2017 Jaguar F-Type S Test Drive and Review

Jerry Reynolds | May 24, 2016
2017 Jaguar F-Type S Test Drive and Review

This week I bring you the 2017 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe.

I had the V8 version of this car back in 2014 when the F-Type was introduced, then the convertible in 2016, and really enjoyed both.

What makes this one fairly rare is that it has the manual transmission, something that until 2016 Jag had not offered in decades. For those who like the thrill and control of a stick shift, you are sure to enjoy this one.

Let’s start under the hood with a 380-horse 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that will take you to a top speed of 171-miles per hour.   The six-speed manual shifts really well and the clutch is light, so the end result is that this Jaguar is not as cumbersome in traffic as many of the sports cars today.    Many of the driving characteristics of the car can be changed through the programmable adaptive suspension system. Hit the checkered flag button on the console to go to dynamic mode, and the rear-wheel drive F-Type stiffens up and comes to life. It also comes standard with a high-performance braking system, and a limited-slip differential. Both perform extremely well.

Gorgeous On the Outside

This is an outwardly beautiful car that commands a lot of attention.  A little to my surprise, this car has actually garnered more attention than the convertible from last year.   It is classic Jaguar from bumper-to-bumper, and you can tell it from a good distance away. My tester has a beautiful set of 19” wheels, and you can’t help but notice the door handles are hidden until you hit the key fob.  The rear spoiler automatically rises when you get to 60-miles per hour for added stability and performance. This coupe S comes standard with everything you see in the video, including a huge fixed panoramic sunroof that covers the full width and length of the top.  Once you get the top open, you can crank up the 770-watt Meridian sound system.  At no charge, you get Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system.  Everything that runs off the color touch-screen is really simple to find and operate, although it is a little antiquated. Also standard are blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera, power lift gate, keyless entry with remotes, and heated steering wheel with power tilt function.

100% Jaguar Interior

Inside, it is what you have come to expect from a Jaguar; rich, leather performance seats snuggle you when you sit down in the cockpit.  Stitching abounds throughout the interior, and the flat-bottomed steering wheel is terrific and has finger controls. The center stack is well laid out and has large knobs to operate the dual-zone automatic climate control system and heated front seats.

Amazing Exhaust System

Hit the pushbutton start to unleash the sound of the amazing exhaust system this car has.  A separate button will quiet the exhaust when you are on your Bluetooth.  One cool-but useless-feature is the large air conditioning vents that pop up out of the dash when you turn the car on.

Four Engine Choices

You can get the F-Type in four engines. The base engine puts out 340-horses, my tester is the S model, so the horses get bumped to 380, and then there is a big V8 5.0-liter in the R model that jumps up to 550-horses. For you speed demons, you can go up to 575-horses in the SVR model.  Interestingly, you cannot get the manual transmission in the R or SVR versions. Not that you buy a Jag for fuel economy, but it does OK actually.  I’ve been getting about 20-MPG in mostly in-town driving.  It does have start/stop technology, so when you stop the car, the engine stops but everything else runs. The first thing I always do is turn that off, I find it annoying, plus I like to hear the purr of the exhaust system.

Great Daily Driver

The F-Type S handles fantastic, and the one word I think best describes it is balanced.  Whether driving normally, or putting it into hard turns, the car just doesn’t waiver, and the manual tranny adds a lot to the feel and control of the car.  This is a car you’ll look forward to driving every time you enter the cockpit, and this car-unlike many sporty convertibles-would make a great daily driver.  MSRP is just over $80,000 and that puts it in line with other Sport Coupes running almost 400-horses.  There is something special about a Jaguar, and the F-Type S is certainly no exception.

  • What I liked best: Looks and performance. 
  • What I would change:  Could be a little quieter on the inside, but it is OK.        
  • MSRP: Base price $83,995 as equipped $100,330.
  • Fuel Economy: 15 City, 24 Highway, 18 Combined.
  • Fuel Tank: 18.5 gallons with filler on the passenger side.
  • Dimensions: 176” long/74.2”wide/51.6” high.
  • Weight: 3455 Pounds.
  • Miles When Tested: 270 miles.
  • Trailer Towing:  N/A
  • Final Assembly Point: Castle Bromwich, United Kingdom
  • 2017 Jag F-Type S in a few words: A unique, great sounding speedster.
  • Warranty:  5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with free maintenance and roadside assistance 
  • Manufacturers website: Jaguar
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