Jaguar F-type review - Stunning looks and still able to thrill on the road - Design

Fast and attractive with a real feel-good factor, the F-type is the perfect alternative to German rivals

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  • Great looks; strong performance; plenty of fun
  • Heavy; low on steering feel

Launched in 2013, age hasn't yet wearied the F-type's design. It still turns heads out on the road and in the right colour and trim combination it's still immensely appealing - there have been moments on group tests where, while not entirely enamoured with the Jaguar's abilities in light of its competition, the shape has still demanded 'one last look' when paying for fuel or frequenting a greasy cafe.

It's arguably its best in coupe form, but in convertible guise there's still plenty to like, from the squat stance, to the slim head and tail-lamps, and the pronounced haunches at the rear.

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The F-type isn't perfect; it doesn't have the elegance of its historical predecessor, the E-type, nor does it have the clarity of design of an Aston Martin Vantage. The R's bodykit can look heavy-handed in some colours, and the oblong front grille is rather nondescript.

The SVR’s bigger air intakes make it look suitably aggressive, without being over the top. However, the rear wing doesn’t look as considered. You can choose to have the standard car’s wing, but then the Coupé won’t achieve 200mph – a compromise too far?

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The F-type is considered an attractive car by most members of the public, and it's probably less likely to attract ire from members of the public than something showy from Germany or Italy.

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