2017 Jaguar F-Type
- 2017 Jaguar F-Type Convertible
- 3.0L V6 engine
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Rear-wheel drive
- Seating Capacity: 2
- Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway
- Tested MSRP: $111,125 CAD
Jaguar is a luxury brand and the 2017 Jaguar F-Type doesn’t disappoint. Its 3.0 V6 engine with 380 horsepower is a refined high-performance car. We have a few clients who have a family-friendly vehicle, and a second ‘fun’ car. When you first start up this beauty, the engine growls at you and it’s a rush of adrenaline! With the F-Type being a 2-seater, we really think this is a sanity-friendly car – it’s ready to go whenever you want some alone time!
Exterior Design & The Drive
The 2017 Jaguar F-Type is unmistakable with its long front headlamps (that are visible from the front and side), defined lines, and sharp rear end. The F-Type has a deployable spoiler that raises when our convertible travelled above 100 km/hr. This helps keep the vehicle grounded, so to speak, and a lot of aerodynamic research has gone into the vehicle.
You can select different driving modes, depending on how sporty you’re feeling. If you’d like to cruise below 100 km/hr you can choose to raise the spoiler. You can also make the exhaust sound louder with the push of a button!
One thing I didn’t enjoy was the auto start/stop feature, particularly because it was a manual transmission. When you disengage the clutch at a stop light (for example), the engine will shut off as if the vehicle stalled – it definitely took some getting used to… though truthfully, I turned off the start/stop feature almost every drive. As soon as you engage the clutch the engine would start up again.
The F-Type handled well and was surprisingly more nimble that it appears. The convertible roof top is quick, opening or closing in about 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 50 km/hr.
The exterior door handles are integrated so when they’re not needed, they sit flush. This helps the F-Type achieve a smooth appearance.
The Jaguar F-Type’s interior carries over its brand recognition as a luxury vehicle. The sport seats are curved and moulded with lumbar support. The dashboard is truly driver-centred, and all controls are within easy reach. The passenger has a handle that actually protrudes out from the dashboard so you have to reach over as a passenger to change the radio station… it’s a subtle way of telling your passenger to keep out. Love it!
The steering wheel is a bit cluttered with the number of buttons on it for audio, cruise control, etc. The instrument cluster is easy to read and less distracting – which is important for any performance vehicle. You want to be able to discern your speed and engine RPM at a quick glance.
Audio options are hidden in the centre compartment and we loved the new school/old school mix with USB/AUX ports and CD player. We just can’t let go of our CDs!
All switches are laid out on the side of the door, including lumbar and seat adjustments.
Repeating the idea of deployable components to keep things streamlined, the air vents are integrated with the dashboard. When you’re not using them, they sit flush and out of sight. They’re raised when you turn on the fan.
The centre stack has three large knobs for the climate control, and Jaguar has kept the number of buttons to a minimum by combining the heated seat and temperature controls in one. Below the knobs are switches for climate control modes and hazard lights
Under The Hood / Basic Maintenance
When you open the hood, you’ll notice that there isn’t much space in the engine bay. The essentials are mounted within easy access (e.g. coolant reservoir bottle, engine oil dipstick, etc) and there is a jump point for the battery with an engine ground close by. Just a heads up, the actual battery is located in the trunk.
Child Car Seat
Ah… child car seat installation. Well, most of our clients don’t intend to strap their young children in the sports cars but they do look into the option in case of an emergency, or if their family-friendly ride isn’t available.
Installing a rear-facing child car seat is a no-no in the vehicle because of the air bags. If your child is in a forward-facing child car seat, you can install it in the passenger seat. NOTE: the convertible doesn’t have a rear tether so only the coupe version can accommodate a forward-facing child car seat. The convertible then, can only have a child who is in a booster seat. In Canada, forward-facing child car seats (booster seats are a separate type) are required to have the rear tether secured. However, in some parts of the U.S. the rear tether is not mandatory.
Children under 12 generally don’t sit in the front seat, but in the case of a 2-seater it is your only option. It’s ok to have them sit up front with you but extra precautions are needed including a few adjustments: the seatback fully upright so that it’s flush with the child car seat, seat is fully rearward, and the lumbar support is its minimum support position.
Storage / Trunk
How much storage and trunk space is expected from a 2-seater sports car? There isn’t much storage in the passenger cabin, nor is the trunk space significant. The trunk is enough to hold a few bags, but you wouldn’t be able to put golf clubs in it. A weekend getaway? No problem. The coupe model of the F-Type has more trunk room so if golfing is a must for you – consider that model.
It’s no surprise that the F-Type doesn’t have an actual spare tire – it has a tire kit tucked on a ledge in the trunk in case of emergencies. Space is a premium in this vehicle!
The Jaguar F-Type is a beautiful, refined fun car that makes any drive enjoyable. Starting price for the 2017 Jaguar F-Type Convertible is $92,500 CAD.