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 latest Pivi Pro infotainment setup, 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 Pivi Pro infotainment system is a significant step up from previous Jaguar efforts and is one of the best to use in the class. At its heart there's a high-definition 11.4-inch display with attractive graphics, clear menus and snappy responses. The home screen presents three tiles for navigation, connectivity and media, making it quick to dig into the features you need. Jaguar upgraded its Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity to wireless in 2021 too.
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 was replaced by a stubby, leather-clad lever that's more comfortable to use. For the facelift, the window switches were also moved off the top of the door to the armrest, making them easier to find and operate.
Trim level upgrades include S, SE, HSE specs, but the entry-level version is simply called 'F-Pace'. The standard spec is well-equipped, including 19-inch alloys, cruise control, a 3D surround camera, an 11.4-inch touchscreen and LED front and rear lights. S also gets leather electric front seats.
You’ll need to upgrade to the R-Dynamic model with its sporty but subtle design flourishes to access the more luxurious SE and HSE trim levels. SE adds automatic high-beam headlights, scrolling indicators, 20-inch wheels, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and an electrically adjustable steering column. HSE ups the luxury by fitting an upgraded Meridian system and adaptive cruise control, along with 21-inch wheels. R-Dynamic again changes the alloy wheel design but not size, while also bringing 16-way heated and cooled Windsor leather front seats.
Along with all the kit in the HSE model, the high-performance SVR model also gets a unique look thanks to a makeover inside and out, with unique wheels and red brake calipers, along with an active sports exhaust for a raucous soundtrack. If you like the SVR’s style but can’t afford the fuel bills, then the recently introduced R-Dynamic Black edition could be for you. It too features red brake calipers, plus a sporty black exterior trim pack, a fixed panoramic roof and privacy glass.
In terms of options, Jaguar offers a number of packs, including the Technology Pack, which gets you a wireless charging pad, head-up display and Interactive Driver Display along with a few other neat features that make the F-Pace easier to live with. You can also specify a Driver Assist Pack that includes blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control and tech to help avoid bumps while parking or reversing out of a driveway.
Individual options range from the small but still expensive (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, as even the standard model is well equipped, 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.