What should I be paying?
It’s a sports car, so surely some rationality needs to go out the window. Still, if you’re being sensible, the 2.0-litre’s 217g/km of CO2 and near-30mpg claimed WLTP fuel economy do put the P300 on a par with the entry-level Boxster – and make it one of those rare cars where you actually stand a reasonable chance of bettering the mpg claims. As we said earlier, the V8s are capable of a 30mpg motorway cruise against an official 26mpg.
Now, the question of buying. Jag’s own lease deals aren’t that tempting as they have an APR of 5.9 per cent. Say you put down a £7,500 deposit for a P450, you’ll be looking at monthly fees of nearly £1,200, and still have a lump sum of £30,000 to pay at the end. Total payments will have been about £84,000, for a car costing £75,000 on paper.
Even a base £59,990 P300 is going to be £850 a month without any options fitted at all, while a £102,000 P575 is going to work out at £1,750 a month. It’s worth pointing out that many leasing companies have significantly more tempting deals than Jaguar themselves, although you don’t get the peace-of-mind of buying direct from the manufacturer.