2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Review: The Quirky Alternative

by Sebastian Cenizo

Not attracted by the thought of a Ford Mustang, BMW M4, or Porsche 911? Looking for something a little more unique? The Jaguar F-Type is a stunner of a vehicle, and the luxury sports coupe is available with a variety of power outputs to suit your needs. The base model is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot with 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine sends power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic, as manuals have been discontinued. Alternatively, you can have a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft. Finally, the same engine is available with 374 horses and 338 lb-ft of twist, and this variant can be had with all-wheel-drive too. But is the F-Type just about its good looks, or is there a decent sports car lurking underneath that stunning bodywork?

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 F-Type Coupe?

As we've hinted at in the introduction above, the manual is dead - at least for Jaguar's current offerings of the F-Type. Instead, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally included as standard features, while two new colors - Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey - are offered. A new variant is also on offer, but it's little more than an appearance package. The Checkered Flag edition debuts as a celebration of 70 years of Jag sports cars. This version gets upgraded leather and some subtle styling changes.

Pros and Cons

  • It's pretty
  • Fun to drive
  • Plenty of choice across the range
  • Numerous customization options
  • Good ride quality
  • No manual transmission
  • Iffy infotainment system
  • Tiny trunk space

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
296HP
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$61,600
340HP
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$71,100
Checkered Flag
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$71,900
R-Dynamic
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$84,300

F-Type Coupe Exterior

The F-Type's design signaled the height of Ian Callum's revolution at Jaguar. Curves and sharp edges are perfectly balanced and dimensions are impeccably proportioned. Every model features a set of alien-looking LED headlights that lead to a swooping hood. At the top of that is a beautifully curved roofline that leads to a sumptuously short trunk lid with either a central exhaust exit or, on the V6s, dual pipes. 18-inch wheels are standard, along with a deployable rear spoiler, but you can get 19- or 20-inch wheels if you like, and either a carbon fiber roof or a fixed glass roof. The Checkered Flag variants get extended side skirts and a couple of unique badges.

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Dimensions

The athletic F-Type coupe displays compact proportions that befit the type of relatively small vehicles that once characterized British sports cars. Times have moved on, but excessive size is still not a principle that the Brits live by. Length is measured at 176.5 inches with a wheelbase of 103.2 inches, while width is 74.2 inches. Height is barely worthy of the word, measuring 51.6 inches, while curb weight varies depending on the model. The base variant has a starting curb weight of 3,362 pounds, while the rear-wheel-drive V6 tips the scales at 3,514, with the all-wheel-drive model weighing 3,691 lbs.

  • Length 176.5 in
  • Wheelbase 103.2 in
  • Height 51.6 in
  • Max Width 75.7 in
  • Front Width 62.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.9 in

Exterior Colors

Various colors are available throughout the F-Type range, with the base model having a choice of three no-cost solid paint options: Fuji White, Narvik Black, and Caldera Red. Metallic options cost $710 and include Yulong White, British Racing Green, Ultra Blue, and two new schemes: Eiger Grey and Portofino Blue. Premium metallic paint adds a total of $1,550 to your bill, but only two shades are available, one of which is Carpathian Grey, with the other being Silicon Silver. The SVO Premium palette adds colors that cost $4,900 each, with Velocity Blue, Madagascar Orange, and Desire Red among the most spectacular shades. Three Special Effect paint options are also available: Spectral Racing Red, Meribel White, and Valloire White. These cost $8,500, and can be had in either gloss or satin matte finishes. The Checkered Flag variants are only available in Fuji White, Caldera Red, or Carpathian Grey - each of which costs nothing to apply.

  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • British Racing Green Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Ultra Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey
  • Silicon Silver
  • Madagascar Orange Satin, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
  • Madagascar Orange Gloss, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
  • Balmoral Blue Satin, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
  • Balmoral Blue Gloss, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
  • Velocity Blue Satin, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
  • Velocity Blue Gloss, SVO Ultra Metallic Paint
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F-Type Coupe Performance

Depending on the variant you opt for, performance ranges from tepid to exhilarating. The most fun version for the speed addict will be a V6 model, and preferably the 380HP. This variant has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that generates 374 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is almost the same whether you have all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, with either variant promising 0-60 mph times of at most 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. The other V6 variant, the 340HP, produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. At the bottom of the ladder is the 296HP with 296 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque. This model manages the benchmark sprint in 5.4 seconds and tops out at 155 mph. The R-Dynamic trim level, which can only be had with the uprated 374 hp V6, gets additional features, not just more power, and boasts a limited-slip differential as opposed to the open diff found on lesser models. So, if performance is of the utmost importance to you, opt for one of these.

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Engine and Transmission

The base engine you can have in the F-Type is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It's not an especially fast option, but it's not going to put you to sleep either. Thanks to relatively light curb weights on these models, a by-product of extensive aluminum use, the base engine doesn't struggle to get the F-Type going from a dig, and overtaking power is decent, if not alarmingly quick.

The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is far more responsive and powerful, with the lesser variant offering 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This engine is certainly more entertaining, and the sounds it makes are a barrel of fun too. The available V8 models, which we review separately, are naturally even louder, but this V6 has a tone that is inimitable. Whether that's a good thing or not is open to interpretation.

This engine is also available with a higher output - 374 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque to be exact. Here, acceleration and speed are easily exploitable, and with the available switchable active exhaust system, you can make your arrival known blocks before reaching your destination, although suburbia will likely shun such shows of hooliganism.

Every model comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, and its responses are both smooth and sharp, whether in auto mode or when you take control. The lack of a manual is saddening, but at least this auto doesn't add salt to the wound.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The F-Type was a car that Jaguar knew they had to get right. There's no point in bringing to mind your most famous car through aesthetics and then offering handling ability that mirrors that of the 60-year-old original. Fortunately, the F-Type is well-balanced and agile, darting between corners with impressive body control and sharp steering. If you think that the rear-wheel-drive variants are going to be tough to control, you're wrong. The natural mechanical grip from the F-Type is impressive, and it takes a high level of silliness with the right foot to unsettle the car. Once the back has begun overtaking the front, holding a slide is simple. Ride comfort is impressively balanced, and the available adaptive suspension setup is excellent at absorbing bumps. With the all-wheel-drive system, grip is further enhanced and the added weight aids with comfort over bumps too. The downside here, however, is less fun in the corners. With such a long nose, any tendency to understeer is heightened too. Braking is also impressive, and if you really want to maximize performance in this department, carbon ceramic rotors are available.

F-Type Coupe Gas Mileage

The most efficient F-Type is naturally the base model, with its 2.0-liter turbo four-pot. It returns official EPA figures of 23/30/26 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. With a 16.6-gallon gas tank, mixed range is estimated to be around 431 miles. The V6 models with the lower output return figures of 20/28/23 mpg on the same cycles, but these get a bigger, 18.5-gallon gas tank, and thus return a mixed range in the region of 425 miles. The higher-output V6 is less economical still, returning 18/26/21 mpg and a mixed range of 388 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/30 mpg
* 2020 Jaguar F-Type 296HP Coupe Automatic

F-Type Coupe Interior

The Jag F-Type's interior is stylish and finished with plenty of leather and aluminum, but no number of impressive materials can hide just how small it is. If you're over six-foot, you'll fit relatively well, but you'll soon develop claustrophobia. Build quality appears good and the infotainment system has attractive graphics and more speakers than are arguably necessary, but again, this is offset by a finicky interface and average visibility. Overall, the interior of the car is almost as attractive as the outside, but here you need function as well as form, and much of that is missing in the F-Type.

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Seating and Interior Space

The F-Type is a strict two-seater, with 12-way power-adjustable seats as standard. These are suitable for six-footers, but still do not offer the kind of space that would make such an individual exceptionally comfortable on longer journeys. Fortunately, the seats allow you to sit low and finding the right position isn't too much trouble. Visibility out the front is fairly decent, but the blind spots are completely impossible to view while the rear window is little more than a peephole. Getting in and out is also a little tricky for taller folk, this stemming from that low ride height and short roof. The doors are also items that you can't forget about in car parks.

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.8 in
  • Front Head Room 36.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The standard upholstery that greets you when you open the door of the base F-Type is grained leather with faux suede inserts. This comes in either Ebony or Cirrus, but you can opt for full Ebony or Cirrus Windsor leather for $1,635. Various other upholstery options are available too, and include Ebony leather with Pimento contrast stitching, or the same leather with Siena Tan stitching. You can also get Brogue Windsor leather with Ivory stitching, Pimento and Ebony leather, and Ivory and Pimento leather, with each of these options adding $3,270. The interior trim accents come finished in Delta aluminum as standard, or you can get knurled aluminum at no cost, while carbon fiber is a $765 option. In the Checkered Flag models, Windsor leather is standard and red seatbelts are thrown in for free too, but the only color choice for leather is Ebony and trim options are restricted from this model.

F-Type Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

The F-Type is a sports car. Sports cars are not great haulers in general, but this one probably takes the cake. On paper everything sounds impressive, with a trunk area of 14.4 cubic feet, but when you open that tiny rear hatch and discover how shallow and narrow the space is, you'll soon be disappointed. At best, two perfectly-shaped carry-on cases may fit back there.

In the cabin, things are not much better, with slim door pockets only capable of carrying a thin wallet or a small bunch of keys. The center armrest has a little more space along with the glovebox, but neither are particularly big. At least you get cupholders.

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2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Central Console Jaguar
2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Steering Wheel Jaguar

F-Type Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

The Jag F-Type is due to be reinvented for 2021, but for now, you get a decent number of standard and available features. These include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive speed limiter with traffic sign recognition, remote access, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a drowsy driver alert, brake assist, and single-zone climate control. You also get a five-inch driver info display and rain-sensing wipers as standard. Optionally available are features like a switchable active exhaust, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, auto high beams, ambient lighting, adaptive suspension, park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated auto-dimming mirrors.

Infotainment

For the 2020 year model, the F-Type finally comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, features that join SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB connectivity, and HD Radio. The system is accessed through a ten-inch touchscreen display and features navigation as standard, along with a ten-speaker Meridian sound system. In such a small space, that many speakers ought to be more than enough, but if you really want to drown out the wail of the engine, a 12-speaker upgrade with a pair of subwoofers adds richer aural pleasure. Overall, this InControl system now has all the right ingredients, but the final product is let down by a laggy and confusing interface.

F-Type Coupe Problems and Reliability

Thus far, the 2020 F-Type has been subject to one recall pertaining to an incorrect tire placard label. This recall was issued in late September 2019, so hopefully that is the first and last of issues with the car.

In terms of coverage, Jaguar provides limited and powertrain coverage for five years or 60,000 miles, along with an impressive complimentary maintenance package for the same period.

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 Coupe Safety

The F-Type has not been crash-tested by either the IIHS or the NHTSA, but offers a decent array of safety features that should stand it in good stead.

Key Safety Features

As standard, the F-Type coupe comes with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, six airbags, blind-spot monitoring, brake assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, an SOS emergency post-crash alert system, and an adaptive speed limiter with traffic sign recognition. Options include rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe a good car?

Visually, the F-Type is gorgeous enough to warrant a purchase on the merit of its looks alone. On paper, you also have everything you could want from a sports car: leather upholstery, a fast transmission, lightweight construction, agile handling, and a range of engines to suit every need. It even appears practical thanks to its supposedly capacious trunk. But in reality, the trunk is tiny, the cabin is more personal than some marriages, and the infotainment system is more of a frustration than a positive feature. There is also no longer a manual transmission option, which could have saved the base variants from being dead in the water. In addition, some options like dual-zone climate control really should be standard these days. It's still a great car to drive, and those looks can't be denied, but the rest of the market offers much more these days, and getting an original F-Type before a heavily revised model arrives next year is like signing up for stocks in a company that produces CD players when the rest of the world has gone digital.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe?

The entry-level model, the 296HP starts at a base price of $61,600 before a $1,025 delivery and destination charge. The next model, the 340HP, starts at a base price of $71,100, while the Checkered Flag model is $71,900. Opt for the V6 in the Chequered Flag model (with AWD) and that price jumps to $94,500. The R-Dynamic, only available with the upgraded V6, costs $84,300 in RWD form and $87,300 in AWD form. Fully loaded, you can expect to pay over $132,000.

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Models

The Jaguar F-Type is available in four models: 296HP, 340HP, Checkered Flag, and R Design.

The base 296HP variant comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It sends power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and features 18-inch wheels, 12-way power-adjustable seats upholstered in grained leather with faux suede, remote access, and single-zone climate control. Safety features include an adaptive speed limiter with traffic sign recognition, a drowsy driver alert, brake assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The infotainment system includes a ten-inch touch display, ten speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard.

340HP models are largely the same as the base variant, but feature a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Next up, the Checkered Flag edition is based on the regular models, but adds features like extended side sills, red seats belts, a heated steering wheel, red brake calipers, 20-inch wheels, Windsor leather upholstery, and various CF badges. This model is available with the base engine or with the more powerful V6. In this trim output is rated at 374 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, but all-wheel-drive is automatically added.

The R-Dynamic is based on the entry-level model but is only available with the uprated V6 engine. It can be had with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, and gains standard features like a switchable active exhaust and a limited-slip differential. It also gets some gloss black exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, and the option for an adaptive dynamics system that allows for fine-tuning of throttle response, suspension, and steering.

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Additional Packages

The base F-Type is open to various styling and convenience additions, one of which is the Black Exterior Package. This adds a gloss black front splitter, grille surround, hood louvers, side vents, window surrounds, and rear valance. This costs $1,100. A fixed panoramic roof is available for $1,175, while a carbon fiber roof is available for $2,040. Auto high beams cost $255. Heated seats will set you back $500, but if you want ventilation too, that costs $800 plus $4,070 for performance seats in Windsor leather. A heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control are also available as part of the Climate Package 1 for $1,125.

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

The base engine available in the F-Type is not what we would call exciting, so we would opt for a variant with the V6. The most attractive is the R-Dynamic, as this model gets more power (374 hp) and 20-inch wheels as standard. It also gains a switchable active exhaust system, some aesthetic exterior upgrades, and a limited-slip differential. We'd stick with the rear-wheel-drive setup for its lower cost and higher fun factor. This model also features adaptive dynamics as an option, but we'd be certain to add rear cross-traffic alert to the standard blind-spot monitoring system for $500. All in, you're looking at around $85,000.

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Comparisons

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe Chevrolet
Porsche 718 Cayman Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jaguar F-Type Coupe296 hp23/30 mpg$61,600
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 490 hpTBC$58,900
Porsche 718 Cayman 300 hpTBC$57,500

2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe

The 2020 Corvette Stingray is already one of our favorite cars for the year. With a 6.2-liter V8 developing 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, it has any variant of the Jaguar F-Type beat. With two storage compartments for luggage and an excellent infotainment system, it's also more practical and easier to live with day to day. The Jaguar is a beautiful machine, but it can't compete with the Corvette in the looks department when it comes to sheer drama. The American is a real supercar with blistering performance and handling ability, while the British car is just a cramped sports car that looks good. The Corvette is also far cheaper. In base form, it costs $58,900, over two grand less than the cheapest F-Type. Fully loaded, the Corvette costs around $105,000, while the F-Type can be over 30% dearer. The Stingray wins this one - no contest.

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2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The 718 Cayman is one of Porsche's most affordable offerings at a base price of $57,500. In this configuration, it comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four with 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, but unlike the Jaguar, you can have it with a six-speed manual as standard, with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic as an option. The Porsche comes with less standard safety equipment, and asks for extra cash even for blind-spot monitoring; but to drive, it's far more engaging and far more capable when it comes to aggressive or spirited maneuvers. You also have access to more advanced features like adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a launch control function. Overall, whether in base or top spec, the Porsche is the far better car in almost every way.

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