ROAD TEST: 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible.
Amanda Risser, CP24, AutoShop Producer
Published Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:12PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 23, 2015 11:24AM EDT
Looking for a luxurious convertible, that has lots of power and is good on gas? Jaguar’s F-Type convertible just may be the car for you… if you have $86,000 to spend.
What I really liked about this vehicle is how much you can fit in the trunk (ie: a full week of groceries or two full overnight bags) and the additional room behind each seat to place my purse as well as the blind-spot monitoring side mirrors that allows you to see when a car is near – it literally eliminates any blind-spots!
I also liked the reverse parking aid monitor (no excuses for dings anymore!) and how it handles high and low speeds. It just hugs the road, with easy steering and nice, firm, quick-reacting brakes.
I was also impressed with how little gas it burns with the Eco mode turned on. This was shocking to me considering it is a V6.
You gotta love all the extras – the option to keep the spoiler down or put it up, how the door handles open up for you when you unlock the doors (no need for chivalry!), and of course all the stares and “nice car” comments that came my way!
In my opinion, nobody builds a luxury vehicle like Jaguar, it’s more than just a car, it’s a piece of art. Toronto also isn’t flooded with Jags – so be prepared to stick out… not a bad thing at all!
But nothing in this world is perfect and this was no exception.
I didn’t like that during a long drive, from Toronto to Price Edward County, the leather-suede mix seats were quite uncomfortable. No matter how much I adjusted it, it didn’t seem to matter. My other complaint is that the engine doesn’t purr as much as the XKR convertible, I really missed that!
So, in conclusion, I’d have to say that while the F-Type convertible is a great, fast and fun car, I would personally choose the XKR convertible as my luxury ride.