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Jaguar F-type: Buying guide and review (2013-present)

Jaguar F-type: Buying guide and review (2013-present) Classic and Performance Car
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It has taken Jaguar a mere 52 years to release a suitable replacement for the sublime Series 1 E-type. One can almost forgive Jaguar for their recalcitrance because as far as second albums go, it doesn’t get much tougher than this. 
 
The F-type’s predecessor launched in 1961 became a worldwide sensation, with unparalleled looks, serious performance and a price tag undercutting all of its rivals, the E-type stole the show and threatened to never give it back. The ensuing years have only added to the legend with rose tinted memories conveniently glossing over any shortcomings, these gorgeous cars still turn heads as they burble by. 
 
So to the F-type then, the modern world of sports cars is a lot more crowded and competitive than it was in the ‘60s, so while the new Jag has stunning looks and tyre shredding performance it isn’t head and shoulders above the opposition like its predecessor was. 
 
Pricing, too is a fair bit more aggressive so it has to rely on another unique selling point to stand out. And what the F-Type has in spades is real character, a vocal exhaust note and playful chassis make it stand out in a sea of technically brilliant but somewhat clinical competitors. 
 
As a nearly new buy, it can offer real value and old school thrills. Read on to see whether an F-type is what’s missing from your life.
 

Which Jaguar F-type to buy?

 
There have been a number of different variants introduced since the 2014 launch, however to begin with first F-Types were released in drop top form only with two supercharged V6s as either a standard 335bhp or 375bhp ‘S’ and a supercharged V8 S with 488bhp. All were initially fitted with the very accomplished ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, with power went driving the rear wheels. While both V6 S and V8 models come standard with an LSD the one on the smaller engined model is a mechanical unit while the V8 uses an electronic version.
 
The coupe made its appearance in 2014 and was offered with the same drivetrain options as its convertible stable mates, and with its more rigid structure is the better choice for Nurburgring fans. Due to customer demand, a manual gearbox became available in 2015 for V6 customers and four wheel drive versions of the V6 S and V8 were introduced. The V8 models received a power hike from 488bhp to 545bhp in 2014 providing a 0.3 reduction in 0-60 times. 
 
For the power crazed, the F-Type SVR released in 2016 features a number of performance related updates and a 567bhp version of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8, giving it a 200mph top speed and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. 250 of the very expensive limited edition Project 7 versions were built in 2015, it was the first vehicle out of Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operation division and featured a number of unique components. Carbon ceramic brakes, uprated suspension, a massive rear wing and unique body shell are some of the more notable changes.
 
With so many variants there is an F-Type to suit most tastes, however as a second hand buy a convertible V6 S is a lot of car for the money. Thanks to some exhaust and induction trickery it sounds the part too and offers more performance than one could reasonably need, the auto box suits the nature of the convertible too.
 

Performance and specs

 
Jaguar F-type V6 Convertible
Engine 2995cc 24valve DOHC V6 
Power 335bhp @ 6500 rpm 
Torque 332lb ft @ 3500-5500rpm
Top speed 161mph 
0-60mph 5.1 seconds 
Fuel consumption 28.8 mpg 
Gearbox Eight-speed auto
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2622mm
Length 4470mm
Width 1923mm
Height 1308mm
Weight 1725kg
 

Common problems

 
• With even the first cars being just three years old, there has not been a lot of accumulated data on potential problem areas. A few niggles have been mentioned by current owners and their nature shows just how demanding Jaguar owners can be as well as how right Jaguar has got the F-Type first time around.

• Servicing plans are available when buying new and come in either £995 three-year or £1495 five-year flavours. Everything except wear and tear items are covered and buying upfront can save you about 20% overall. Check if your car has this if buying used.

• Most owners recommend the electric seats with memory function as a worthwhile extra.

• The satnav system has come in for some criticism by owners for being a bit clunky and being difficult to use in direct sunlight.
Boot space is very limited on the convertible and cars specified with spare wheels really do have very little space left for luggage.

• Some cars have had aftermarket remaps, while power gains can be worthwhile be aware that the factory warranty will be rendered void.
 

Model history

 
2013: F-Type launched in V6, V6 S and V8 S options, with convertible body style and eight-speed auto on all models
2014: Coupe body style introduced with same engine and trim options as convertible 488bhp V8 S replaced by 545bhp V8 R
2015: Six-speed manual gearbox becomes standard on rear wheel drive V6 and V6 S models, and AWD drivetrain option becomes available on V6 S and V8 models. Limited edition Project 7 edition with uprated 567bhp V8 launched – 250 units built. British Design edition becomes option on V6 models with unique trim options
2016: F-Type SVR with 575bhp V8 launched in both Coupe and Convertible
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

www.jaguar.co.uk Jaguar UK 
www.ftypeownersclub.co.uk F-Type owners club
www.f-typeec.co.ukF-Type enthusiast site
www.jaguarownersclub.comJaguar owners club
 

Summary and prices

 
The earliest 2013 and 2014 V6 convertibles range from between £37,000 and £43,000. As price differences are marginal, the extra 40bhp and additional standard equipment of the ‘S’ versions over the standard car make them the preferred choice. 
 
Manuals are extremely rare and most with this option are V6 S Coupes, they generally command a premium of around £5000 over the automatic cars. The V8s start at £48,000 and for this you get a low mileage 2013 convertible, which is an awful lot of car for the money. V8 Coupe models became available in 2014 and begin at £60,000. AWD drivetrains on the V6 S and V8 add some security in wet conditions, and get the V8 models to 60mph a few tenths sooner too. Project 7 cars are already commanding a massive premium over their new price, and if you can find one are around £180,000.
 
After three years in production, it seems as if the F-Type has managed to pull off the near impossible task of becoming a viable modern replacement for the venerable E-type. Right from the entry-level V6 up to the fire breathing SVR, there isn’t a bad choice in the range. It may not be streets ahead of its competitors in any one field, but it has real character, and as a package that covers all the bases the F-Type is hard to fault.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 24th Aug 2016
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £56,995 £56,995

    Variant name:V6 R-DYNAMIC ,Derivative:MK1 (X152) ,Variant: 3.0 V6 Supercharged (380PS) R-DYNAMIC

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 1778 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £82,900 £82,900

    Variant name:F-type Coupe SVR ,Derivative:SVR ,Variant: 5.0 Supercharged V8 SVR 2dr Auto AWD Panoramic Roof Switchable Sports Exhaust, 20" Diamond Faced Forged Alloy Wheels, Yellow Calipers and Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Carbon Fibre Rear Aerodynamic Rear Wing, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, F Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this outstanding Jaguar F-Type 5.0 Supercharged V8 SVR 2dr Auto AWD. Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division creates cars that are the ultimate expression of Jaguar: stunning performance, exceptional luxury and cutting-edge technology. The latest creation to come from SVO’s state‑of‑the‑art Technical Centre is Jaguar F‑TYPE SVR – the most powerful F‑TYPE ever. The 5.0 litre V8 unit’s twin vortex supercharger eliminates drag and surge for responsive performance at all engine speeds. Hold tight – it will take you from 0‑60mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 200mph*.Finished in Ammonite Grey with Black Leather SVR Performance Seats with White Contrast Stiching, Alcantara Headlining and Dash and Dark Brushed Aluminium Interior Inlays. This amazing example also comes with a fantasic specification to include, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Panoramic Roof , 20" Diamond Faced Forged Alloy Wheels, Yellow Calipers and Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Carbon Fibre Rear Aerodynamic Rear Wing, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multi Function Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Dual Climate Control, DAB Radio with Meridian Sound, Keyless Start, Electric Folding Mirrors, Heated and Cooled 12 way Electric Front Seats with Memory, Stainless Steel Entry Guards and Pedals, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, High Beam Assist, Heated Screen. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 8137 mi
    • Engine size: 5
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  • Jaguar F-Type

    £42,950 £42,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 6.9% APR ON REQUEST, 50 % OFF 3 YEAR PREMIUM WARRANTY OFFER, A 3YR WARRANTY IS AVAILABLE NORMALLY £2599, A 50% DEALER CONTRIBUTION LEAVING £1295 TO PAY, WEAR & TEAR ''INCLUDING WORN PARTS'', PARTS & LABOUR, NO EXCESS, NATIONWIDE COVER, COURTESY CAR, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT Stunning Looking 1 Owner From New 380Bhp Jaguar F Type S Model, Finished In Salsa Racing Red Paintwork. Not Only Comes With Full Jaguar Service History And Just Serviced, But Also Has A Must Have Specification Including: Heated Performance Sports Seats And Pimento Red Seat Belts, Extended Leather, Fixed Panoramic Roof, Navigation With Sd Card, Enhanced Sound System, Dab Radio, Active Sports Exhaust With Sports Tone, Rear View Camera, Ambient Lighting Pack, Bluetooth Connectivity, Cruise Control, Limited Slip Diff, Front And Rear Parking Aid, Unmarked 20''RR Cyclone Alloys Finished Silver With Red Brake Calipers And Much More. Must See Example To Appreciate Its Presence. Low Finance Available

    • Mileage: 17000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £41,900 £41,900

    Variant name:F-type Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.0 Supercharged V6 S 2dr Auto Switchable Sports Exhaust, Glass Panoramic Roof, 19" Turbine Alloys, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Dual Climate Control, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Front and Rea Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is excited to offer for sale this beautifully presented Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Supercharged V6 S 2dr Auto. Finished in Rhodium Silver with Complimenting Performance seat in Red Leather Upholstery and Piano Black Interior Inlays. This stunning example comes with a fantastic specification to include, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Glass Panoramic Roof, 19" Turbine Alloys, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Dual Climate Control, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Electric Memory Seats, DAB Radio with Merdian Sound, Keyless Start, Electric Folding Mirrors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet.John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 26248 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar F-Type

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    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 6.9% APR ON REQUEST, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES, 4x4 Rare 3.0 V6 380 S AWD Jaguar F Type Finished In Italian Racing Red Paintwork With Dealer Service History And Just Serviced At Jaguar. Must Have Specification Including: Heated Performance Sports Seats, Fixed Panoramic Roof, Navigation, Premium Sound System, Dab, Active Sports Exhaust With sports tone, Rear View Camera, Heated Steering Wheel, Bluetooth Connectivity, Keyless start, Cruise control, Front And Rear Park Reversing Aid, Gloss black 19'' RR Style With Polished Silver Centres And Red Brake Calipers And Much More. This F Type AWD Is In As New Condition Throughout And Must be Seen To Be Appreciated. Still Has Balance Of Jaguar Warranty Remaining. Low Rate Finance Available On Request.

    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £38,992 £38,992

    Variant name:F-type Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.0 Supercharged V6 S 2dr Auto We are happy to offer this fantastic 2014 Jaguar F Type S Coupe. Presented in Metallic Blue with White Leather Interior. The specification on this F Type is fantastic and as followed, Silver Turbine Alloy Wheels, Automatic Xenon Projector Headlights, Quicksilver Exhaust System, Gloss Red Brake Calipers, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Brushed Aluminum Jaguar Kickplate, Multi Functional Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Paddleshift, Electronic Adjusting Mirrors & Windows, Trip Computer, Electronic Parking Brake, Electronic Adjusting Seats, Switchable Driving Modes, Dual Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Keyless Push Button Start, Heated Rear Screen, Satellite Navigation, DAB Radio, Bluetooth Phone & Audio Streaming, Reverse Parking Camera. To discuss this F Type in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 14600 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar F-Type

    £35,950 £35,950

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    • Mileage: 59900 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Jaguar F-Type

    £49,950 £49,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 6.9% APR ON REQUEST, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES, 4x4 Rare 3.0 V6 380 S AWD Jaguar F Type Finished In Ultimate Black Paintwork With Full Dealer Service History And A Must Have Specification Including: Heated Performance Sports Seats With Extended Leather Package, Fixed Panoramic Roof, Navigation With Sd Card, Active Sports Exhaust, Rear View Camera, Heated Steering Wheel, Bluetooth Connectivity, Keyless Entry/start, Ambient Lighting Pack, Power Boot-lid, Front And Rear Park Reversing Aid, Gloss black 19'' RR Style With Polished Silver Centres And Red Brake Calipers And Much More. This F Type AWD Is In As New Condition Throughout And Must be Seen To Be Appreciated. Still Has Jaguar Warranty/Assist Till Jan 2020. Low Rate Finance Available.

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    • Engine size: 2995
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