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2021 Jaguar F-Type Review: Expected Price, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist July 31, 2020 at 10:21 AM
After a run of six years, the Jaguar F-Type finally gets a mid-life refresh for 2021. With a revised exterior, updated tech-suite, and reduced trim levels, the 2021 F-Type is more stylish and youthful, more tech-friendly, and easy to pick from its family.

Despite being in the market since 2014, the Jaguar F-Type is surely one of the most underrated cars in the market. However, it does have one of the most flamboyant yet performing attributes among its segment. An extremely seductive curvy silhouette inspired by the C-X16 concept, potent engine options to pick from and incredible on-road manners make the F-Type a delight for every kind of driver. However, with all the bells and whistles, it didn’t receive the right attention that it deserved. 

Although the F-Type does look still very relevant and fresh, Jaguar has given the ultimate presentation of its expertise, a significant refresh for 2021. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets a refreshed and edgier design alongside updated tech. Rest everything remains mostly the same though. The trim-line has also been simplified and so have been the features. The move comes in as an intent to channel more F-Types out of the dealerships. Well, sales would only be determined after a significant time, for the time being, we take a quick look at the 2021 Jaguar F-Type here.

What’s new with the 2021 Jaguar F-Type?

  • New refreshed styling
  • Updated tech and infotainment
  • Streamlined trim-levels with the elimination of P340, P380 RWD and top SVR models
  • The F-Type R gets more power and an updated suspension

What’s under the hood of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe?

For 2021, the Jaguar F-Type continues to derive its power from its three familiar engines. A 296 hp 2.0-liter turbo inline-4, a 380 hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6, and a 575 hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. All the engines also come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. No disruption in power supply and the transmission drops down quickly with a smooth and linear power delivery with either of the engines. 

While the powerful 3.0-liter and 5.0-liter supercharged pots certainly flash their extra muscle on the roads, the base 2.0-liter engine feels aptly powerful nevertheless. The 2.0-liter turbo unit has enough grunt and it can happily engage in some street-fires as well as day-to-day driving. Also compared to the marginal lag in the higher supercharged units, the smaller turbo gets down and kicks significantly quicker. 

Model

2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe (expected)

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Audi TTS Coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

MSRP*

$61,600

$59,900

$54,500

$40,000

Engine

2.0L turbo inline 4

2.0L turbo flat 4

2.0L turbo inline 4

2.0L turbo inline 4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

6-speed Manual

7-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

296 @ 5500

300 @ 6500

288 @ 5400

255 @ 5000

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

295 @ 1500

280 @1950

280 @1900

295 @1600

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.4

4.9

4.4

5.0

Quarter-mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

12.8

12.5

*2020 figures used for reference

Among its segment rivals though, all the other cars are similarly priced along with similar power outputs. However, there is a visible difference in the performance of each of these for sure. Even with almost 300 hp under its hood, the F-Type is not as quick as the segment-leading Audi TTS. In fact, the Jaguar’s 0-60 acceleration time of 5.4 seconds makes it stand last at its class table. The TTS covers the 0-60 mph run in just 4.4 seconds. Thanks to its lightweight body and compact proportions. 

How well does the 2021 Jaguar F-Type handle?

On the tarmac, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type is firm, stable, and as agile as a full-fledged sports car should be. Irrespective of the trim and engine choice, the mighty Jag will reward you with a smile from ear to ear every time you take it out for a spin. The new updated F-Type also gets new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. Though the base 2.0-liter powered Jaguar misses the adaptive dampers and limited differential of its higher V8 powered sibling, it's still a playful joy on the streets. Though the base turbo pot gets along with a familiar tightened suspension along with RWD only, it does get a quicker steering ratio than before. 

Along with the 10 mm wider tires at the front and rear, reworked aerodynamics, and improved steering feedback, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type tames corners like a pro. Thanks to Jaguar’s incredible expertise in suspension tuning. The electrically-assisted steering has been revised as well with more precision and communication and is an absolute gem in its business. An electronic limited-slip differential, stiffer suspension, AWD, and reworked steering, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type R is even tighter and bolder in negotiating with curves. Despite its extra mass of around 450 lbs over the 2.0-liter model, the V8 Type-R there's no deviation in the sharpness of its character at all. 

What sort of MPG figures to expect from the 2021 Jaguar F-Type?

Despite the added performance bits and reworked design, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type is as frugal as its outgoing 2020 model. The base 2021 F-Type 300 with the 2.0-liter turbo happily churns out 26 combined mpg which is more than acceptable for its class. Any further expectations of a higher efficiency from a sports car like the F-Type wouldn’t be fair at all. Among its competition though, fuel-economy turns out to be a fair and equal play again.

Model

2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe (expected)*

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Audi TTS Coupe

2020 Toyota GR Supra

MPG (City)

23*

TBD

23

TBD

MPG (Highway)

30*

TBD

29

TBD

MPG (Combined)

26*

TBD

25

TBD

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.6

14.2

14.5

13.7

Range in miles (City/Highway/Combined)

381.8/498.0/431.6

TBD

333.5/420.5/362.5

TBD

*2020 figures used for reference

While we don't yet have the EPA estimates of the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman and GR Supra 2.0, we expect them to be in line with the other two cars. The base 2021 Jaguar F-Type with the 2.0-liter unit delivers a 26 combined mpg while the 2020 Audi TTS is not far behind with its 25 combined mpg. However, the 2.0-liter GR Supra seems to offer the best in class efficiency. This is because of the fact that the 2020 Supra with a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 from BMW already delivers 25 combined mpg. With the smaller 2.0-liter turbo, these figures should certainly magnify themselves. 

What to expect from the interior of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type?

On the inside of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, the changes are less severe though. In fact, the only thing that has changed on the inside is the infotainment though. The rest of the cabin does remain the same which doesn’t seem like a complaint at all. This is because of the fact that the 2020 F-Type already offers a clean and comfortable yet a sporty vibe at the very same time. Rich materials inside the cabin spill luxury and everything that you put your hand on feels solidly built. The dashboard and center console have a clean design with an infotainment screen and physical buttons for climate-controls which are all within easy reach of the driver. 

No significant changes on the inside also mean that you still get the pulsing heart started button and a happy yet upscale ambiance inside. As earlier, the sports seats are very comfortable and supportive with premium leather surfacing which feels very soft and supple. Take a walk down the optional lane and you can also grab the seats with 12-way adjustability with heated and cooling functionality alongside heated steering and leather or suede cloth headlining.

Model

2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe (expected)*

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Audi TTS Coupe

2020 Toyota GR Supra

Seating Capacity

2

2

4

2

Front Row in inches (Headroom/ Shoulder room/Legroom)

36.8/56.5/42.8

N/A

37.1/53.6/41.1

38.3/54.4/42.2

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

14.4

9.7

12.0

10.2

*2020 figures used for reference

Though not as spacious as its rivals like the GR Supra or even the Audi TTS, the new F-Type has ample seat-room for its occupants. Stretching upon long journeys wouldn't be a hectic task in the 2021 F-Type. Where it sacrifices some of its interior space is for its cargo area. No surprise, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type offers a best-in-class cargo area of 14.4 cu.ft. Thanks to its comparatively larger proportions than its rivals. 

How is the infotainment system of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type?

A standard 10-inch TouchPro system is vivid, colorful, and bright enough to be seen in bright sunlight. It is also very responsive and apt to provide both information and entertainment. However, it pauses for a while on opening the navigation, but other than that, it is smooth. It also supports swipe gestures and pinches, making it easy to access and effortless to operate.

Moreover, a new 12.3-inch interactive driver display helps keep the driver aware of everything happening in the car. Other than that, it is very configurable and can navigate or show what multimedia is playing or just simply indicate the necessary. An optional Meridian audio system gives a powerful music output of 380 watts, keeping everyone in sync with the drive to end it.

Exterior Design of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type

The most significant changes on the 2021 Jaguar F-Type are on the outside for sure, especially at the front. While its basic proportions remain the same, Jaguar has effortlessly carved a completely new skin over the same soul. First up is the redesigned hood that is now lower along with the updated grille which is wider and lower as well. 

The headlights are now narrower and slip to the extreme edges now. The front bumper has been revised as well and so have been the wider and lower air intakes at the sides. Combine this all, and the 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets a face now which makes it look wider and even more aggressive than its outgoing model. To some extent, the new F-Type does remind you of an Audi R8.

Model

2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe (expected)*

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Audi TTS Coupe

2020 Toyota GR Supra

Curb Weight (lbs)

3351

3034

3263

3181

Length (in.)

176.0

172.4

165.0

172.5

Width (in.)

74.2

70.9

72.1

73.0

Height (in.)

51.6

51.0

52.8

50.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

3.9

4.3

N/A

4.5

Wheelbase (in.)

103.2

97.4

98.6

97.2

*2020 figures used for reference

At the rear though, the changes are subtle but evident nonetheless. The tail lamps are now sleeker than before and the rear bumper has been redesigned as well with more angular creases. The bumper is now also connected with a body-colored diffuser. While the center-stacked dual-pipe exhausts on the turbo and quat-tips at ends on the supercharged ones remain constant, they have been redesigned as well for an aggressive appeal. The rear end of the car too has been redesigned to sync with the muscular and lowered stance of its face. Though the F-Type looked significantly fresh and stylish, the revision does wonders for the British sports car for sure. It now looks more angular, edgy, stylish, and a lot more sporty as well. 

Will the 2021 Jaguar F-Type be worth it?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is surely a pick for you if you are looking for a sports car that looks extremely edgy and seductive, drives, and handles brilliantly and also offers a variety of engine options to choose the perfect fit for your character. Along with head-turning looks, the F-Type also offers you a luxury cabin, good efficiency, and class-leading cargo space. All without compromising on its flash by even a feathery margin. 

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