Jaguar F-Type coupe - Interior & comfort
Comfortable suspension and a high-quality interior, but not over-generous on spec
The Jaguar F-Type Coupe is not only enjoyable to drive, but also makes a genuinely accomplished grand tourer. It’s a remarkably comfortable car in which to cruise, with a firm yet soothing ride quality that comes as something of a surprise, although on smaller B-roads it can suffer somewhat, feeling a little too firm. Entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder cars have a traditional sports suspension system, but adaptive dampers are standard on the F-Type R P575. This setup can be fine-tuned to your taste for comfort, agility or a blend of the two.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe dashboard
The interior of the F-Type isn't quite as exciting as the outside of the car – you're likely to think it's either understated or overly conservative depending on your tastes. There's no problem with quality, though, as all models have leather seats and the car is generally very comfortable, with the materials used feeling pleasant to touch and solidly built, while the supportive leather seats make the F-Type a great place to sit when covering long distances. The interiors of the R models have been enlivened somewhat to reflect the extra drama of their exteriors.
On the dashboard, the touchscreen interface is clear, nice to look at and easy to use. It features Jaguar's 'Touch Pro' 10-inch screen, with apps for navigation, music streaming, parking and podcasts, but even after the latest updates, it still doesn't feel cutting-edge. 2020 F-Types have a new 12.3-inch digital instrument display, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and buyers can now update the infotainment software wirelessly. The graphics for the instruments can be switched between a large rev counter for performance driving and more traditional dials for everyday use.
All F-Types are fitted with a sports exhaust, alloy wheels of at least 18 inches in size and a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system.
R-Dynamic trim adds a bodykit with gloss black trim, a switchable exhaust, larger alloy wheels, driving modes and an electronic active rear differential. Meanwhile, the range-topping R alters the F-Type's looks again, and adds ‘Pixel’ LED headlights, keyless entry, 20-inch alloy wheels, more powerful brakes and an Ebony Windsor leather interior.
Inside, you’ll find cruise control and a leather steering wheel as standard, with infotainment duties taken care of by an eight-inch colour Touch Pro touchscreen system. This controls the F-Type’s sat nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity and can be operated in the same way as a smartphone.
Some buyers may find it slightly galling that items such as heated seats cost extra on the F-Type. Indeed, the options list is on a par with that offered by Porsche in terms of the variety and price of items on it. Upgrades include more powerful brakes, bigger wheels and an active exhaust system.
Many of the optional extras for the Jaguar F-Type are styling packages. A carbon fibre engine cover costs over £2,000, while a carbon fibre rear diffuser is closer to £3,000.
Upgraded brakes for the P300 cost just over £2,000 but as the standard brakes are so good, we’d recommend sticking with these. Carbon ceramic brakes for the F-Type R P575 cost almost £8,000. There’s a Climate Pack, which includes a heated front windscreen, heated seats and steering wheel, plus climate control in place of air-conditioning, costing around £700. A Seat Memory Pack is also available, providing power-folding door mirrors, electric front seats, a power-adjustable steering column and position memory for the seats and steering wheel. There’s also a choice to upgrade the Meridian stereo, which costs £1,000.