Jaguar F-Pace review - interior and tech
Much better than the launch car, it’s plush, sumptuous and wonderfully detailed. Tech’s good, too.
If there was one main area the original F-Pace was lacking, 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 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 response times feel on par with systems found in rival models from BMW and Mercedes.
Beyond the 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 ‘pros’ column.