What's the used Jaguar F-Type coupe 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.
Under that handsome bonnet is a good range of hot engines, and there’s not really a weak point as far as performance goes. Even the entry-level F-Type has a powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that will propel the car to a top speed of 155mph. The 335bhp supercharged V6 will 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.
On the road, the F-Type is heavier than some of its rivals, and it occasionally feels it, but it can still attack corners with gusto, as the steering is precise and the grip levels good. However, with so much power available, it's easy to get things out of shape, especially in the wet. The handling is eager, though, and the F-Type is quick to respond, so it never threatens to cause you harm, and in the end it emerges as a car that's remarkably good fun to drive.
The ride is certainly sports car firm, but it's not overly bumpy. As mentioned, the more powerful V6 models and above come with an adaptive suspension that helps to smooth out some of the larger bumps.
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 it 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 the V8 R but optional on V6 F-Types.
Keeping things up-to-date, a refresh in 2017 was followed by another in 2020 to reinvigorate its styling, add some new tech inside and tweak the engine lineup. To that end, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine became the P300, and the P450 was the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with 444bhp. The P575 – exclusive to the F-Type R – is a version of the same V8 engine, but with even more power.