Jaguar F-Type Hands On

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I had a chance to get my hands on the Jaguar F-Type, the newest sports vehicle from Jaguar. The funny part is that when I got the car the first thing a friend of my uncle said to me was congratulations on the Aston Martin, he couldn’t believe it was a Jaguar. The first time I ever wanted a Jaguar was in the late 90s with the XKR came out, that was a beauty, and now I have to admit this is one beautiful looking machine. I not keen on the soft-top convertibles but they said the hard top convertibles will be out next year.

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The car looks good from all angles honestly, and i really like the way they made the exhaust for the V6. For a smallish car there is a lot of space in the interior, but don’t expect any space in the trunk, especially if the top is down.

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Getting in the car it really is spacious, more then I expected and I like the central console layout. The A/C & Gear controls are all buttons with the infotainment system integrated into the main screen. there is the usual Audio and Phone controls in the steering wheel. When your in sport mode you can shift the car from the F1 Paddles or from the gear lever itself which I really liked when I was driving.

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Now the best part of the car is when it is in sport mode, the exhaust opens up, and it is loud, the right type of loud. You can’t help but want to go faster just to hear it around the corner and i loved the tone of that exhaust. For once I don’t think I would change the exhaust of this sports car, its perfect for it.

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The handling of the car is just as fun, it really has a good grip. You feel that it is holding on even when your accelerating around a bend and pushing the car. That really surprised me, at certain times I was driving at idiotic speeds just to see how much it can go, and this car could go.

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The infotainment system on the car is impressive, it’s simple enough to use but with a lot of features, makes it easy to navigate. The navigation maps are very clear and simple to use, I tried it out a few times and it worked perfectly. Bluetooth integration worked very well, I was streaming Sirius XM & Spotify from my Samsung S4, and I did the same with an iPhone and my Windows phone. Even controlling the songs through the steering wheel controls.

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I honestly would not buy a Jaguar, there are just too many other better options in my opinion, also because Jaguar never made a car that I would want or need. But in this case more then a decade after the original Jaguar XKR they made the F-Type and if the V6 is this much fun I wonder how it feels to drive the V8. The V6 ranges from 22’000 KWD to 30’000 KWD, and the V8 ranges from 29’000 KWD to 38’000 KWD.

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A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

5 Comments

  1. vampire

    beautiful car indeed

  2. I fell in love with Jaguars in the early 2000s when my uncle got the XK8 convertible edition hehe I actually trained a bit on that car before I got my license hehe of course my older uncle was the one who got me to drive it, while the uncle who owned the car went crazy that I took it out especially when I was a new driver hehe :P

    We still have the car but unfortunately it was abused a bit by the family hehe :P So it needs some TLC-ing.. I saw the F-Type last weekend and fell in love but Jaguars need a budget alone for its service and some issues that arise after you purchase it.

    But I can’t disagree this is one sexy beast!

  3. @vampire – Very Unique Machine!

    @Jacqui – Can’t agree with you more! The after maintenance of Jaguar is a killer! Thats one of the things that drove me nuts, they don’t make cars that last, and the spares are expensive but that was a while I don’t have any current experience with them now so I hope that they have done something about that!

  4. Would like to test drive the car some day, one of the sexiest cars to come out of Jaguar in a while. Cant wait for the hard top version.

  5. @id – You can get your hands on it! Its a beautiful machine! Worth trying out!

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