2018 Jaguar F-TYPE Review
Pros & Cons
- Offers potent four-cylinder and V6 engines and outright steroidal V8s
- Handling is precise, predictable and rewarding
- Sublime interior design and quality, like fine English tailoring
- Passenger and cargo space are secondary considerations
- Compromises some measures of comfort to performance
- Engine, road, tire noise: It's all there, and loud
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Which F-TYPE does Edmunds recommend?
Even though a four-cylinder- or V6-powered F-Type can feel like a cold shower after you've sampled the V8, we'd still pick the V6 as the one to live with every day. If the 340-horsepower V6 model feels a bit strained, the 380HP or limited-run 400 Sport (400 horsepower) will hit the sweet spot between daily thrill and fuel consumption poverty. We'd order either with the automatic transmission (the six-speed manual isn't that impressive), all-wheel drive for wet and dry handling prowess, and the Climate 2 package so we could have both heated and ventilated seats. That said, the V8 is superlative. If you can afford it, buy it.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 380-hp V6 has plenty of power for most drivers, but the six-speed manual's clumsy clutch and tall gear ratios make it less responsive than the automatic. In the R Coupe, all-wheel drive makes for a less frenetic (but no less potent) distribution of the V8's 550 hp.
The stiff suspension isn't bad by sports car standards. The seats may be too firm for some (revised for 2018). The car is rather loud with road/engine/exhaust noise. In heavy traffic, the engine auto stop-start system limits the effectiveness of the air-conditioning.
Attractive with high-quality materials but lacks usable space. Suffers from poor outward visibility, an outdated infotainment system and limited cargo capacity. Most rivals are more accommodating, particularly for taller passengers.
The F-Type's utility doesn't extend beyond igniting driving passion. Comically small trunk space means you aren't transporting much wherever you go. Just enough space for weekend bags, a light shopping spree or a stop at the market.
New Touch Pro infotainment is F-Type's largest leap. We haven't yet tested it, but on paper a vast improvement over the previous system, which felt old even when new. Highlighted by 8-inch touchscreen with tablet-style gestures, location-based services, in-car Wi-Fi and dedicated Spotify app.
|Overall||7.0 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I had a MB slk500, several Boxsters and this car over is the BEST EVER!! Test drive one and see for yourself! Now they carry 5 yr / 60k mile warranty.
R 2dr Coupe AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
A couple of months ago I bought what was, I think, the last new 2018 F Type R Coupe in America. It's a great car. It's beautiful, has outrageous performance and you don't see one every 10 seconds, like you do with 911's.
Cary D Nelson MD,04/02/2018
340 HP 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
A True Sports car, esp for the novice driver! Super fun with plenty of power and great breaking and handling!
Jag love it,06/05/2020
340 HP 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
The Jag replaced a Porsche Boxster and the ride is better as is the visibility is much better. Power is more than needed and the sound is fantastic!!!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the F-TYPE models:
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Warns driver with visual and audible alert when a vehicle approaches alongside the driver's blind spot.
- Park Assist
- Can steer the F-Type into parallel spaces while driver selects gear and controls speed. Can also self-exit parking spaces.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns driver through visual and audible alerts of traffic crossing the car's rearward path of travel.