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2014 Jaguar F-TYPE KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $61,200 - $64,765.

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MSRP $69,895

Fair Purchase Price $62,101
Fair Market Range ($61,200 - $64,765)

Invoice $64,720

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Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

The F-Type's interior puts a strong focus on the driver with a grab handle dividing the driver's space from the passenger area, along with subtle differentiation in the grain on the instrument panel and center console on the driver's side versus the passenger's side. Further differentiation is found on the S and V8 S models, which have engine start button, shift paddles and the Dynamic Mode toggle all finished in "Ignis" orange – typically used in divers' watches. While all that might seem a bit studied, the big items are handled wonderfully well. The instrument panel features substantial tachometer and speedometer dials, flanking an info screen. A large TFT touch screen above the center console offers a variety of functions including navigation, and immediately below three rotary knobs and an array of toggles control heating and air conditioning. The standard sport seats offer manual fore-and-aft control, though there is a full-power option. A "performance" seat option provides more bolstering.

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Trying to design a follow-on for a legendary design is a very difficult assignment, so it seems Jaguar Chief Designer Ian Callum's team intentionally avoided emulating the 50-year-old lines of the E-Type. For instance, the car has a large trapezoidal grille instead of the E-Type's elegant oval. The biggest similarity between the E-Type and F-Type is the fact that both have folding fabric tops, though some might have expected the F-Type to have a disappearing hardtop instead. Quibbling aside, the F-Type is a very attractive contemporary sports car, and all three variants are similar visually. We especially like the slim rear section of the car, though the sleek look does mean the F-Type has limited trunk space.

Notable Standard Equipment

If Jaguar had just introduced the base F-Type as its single offering in the sports car segment it would have won a great deal of praise, because a base F-Type offers the sinuous styling, driver-oriented interior, deployable rear spoiler and power-operated soft top of the higher-level versions. The 340-horsepower supercharged V6 is a formidable engine, and it is backed by the praiseworthy 8-speed QuickShift transmission. Also standard is the intelligent stop/start system that stops the engine when you pull up to a red light or stop sign, then re-starts it as quickly as the driver can move his or her foot from brake pedal to accelerator.

Notable Optional Equipment

The F-Type is chock-full of driving aids designed to enable the driver to get the very most out of the steering, suspension, brakes and tires. Dynamic Mode enables you to tune the throttle response, steering, gear changes and stability-control threshold to match your preferences, which seems like adjustment enough, but the Configurable Dynamics option allows you to select the elements of Dynamic Mode that you want to change. So you can tailor the shock damping, steering rate and throttle response to your liking, while leaving other settings at factory spec. It also allows you to record data like lap and split times, brake-and-throttle inputs and G-forces. While all that makes driving more entertaining, Jaguar also paid attention to more traditional entertainment. The 10-speaker Meridian audio system has a 380-watt output, while the 12-speaker Meridian system offers 770 watts plus the Trifield System, which places both driver and passenger in the center of their own surround-sound fields.

Under the Hood

The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 offered in the various F-Type models share both architecture and the intelligent stop/start system. Aluminum-alloy construction is used in both engines as is a twin-vortex supercharger and water-cooled intercooler. Another commonality is the use of aluminum cylinder heads that house the independent variable-cam-timing system. The V-6 uses counter-rotating front and rear balancer weights to compensate for the lack of two cylinders, helping to give the engine refinement similar to the V8. The power for all Jaguar F-Types is transmitted to the rear wheel via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg

3.0-liter supercharged V6
380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
339 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 mpg

5.0-liter supercharged V8
495 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

Pricing Notes

Jaguar executives have pointed the 2014 F-Type directly at the Porsche 911, and they have priced it to offer significant extra value versus the equivalent 911 Cabriolet models. At the same time, the 911 is significantly different from the F-Type in overall configuration. In fact, one could make the case that the F-Type bears more similarities to the Chevrolet Corvette than the 911. All that said, the F-Type has a price advantage versus the 911, but is at a significant disadvantage in terms of resale value. In comparison to the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the F-Type is at both a cost and resale-value disadvantage. We believe none of this should make much difference to Jaguar fans, who now find their marque squarely back in the sports car race.


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