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2016 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type sits in the bottom third of our rankings because of its convoluted infotainment system and above-average ownership costs. Although this Jaguar delivers good handling and lively acceleration, it doesn’t stand out among peers.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling


  • Complicated climate and audio controls
  • Subpar fuel economy

New for 2016

  • New options, including all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Jaguar F-Type Overview

Is the 2016 Jaguar F-Type a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is a so-so luxury sports car. Its nimble handling and potent engines – ranging from 340 to 550 horsepower – make the F-Type a thrill to drive. It features a luxurious cabin filled with quality materials, but its seats can be uncomfortable on long trips, and legroom is limited. The F-Type’s complicated audio and climate controls don’t quite meet the luxury standard, and this Jag has above-average operating costs for the segment.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 23 professional evaluations for this 2016 Jaguar F-Type review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing expensive gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Jaguar F-Type?

Our site has 125 listings for the 2016 Jaguar F-Type, with an average price of about $57,200. Prices range from around $42,900 to roughly $73,300, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Cost to Own?

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be $36,962. That’s above average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New F-Type?

A new 2019 Jaguar F-Type has a starting price of $60,750, which is a few thousand more than the 2016 F-Type’s average price of $57,200. The 2019 F-Type has a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the 2016 model features a 340-horsepower supercharged V6. Although it’s equipped with a weaker engine, the new model gets better fuel economy and delivers equally good handling as the 2016 model. Additionally, it has a new-car warranty, updated technology, and standard features like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Although the new F-Type might cost you more money, it’s worth the investment.

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One alternative worth considering is the 2019 Porsche Cayman, which starts at about $57,000. While its base engine makes 40 less horsepower than the 2016 F-Type, the Cayman’s 300-horsepower four-cylinder engine has more than enough oomph, and the Porsche is 500 pounds lighter than the Jag. Power delivery is smooth and satisfying in the Cayman. The Porsche’s interior is exquisite, with a focus on driver-oriented controls. The F-Type isn’t a bad car, but a new Cayman is superior and a much better choice for almost $2,000 less.

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Which Model Year of the Jaguar F-Type Is Best?

The F-Type debuted for the 2014 model year and has seen only minor updates since. The 2014 F-Type was only available as a convertible. A coupe and the range-topping F-Type R trim joined the lineup for the 2015 model year. For 2016, Jaguar added a six-speed manual transmission and available all-wheel drive. The 2017 model came with added SVR and British Design Edition trims, while the 2018 F-Type received a new four-cylinder engine and updated tech features like a standard rearview camera and parking assist. Some models also feature a forward-facing stereo camera.

The 2015 F-Type should meet your needs and save you money compared to the 2016 model, and it’s the first F-Type that is available as a coupe or convertible. However, choose a 2016 F-Type if you want all-wheel drive or a manual transmission.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Jaguar F-Type?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 F-Type a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 F-Type has one open recall for an incorrect electric power steering software setting that could cause the driver to lose control. Make sure this issue is resolved before buying the F-Type.

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Which Used Make Jaguar F-Type Is Right for Me?

The 2016 F-Type, available as either a coupe or convertible, comes in three trim levels: base, S, and R. There are few extra features in the higher trims, but the primary differences between the trims are mostly performance upgrades. The S trim increases the power output in its V6 to make 380 horsepower, and the R trim boasts an even more powerful 550-horsepower supercharged V8. Choose either of the higher trims if you want all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the base trim should meet your sport and luxury needs.

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What Does Jaguar's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jaguar extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Jaguar must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

Jaguar has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus is one of the very few that offers a better program.

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How Safe Is the F-Type?

No crash tests have been performed on the 2016 F-Type, which is not unusual for a luxury sports car. A few advanced safety features are available, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Jaguar F-Type or 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C?

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C is worth considering over the 2016 F-Type if you’re looking for a track-capable luxury sports car. It’s incredibly lightweight, thanks to its carbon-fiber construction. Even with just a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 4C is shockingly fast. The F-Type is the better choice if you prefer more luxury or want something to drive every day. Its cabin features high-quality materials and clean styling. The F-Type also has more cargo space than the 4C. For its combination of respectable performance and better luxury, the F-Type is the better choice and a superior daily driver.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jaguar F-Type or 2016 Porsche Boxster?

The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a good alternative to the F-Type convertible, even with an average price of about $12,000 higher than the Jaguar’s. The Boxster’s acceleration isn’t as robust as the F-Type's, but the Porsche carves curving roads with ease thanks to its balance and poise. The Boxster’s base engine also returns better fuel economy than the F-Type’s. The 2016 Cayman, the Boxster’s hardtop variant, is also a good option if you don’t want a convertible.

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2016 F-Type Performance

How Does the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Drive?

The F-Type offers agile handling to back up its sports car looks. It tackles corners with ease while exhibiting little body lean. The ride is quiet and smooth on the highway, but it feels uneven over bumpy road surfaces, especially when equipped with 19- or 20-inch wheels.

The base F-Type features a 340-horsepower supercharged V6. S models feature a 380-horsepower supercharged V6 that boosts the F-Type’s fun-to-drive quotient. The R trim’s 550-horsepower supercharged V8 provides track-caliber power and acceleration.

A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in base V6 models, and an eight-speed automatic is available. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available (standard in R models). All-wheel-drive models are only available with the automatic transmission.

Does the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 F-Type’s base V6 engine has fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Numbers drop to 15/24 mpg city/highway with the S trim’s V6. The V8 returns fuel economy estimates of 16/23 mpg with the automatic transmission and 15/23 mpg with AWD. Those numbers are below average for the segment.

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2016 F-Type Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 F-Type Seat?

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is a two-seater that comes standard with power-adjustable seats as well as suede and leather upholstery. Heated seats, premium leather upholstery, and performance seats with added side support are available. The F-Type looks and feels like a sports car inside, but it hasn't abandoned its luxury roots either, with quality materials throughout the cabin.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Jaguar F-Type?

The two-seat F-Type does not feature LATCH car-seat connectors.

2016 Jaguar F-Type Features

The F-Type’s standard features include Jaguar's InControl infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, navigation, a 12-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and smartphone connectivity. A panoramic sunroof is standard in coupe models. Dual-zone automatic climate control is available.

In spite of a simple, straightforward interface, the F-Type’s infotainment system has poor response times and limited smartphone connectivity features. It requires too many steps to perform some functions, and adjusting the climate controls can also be a hassle.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type Dimensions

Jaguar F-Type Cargo Space

The F-Type has 11 cubic feet of cargo space in coupe models. That is good for the segment. The convertible version has 7 cubic feet, which is about average.

2016 F-Type Length and Weight

The F-Type is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,455 to 3,847 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Built?

Jaguar manufactured the 2016 F-Type in England.

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