There are four models available. For the purpose of this review, we’re taking a look at the entry-level and mid-range models, as they are the ones that are priced competitively with the Lotus. It has the same elegantly weighted steering as the range-topping models, as well as an abundance of grip. It misses out on four-wheel-drive, however.
It’s powered by a 2.0-litre V6 engine that develops up to 335bhp, and can be mated to either a manual or an automatic ‘box. It’s a small and light engine that frees up the car to be noble and responsive.
It’s got enough power for most buyers, too. However, It misses out on four-wheel-drive. If you want to step up to the mid-range Jaguar F-Type Coupe, the V6 R-Dynamic model is a blast. It produces 375bhp, can be specified with four-wheel-drive, and its 8-speed automatic transmission makes for lightning quick speed.
They might be entry level and mid-range models, but they’re still high-performance cars. As such, they won’t be cheap to run. The smaller 335bhp variant is actually more expensive to run than the 375bhp variant. It returns 26.8mpg at best, while the latter is good for 31.7mpg.
Like the Porsche, the Jaguar can boast a classier interior than the Lotus. It’s comfortable and well-designed – although some buyers will complain that it’s too conservatively styled. True, it lacks the excitement of the car’s exterior.
The quality is high, though, with all models getting treated to leather seats and solid build quality. The dash is clear, simple and elegant, and comes with the brands InControl apps.
Easily the biggest drawback of the cabin is that it’s not so practical. The boot is hugely bigger than both the Lotus and the Porsche, and measure 407-litres. That’s excellent if you want to travel further than Scotland for a week away.
But that aside, there are issues. It’s small, no doubt about it. Jaguar have used the space well enough, but adults won’t be getting into the rear anytime soon. Storage spaces are few and far between, and include a few cup holders and a decent-sized glovebox. Rear visibility is poor, meanwhile, and it would have been nice had a reversing camera been available as standard.
Jaguar – £49,000 – £110,880