2016 Jaguar F-Type vs. Its Competition

2016 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 manual
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The F-Type has revived Jaguar's true sportscar heritage.

A two-seat rear-driver, in either coupe or roadster form, the F-Type is a gorgeous piece of sculpture and a bad-ass piece of machinery.

The BMW Z4 is close 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.

The closest cars in concept and execution to the F-Type are Porsche's Boxster and Cayman twins—outstanding machines with a voluptuous look and impeccable handling, especially in S trim—though we'd also put the Porsche 911 on the short list of contenders for those who are intrigued, but not yet completely sold, on the F-Type.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type fleshes out its sportscar credentials this year with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is more of a weekend-getaway machine than a canyon-carver; but with mini-SL style and some unrivaled tech features, if offers up roadster thrills with fewer sacrifices in comfort.
From the satisfying Carrera to the outrageous GT3 RS, the 2016 Porsche 911 is consistently brilliant, and lives up to the this model line's pedigree in every respect—with some modern comforts spliced right in.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a thrill to drive; but beyond that it's a great car in nearly every way, and one of the best-value sports cars you can get.
The 2016 Porsche Cayman offers most of the driving satisfaction and practicality of the fabled 911—and perhaps with even more thrills.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class     
Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo SeatersTwo Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Manual RWD2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Roadster SLK 3002-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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