Used 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE R
2020 Jaguar F-Type Review
- Offers potent four-cylinder and outright steroidal V8 engines
- Handling is precise, predictable and rewarding
- Sublime interior design and quality, like fine English tailoring
- One of the few in its class to offer all-wheel drive
- Passenger and cargo space are secondary considerations
- Compromises some measures of comfort to performance
- Engine, road and tire noise: It's all there, and it's loud
- V6 isn't appreciably faster than the four-cylinder
- A new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model debuts
- Manual transmission has been discontinued
- Front parking sensors and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standard
- Part of the first F-Type generation introduced for 2014
Luxury sport coupes should be fast, fun, stylish and refined. And the 2020 Jaguar F-Type possesses all these attributes but in varying degrees based on which model you're considering.
The base F-Type and its four-cylinder engine are adequate, skimping on the fast and fun requirements. The V6 feels a little punchier from the driver's seat but isn't actually much faster on the road. At the top of the range, the V8-powered models put particular emphasis on fast and fun, delivering the kind of thrills and theater expected of the class. Not surprisingly, the prices are directly tied to the fun factor, starting around $60,000 and cresting at more than double that.
Compared to the top luxury sport coupes, the F-Type can be considered a relative bargain in supporting trims and competitively priced on the high end. In overall scores, however, it trails our class favorites that include the performance-biased Porsche 911 and the more luxurious BMW 8 Series, both of which have been recently redesigned.
As much as we like the 2020 Jaguar F-Type, it's held back by its somewhat compromised comfort and a sometimes aggravating infotainment system. It's also not as strong a performer as top rivals, but for most drivers, it will be more than enough.
What's it like to live with the F-Type?
For more information on the Jaguar F-Type of this generation, read about our experiences from a full year of living with our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R. We had some mixed reactions to seat comfort, but we almost unanimously loved this F-Type for its brash engine and exhaust notes. The 2020 F-Type R has a newer infotainment system with smartphone integration and more safety features and is only offered with all-wheel drive. Our 2015 long-term test was conducted with the rear-wheel-drive model that was discontinued. In terms of overall spirit, though, they're the same.
But despite the P380 boasting nearly 100 more horsepower, its 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds is only 0.2 second quicker than a previously tested four-cylinder F-Type. Every one of this trim's similarly priced competitors is faster and smoother to drive on a daily basis. And, at 113 feet, panic-stopping distances are a little longer than average.
The climate controls are simply laid out, but the automatic setting is lacking. Set to auto on a brisk morning, the fans never rose above a whisper with the system set to 80 degrees. Wind and tire noise is ever-present, but it's the engine noise that can get grating after a while.
Visibility can be lacking on low-slung sport coupes, but the F-Type still fares worse than most, especially when you look rearward. Our tester was equipped with the new infotainment system released in mid-2019. Overall, it's snappier than the previous system, but its interface still requires considerable driver attention.
The F-Type has numerous standard safety aids that work well overall, but blind-spot monitoring is optional. Adaptive cruise is not offered.
In-cabin storage is meager. The center console is shallow, the cupholders aren't much better, and the door pockets are slim and simply too small. There is a net between the seats, but with limited capacity, it is fairly useless and hard to reach.
Our particular F-Type's whopping $96,471 price tag hurt the score here. The base model costs $61,775 and the P380 R-Dynamic starts at $87,375 but doesn't offer much more in the way of performance. A V8-powered F-Type R equipped similarly to our tester costs about $10,000 more and is significantly more enjoyable and powerful. Get that one.
Thanks in part to its seductive styling, the Jaguar F-Type exudes personality. It's a showstopper no matter which engine is underhood, and the sport exhaust ensures people are paying attention even if they can't see it.
Which F-TYPE does Edmunds recommend?
2020 Jaguar F-TYPE models
The 2020 Jaguar F-Type is a two-seat luxury sport coupe. A convertible version is reviewed separately. It comes in P300, P340, P380 R-Dynamic, R and SVR trim levels with subvariations in between. The 300-named models can be optioned up handsomely, but power hounds will want the preternatural V8 performance of the R and SVR trims.
The F-Type P300 starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. This configuration is the only one available with the four-cylinder.
Standard feature highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, an active sport exhaust, LED headlights and taillights, power-folding heated side mirrors, and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, you'll find leather and microsuede upholstery, power-adjustable seats with memory settings, a power-adjustable and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a rearview camera.
Tech features include Bluetooth and USB connections, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 10-inch touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic, a Meridian sound system with satellite radio, and driver safety aids such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Opting for the P340 boosts engine power to 340 hp (332 lb-ft of torque) via a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (340 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque).
The P380 R-Dynamic offers a higher-output engine (380 hp, 339 lb-ft) and adds a driver-selectable active exhaust and various gloss-black exterior trim pieces. Options include all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential and upgraded brakes.
The R trim is a significant leap upward, with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine (550 hp, 502 lb-ft) and standard all-wheel drive. Features include 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, gloss-black exterior trim, auto-dimming side mirrors, keyless entry, leather sport seats, and leather-wrapped panels, console and steering wheel.
The top-trim SVR uses a higher-output V8 (575 hp, 516 lb-ft) and adds a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, upgraded interior trim and a heated steering wheel.
Many features are offered on supporting trims as options, such as carbon-ceramic brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated windshield, heated and ventilated seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a Meridian surround-sound audio system, and additional driver assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. A carbon-fiber roof or a fixed panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate are available for all models.
New for 2020, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition package can be added to the P300 and P380 AWD models. This cosmetic option is equipped with black exterior trim elements, a black roof, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, red seat belts, a heated steering wheel, and unique interior treatments.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the F-TYPE models:
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Warns the driver with a visual and audible alert when a vehicle approaches the driver's blind spot.
- Park Assist
- Automatically helps steer the car into parallel spaces while the driver selects the gear and controls speed. Can also self-exit parking spaces.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns the driver through visual and audible alerts of traffic crossing the car's rearward path of travel.
Used 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE R Overview
The Used 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE R is offered in the following styles: R 2dr Coupe AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), and R 2dr Convertible AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A). The Used 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE R comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2020 Jaguar F-TYPE R comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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