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2018 Jaguar F-Type Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type looks great and features premium materials throughout the interior, though it falls short of the standards set by German luxury sports cars. The seats are comfortable as long as you won’t be in them all day. This Jaguar has many standard tech features, but they’re less user-friendly than what rivals offer. Trunk space in coupe models is above average for the class.

  • "The Jaguar F-Type gets new, thinner seats this year to help increase room for tall drivers. There's a wide console between the driver and passenger, with a prominent grab handle for the passenger's left hand in case there's any doubt about this car's true purpose. Yes, as befitting a Jaguar, it's luxurious, too. The materials inside are all first-rate and assembly is beyond reproach, and we love the gimmick of the center vents rising from the dash." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Tailored leather interior, punctuated with suede cloth accents, oozes British class. Pleasant design and satisfying heft to buttons, switches and knobs, although plastic steering wheel buttons feel cheap. Not quite as well-built as German rivals; we noticed a few squeaks here and there." -- Edmunds
  • "Most surfaces are padded, and while the overall look is more business-like than flashy, materials are top-notch." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Seating 

The F-Type seats two and comes standard with suede and leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Available features include premium leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The seats are form-fitting and comfortable, but they can cause some aches on longer drives. There’s enough headroom for almost any driver, but taller people might wish for more legroom. Driver visibility is somewhat limited because of the thick roof pillars.

  • As the first sports car in the company's lineup in decades, the F-Type snugly wraps around the driver and passenger. Rather than feeling as though you're sitting in the driver seat, it feels more like you're wearing the car. Taller occupants will have just enough headroom but they may not have enough legroom. Visibility is also limited, with rather thick roof pillars that may obstruct the view through tighter turns and the coupe's small rear hatch window." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The interior offered sufficient headroom despite the swoopy low roofline and displayed the same during numerous entrances and exits from the car during our drive day." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "The cockpit feels confined, the driver's sight lines are troubled, and the aggressive, thinly padded sport seats are supportive but not actually comfortable." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Interior Features 

Standard features in the F-Type include a 5-inch instrument display, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, navigation, a 12-speaker Meridian audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, InControl Apps (which allows you to integrate your smartphone into the F-Type's infotainment system), InControl Remote (which allows you remote access to your car), a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

Available features include a panoramic roof (coupe models only), a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, adaptive front lighting with cornering lamps, a proximity key, push-button start (automatic models only), front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and blind spot monitoring.

The F-Type’s infotainment system leaves room for improvement. It’s updated for the 2018 model year, but early indications are that the interface can be a bit confusing. InControl Apps helps you connect your smartphone to the car, but it’s less useful than features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (which some rivals offer).

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  • "The lone downside is the 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, which features a nonintuitive design that needs another round with the human-interface team." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • As stylish as the F-Type's cabin is, it lacks some of the technological sophistication of rivals. … On the plus side, the 12-speaker Meridian stereo delivers strong and clear tones and is standard on even the base model." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • Audio controls are easy enough to figure out and reach, but most adjustments are done through a touch screen – which inevitably demands additional steps to perform simple functions – and the on/volume knob is inconveniently located on the console. Climate controls consist of simple rotary knobs for temperature and fan speed, but mode is adjusted by hitting a button that takes you to a page on the touch screen, from which you then select which outlets are activated. This last is overly tedious." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

Luxury sports cars aren’t known for their expansive trunks, but the F-Type coupe offers a decent amount of cargo room – 11 cubic feet of trunk space (14 cubic feet if you remove the cargo privacy screen). Convertible models have 7.3 cubic feet, which isn’t terrible for a convertible. The F-Type’s trunk opening is narrow, which can make it difficult to fit even moderately sized cargo. There’s also a high liftover height. A power trunk lid is available.

  • "That small hatch also limits cargo capacity with a narrow opening and only 11 cubic feet of cargo. Most golf bags will not fit, but a few overnight bags will. The convertible is even smaller at 7 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Although the Jaguar F-Type coupe is a perfect road-tripper for two, be sure to pack light. … Jaguar says that is sufficient to carry two golf bags, although we don't think they will be the size used by a PGA touring pro." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "The F-type coupe is a serious sports car, not just a snappy ride to the airport. (Better pack light, because the cargo capacity of 11.0 cubic feet works out to be smaller than it looks.)" -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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