Jaguar F-Type Review
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type ranks 5 out of 13 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar F-Type, as well as reliability and safety data.
While top-ranked rivals may be more athletic on the track, auto writers agree that sports car shoppers will love the Jaguar F-Type’s thrilling performance and luxurious, tech-filled interior.
The 2014 F-Type comes with a supercharged V6 engine, and test drivers agree that the majority of sports car shoppers will be satisfied with the base F-Type’s ample power. A more powerful version of the same engine is available in F-Type S models, and test drivers say that the extra muscle is particularly noticeable at higher rpm. Those seeking the quickest F-Type models available will want to check out the F-Type V8 S convertible, which carries a supercharged V8 engine that is significantly more powerful than base and S models. All 2014 F-Type models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which test drivers say offers shifts that are exceptionally smooth and quick. Although some reviewers note that sports cars like the Porsche Boxster may be a bit more capable on the track, most agree that the F-Type corners with precision, and that there’s no body roll when the F-Type is driven through turns. Most auto writers also praise the F-Type for its accurate steering, though a few critics note that the steering could offer more road feel.
Reviewers report that metal accents and stitched leather trim give the all-new Jaguar F-Type a sporty and luxurious feel inside. They note that supportive sport seats are mounted low in the cabin, and most test drivers agree that it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. The F-Type’s standard tech features also earn praise from reviewers, who write that logical on-screen menus and premium switchgear make it easy to access audio, navigation and vehicle settings. Still, many test drivers point out that the F-Type convertible’s small, oddly shaped trunk makes it difficult to pack if you’re planning an overnight trip. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type comes standard with a 380-watt Meridian audio system, Bluetooth, navigation and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, satellite and HD Radio, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and premium sport seats.
- "In my experience, this is the best Jaguar in decades. That's based on driving for long trips in mixed conditions. It's a car that gets better the more it's driven. On the road, the Jag just feels a bit more special than the Porsches, and the reactions from the cars-and-coffee guys proved it." -- AutoWeek
- "After living with the comeback cat for a couple of days, we are certain this is not the reprise of your uncle's vintage sports car or an abridged version of the Jaguar cruisers battling the luxury German juggernaut. Rather, the F-type is a feline bred with a wild streak and a feral yearning to meet or beat Porsche's best moves." -- Car and Driver
- "Although the F-Type might not match the Porsche in every conceivable test, it's equally thrilling to drive, downright gorgeous and a bit less expensive than a comparable 911. And not only is it a worthy sequel to the E-Type, the Jaguar F-Type ranks among our favorite drop-top sports cars for 2014." -- Edmunds
- "Today's F-Type V8 S Convertible is bloody fast in a straight line, very competent in the corners and has razor-sharp turn-in, but on some level, I couldn't help but feel it was lacking the decades of refinement that show through in cars like the C7 Corvette and seventh-generation 911 - both seem to offer a more balanced performance envelope and a more seamless transition between touring and sports car. Jaguar as a company has an impressive history, but this first-generation two-seater still has a bit of maturing left to do." -- Autoblog
Other Sports Cars to Consider
The Porsche Boxster S gets comparable fuel economy and it has a slightly lower base price than the F-Type convertible. In addition, test drivers praise the Boxster S for its athletic handling and luxurious interior.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been completely redesigned for 2014 and it has a significantly lower base price than the F-Type. The Corvette Stingray is also more powerful than the base F-Type, and it offers great cargo space for a sports car.
Details: 2014 Jaguar F-Type
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is a two-seat convertible that has rear-wheel drive. An F-Type Coupe will be available for the 2015 model year. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. The 2014 F-Type is an all-new model for 2014, which comes in base, S and V8 S trims.