Find a car review

Make
Model

Jaguar F-type review - Stunning looks and still able to thrill on the road - Performance and 0-60mph time

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

Evo rating
Price
from £52,310
  • Great looks; strong performance; plenty of fun
  • Heavy; low on steering feel

You’ll have to bear with us here, as the number of permutations of F-type means that there are a lot of acceleration figures. Common sense dictates we start at the bottom and work up - but as far as acceleration is concerned, several models share the bottom of the range. That 0-62mph figure, 5.7 seconds, is identical whether you opt for the new four-cylinder F-type in coupe, automatic form, or the same car as a convertible, or indeed the 335bhp V6 models with the manual gearbox, again as either coupe or convertible.

The V6s do reach a higher top speed, at 162mph to the four-cylinder cars' 155mph, but it takes the automatic-equipped V6 to go quicker on acceleration, covering 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds, four tenths ahead of the others. The way the cars deliver their performance is a little different though, the V6 being notably more sonorous but strangely not noticeably smoother at full throttle. There's definitely a bit more of a kick to the way the V6 delivers its performance though, and while neither will rev all the way to the red line with great enthusiasm, the four-cylinder really is all done once you've explored the mid-range.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Step up to the V6 S and you will reach 62mph in 5.5 seconds and 4.9 seconds for the manual and automatic variants respectively. The V6 S AWD models (only available with the automatic gearbox) reaches 62mph a two tenths slower in 5.1 seconds, which might be surprising, but the added weight is more of a hindrance than the traction is an advantage (the traction of the rear-wheel drive version is actually very good). Top speed for the S is 171mph.

Despite a touch more power, there's no quoted performance benefit to the 400 Sport models, but they still feel the most enthusiastic of all the V6-engined models and maintain the familiar V6 yowl of the other cars.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

With the V8 under the bonnet the extra grip of the all-wheel drive system does improve the 0-62mph time over rear-wheel drive alone. The difference isn’t a yawning one however, with the rear-wheel drive car hitting 62mph in 4.2 seconds dead and the AWD car shaving a tenth off at 4.1 seconds. The top speed is 186mph, which looks slightly less arbitrary when you convert it into a metric figure of 300km/h.

The ultimate F-type, the SVR, actually reaches a top speed of 200mph for the Coupé but only 195mph for the Convertible. Both reach 62mph in 3.7 seconds.

Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/201759/new-mclaren-gt-review-woking-muscles-in-on-aston-martins-home-ground
McLaren

New McLaren GT review – Woking muscles-in on Aston Martin’s home ground

Is McLaren’s first grand tourer just a toned-down supercar, or something more nuanced and special?
17 Sep 2019
Visit/opinion/201760/its-time-car-makers-gave-us-the-wheely-good-alloys-for-free
Opinion

'It’s time car makers gave us the wheely good alloys for free'

The problem with the proliferation of alloy wheel choices is that it's exposing us to deliberately cack wheel design
17 Sep 2019
Visit/review/201600/milltek-volkswagen-up-gti-review-tuner-takes-supermini-to-145bhp
Review

Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
Visit/news/201740/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-the-best-by-design
Advertisement Feature

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: the best by design

That the new Eagle F1 SuperSport range of Ultra Ultra High Performance tyres is taking the trackday market by storm shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s sim…
11 Sep 2019