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2018 Jaguar F-Type Review

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type ranks near the back of the luxury sports car class. The F-Type has agile handling, brawny engine performance, and a luxe interior, but its poor predicated reliability rating, unintuitive touch screen, and snug seating space keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Agile handling
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Snug interior
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Base four-cylinder engine
  • R-Dynamic and 400 Sport trims added
  • Updated infotainment system
  • More standard safety features




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Jaguar F-Type Overview

Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Type a Good Used Car?

The Jaguar F-Type is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car.

The 2018 F-Type has many strengths:

  • Available in coupe and convertible body styles
  • Muscular engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Quality cabin materials
  • Many standard and available safety features
  • Large trunk for a sports car

It also has some notable weaknesses:

  • Abysmal predicted reliability rating
  • Firm seats can be uncomfortable on longer trips
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Unintuitive touch screen
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

There are better options in this segment, like the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette and 2018 Porsche Cayman. Both offer excellent driving dynamics, comfy seats, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 32 Jaguar F-Type reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Type?

Based on listings for the 2018 Jaguar F-Type on our site, the average price is $79,300. Prices range from $54,200 to $96,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Cost to Own?

The F-Type’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,400, or $7,280 per year. That’s slightly below average for a luxury sports car.

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

Prices for a new 2019 Jaguar F-Type start at around $61,000 and can climb to more than $125,000 in top trims. For 2019, Jaguar introduced a few new features, including a 10-inch touch screen, standard automatic braking and lane keep assist, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you can live without these additions, stick with the 2018 model to save money on what is otherwise a very similar vehicle.

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The 2018 model is part of the F-Type's first generation, which began with the 2014 model year. F-Types from these model years have similar styling and athletic handling. For 2015, Jaguar added the coupe body style and a high-performance R variant that puts out 550 horsepower. A manual transmission and all-wheel drive became available for 2016. The 575-horsepower SVR model arrived for 2017. The 2018 F-Type gained a new turbo-four base engine, new standard safety features – including rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking – and available advanced safety features such as front parking sensors, lane keep assist, and parallel park assist. Jaguar also shuffled the lineup for 2018, adding two new trims while reducing the total number of trims from six to five.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Two is the lowest rating J.D. Power gives out.

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 F-Type:

  • Fuel rail may leak into engine compartment (four-cylinder models only)
  • Turn signals may fail without warning

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is available in two body styles – coupe and convertible – and five trim levels: base, R-Dynamic, 400 Sport, R, and SVR. Most shoppers will be pleased with the base model. It boasts a strong engine and comes with many standard features.

  • Jaguar F-Type: The base F-Type has a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. A supercharged V6 engine that makes between 340- and 380 horsepower is available, as is a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, remote keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, 12-way power-adjustable leather seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, LED headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning. Models equipped with the 380-horsepower V6 get larger brakes, a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels, and an adaptive suspension.
  • Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic: The R-Dynamic comes with the 380-horsepower V6 engine, plus the larger brakes, limited-slip differential, and adaptive suspension. Also included are 20-inch wheels.
  • Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport: The limited edition 400 Sport comes with many of the same features available in the lower trims, and the V6 engine is cranked up to 400 horsepower.
  • Jaguar F-Type R: The racy F-Type R has a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. This trim also includes proximity keyless entry, racing-inspired seats, and larger brakes.
  • Jaguar F-Type SVR: The powerful SVR model packs a 575-horsepower V8 engine and comes with a titanium exhaust, a carbon fiber rear wing, a heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated seats, a heated windshield, carbon ceramic brakes, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, hands-free park assist, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Jaguar F-Type, which is common with luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning

Available advanced safety features:

  • front parking sensors
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • traffic sign recognition
  • driver drowsiness monitor
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane keep assist
  • hands-free park assist

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar F-Type or 2018 Porsche 911?

The 2018 Porsche 911 is the better luxury sports car. Both the F-Type and the 911 boast powerful engines and sporty handling, but the 911 has a roomier and more-luxurious cabin, a smoother ride on rough pavement, and a superior predicted reliability rating. The 911’s infotainment system is easier to use, and it supports Apple CarPlay. That said, this Porsche is pricey. On average, used models often cost thousands of dollars more than comparable F-Types.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar F-Type or 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT?

It’s a similar story with the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT. The GT is exceptionally rewarding to drive, and its all-V8-engine lineup supplies breakneck acceleration. Its cabin materials also outshine the Jag’s, as does its seat comfort and infotainment system. Ultimately, price may be the deciding factor. AMG GT models are typically much more expensive than F-Types.

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2018 F-Type Performance

How Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Drive?

The F-Type is enjoyable to drive, especially on tight winding roads. Its steering is direct and responsive, the car remains stable around turns, and its brakes offer strong stopping power. The F-Type’s ride quality is firm, so you feel all the bumps and dips of rough pavement. Potholes can send quite a jolt through the cabin, but the smaller knocks are adequately cushioned.

The F-Type is available with many engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder, supercharged V6s, and supercharged V8s. The V6 and V8 engines are the standouts. Each blasts the F-Type up to speed with gusto and provides a lovely exhaust snarl, but even the four-cylinder supplies snappy acceleration and brawny passing power. It moves the F-Type from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. The V6s get the job done in just under five seconds, while the powerful V8s can make this dash in under four seconds.

Each of these engines comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers prompt, smooth gear changes. A six-speed manual transmission is optional with the V6, but it’s not much fun to shift because of the clutch pedal’s inconsistent feel.

  • Base engine: 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 340-horsepower supercharged V6
    • 380-horsepower supercharged V6
    • 400-horsepower supercharged V6 (400 Sport)
    • 550-horsepower supercharged V8 (R)
    • 575-horsepower supercharged V8 (SVR)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic; available six-speed manual
Does the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Get Good Gas Mileage?

The F-Type earns good fuel economy with its four-cylinder engine, decent gas mileage with its V6s, and poor fuel economy with its V8s.

  • Four-cylinder, RWD: 23/30 mpg city/highway
  • 340-horsepower V6, automatic, RWD: 20/28 mpg
  • 340-horsepower V6, automatic, AWD: 18/26 mpg
  • 340-horsepower V6, manual: 16/24 mpg
  • V8, automatic, AWD: 15/23 mpg

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2018 F-Type Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 F-Type Seat?

The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seat luxury sports car. Its bolstered sport seats are supportive, and the driving position is relaxed. That said, legroom is tight, even for average-size adults, and the seats' firm padding makes them uncomfortable for longer drives. The F-Type’s cabin lets in more road and wind noise than many competitors, and the coupe’s thick roof pillars create sizable blind spots, especially at the rear of the car. The convertible’s roof remedies some of these issues. The power-operated soft top can raise and lower in 12 seconds.

The F-Type’s interior styling and materials earn good reviews for their high-end looks. The cabin has a cockpitlike appearance with many soft-touch plastics and upholstered surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • 12-way power-adjustable seats
  • leather upholstery

Available seating features:

  • racing-inspired sport seats
  • heated and ventilated seats
2018 Jaguar F-Type Features

The F-Type’s infotainment system is one of this sports car's biggest drawbacks. The 8-inch touch screen is often slow to respond to inputs, and its menus are confusing. It can take several steps just to adjust basic settings. Also, the system doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. On the other hand, the climate controls are simple to use; these functions are managed by three large knobs and a few toggle switches.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Dimensions

Jaguar F-Type Cargo Space

The F-Type coupe has a sizable 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the F-Type convertible offers 7.3 cubic feet. Luxury sports cars aren’t known for having a lot of cargo room, but the F-Type has more than most.

2018 Jaguar F-Type Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,360 to 3,847 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Built?

Jaguar built the 2018 F-Type in England.


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