Jaguar F-Pace SUV - Interior & comfort
Like most modern Jaguars, the F-Pace feels very high-quality inside
Climb inside the F-Pace and you’re treated to a truly luxurious interior. Standard leather, together with Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system, mark it out as being every inch a modern, premium SUV. The steering wheel adjusts in and out as well as up and down, while the seats offer decent comfort and eight-way adjustability. Rear-seat passengers benefit from good legroom, although the optional panoramic sunroof impinges on headroom slightly.
If interior design and quality are a priority, you may want to have a look at the competition before buying the F-Pace. The Audi Q5, for example, has a superior interior design and the dashboard feels both more solid and more cutting-edge. Not only that, but the trade-off for the superior dynamics of the F-Pace is that the Q5 is the slightly more comfortable car.
Jaguar F-Pace dashboard
The latest InControl infotainment system is a significant step up from previous Jaguar efforts and sets new standards in this class. Pinch-to-zoom functionality makes it simple and intuitive to use, while the standard wi-fi hotspot will be a welcome feature on long journeys. Drivers can also download an app enabling the wireless payment of fuel from Shell petrol stations using PayPal or Apple CarPlay.
All of the F-Pace’s switches work as you'd expect them to and operate with a reassuring solidity. Jaguar's rising dial gear selector is a neat and stylish touch, although it can be a bit of a pain during three-point turns.
Trim levels for the 2.0-litre include Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio. Even the ‘entry-level’ Prestige includes leather upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot and cruise control. Features like front and rear parking sensors and a powered tailgate add to its convenience, while the 18-inch alloy wheels look great, if a little small on a car this size. A handy touch introduced with the most recent update enables you to pay for fuel at Shell garages without leaving the driving seat, through an infotainment system app. The latter now offers a ‘dual-screen’ mode, enabling the passenger to watch a film while the driver only sees sat-nav guidance. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the Smartphone Pack, which is fitted as standard on all trim levels.
The R-Sport brings sportier bodywork and larger alloy wheels that add to the F-Pace’s road presence, as well as sports seats with perforated leather inside. The Portfolio grade adds luxuries such as softer leather and a powerful 11-speaker Meridian sound system. Only available with a 3.0-litre engine, the S trim is similar to R-Sport but takes it further, adding the stereo upgrade and features like adaptive dynamics with different settings for the suspension.
In terms of options, Jaguar offers a number of packs, including the Practicality Pack, which gets you keyless entry, hands-free boot opening and a few other neat features that make the F-Pace easier to live with. You can also specify a head-up display and a Park Pack, which enables the F-Pace to steer itself into parking spaces for you.
Individual options range from the inexpensive (Union Flag valve caps for £50) to the seriously pricey (electronic side steps for £2,500). You can also specify a host of lighting, storage and personalisation options. As is often the case, though, if you get carried away with ticking option boxes, the F-Pace quickly becomes a very expensive car.
In truth, even the entry-level Prestige model is well equipped, and any optional extras you choose will be added luxuries – although the panoramic roof does make the F-Pace lighter and airier inside and music fans are likely to be impressed by the stereo upgrades. If you're after a bit more off-road ability, it might be worth specifying the adaptive surface response system – but other than that you’re unlikely to miss anything.