What used Jaguar F-Type coupe will I get for my budget?
Depreciation has not been at all kind to the F-Type. As such, a budget of £25,000 will get you into a 2014 coupé with the lower-powered V6 engine and about 50,000 miles on the clock. The more powerful S starts at £28,000, for which you’ll be getting a car that’s covered about the same mileage. The same budget will buy an entry-level F-Type that’s covered half the mileage, or an example of the 2.0-litre car, which was only launched in 2017.
An F-Type R will require a budget of at least £35,000 for a sub-40,000-mile example from 2015 or 2016, a little more for a 2017 car. Spend around £40,000 on a 2018 model. The much rarer SVR from 2016 onwards, meanwhile, is still a £50,000 used car.
Regardless of what version of the F-Type you are considering, it’s worth seeing what models are being retailed through the firm’s approved used scheme. Prices aren’t much higher than you’ll pay elsewhere and you get the reassurance of a full inspection and two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
How much does it cost to run a Jaguar F-Type coupe?
On paper the newer 2.0 F-Type claims the best average fuel consumption, with a figure of 35.8mpg under the older NEDC tests. This was lowered to 31.2mpg under the later WLTP tests. You might just be able to coax 30mpg out of a V6 F-Type, but only if you resist exploring its performance potential. Mind you, that’s still better than the V8, which you can almost hear gulping fuel every time you accelerate. If you get much more than 20mpg, you’ll be doing well.
Road tax is also predictably expensive, starting at £280 per year for the base car and rising all the way to £525 per year for the R and SVR. Cars registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay a flat rate of tax, currently £145 a year, but those that cost over £40,000 new - that's all of them, in fact - will pay a supplementary luxury car tax, which is currently £320 a year.
Check, too, if the previous owner had purchased a service plan, which for up to £1500 will take care of five annual services. Otherwise you’re looking at about £380 for a minor service or £550 for a major one.