2014 Jaguar F-Type vs. Its Competition

2014 Jaguar F-Type
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2014 F-Type revives Jaguar's true sportscar heritage--its own XK has two tiny, vestigial rear seats, and that's enough to disqualify it to some on principle alone.

Still, it's a beautiful piece of aluminum sculpture in its own right, though it's considerably bigger and heavier than the coming F-Type.

The BMW Z4 is closer in size and mission, but doesn't have the heritage of the Jaguar roadster--and both it and the Mercedes-Benz SLK have power folding hardtops, not strictly in the traditional, classic sports-car mold, either.

All told, the Porsche Boxster may end up being the F-Type's closest competitor; it's mid-engined, but has a folding fabric roof, seats two, and bristles with amazing grip and acceleration that doesn't need nostalgia for the 550 Spyders of the past to sell it--though it also has that hazy memory in its corner.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type revives the E-Type's sportscar formula without bowing down to its design ethos--and lives up to the promise of sports car fun in a luxurious environment.
7.8
The 2014 BMW Z4 offers a pleasant balance of luxury, comfort, and sport, but it is at the pricier end of the roadster spectrum.
9.2
The 2014 Jaguar XK is both sublime and sporty, as well as gorgeous, making it one of the most desirable cars in its segment.
8.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the most conservative choice amongst its competitors, but the mini-SL makes for a charming, compelling choice.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche Boxster defines the luxury sports roadster segment with its power, grace, and style.
MSRP From    
$69,000$48,950$79,000$43,525$50,400
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-6
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Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
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Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22422
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ConvertibleRoadsterCoupeRoadsterConvertible
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Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD