2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Jaguar F‑TYPE. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Posh optional cabin materials
  • More standard features
  • Improved and impressive warranty

The Bad

  • Limited cabin storage
  • Rear visibility
  • Glitches in past test cars
  • Awkwardly shaped trunk in convertible
  • No forward collision or lane departure warning

Notable Features of the 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

  • Minor styling tweaks
  • Six-speed manual added for V-6
  • All-wheel drive now optional on S trim, standard on R trim
  • Roadster's optional V-8 gains 55 hp
  • Two-seat coupe or convertible

2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Road Test

Kelsey Mays

New all-wheel drive gives a welcome dose of sure-footedness to the 2016 Jaguar F-Type, a stylish performer that any luxury sports-car shopper should consider.

The two-seat F-Type comes in base, S and R trims, as a coupe or soft-top convertible. Compare them here. The base and S have a supercharged V-6 good for 340 or 380 horsepower, respectively. Last year’s 495-hp V-8 S convertible is now the R convertible, and it gets the same 550-hp, supercharged V-8 as the R coupe. A newly available manual transmission on V-6 models rounds out the major changes. Stack up the 2015 and 2016 F-Type here.
Exterior & Styling
It’s a testament to the F-Type’s styling that the car, entering its third model year, still elicits stares from passers-by. In the parking lot, one shopper whipped out his phone to snap a photo of our test car. At the park, a bicyclist shouted approval as he pedaled past. My wife notes that only men, not women, took notice; wealthy bachelors may want to take up guitar or cooking instead.

I doubt you’d need the F-Type R we tested — $128,695 as equipped — to get such reactions. The base F-Type costs about half that and looks essentially the same. Higher-performance versions add some minor ground effects, larger standard wheels (20s versus 18s), relocated hood vents and different tailpipes. Contrast that with sports cars like the Porsche 911, base versions of which look a world apart from the top form.
How It Drives
The F-Type R's 550-hp...

New all-wheel drive gives a welcome dose of sure-footedness to the 2016 Jaguar F-Type, a stylish performer that any luxury sports-car shopper should consider.

The two-seat F-Type comes in base, S and R trims, as a coupe or soft-top convertible. Compare them here. The base and S have a supercharged V-6 good for 340 or 380 horsepower, respectively. Last year’s 495-hp V-8 S convertible is now the R convertible, and it gets the same 550-hp, supercharged V-8 as the R coupe. A newly available manual transmission on V-6 models rounds out the major changes. Stack up the 2015 and 2016 F-Type here.
Exterior & Styling
It’s a testament to the F-Type’s styling that the car, entering its third model year, still elicits stares from passers-by. In the parking lot, one shopper whipped out his phone to snap a photo of our test car. At the park, a bicyclist shouted approval as he pedaled past. My wife notes that only men, not women, took notice; wealthy bachelors may want to take up guitar or cooking instead.

I doubt you’d need the F-Type R we tested — $128,695 as equipped — to get such reactions. The base F-Type costs about half that and looks essentially the same. Higher-performance versions add some minor ground effects, larger standard wheels (20s versus 18s), relocated hood vents and different tailpipes. Contrast that with sports cars like the Porsche 911, base versions of which look a world apart from the top form.
How It Drives
The F-Type R's 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 unleashes immediate, violent power to all four wheels. It's an intoxicating rip toward redline as the car storms forward; every open road is just another excuse to hammer the gas. Jaguar says it goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, a hair faster than last year’s rear-drive F-Type R.

A six-speed manual transmission is now available on rear-drive V-6 models. The vast majority of F-Types will get the car’s eight-speed automatic, but it’s far better than some of the eight-speed gearboxes from Jaguar and its sibling brand, Land Rover. Upshifts are seamless; multi-gear downshifts come with little delay. Even in regular Drive, the F-Type R is a quick shifter, though one editor notes it’s still not as good as Jaguar’s excellent six-speed autos, which the brand has phased out.

A Dynamic mode quickens drivetrain response even more and dials out some power-steering assist. It also turns the F-Type’s exhaust note into a veritable buzz saw, but you can turn that off with a separate switch.

The new all-wheel drive, standard on the F-Type R and optional on the S, has a clear rearward bias. Hammer the gas as you go into a corner and it’s easy to induce a nice drift before the stability system reels the tail back. In sweeping curves, our tester's Pirelli P-Zero summer tires (P255/35ZR20 up front, P295/30ZR20 in back) delivered outstanding grip even on wet pavement, but you should swap them for all-season or winter tires if your winters are cold, especially if there’s ice or snow. Even with all-wheel drive, summer tires are a dangerous choice when temperatures drop.

One editor noted that all-wheel drive seems to add a degree of understeer in the F-Type R, but it isn’t objectionable. The car’s nose still (mostly) hugs its course as the rear creeps out ever so slightly on steady throttle. It still gets squirrelly when you really mash the gas, but the threshold is much higher than in last year’s rear-drive F-Type R. The steering is sublime, with excellent feedback through the full turn but enough low-speed power assist for easy maneuverability.

Ride quality is fairly good, all things considered. There's some up-and-down rhythm on undulating highway stretches, but the F-Type damps out bumps with minimal brittleness. Dynamic mode alters firmness for the adaptive suspension, too, but it's hard to notice the changes.

Lesser trims have either a fixed or adaptive suspension with unique suspension tuning (base, S or R); the S gets a limited-slip differential, while the R has an active, torque-vectoring differential. To learn more about the drivability of either V-6 F-Type, read our review of the 2014 model here.
The Inside
Leather surfaces swarm the interior, and it’s enough to distract from some of the harder, lower-rent textures below waist level. Lower trim levels lose some of the eye candy, as Jaguar packages the F-Type’s leather-wrapped dashboard with optional high-performance seats in upper trims. (The standard seats have smaller bolsters; power adjustments are standard across the board.) Our test car's performance seats had good adjustment range, with a few inches left over for my 6-foot frame.
Ergonomics & Electronics
The climate and stereo controls sit close, with shortcut buttons or large dials for all major functions. Compared with the glacial response from Jaguar’s past multimedia screens, the F-Type’s system zips through menus but still lacks a radio-tuning knob. A navigation system and Meridian audio with Bluetooth phone/audio and USB/iPod connectivity are standard.
Cargo & Storage
Unlike some other sports cars, the F-Type lacks a cargo shelf behind the front seats to throw a small bag. (The Porsche 911 has an actual backseat, though it’s really a glorified cargo shelf. Still, storage is storage, and the Jag doesn’t have it.) At 11 cubic feet, the F-Type coupe’s trunk can fit a roller suitcase or some golf clubs, but the convertible’s trunk is just 7 cubic feet, and it’s awkwardly shaped at that. Retracting the roof doesn’t interfere with the cargo room, at least.
Safety
The F-Type has not been crash-tested, and because of its low sales volume that’s unlikely to change. See all its standard safety features here. Note that although a blind spot warning system and automatic high-beam headlights are optional, the F-Type does not offer forward collision or lane departure warning systems.
Value in Its Class
Jaguar expanded the F-Type’s bumper-to-bumper warranty for 2016 to an impressive five years or 60,000 miles, with complimentary maintenance throughout that entire span. That’s an impressive policy, and it mitigates some of our concerns over build quality from past F-Types we’ve driven (read about them here). Our 2016 test car had no major issues.

An F-Type R can run well into the six-figure range, but the base F-Type coupe starts under $70,000. It’s a fairly complete car at that price, thanks to more standard features for 2016, among them fully power-adjustable seats (last year’s were partially manual) and the top-spec Meridian audio system. And even the base car hits 60 mph in a plenty-quick 5.1 seconds (5.5 with the manual), according to Jaguar.

The V-6 F-Type offers the biggest bang for the buck, with head-turning styling and sufficient power and luxury to match. Kick it up a notch and the F-Type R is a raucous alternative to other six-figure sports cars. Three years in, this Jaguar has aged well. Luxury sports-car shoppers should add it to their list.

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2016 F-TYPE Video

Every once in a while at Cars.com, we get a test car that makes people point and stare or take pictures on their smartphone. That's definitely the case with the Jaguar F-Type, a sleek coupe or roadster. Watch the video for more.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Sports Car

by Vapiper from Colonial Heights, VA on April 30, 2018

The vehicle is an experience! Visually and driving it. It is truly an entrance into supercar. It is luxurious and minimalist at the same time. The performance of this car is astounding. A true sports ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my F Type

by Kevin from West Palm beach, Fl on April 5, 2018

Perfect for all of my needs. It handles well. This is my third F-Type and have loved everyone of them. Have owned 12 Jaguars and keep coming back. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jaguar

Program Benefits

Rigorous 165-Point Inspection, Transferable Warranty, Roadside Assistance, No Deductible, Vehicle History Report, Trip Interruption Benefits

  • Limited Warranty

    Up to 7 Years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date (no deductible), whichever comes first
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 165 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-TYPE received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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