-Type Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 has a reputation of being one of the finest sports cars because it is. Performance-wise, the 911 possesses everything you want: robust engines, athletic handling, sharp steering, and strong brakes. It can seat two more people than the F-Type can (though the 911's back seat is quite small). The biggest downside to the 911 is its cost, with prices starting north of $90,000.

Which Is Better: Jaguar F-Type or Mercedes-AMG GT?

Thanks in part to its powerful base engine (a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that cranks out 469 horsepower), the Mercedes-AMG GT scores near the top of our luxury sports car ranking. It boasts an opulent interior with first-class materials and spacious seats. The GT is an excellent choice, but its price tag (from $112,400 and up) is not for the faint of heart. 

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F-Type Interior

How Many People Does the F-Type Seat?

The F-Type is a two-door, two-seat sports car. Its accommodations are tight fitting: the seats hold you snug during sharp curves, but the cabin can feel a little confined for larger travelers. The 12 power adjustments add some relief (though visibility out the rear typically remains limited). Overall, the F-Type is still comfortable enough for a full day of antics.

F-Type and Car Seats

Jaguar F-Type coupe models come with one tether anchor for a forward-facing child safety seat. Rearward facing seats should never be installed in an F-Type (though we also caution against placing any small child in the front passenger seat).

F-Type Interior Quality

The cabin of the F-Type is elegant and well-appointed. Leather seats are standard, and first-class options such as Windsor leather with contrast stitching, suede headliners, dark brush aluminum, and carbon fiber are on the 2019 options list. The center vents – which raise up out of the dash on command – add an extra "wow" factor. Though there are no major drawbacks when it comes to the interior finish, a few reviewers say this Jag isn't quite as opulent as its German competitors.

F-Type Cargo Space

F-Type coupes have more trunk space than most other luxury sports cars, offering up to 14.4 cubic feet (10.9 cubic feet with the cargo space cover in place). That should be enough space for a weekend away, though it's questionable if there is enough space for a golf bag. With its 15-cubic-foot trunk, the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the few that bests these dimensions. In F-Type convertibles, trunk space is slimmed down to 7.3 cubic feet.

F-Type Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The F-Type doesn't have one of the best infotainment systems around, but the interface sees some improvements for 2019. An upgraded interface, a larger touch-screen display, and enhanced graphics are among the changes. Satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth are standard, as is smartphone integration via Jaguar's InControl Apps. The new base Meridian sound system isn't as powerful as last year's, but you can boost your audio experience with the available 12-speaker Meridian surround sound system.

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F-Type Performance

F-Type Engine: Five Potent Engine Options

Jaguar offers five different engine options, with a sprightly turbocharged four-cylinder (rated at 296 horsepower), two potent V6s, and a set of beastly supercharged V8s with up to 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on the roster. The four-cylinder F-Type is the most affordable, due to its lower starting price paired with an above-average fuel economy rating. Thrills are significantly boosted when you step up to a V6 or V8, all of which are accompanied by blistering acceleration and a snarly exhaust system.

F-Type Gas Mileage: From Thrifty to Thirsty

With its base engine, the F-Type has a fuel economy rating that's above average in comparison to all models in our luxury sports car ranking, and typical when you compare it only to other four-cylinder-powered base models. This engine earns 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage decreases to 18-20 mpg in the city and 26-28 mpg on the highway with the V6 engines, and 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the V8s.

F-Type Ride and Handling: Agile and Responsive

In its standard configuration, the F-Type is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available with any engine rated at 380-horsepower and above. The system adds extra grip, yet its rear-wheel bias maintains the F-Type's sporty handling. Steering and handling – especially in upgraded editions – are rated among the best in the class.

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F-Type Reliability

Is the Jaguar F-Type Reliable?

J.D. Power has not yet announced its projected reliability of the 2019 F-Type. The organization gave the 2018 model year a score of two out of five, which is below average for a new vehicle.

Jaguar F-Type Warranty

Jaguar covers the 2019 F-Type with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty.

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F-Type Safety

F-Type Crash Test Results

There are no crash test ratings for the 2019 F-Type. This is a common occurrence for Jaguar models, and even SUVs like the E-Pace, F-Pace, and I-Pace aren't analyzed by crash test organizations.

F-Type Safety Features

Every F-Type comes with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and emergency brake assist, a driver condition monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane keep assist. The standard cruise control system merges traffic sign recognition with an adaptive speed limiter that (when activated) keeps you from exceeding the speed limit. Optional safety features include front parking sensors, parallel park assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Jaguar F-Type Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 F-Type comes in four different trims (F-Type, R-Dynamic, R, and SVR) that are separated more by performance components than by interior amenities. Engine choices include a turbocharged four-cylinder, two supercharged V6 engines (differentiated by their 340- and 380-horsepower ratings), and two supercharged V8 engines (rated at 550 and 575 horsepower). Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is offered on the 380-horsepower V6 and standard on the V8s. Most come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The exception are the V6s, which have an available six-speed manual transmission. You can also pick between a coupe and convertible (the drop-top is a $3,100 upgrade) and both body types are available in every trim.

Selecting the right F-Type for you is a highly personal choice. With so many configurations to select from, the decision boils down more to your driving preferences than a discussion on value. That said, we believe the R-Dynamic is an appealing edition, and recommend starting your search here. Though the SVR is intoxicating – it's the exclusive owner of the 575-horsepower V8 – its $122,000-plus price tag puts it out of range for many. The R-Dynamic's starting MSRP of around $82,000 is much easier to swallow, and its 380-horsepower supercharged V6 still feels indulgent. It's also the first edition in the lineup to come standard with a switchable active sports exhaust system that lets you add even more growl to the F-Type's exhaust note. Additionally, it's one of the few F-Types available with a manual transmission or with all-wheel drive.

Jaguar F-Type

The entry-level F-Type trim starts at $60,750, and comes standard with a 296-horsepower engine. Options include the 340-horsepower V6 paired with either a manual or automatic transmission (adding $8,100 to $9,400 to the price), the rear-drive 380-horsepower V6 ($20,000), and the top-level V6 with AWD $23,000). This last upgrade also includes a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring.

The base seats have leather and suede upholstery and 12-way power adjustments. Also standard is a 10-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Meridian audio system, navigation, and a rearview camera with rear parking sensors.

Jaguar F-Type Dynamic

The F-Type R-Dynamic is powered solely by the 380-horsepower V6 engine. It can be configured with a manual gearbox ($82,050), an automatic transmission ($83,350), or a combination of the automatic and all-wheel drive ($86,350). A switchable active sports exhaust, Adaptive Dynamics (a rapidly-adjusting suspension system), and a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring (for increased grip and stability) are also standard.

Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the first of two editions with an eight-cylinder engine. In addition to its 550-horsepower V8, the F-Type R comes with all-wheel drive, Windsor leather seats, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a proximity key. Pricing starts at $100,750.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

The F-Type SVR ($122,750) offers the ultimate level of Jaguar performance. It's outfitted with a 575-horsepower V8 engine, all-wheel drive, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, performance seats, a carbon fiber rear wing for enhanced aerodynamics, and a heated steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles.

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The Final Call

From its stunning looks to its growling exhaust, the 2019 Jaguar F-Type has all sorts of ways to get your hear racing. It's frequently deemed one of the best sports cars to drive. A potent set of engines partly owes to this reputation, but the Jag's athletic handling also adds to the excitement. None of its notable drawbacks are connected to the way it drives, but shoppers should still consider if they are at home in the close-fitting cabin and with its somewhat cantankerous infotainment system.

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

  • "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 …You can get it in one of 24 combinations, in fact, which befits the kind of tailored class of cars to which it belongs." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2018 Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible create a direct connection to the pleasure center of your brain. Whether it's the immediate acceleration from its variety of engines, the howl of its expertly tuned exhaust, or the sumptuously cozy 2-seat interior, the Jaguar F-Type has personality, sex appeal and brand cache few other cars can match … Now, the 2018 F-Type gets a new 4-cylinder engine, adding efficiency without sacrificing performance, all the better to take on the Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, and more. On the other end of the performance spectrum is the F-Type SVR, with its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The Jaguar F-Type is one of those rare cars that can get away with murder because of how good it looks. Luckily for it, it doesn't commit any mortal sins-it's wonderful to drive and there isn't a person on our staff who wouldn't beg, steal, or lie to own one." -- Road and Track (2015)
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