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2019 Jaguar F-Type Performance Review

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Performance: 8.9

Thrills are plentiful in the 2019 Jaguar F-Type, especially when you advance beyond its base four-cylinder engine. Uplevel engines have meaty ratings (ranging from 340 to 575 horsepower) and a satisfying, snarly exhaust. Its handling is agile, precise, and confidence-inspiring.

  • "Yet when you're not in Dynamic mode and just cruising around in the F-Type, it's downright civilized. The steering and suspension that are so precise on the track or mountain roads are equally good at absorbing lousy pavement." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Handling with any of the F-Types is commendable. The immediacy of the steering response, coupled with confidence-inspiring levels of grip make it one of the most entertaining cars you'll ever drive. All-wheel drive adds even more cornering ability." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The design challenge of being an up-to-date machine while still being recognizably a Jaguar has been addressed and won. The suspension tuning was probably just as demanding: It must exhibit the supple comfort of a Jaguar while also being poised and precise. Job done. The acceleration should be wild, the exhausts should trumpet. But there must also be an element of civilization. Target achieved. This kind of car is a "heart" purchase, yet it needs to appeal to the "head" as well. There should be some visceral old-school thrills, but also some fresh technology -- especially in the safety department. Missions accomplished." -- Autotrader (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 F-Type's standard turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine is no slouch, and is a good concession if you can't afford one of the upgraded engines. Its performance specs – 296 horsepower and 0-60 in 5.4 seconds – are respectable, and it gets better gas mileage than most other base engines in this class. Its EPA-rated fuel economy is 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

If you can afford more, though, you should unquestionably upgrade. There are two supercharged 3.0-liter V6 options, one rated at 340 horsepower, the other at 380 horsepower. While all F-Type engines can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, Jaguar only offers its six-speed manual transmission on the two V6s. With the automatic transmission, the V6 engines earn 18-20 mpg in the city and 26-28 mpg on the highway.

The F-Types two top-level trims are outfitted with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Horsepower is rated at 550 in the F-Type R (502 pound-feet of torque). It sprints to 60 mpg in 3.9 seconds, and tops out at 186 mph. The apex of power comes in the track-ready F-Type SVR. With a 575 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque rating, the SVR shaves four tenths of a second off the sprint time, and coupe body styles have a top speed of 200 mph. Both V8 engines get 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

  • "There's plenty of passing power in the four-cylinder F-Type and it doesn't feel taxed running up grades either. The 0-60 mph sprint takes 5.5 seconds, which is still pretty quick, but slower than similarly priced rivals such as the Porsche Cayman S. Straight-line speed is not this Jag's best asset." -- Edmunds
  • "Had I never driven a V6 or V8 F-Type, I might have been perfectly happy with this car's output. Of course, I have driven a number of V6 and V8 F-Types so I know that those are much more powerful and downright thrilling. But still, this one weighs a lot less than the larger-displacement models, so the power-to-weight ratio -- 11.3 pounds per horsepower -- while not supercar territory is quick enough. That 5.4-second 0-60 feels strong, at least." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "True to its name, the Jaguar F-Type starts with a growl before settling into a steady purr. The intensity of that growl changes depending on engine: from the subtle, slightly frantic sound of the 4-cylinder, to the metallic rasp of the V6, to the satisfyingly deep growl of the V8. Backing up all the noise is some serious performance. Jaguar claims the new 4-cylinder gets the F-Type to 60 mph in about 5.4 seconds, quick by any standard. However, if your need for speed isn't sated by that, there's the supercharged SVR at the other end of the spectrum, with its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 getting the coupe to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. " -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Handling and Braking

The F-Type has precise, agile handling and is fun to drive. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive. For added grip, you can add all-wheel drive to any version with at least a 380-horsepower rating. In dicey weather, the standard rain/ice/snow mode tames things down. You can also increase the sportiness with the standard dynamic mode, and uplevel models let you customize the car's throttle input, shift points, steering response, and suspension system.

  • This F-Type tackles corners with aggressive precision. Weight balance is excellent, and the car feels eager to move and change direction, especially with the four-cylinder up front. The summer tires add confidence, allowing you to toss this car into corners and rail through them with glee." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering input is heavy and precise, just the way I like it, and though you definitely feel the F-Type's relative weight in the corners, it's all entirely more composed than in other models. Heck, even the suspension is less back-breaking than in the F-Type R. All around, job well done." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "On winding roads, the F-TYPE is less involving than Porsche's best (but Porsche's best is the absolute best). It is, however, unquestionably a world-class sports machine with stunning ability, and high-speed stability is superb. In normal circumstances, the all-wheel-drive system favors the rear wheels to preserve a sporty feel. On a twisting road, slippery surfaces or a race track, the system can send 50 percent of torque to the front wheels for optimum grip and traction. Jaguar says torque vectoring results in the perfect line when entering a corner and all-wheel drive provides the perfect line when accelerating out." -- Autotrader (2017)
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