Jaguar F-Pace review - interior and tech

Minimal buttons make a neat design, while the animated gear selector dial adds some theatre

Evo rating
Price
from £41,870
  • An involving drive, and not just for an SUV
  • Most powerful engine is slightly lacklustre

If there was one main area the F-Pace needed an update it was the cabin, and, boy, did Jaguar listen for the mid-cycle update. The interior has been completely overhauled – new dash, console, door cards, technology and interfaces, they’ve changed everything up. And the good news is that it’s been a huge leap forward, with an elegant overall layout that’s also far more user-friendly to boot.

Dominating the dashboard is JLR’s new Pivi Pro system, accessible on an 11.4-inch curved glass display that floats on the front of the dash. The system is much, much easier to use than what went before, and while there’s no click-wheel interface, the large icons and clear menu structure make it easy to navigate on the road. The graphics are also top-notch, and the speedy response times more than make it a match for the latest systems found in rival models from BMW and Mercedes.

Beyond the new screen, dedicated rotary dials for the ventilation and heating, a very smart new steering wheel and new physical gear selector all add their own plus points. Overall use of materials is also much improved. However, the perceived quality does take a small hit thanks to the hollow feeling of that new gear selector and some of the secondary switchgear.

Another knock is the slow response time of the driver’s information display, and the head-up display still doesn't work quite as well as on some rival cars, but overall the interior is an element of the car that would now certainly rank in the ‘pro’s’ column. In fact, the cabin is preferable to pretty much all the interiors of the F-Pace’s premium SUV rivals.

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