Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Parkers VerdictShould you by a Jaguar F-Type Coupe?

To say this is not the outright best sports coupe money can buy is not a damning criticism – the level of talent in this sector of the market is remarkable, with rivals including Porsche’s 718 Cayman and 911 Coupe, as well as other extremes such as the Aston Martin Vantage and Alpine A110.

The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre P300 coupe was always our favourite F-Type, and that remains the case. Most of its competition is smaller and mid-engined and this, together with the handsome good looks of the Jaguar's front-engined silhouette, marks the F-Type out as something distinctively and attractively old school. This is a very light facelift. R customers will notice a difference, should they drive new and old back to back, but P300 customers won’t, because there are no differences to feel.

But the car’s even better looking than it was before, the new driver instruments are a welcome addition (even if the different modes are a little fiddly to shift between, certainly more so than Audi’s similar Virtual Cockpit system), as is CarPlay, and the driving experience remains richly rewarding. If only the four-cylinder was a little less thirsty (expect fuel consumption in the mid-20s in mixed use) and more keenly priced.

The R remains a devastatingly effective alternative to the 911 Turbo S, BMW 8-series or AMG GT. Dynamically devastating, its price point highlights just how little work’s gone into the facelifts material quality and cockpit – in a bad way. It all works, and the driving position is perfect, but the 992-generation 911’s interior blows it into the weeds for quality, execution and ambience.

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Jaguar F-Type (2020) rear view, static