What's the used Jaguar F-Type sports like?
Expectations were high when the Jaguar F-Type Convertible arrived in 2013. This, after all, is the spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type.
Perhaps most important of all, then, is that the F-Type is a brilliantly proportioned piece of design, whether in the convertible bodystyle we are concentrating on here or the coupé that followed a year later.
Alternatively, you can buy an F-Type with Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8, which has a thumping 488bhp and can get from 0-62mph in just 4.3sec. That, mind you, is only if you can keep it pointing in a straight line, because in V8 guise the F-Type can be a real handful to drive.
On the plus side, the steering is accurate and reasonably communicative, and the eight-speed automatic gearbox is swift to respond. Not only that, but the F-Type also rides reasonably well for a sports car. While not as sharp in terms of handling as a Porsche Boxster or 911, it's still great fun to drive.
As you’d expect, Jaguar has added to the F-Type range as time has gone on, with four-wheel drive becoming standard for V8 models for 2015 (and optional on the V6 S) and a six-speed manual gearbox also being introduced. There’s even a more powerful four-wheel-drive F-Type SVR with 567bhp and a 0-62mph time of 3.5sec and, from 2017, an entry-level 2.0-litre petrol engine for those who prefer low running costs over outright performance.