Undercuts the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, but looks pricey next to a Boxster
The F-Type Convertible is made to look decidedly dear by the equivalent Porsche Boxster, which, despite being faster and better to drive, costs thousands less to buy.
On the other hand, the F-type is considerably cheaper than the 911 Cabriolet, especially in entry-level V6 form. Yes, the Porsche is faster, handles more sweetly and is considerably more practical, but the Jaguar will turn heads in a similarly effective fashion and is the more comfortable cruiser.
Even the range-topping V8 R looks decent value when you compare it with rivals such as the inferior Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.
Unsurprisingly, fuel, insurance and tax costs will be high, whichever F-Type Convertible you choose, although depreciation shouldn’t be too bad thanks to the car’s strong desirability.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible equipment
Standard kit is decent rather than exceptional
Every F-Type comes with xenon headlights, single-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, and rear parking sensors as standard. However, it’s disappointing that you have to upgrade to the V6 S or the V8 R to get full-leather seats and cruise control, while dual-zone climate control costs extra on all models.
Other options include keyless entry, heated seats and a heated windscreen, and you’ll probably also want to spend extra on the premium leather interior and the aluminium gearshift paddles.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible reliability
Jaguar’s reliability isn’t encouraging
The F-Type didn’t appear in the most recent What Car? ownership satisfaction survey, but Jaguar as a brand finished near the bottom of all the manufacturers featured if you consider only reliability.
The latest What Car? reliability survey was further evidence of Jaguar’s problems in this area, with the brand finishing in the bottom quarter of the manufacturer league table. Again, though, the F-Type itself didn’t feature, so hopefully it will prove more dependable than other Jaguars.
At least the standard three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ roadside assistance provide some peace of mind. Both can be extended at extra cost, too.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible safety & security
Plenty of safety and security kit
Like most rivals, the F-Type Convertible is fitted with stability control, four airbags and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system. However, one feature that is unusual is the bonnet, which pops up in a collision with a pedestrian to cushion the impact.
Unfortunately, the F-Type hasn’t been put through Euro NCAP’s strict crash testing programme, so we can’t tell you how it will protect you or your passenger in an accident.
The F-Type Convertible is comparatively good at keeping out thieves, though; it scored five out of five for guarding against being stolen in Thatcham’s security tests, along with four out of five for resisting being broken into. These scores match those of the Porsche 911 Cabriolet. An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to every version, too.
Every Jaguar F-Type Convertible comes with xenon headlights, single-zone climate control, satellite-navigation, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, part-electric seats and rear parking sensors as standard. That’s a reasonable amount for the money, but there’s a lot on the options list that is worth paying extra for. We’d recommend the performance seats (including full-leather upholstery), dual-zone climate control, heated seats, front parking sensors, the switchable active sports exhaust, premium leather interior and, if you go for the automatic gearbox, the aluminium gearshift paddles.
S-spec F-Types not only sound better than entry-level versions, thanks to a standard switchable sports exhaust, but also come with full rather than part-leather seats and a limited-slip differential, which enhances traction and stability. They also come with cruise control and 19in rather than 18in alloy wheels. You’ll still want to add a few options, though, including heated performance seats, dual-zone climate control, front parking sensors and the premium leather interior.
The range-topping R gets bigger alloys than the S as well as a host of bespoke styling upgrades, including four exhaust pipes and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. You’ll still want to add a few choice options, though, including heated seats, dual-zone climate control and front parking sensors.