New 2020 Jaguar F-type Redesign
From its long hood to its wide rear haunches, the F-type is a stunner. Offered as a coupe or convertible, it’s powered by a 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four or a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Rear-wheel-drive V-6 models make 340 hp, but selecting the R-Dynamic trim or all-wheel drive boosts power to 380 hp; the 400 Sport has 400 hp. An eight-speed auto is standard, but a six-speed manual is optional. The F-type’s firm suspension is eager to play, but the ride is harsh over bumpy roads.
In five short years, Jaguar has turned its F-type lineup into a complex tangle not dissimilar to a ball of yarn undone by a catnip-addled feline. To wit, the 400 Sport reviewed here is now the third six-cylinder F-type. It joins a coupe and convertible family that launched with 340- and 380-hp six-cylinder variants and a 495-hp V-8 model but has since expanded by way of an entry-level four-cylinder engine, optional all-wheel drive, an available manual transmission for certain V-6 trims, and more-powerful V-8s including a range-topping 575-hp SVR.
This version isn’t the quickest six-cylinder F-type we’ve tested, despite being the most powerful. Then again, it’s the only one saddled with all-wheel drive. A lighter, rear-drive, 380-hp automatic reached 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, 0.1 second quicker than this rather porky 400 Sport. All F-types have a bit of a weight problem, and all-wheel drive adds even more pounds. We expect that in an AWD-to-AWD (or RWD-to-RWD) comparison, the 400 Sport would outaccelerate its lesser six-cylinder counterparts, if only just.
While the 2020 Jaguar F-type is the most obvious rugged off-roader in the New 2020 Jaguar F-type Redesign, you might not have considered the manual gearbox.
The question of why you’d buy a 2020 Jaguar F-type isn’t at issue here and now. Rather, why would you buy the 2020 Jaguar F-type with a manual transmission? The price is probably the easiest answer, which we’ll get to in a minute.
You’re a tough as nails off-roader? Well, you’d also need to be happy knowing that your mates in automatic 4WDs are going to be more capable and more effortless in the rough stuff too, so your ego had better not be fragile. The good news is that if you’re buying one just because you love manual gearboxes, the Fortuner has one of the better examples in the rough and tumble off-road world of ‘proper’ 4WDs.
2020 Jaguar F-type Redesign
Standard equipment for this base model includes: 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, LED tail-lights, cruise control, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, seven seats, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cloth trim and rubber floor mats. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which again begs the question why 2020 Jaguar F-type would provide older-style infotainment systems in lieu of a dumb screen that delivered smartphone integration – especially at $40K plus.
The cabin, the seating, the dash design and comfort levels all exceed the HiLux regardless of specification. There are some hard plastics and touch surfaces, but that’s par for the course on much more expensive 4WDs, let alone at this end of the pricing spectrum. You’d be more inclined to take the 2020 Jaguar F-type bush bashing than a vastly more expensive vehicle, let’s put it that way.
2020 Jaguar F-type owners will probably head off-road, they will almost certainly do some touring, and that means long stints behind the wheel with partners or family in tow. The front seats are comfortable, but the base infotainment and driver’s gauges are pretty average with very little in the way of information or inherent quality.
You’ll be able to crawl around town in traffic in second gear most of the time too, minimising the amount of rowing you need to do on the shifter in traffic. There’s an Eco mode available, but we didn’t find it made any kind of discernible difference to fuel usage, so don’t bother with it. The brakes feel solid too, with better pedal feel than the Prado we tested back-to-back with the 2020 Jaguar F-type.