The F-Type might have a name that harks back to Jaguars of the ‘60s, but it’s a thoroughly modern roadster.
Its high-tech aluminium body is both stiff and light, which is good news for agility, and Jaguar has even dispensed with the oval front grille that it’s been putting on its sports cars for decades.
The F-Type Convertible is priced midway between its two biggest rivals – the Porsche Boxster and Porsche 911 Cabriolet. However, it also competes with high-performance versions of the Audi TT Roadster and Mercedes SLK, as well as more expensive cars, such as the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.
Whichever version you choose, you’ll enjoy playful handling and a raucous engine, plus the F-Type turns heads like few other cars on the road. All of this makes it a worthy successor to the legendary E-type, as well as a genuine alternative to a modern soft-top Porsche 911.
The F-Type Convertible isn’t without its flaws; it doesn’t handle as well as an equivalent 911, it isn’t as plush inside and it has a miniscule boot. But if you’re willing to overlook those things, there’s much to like. We’d recommend the entry-level V6 because it’s quick enough and sounds great (especially if you spec the optional switchable sports exhaust), yet undercuts the cheapest version of the Porsche 911 Cabriolet by thousands of pounds. The F-Type V6 S is also worth a look; it’s faster and rides more smoothly, although there is a significant step up in price.
The range-topping R model delivers supercar performance and a raw and thrilling driving experience. It’s also so loud it makes you wonder how it’s legal. Unfortunately, it’s also very expensive. The rear-wheel-drive versions of the F-Type are cheaper, lighter and more engaging to drive than the four-wheel-drive models. However, if you value supreme traction and all-weather stability, the all-wheel-drive models are worth a look.