Jaguar F-Pace review - interior and tech

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

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  • An involving drive, and not just for an SUV
  • Most powerful engine is slightly lacklustre

The F-Pace’s interior is neat and functional, if not the most exciting of places to be. Our test car was fitted with optional red leather for the outer edges of the sports seats, which added a bit of drama but it’s mostly quite ordinary and very Jaguar inside. And despite being sports seats, they lacked the support expected of them.  

The lack of interior switchgear creates a minimal, tidy design inside the F Pace, but it does mean you have to rely on the infotainment screen to control many of the functions, with this requiring you to enter a number of sub-menus before adjusting what you need to. Sadly, the screen is slow to react to inputs, which is incredibly frustrating. What’s more, it just isn’t as intuitive as using physical buttons and it demands too much attention to operate when you’re driving.

The way the dial like gear selector rises from the centre console when you start the car is still brilliantly theatrical. If you’re used to other infotainment systems, such as those from BMW or Audi, that rely on a dial to navigate around, you may accidentally put the gearbox into neutral when all you wanted was to zoom-in on the satnav map.

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