What's the used Jaguar F-Type like?
The Jaguar F-Type Coupe followed a year after the Convertible arrived in the UK and is, if anything, even more of a head-turner. It’s also a more practical car on account of a boot that can house a couple of sets of golf clubs rather than just a bag of tees and a glove.
The interior has room for two tall adults, helped by the low-mounted sports seats, and a steering wheel that adjusts electrically for reach and height, providing the kind of perfect driving position you’d expect of a modern sports car.
The downside of sitting so low is that it’s not terribly easy to judge where the corners of the car are, so it’s worth taking the time to seek out an F-Type with front parking sensors and possibly a reversing camera too.
Early F-Types’ infotainment system wasn’t great when new and today seems positively antiquated, being slow to respond and sometimes awkward to navigate, although from 2017 onwards, Jaguar’s newer system was fitted, and it’s better – albeit still not the best. The interior is otherwise wonderfully snug and mostly well finished. If you can find a car with the upgraded Performance seats with their quilted leather and additional support all the better. These are standard on V8 R but optional on V6 F-Types.
Speaking of engines, there’s not really a weak point as far as performance goes. Even the entry-level F-Type has a 335bhp supercharged V6 that’ll get you from 0-62mph in 5.1sec. You’ll find a few examples of this particular F-Type with a manual gearbox, but as the shift is a little unsatisfying our advice is to go for the excellent automatic instead.
Opting for the V6 S will get you 375bhp and from 0-62mph in 4.8sec (as well as adaptive dampers for a smoother, if still firm, ride), while the flagship V8 R with 542bhp will cover the same sprint in just 4.0 sec, making it a true supercar contender.
Befitting its extra performance, the F-Type R also comes with a more advanced vehicle dynamics system and firmer suspension to put the power to the road, plus uprated carbon-ceramic brakes. You’ll need all this too because the rear-wheel-drive V8 F-Type is a lively machine. It is perhaps no surprise that Jaguar made four-wheel drive standard on the V8 from 2015, as well as an option on the V6 S.
If the F-Type R still has you yearning for more noise and performance, a 567bhp SVR version has been offered since early 2016 that just so happens to be the first Jaguar since the XJ220 to have a top speed in excess of 200mph.