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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Stunning Jaguar drop-top is great to drive and desirable

Jaguar F-Type (13 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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PROS

  • V6 and V8 engines sound fantastic
  • Sharp and agile handling
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Sharp design and smart proportions

CONS

  • Some wind buffeting at speed
  • Boot shape not the most practical
  • Some cheap interior plastics
  • Infotainment system is dated

PROS

  • V6 and V8 engines sound fantastic
  • Sharp and agile handling
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Sharp design and smart proportions

CONS

  • Some wind buffeting at speed
  • Boot shape not the most practical
  • Some cheap interior plastics
  • Infotainment system is dated

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Verdict

The eye-catching Jaguar F-Type Convertible is the soft-top version of the stunning F-Type Coupe, with equally striking looks, especially when the roof is lowered, boasting gorgeous proportions, sharp design details and a tonne of kerb appeal and roof-down glamour.

The F-Type is all about performance – launched with sonorous V6 and V8 petrol engines – with fine handling, a sporty driving position and the soundtrack to go with it. Even the 2.0-litre introduced to lower the entry price sounds good, but remains an appealing shoe-in to Jaguar sports car ownership.

The fact that this particular version allows you to lower the roof and enjoy the sound and the sun makes it even more desirable, while the cocooning interior is luxurious and sporty to go with Jaguar’s image.

Jaguar F-Type engines: all petrol, all quick

There are three engines to choose from in the F-Type, and all are petrol. Things kick off with the P300-badged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, moving up to a 3.0-litre V6 with two power outputs. There’s the 340hp P340 or 380hp P380 – while at the top of the regular range there’s a 5.0-litre V8 with 550hp in the F-Type R, while the special F-Type SVR has the same engine with 575hp and a more aggressive exterior style.

For full performance specs and what it’s like to drive, you’ll want to check out the Performance section of this review. What’s consistent across all F-Type models is a soundtrack from the exhausts that is engaging and exciting – especially if you go for a V6 or V8 model where you can hear it even clearer simply by lowering the roof.

Jaguar F-Type Convertible interior

Jaguar F-Type interior

The interior takes on a much more modern design than you might expect from a Jaguar – with a feel that’s encapsulating and cocooning – clad in plush-looking materials and some neat design details. There’s even drama as soon as you open the door as the handles pop out to open the door, and you drop down into the F-Type’s low-slung sports seats behind a sporty-looking dashboard and wraparound centre console.

The instrument panel is heavily cowled with two large dials with a central display, while an orange starter button is there to tempt you into starting the F-Type up. Other details like air vents that rise from above the infotainment screen and a chunky gear selector add to the sportier feel. One thing we’d criticise is the large steering wheel however. It does feel very large considering the F-Type’s compact proportions, but the upside is that the steering feel itself is very communicative and nicely weighted.

The attention to detail isn't just aesthetic, as Jaguar engineers have created an exhaust system with an evocative hard-edged bark as the revs increase and a burbling, popping sound when you lift off the throttle. It really adds to driver engagement and delivers a sense of occasion that some rivals struggle to match.

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Jaguar F-Type?

If you’re in the market for a two-seat convertible sports car, and you don’t want a Porsche, this should be near, or at, the very top of your list. Something  that looks so good and drives so well should be on the list of anybody with an ounce of petrol in their bloodstream.

It’s even surprisingly comfortable for a stiff and aggressive sports car, meaning you get something luxurious as well as sporty and engaging. The F-Type is good, very good.

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