2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Review: As Charming As Ever

by Deiondre van der Merwe

The Jaguar F-Type Convertible is one of the most underrated sports cars out there, and while it does come across as an aggressive performance car based on its appearance, it's actually superbly well-mannered. Aside from its newly striking exterior courtesy of a facelift, Jaguar gives us the choice between two engines, one being a punchy 2.0-liter engine that will catch the eye of those that want the luxury but don't need the brutal power. A V6 powertrain is reserved for those who want both poise and power, and the lineup is cleverly designed to appeal to very different people. The sports car is agile and feels right at home on a mountain pass, going up against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible and the Porsche 718 Boxster.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 F-Type Convertible?

For 2021, the Jaguar F-Type Convertible has a redesigned exterior that includes an enlarged grille and a slimmer headlight and taillight design. The base engine remains unchanged, and the 380-horsepower supercharged V6 is still available. Upgrades to the interior include a new fully digital instrument cluster and full smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An upgraded infotainment system also joins the list of changes.

Pros and Cons

  • Two engine choices
  • Different drivetrains
  • Great handling dynamics
  • Attractive exterior design
  • Nice interior
  • Stingy standard features
  • Cramped cargo space

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
F-Type Convertible
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$64,700
First Edition Convertible
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$75,400
R-Dynamic Convertible
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$84,900

F-Type Convertible Exterior

The Jaguar F-Type is fresh-faced for 2021, and we love the new design. Slimmer LED headlights dominate the snout and flank a slightly larger grille. Combined with the new front bumpers, the front end of the convertible demands considerably more attention than the 2020 model. The rear bumper has also been redesigned and on the base model, a single exhaust outlet pokes out from the diffuser while the R-Dynamic is distinguishable by two round tailpipes. The base model rests on 18-inch wheels, while the two upper trims get 20-inch wheels.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Front View Driving Jaguar
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Dimensions

In terms of size, the Jaguar F-Type is bookended by the Chevrolet Stingray C8 and the Porsche 718 Spyder. The British sports car has a total length of 176 inches and a 103.2-inch wheelbase. It measures 74.2 inches from side to side with the mirrors folded has a height of 51.5 inches from the ground up. The first two trim levels have a curb weight of 3,395 pounds, while the V6-equipped equivalent increases the total weight to 3,684 lbs.

  • Length 176.0 in
  • Wheelbase 103.2 in
  • Height 51.5 in
  • Max Width 74.2 in
  • Front Width 62.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.9 in

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Exterior Colors

  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • British Racing Green Metallic
  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Bluefire Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Icy White Gloss, SVO Paint
  • Ionian Silver Gloss, SVO Paint
  • Amethyst Grey-Purple Gloss, SVO Paint
  • Desire Deep Red Gloss, SVO Paint
  • Petrolix Blue Gloss, SVO Paint
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F-Type Convertible Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Jaguar makes two engine options available for the F-Type Convertible lineup. The first two trims come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.While the 2.0-liter turbo doesn't seem like it'll hold up against the proposition of the V6, the punchy base engine manages a run from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is impressive. Its rival from Chevrolet comes with a much more powerful standard engine, though the Stingray is the only one that is similarly priced. For the R-Dynamic, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is the standard powerhouse and produces 380 horses and 339 lb-ft. The Stingray cuts the price down by a large amount and comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that manages to push out 490 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    Other, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The smaller engine's strong point isn't its ability to accelerate with haste, but rather in its lightness and the fact that it drives power to the rear wheels that makes it a hoot to drive. It boasts quicker steering and a light-hearted fun that other convertibles in the segment don't manage. Still, the V6 makes for a very rewarding experience from behind the wheel. It runs to 60 mph from a standstill in under five seconds and eagerly responds in dynamic mode. Both have their merits, but the V6 is the obvious choice for those who need the extra power.

F-Type Convertible Gas Mileage

It goes without saying that F-Types powered by the 2.0-liter engine are going to be the most frugal, especially given that the base model is considerably lighter than the V6-equipped model. It returns EPA estimates of 23/30/26 mpg. For the supercharged V6 models, the EPA has estimated figures at 18/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined, which is considerably lighter than the Porsche 718 Spyder's latest 16/23/19 mpg estimates. When the 18.5-gallon fuel tank is full, you can expect around 333 miles of range with the V6. The 2.0-liter engine comes with a smaller 16.6-gallon tank.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/30 mpg
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F-Type Convertible Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

In the land of two-door sports cars, space and comfort are usually not the main focus. That being said, the F-Type handles two adult occupants very well. The seats are comfortable enough for long trips and offer multi-way power-adjustability and six-footers will feel right at home. Jaguar claims that the front offers 42.8 inches of legroom, making it a dream for taller drivers and passengers, but it's worth noting that the backrests get more upright as the seat slides back.

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.8 in
  • Front Head Room 37.0 in

F-Type Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space

While its coupe relative offers nearly double the cargo space, its convertible stablemate shrinks its real estate down to just 7.3 cubes. While this is enough to accommodate a small suitcase or a few duffel bags, you simply can't expect more from it. The Stingray's 12.6 cubes greatly outshines the F-Type, but the British sports car manages to get the upper hand on the 718 Boxster. As for in-cabin storage, the F-Type allows for keys and wallets via slim door pockets and a central storage compartment allows for enough room for a smartphone. The glovebox isn't particularly generous, either.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Central Control Panel Jaguar
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2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Side View Jaguar
  • Trunk Volume
    7.3 ft³

F-Type Convertible Infotainment and Features

Features

The F-Type isn't well-endowed with features from its base form upwards, and the entry-level trim boasts 12-way power-adjustable front seats and power-adjustable steering. Push-button start, single-zone climate control and cruise control are standard along with remote access. If you want more luxury, you'll have to pay extra for features like dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats, ambient lighting, and keyless entry. As for safety features, the standard list includes a rear camera, front and rear park sensors, and lane keep assist as well as traffic sign recognition and an adaptive speed limiter. The list is bolstered further with emergency brake assist and valet mode. Additionally available safety features include park assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

Infotainment

The F-Type's infotainment has been vastly improved compared to the model of the previous year. For 2021, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster replaces the traditional gauges and offers three display themes. The central infotainment system is also better this time around with the 10-inch touchscreen hosting the intuitive Touch Pro software. The system enables full smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and software-over-the-air functionality. Bluetooth streaming, HD Radio, and SiriusXM functionality are standard features, and a standard USB port can be found in the center console. Navigation is also standard, and audio is brought to life via a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, though a 12-speaker setup is additionally available.

F-Type Convertible Problems and Reliability

The 2021 F-Type Convertible hasn't been the victim of any recalls as yet, but the 2020 model received one recall for an incorrect tire placard label that may result in the owner installing the wrong tire size. The basic and powertrain warranties are valid for five years or 60,000 miles. Roadside assistance is valid for the same time period and mileage limit, as is complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

F-Type Convertible Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have rated the F-Type convertible, but the standard safety features are enough to quell most concerns. As standard, the F-Type comes with four airbags and a rearview camera as well as front and rear park sensors. The impressive list continues with lane keep assist followed by traffic sign recognition, an adaptive speed limiter, emergency brake assist and valet mode. Optionally available features include blind-spot monitoring, park assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible a good car?

The first thing we fell in love with when we saw the redesigned 2021 model was its stunning exterior; the slimmer lighting elements and redesigned front and rear lower fascia has only improved an already striking appearance. We also appreciate the choice between a punchy 2.0-liter turbo and a no-nonsense V6, because sometimes people want the pretty face without the debt-inducing fuel bills or they simply don't need that much power. Regardless of engine choice, the F-Type performs nicely which is also partially attributable to the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. It certainly offers an attractive proposition among the contenders in the segment. The F-Type puts its focus on flying under the radar and brilliant design rather than outright power like the Stingray, and it has its own special place among the modern convertibles of today.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible?

Some may view the price of the F-Type as one of its downfalls, especially when it is compared to the 718 Boxster and the Corvette. The base model has a starting MSRP of $64,700, and the mid-range First Edition increases the price to $75,400. Upping the stakes and going for the range-topper means that you'll need to fork out $84,900 of the extra power from the V6. All prices are exclusive of the $1,025 destination fee.

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🚗What Jaguar F-Type Convertible Model Should I Buy?

The first two models share plenty of similarities with the range-topping R-Dynamic aside from the powertrains. If you don't need the extra power, opt for the mid-range First Edition that offers a switchable active exhaust, 20-inch wheels, a limited edition interior and Windsor leather performance seats over the base model. We'd also recommend adding dual-zone climate control and keyless entry. As for the interior, we'd opt for the Mars Red leather upholstery and heating and ventilation for the front seats. To bolster the safety features suite, add the blind-spot assist pack. With all options added, the final price comes to $78,785 including the destination fee.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Comparisons

Porsche 718 Spyder Porsche
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible Chevrolet
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jaguar F-Type Convertible296 hp23/30 mpg$64,700
Porsche 718 Spyder 414 hp16/23 mpg$97,300
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible 490 hpTBC$66,400

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible vs Porsche 718 Spyder

The Porsche is far more driver-oriented than the F-Type, offering a higher power output of 414 horsepower over the Jaguar's 380 horsepower from its top-level V6 engine. The German sports car also comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission while the British counterpart favors an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 718 is simply impeccable, with excellent handling dynamics and praisable steering feel, and the chassis is fantastically engineered. You'll have to live with the absence of an all-wheel-drive setup in the Porsche, but the superb handling makes this hard to consider as a sacrifice. Comfort levels in the 718 are great and the infotainment system is a boon. Basically, the Porsche should be your first choice even though it's more expensive.

See Porsche 718 Spyder Review

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible vs Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible

The two sports cars in question share some similarities, but ultimately have very different goals. While they both boast rear-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the American-bred convertible boasts a far higher power output of 490 horsepower and around 200 lb-ft of torque more than the F-Type. It also boasts a far more practical cargo area that stretches 12.6 cubic feet. It also weighs less, and gets more standard features. All of it sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. With the Corvette only marginally pricier than the base F-Type, it's pretty much a no brainer that it's the better buy of the two.

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