Jaguar F-Type 2019 update VIDEO test drive

Jaguar’s F-Type received a teeny nip and tuck for the 2019 model year.

The curvaceous aluminium body still turns heads, and you can delete the spoiler if you fancy. It’s not like you’re going to be able to go fast enough for it to be really useful.

There are new wheels too, and some trim changes inside.

A 10” ProTouch screen is standard, and includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, at last. Hoorah!

OUTSIDE:

The subtle changes include tricky new nomenclatures. Our 2.0L car is now known as a P300. 300 being the number of horses under the bonnet. 300hp=221kw, or thereabouts. The Brits cling to their imperial measures like a breathless climber on a ledge.

The 6 pot models are known as P340 and P380, while the V8 SVR remains as is, in its testosterone-laden brilliance.

INSIDE:

A new frameless mirror, and new vent designs anrealmost indiscernible from the 2018 car. In  fact, I’m not even going to mention it.

THE DRIVE:

After our last look at Jag’s 2.0L F-Type, we were inundated with literally, an email. Caustic comments on such shortcomings as the puny boot, and so-so performance, were delievered with a large dose of envy-inspired gall.

To answer these, and other questions, we set the coupe a few simple tests.

First, exactly what can the boot hold? To that end we shoved in a couple of carefully curated care packages in the form of soft totes times 2. To add more mayhem, my misinformed mate metered much merriment by sticking a hard-cased carry-on in for good measure. That’s 3 bags ladies and gents, in a boot termed as tiny.

Not to be outdone, I tipped out the totes, and brought in a box. The boot battled the box but for a moment, before swallowing it whole.

Of course this was only made possible by jettisoning the space-saver spare. Fear not, there is a puncture kit to repair tired tyres. You’re better off calling a little man from the village to come with another wheel though. Repair kits are notoriously ineffective at repairing tyres. They had one job!

Buoyed by better braking, we headed out, bound for our bucolic B and B. Cornering uses torque vectoring by braking, but only if your rear end starts feeling frisky.

The second myth much maligns the microscopic motor’s [itiful performance. 2 litres is insufficient according to those who have never driven it. To them I say, “check out the instant facelift a 5.7second 0-100 sprint brings you.” So there.

I’m oft amused by the uninformed.

So, to our weekend away.

Into the unknown we headed. Only briefly were we able to take advantage of a high-speed ribbon of black. We turned off the highway where Australian B-roads test the temperament of even the most determined drivers.

We were not put off, oh no.

The back roads are positively packed points of interest. Bends and turns unfold in ever-more exciting events, each testing man and machine. But, there is rest to be had.

What I discovered, not to my surprise, is that F-Type is not wanting, not in any way. In fact you could easily cross the continent and be home in time for tea.

Handling is precise, steering light, but not too light, and the ride is firm.

I rate F-Type at 9.75/10, and I don’t care what you think, so shaddup.

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Engine: 1,997cc i4 Turbocharged Petrol
  • Power: 221 @ 5,500rpm
  • Torque: 400 @ 1,500-4,500rpm
  • Max Speed: 250 kph
  • 0-100: 5.7 sec
  • L/100k avg: 7.2
  • Weight: From 1,525kg

Transmission and Driving Dynamics

  • Silver Gearshift Paddles
  • Rain, Ice, Snow Mode
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Passive Suspension Dynamic Mode
  • Open Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking
  • Chrome Exhaust Finisher
  • Active Sports Exhaust

Exterior Features and Finishers

  • Flush Exterior Door Handles
  • Black Grille
  • Deployable boot lid spoiler
  • Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers
  • LED Tail Lights Xenon Headlights with LED Signature
  • 18″ 10 Spoke ‘Style 1036’ Silver Alloy Wheels

Seating and Interior Features

  • Grained Leather and Suedecloth Seats
  • 6-way Electric Front Seats
  • Sport Seats
  • Graphite Vent Surrounds
  • Knurled Aluminium Centre Console
  • Luxtec Wrapped Instrument Panel Topper
  • Electrically Adjustable Steering Column
  • Pollen Filter
  • Single-zone Climate Control
  • Auto-dimming Interior Rear View Mirror

Information, Communication and Entertainment 

  • 10” Touch Pro Meridian™ Sound System
  • InControl Apps Navigation Pro System
  • Pro Touch System
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Trip Computer

Safety and Security

  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Perimetric Alarm and Immobiliser
  • Boot Entrapment Release Lever
  • Valet Mode
  • Pedestrian Contact Sensing
  • Cruise Control and Speed Limiter
  • Driver Condition Monitor
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Parking Aid

 

Price: $112,078

OPTIONS:

  • LED headlights with signature DRL – $2,510
  • Black Exterior Pack – $2,250
  • Seat Memory Pack (incl. Auto-dimming/power fold/heated door mirrors with memory, 12-way electric front seats with memory, electrically adjustable steering column with memory) –
  • $2,150 Keyless Entry – $1,200
  • Rear Camera – $1,060
  • Blind Spot Assist (Requires 086KB Rear Traffic Monitor. Requires 030RG or 030PC mirrors) – $900
  • Front Parking Aid – $710 Flat-bottom Leather Steering Wheel – $340
  • Red seat belt (Requires Jet seats with Jet or Red contrast stitching, or Red Seats. Automatically selected when TSW trim pack is selected on SVR) – $270
  • Switchable Active Exhaust – $270
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors – $110
  • Rear Traffic Monitor (Requires 086GM Blind Sport Assist. Requires 030RG or 030PC mirrors) – NC

 

Price as tested

$123,848 plus on-road costs (Please note that ORC are dependent on which state is registered, driver history, age, etc.)

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