Arguably, the biggest threat to 2.0-litre F-Type sales is from models higher up Jaguar’s range.

People who favour long-legged touring attributes over pin-sharp sports car handling will gravitate towards the British car as opposed to the likes of the Cayman and TT RS, but the step up into big-displacement F-Type territory is temptingly slender: a manual V6 costs just £3500 more and sounds rather a lot more arresting.

F-Type trails the 718 Cayman S but is closely matched by the TT RS and is expected to lose just over half its value

But then this model’s touring economy approaches the mid-40s, whereas that of the V6 S we tested was low-30s.

Owing to the weight lifted from its nose, it also handles more assuredly. Then there’s the fact that although this car is a rival for the Cayman in mechanical and financial terms, for image and road presence it’s more likely to be considered an equal to the Porsche 911, which starts at nearly £78,000 in basic twin-turbo flat six Carrera form.

You could put the fantastic new Civic Type R on your drive for the difference.

As for depreciation, the Jaguar is a match for the TT RS, retaining 45 percent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, according to our sources. A PDK-equipped 718 Cayman S betters both, holding exactly half of its value.  

If you are keen on the four-cylinder F-Type, then we recommend swapping the 19in alloys our test car rode on for 18s to improve the ride a touch, and to avoid opting for the powered tailgate, which seems a tad unnecessary.


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