Since its debut in 2014, the Jaguar F-Type has been a go-to alternative to pricey Porsche and Aston Martin models. The 2019 Jaguar F-Type is better than ever with its range of powertrain options and slick balance of curve-hugging performance and ride quality. Can this sports car really hang with the best in its class? Continue reading to find out.

Best Value

The F-Type has something for everyone. Its P300 trim comes standard with a 296-horsepower four-cylinder engine that delivers a balance of efficiency and power. Moving upward, there are two 3.0-liter V6 models that produce 340 and 380 horsepower, hence their respective P340 and P380 names. From there, Jag scraps the perfectly logical “P” naming system by ushering in two 5.0-liter supercharged V8 options: a 550-hp F-Type R and 575-hp F-Type SVR.

With so many engines and trims to choose from, it’s understandable if you get a little woozy when wading through the 2019 Jaguar F-Type’s buyer’s guide. But if you’re looking for the perfect balance of power and value, you cannot go wrong with the F-Type P340. It comes standard with the 340-hp V6 engine, a 38-watt audio system, power front seats with memory, a rearview camera, LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a Dynamic drive mode, a limited-slip differential, and more.

  • Model: 2019 Jaguar F-Type P340 Coupe
  • Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6
  • Output: 340 hp / 332 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG:20 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Climate Package 1 ($1,380, heated windshield, heated seats, heated steering wheel, two-zone climate control)
  • Base Price:$71,250 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$72,630

Performance

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No matter what direction you go with the powertrain – base four-cylinder, snarling supercharged V8, or one of the V6 options – the Jaguar F-Type is a legit performer. The base four-pot is quick enough at 5.4 seconds to 60 mph, but things only get better as you move up the powertrain ladder. The P340 hits 60 mph in as quick as 5.1 seconds, and the P380 does the same sprint in 4.8 seconds. The R and SVR models are true Porsche 911 alternatives with their respective V8 engines pushing the F-Type to 60 mph in as little as 3.9 and 3.5 seconds, respectively.

The balancing act of handing and ride quality is also on point from the P300 trim all the way to the SVR, but the SVR feels more at home on an autocross track than in bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

While it performs well, the P300 model’s fake engine noise and invasive-sounding four-cylinder engine sound out of place in a British sports car. Also, Jaguar penalizes R and SVR buyers by forcing them into the eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Style

The Jaguar F-Type’s classic styling is eye-grabbing with its long nose, fender-slicing headlights, and wraparound taillights. While the retro-inspired exterior is great, the interior scraps this in favor of modern features and trim crafted from carbon-fiber or aluminum. No high-gloss wood trim here.

The front seats are surprisingly supporting, considering your practically dragging your backside on the pavement. Unfortunately, though, enjoying the F-Type is a two-person affair with its lack of even the smallest rear seats.

On paper, the F-Type seems like a decent luggage-hauling coupe with its 14.4-cubic-foot trunk, but its odd shape makes it seem much smaller. Add the optional convertible top, and the trunk capacity plummets to 7.3 cubes.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2019 Jaguar F-Type’s performance is great, but we expected that. What really shines is how Jaguar successfully combined the classic sports car body with a modern interior.

Jaguar kills some of the sports car fun by making all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission compulsory on the R and SVR models. There are plenty of buyers would prefer the analog feel of rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.

Right For? Wrong For?

Jaguar F-TYPE

The 2019 Jaguar F-Type is perfect for buyers looking for a year-round sports car. With its dizzying list of powertrain options and available all-wheel drive, it has something for everyone. Heck, it can even handle winter with the right tires.

If you want a true 911 killer, you’d better bring your big-boy wallet. The only F-Types that can legitimately pull this off are the outrageously priced R and SVR models.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Jaguar F-Type may be the most balanced sports car on the market today. It displays amazing cornering without shaking your intestines loose and has just the right dose of power for all buyers. But your dreams of putting a track-day beat down on your buddy’s Porsche 911 may be just that: dreams.