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MSRP: $61,600 - 126,700

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

2020 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2020 Jaguar F-Type is a beastly sports car disguised as a sleek two-door. It gets top marks for its responsive handling and places in the top third of our luxury sports car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively, fuel-efficient base engine
  • Optional supercharged engines with growly exhaust notes
  • Responsive, poised handling
  • Coupe models have a large trunk for the class
  • Seats are small and hard to get into for tall travelers
  • Ride quality and seats are on the firm side

New for 2020

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and front parking sensors now standard
  • Manual transmission no longer available

Is the Jaguar F-Type a Good Car?

Yes, the Jaguar F-Type is an excellent luxury sports car. The snarling cat on its grille hints at its felinelike agility and muscular engines. Counterbalancing its assertive driving dynamics is an interior with sophisticated styling and a refined finish. Both coupe and convertible body styles are available, and the oversized trunk in the coupe is spacious enough to hold two sets of golf clubs. The engine lineup ranges from a lively turbocharged four-cylinder to authoritative V8s, and all upper engine options come with a satisfying exhaust system.

Six-footers may find the F-Type's seats to be challenging to slide into and a little confining once there. Additionally, as this Jaguar's focus is on athleticism, its interior isn't as pampering as some rivals.

Should I Buy the Jaguar F-Type?

You should buy a Jaguar F-Type if you want an athletic sports car that connects you to the road without overcoddling you. Prices start in the low $60,000s for a four-cylinder F-Type. Similar in horsepower and MSRP are the Porsche Boxster convertible and Porsche Cayman coupe. These twins are worthy options for any driving enthusiast to consider, though neither comes with as many standard features as the F-Type.

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

If effortlessly connecting your smartphone to your car's infotainment system is a high priority, then you should absolutely stick with a new Jaguar F-Type. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the 2020 model and not available in earlier editions. Shoppers who find this sports car's driving dynamics more engrossing than its technology can skip the 2020 model in favor of a nearly identical used model, which will likely cost less. The F-Type debuted for the 2014 model year.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 F-Type and 2019 F-Type reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 37 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Jaguar F-Type in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 37 professional Jaguar F-Type reviews.

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How Much Does the Jaguar F-Type Cost?

Prices for the 2020 Jaguar F-Type coupe start at $61,600. The base price increases by $3,100 if you want a convertible body style. Five engines are available with horsepower ratings that range from 296 to 575. There are also five trim levels: the base F-Type, R-Dynamic, R, SVR, and the all-new Checkered Flag. See our Which Jaguar F-Type Model Is Right for Me? section below for full details on pricing and standard features for each trim.

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Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar F-Type or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 has been fully redesigned for 2020, commencing its new generation with a wider body and fresh technology. It’s a tantalizing luxury sports car with a well-earned reputation for offering outstanding performance and handling. The entry fee for this ride is almost double that of the F-Type's, however, and the 911's six-figure sticker price will bar it from many shopper's lists. If this is the case for you, go with the F-Type, which is still satisfyingly aggressive.

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

In addition to honoring the Mercedes-Benz reputation for high-class, opulent interiors, the Mercedes-AMG GT stands out for its slew of potent engines and its athletic handling. Iterations include the base 469-horsepower GT and the track-ready 577-horsepower GT-R. The GT is certainly worth it if you can afford its $99,000 price. If not, the F-Type is a worthy alternative.

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F-Type Performance

F-Type Engine: From Brisk to Brawny

The F-Type's five engine choices range from a respectable turbocharged four-cylinder to a brutish supercharged V8. The base 296-horsepower four-cylinder engine has a decent amount of muscle and a good fuel economy rating for a luxury sports car. All other power plants are supercharged V6s and V8s with horsepower ratings that range from 340 to 575 and zero-to-60 times as low as 3.5 seconds. The cherry on top is the sports exhaust system that accompanies every supercharged engine. It gives drivers the ability to turn up this Jag's exhaust note from a purr to a snarl. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar no longer offers a manual transmission.

F-Type Gas Mileage: Good for the Class

The four-cylinder F-Type gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is great for a luxury sports car (though it's above average partly because some competitors come with a larger base engine). Fuel economy with the 340-horsepower V6 engine is 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which increases annual fuel costs by $250 for the average driver. The V8 engines get 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

F-Type Ride and Handling: Grin Inducing

The F-Type's athletic, responsive handling will entice driving enthusiasts to seek out the twisty scenic route for every journey. Steering is precise, the suspension maintains a good sense of composure, and road grip is excellent. Rear-wheel drive and torque vectoring (a system that increases stability and traction) are standard. Performance upgrades include all-wheel drive, a rapidly adjusting Adaptive Dynamics suspension system, and a configurable Dynamic drive mode.

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F-Type Interior

How Many People Does the F-Type Seat?

The two-door F-Type is a two-seat sports car that comes in coupe and convertible body styles. Its sports seats are supportive and keep travelers secure, even on curvy roads, and there is a decent amount of space for most adults. Those north of the 6-foot mark may find it awkward to climb into this low-slung car, however, and travelers wanting an opulent ride will likely long for cushier seats. The standard upholstery is a combination of suede and leather. Premium leather upholstery, heated seats, and ventilated seats are available.

F-Type and Child Car Seats

As with any two-seater, we don't recommend installing child car seats in this sports car.

F-Type Interior Quality

The F-Type's interior materials are generally high-quality. A mixture of suede and leather covers the standard seats, and upgrades such as carbon fiber and Windsor leather with contrast stitching are available. The styling is handsome and minimalistic, and the way the center vents emerge from the dash is a novel touch. This overall effect isn't as decadent as a Mercedes-Benz cabin, however.

F-Type Cargo Space

The F-Type coupe has up to 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is an impressive amount of space for a luxury sports car. Only a few rivals can match or beat it, such as the Chevrolet Corvette and BMW 8 Series. Trunk space measures 7.3 cubic feet in the F-Type convertible. A power trunk lid is optional.

F-Type Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Niceties inside the F-Type include a 10-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. The graphics are sharp, and the navigation system is straightforward to use, but the interface doesn't quite reach the level of innovation that you'll find in an Audi TT or R8.

Additional standard features include a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and smartphone integration with Jaguar's InControl Apps. The optional 12-speaker Meridian surround-sound system is worth considering for music lovers.

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F-Type Reliability

Is the Jaguar F-Type Reliable?

The 2020 Jaguar F-Type does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar F-Type Warranty

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

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F-Type Safety

F-Type Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests the F-Type. This is common for Jaguar vehicles, even Jaguar SUVs such as the E-Pace, F-Pace, and I-Pace.

F-Type Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features in the F-Type include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, a driver condition monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and an adaptive speed limiter that hampers speeding when activated. Available safety upgrades include parallel park assist, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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F-Type Dimensions and Weight

The F-Type is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,360 to 3,847 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,244 to 4,741 pounds.

Where is the 2020 Jaguar F-Type Built?

Jaguar builds the F-Type at Castle Bromwich in the United Kingdom.

Which Jaguar F-Type Model Is Right for Me?

For 2020, the all-new Checkered Flag edition joins the F-Type lineup, which also consists of the base model, R-Dynamic, R, and SVR. All are available as either a fixed-roof coupe or a soft-top convertible. Upgrading to the convertible body style increases the price by $3,100 on most trims.

The base and the Checkered Flag trims come with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a supercharged V6 engine, while all other trim levels are mated to a distinctive engine. For this reason, we recommend selecting the trim level by its performance components. Though every engine is lively, the supercharged V6- and V8-powered trim levels are especially gratifying. Of these, the R-Dynamic is an attractive choice for its meaty V6, adjustable exhaust system, responsive suspension system, and midlevel price tag.

Jaguar F-Type

In its base configuration, the entry-level F-Type coupe has a 296-horsepower four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a $61,600 starting price. This trim is also available with the 340-horsepower V6 engine for $71,700.

Every F-Type comes with leather seats that have 12-way power adjustments. Standard components of the infotainment system include a 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, and navigation.

Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic

The F-Type R-Dynamic has one available engine: a 380-horsepower V6. Retail prices start at $84,300 with RWD and $87,300 with AWD. Standard performance enhancements include the Adaptive Dynamics rapidly adjusting suspension system, a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring, a switchable active sport exhaust, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Jaguar F-Type R

A 550-horsepower V8 is under the hood of the F-Type R. Additional standard features include all-wheel drive, a configurable Dynamic drive mode, a Windsor leather interior, R performance seats with memory settings, and proximity keyless entry. Prices start at $101,800.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

With a starting price of $123,600, the range-topping F-Type SVR boasts a 575-horsepower V8 engine. This all-wheel-drive model also includes SVR performance seats, a suede headliner, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. Its enhanced aerodynamics include a carbon-fiber rear wing.

Jaguar F-Type Checkered Flag

The F-Type Checkered Flag special edition is available with either the 296-horsepower four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive ($71,900) or the 380-horsepower V6 and all-wheel drive ($94,500). Its unique exterior treatment includes a black contrast roof, red brake calipers, and trim-specific badging. The Windsor leather interior has contrast stitching, with an ebony suede headliner. Additional highlights include red seat belts, a brushed aluminum console, and red illuminated treadplates.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Jaguar F-Type bundles responsive handling, meaty engines, snarly exhaust, and sophisticated styling into one sleek package. Professional reviewers frequently list it as one of the most agile in the luxury sports car class, though they're typically referring to models above the base trim. Note that this isn't a good pick if you're looking for pampering accommodations or a silky ride.

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." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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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