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2017 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type has a chic cabin and a range of vigorous engines. However, it ranks in the middle of the luxury sports car class. Many of its rivals offer more modern cabin technology, smoother rides, and a lower ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Rich interior
  • Infotainment system is behind the times




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Jaguar F-Type Overview

Is the 2017 Jaguar F-Type a Good Used Car?

Available as a coupe or a convertible, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type is a decent luxury sports car that has plenty of power and a cozy cabin. From its base V6 to its top-of-the-line V8, the F-Type’s engines have plenty of engine power and produce a hearty growl. The handling is also impressive, and the steering is sharp. The F-Type’s elegant and comfortable cabin is another high point. There's also no shortage of high-end materials and attention to detail throughout the cabin.

However, most rivals have more state-of-the-art technology, better fuel economy, and more trunk space. Also, the F-Type’s infotainment system is outdated, with a screen that has dull graphics and unintuitive menus. The F-Type has one of the smallest trunks in the class, so it’s impractical for weekend getaways and weekly grocery shopping. This Jag also has a stiff suspension, which means you’ll feel nearly every road imperfection. Its fuel economy is noticeably poor as well, even for this class. In short, you can do better.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 28 Jaguar F-Type reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Jaguar F-Type?

Our site has more than 70 listings for the 2017 Jaguar F-Type, and the average price is $67,600. That’s on par with the average list prices of rivals like the 2017 Porsche Cayman ($68,000) and 2017 Porsche Boxster ($65,200). However, some cars in the class carry six-figure price tags. The F-Type’s pricing can range from $46,000 to $98,000, depending on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Cost to Own?

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $38,000, which is line with cars like the 2017 Chevy Corvette, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL, and 2017 Porsche Boxster.

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

Pricing for a 2018 Jaguar F-Type starts at $59,900. Purchasing a new 2018 F-Type instead of a used 2017 model could save you about $7,700. Newer models usually don’t have lower prices than used models, so a 2018 F-Type is quite a steal.

For 2018, the Jaguar F-Type received a few updates, including a new four-cylinder base engine with better gas mileage than the 2017 model’s standard V6. Jaguar also added two new trim levels and several standard safety features, including rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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It can be tough find a new luxury sports car for the average price of a used 2017 F-Type. There are a few options though, including the 2018 Porsche Cayman. Its starting price of $56,900 is $10,700 lower than the average list price of a 2017 F-Type. The Cayman also offers exciting driving dynamics, powerful engines, and a comfy cabin. Just be aware that prices increase greatly once you go beyond the base Cayman model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Jaguar F-Type?

J.D. Power gave the 2017 F-Type a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type has two recalls. One is for improperly functioning seatbelt pretensioners. A second recall addresses a faulty connecting bolt for the rear lower control arm. These issues can increase the risk of an injury or crash, so be sure they’ve been addressed before purchasing a used F-Type.

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

The F-Type made its initial debut for the 2014 model year, and it has seen only minor changes since then. The 2015 F-Type gained the R trim and a coupe body style. For 2016, a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive became available. The F-Type received two new trims for 2017, including the high-performance SVR and the limited British Design Edition. Unless one of these new trims has a special appeal, consider buying an older F-Type. You’ll save money and lose few features.

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

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type – available as a coupe or convertible – comes in six trims: F-Type (base), Premium, S, British Design Edition, R, and SVR.

The base F-Type comes with a reasonable amount of features, including leather and suede upholstery, a 5-inch instrument display, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, navigation, a 12-speaker sound system, a USB port, and InControl Apps smartphone integration.

The F-Type Premium trim adds proximity key entry, a panoramic roof (coupe models only), adaptive front lighting with cornering lamps, 14-way power-adjustable sport seats, and memory settings for the seats, side mirrors, and steering wheel.

The F-Type S is the lowest trim available with all-wheel-drive. It comes with a sport suspension, making it the one to choose if you want enhanced performance dynamics without spending six figures. It also adds push-button start and interior ambient lighting. The British Design Edition features styling updates only. Both trims also come with a retuned version of the base V6 engine that delivers 40 more horsepower.

If you have a flexible budget and crave more power, the Jaguar F-Type R is the way to go. It has the best blend of performance, technology, and comfort. It features a potent supercharged 550-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. It also comes with the refined eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Plus, you get more standard features like rear park assist and heated seats. The Jaguar F-Type SVR adds a few more safety features: rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring.

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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?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2017 Jaguar F-Type. Due to the costs associated with testing, this is not unusual for a sports car.

The F-Type’s only standard safety feature is rain-sensing windshield wipers. Rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Jaguar F-Type or 2017 Porsche Cayman?

The 2017 Porsche Cayman is one of the highest-ranking luxury sports cars. Although its engines aren’t as strong as the F-Type’s, the Cayman has crisper steering and excellent road grip that allow it to navigate corners with poise. Unlike the F-Type, the Cayman’s ride remains comfortable on harsh surfaces. The Porsche doesn’t have the Jag’s long list of standard features, but many of these options were available as standalone upgrades or as a part of various packages. Finally, the Cayman doubles the trunk space in the F-Type. Unless you’re craving maximum horsepower, the Cayman is the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2017 Jaguar F-Type or 2017 Porsche 911?

In a class full of expensive cars, the 2017 Porsche 911 is one of the priciest, with its average list price of $122,900. That’s an astounding $55,300 higher than the average list price of a 2017 Jaguar F-Type. The base 911 comes with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that makes 370 horsepower, which is only 30 more horsepower than the output of the F-Type's base V6 engine. For several thousand dollars more, you’ll get the 911's most powerful twin-turbocharged 580-horsepower six-cylinder. That is just 5 more horsepower than what the F-Type's most powerful V8 engine produces. The F-Type provides more value for shoppers who prioritize engine power, but the 911 is without a doubt the better-handling car. While the 911’s suspension improves the ride quality by adjusting itself based on road conditions, the F-Type’s ride can feel overly firm on some roads. The 911 also has a higher predicted reliability rating and more high-tech features like Apple CarPlay, a built-in LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, and voice command recognition. If you can afford it, go with the 911.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type Performance

How Does the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Drive?

There are two engines and two transmissions available: a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, and an available supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and an eight-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles is available.

Each of the F-Type’s engine has two power outputs, depending on the configuration. The base F-Type and F-Type Premium models get a 340-horsepower V6 engine. A 380-horsepower version of that engine appears in the F-Type S and British Design Edition trims. The F-Type R trim comes with the 550-horsepower V8 engine and the automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line SVR’s version of that engine is tuned to produce 575 horsepower.

The standard V6 engine is plenty powerful and delivers brisk acceleration, and the exhilarating V8 earns praise for its raw power. While the manual transmission shifts fine, the eight-speed automatic feels more refined.

The F-Type comes standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available. This Jaguar has sharp steering, and it confidently rounds tight corners with little body lean. However, the ride can be harsh on rough surfaces. A sports suspension with adaptive dynamics is available.

Does the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Get Good Gas Mileage?

The most fuel-efficient F-Type model is powered by the base V6 engine paired with the automatic transmission. It returns 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. While no sports car is a fuel sipper, these estimates are low even for this class.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Seat?

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type seats two. It comes with suede and leather upholstery, partially power-adjustable sport seats, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Available features include premium leather upholstery, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and 14-way power-adjustable seats with memory settings for the seats, side mirrors, and steering wheel.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s plenty of head- and legroom for average-sized adults. The F-Type’s well-made cabin is adorned with first-class materials, and you’ll notice Jaguar’s attention to detail in its stylish interior finishes.

2017 Jaguar F-Type Features

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type comes standard with a 5-inch instrument display and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, navigation, a 12-speaker sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a USB port. The F-Type's infotainment system is outdated compared to those of its rivals. The display features clunky graphics, and the system is slow to respond. You’ll also get Jaguar’s InControl Apps – allowing you to integrate your smartphone into the F-Type's infotainment system – and the InControl Remote that gives you remote access to the car.

Available features include proximity key entry, a panoramic roof (coupe models here), configurable interior ambient lighting, and push-button start for models with the automatic transmission.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type Dimensions

Jaguar F-Type Cargo Space

The F-Type coupe has just 10.9 cubic feet of cargo space (or 14.4 cubic feet with the cargo cover removed), which is above average for a luxury sports car. However, loading cargo is difficult because of the trunk's narrow opening. The F-Type convertible has even less cargo space, at 7.3 cubic feet.

2017 F-Type Length and Weight

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type is nearly 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,454 to 3,747 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Built?

Jaguar assembled the 2017 F-Type in the United Kingdom.

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