Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You’re unlikely to have any problems with the amount of space in the front, even if you’re well over six feet tall. Versions fitted with a panoramic glass roof still have plenty of head room.
The front door pockets are each large enough for a one-litre bottle of water and there are further storage cubbies in the centre console and under the front armrest. In front of the gear selector, there’s a small shelf that will take most wallets, keys or a mobile phone (and an optional wireless charging pad). The central armrest has a cubby that's big enough to accept a bottle of water or a small packed lunch – you’ll also find a USB, USB-C and 12V socket in there.
Some of Jaguar’s saloons, particularly the XE, are a little cramped inside, but the F-Pace is easily big enough for most families. It’s certainly roomier in the back than a Porsche Macan and a couple of six-footers will fit in with head and leg room to spare.
It’s worth noting, though, that the optional panoramic glass roof reduces head room to the point that back-seat passengers who are six feet tall might feel their hair brushing the ceiling. If you carry adult passengers quite a lot, we’d avoid the optional Performance Seats we mentioned earlier – their hard ‘shell’ construction is not particularly forgiving on the knees of those travelling in the rear.
Add a third rear passenger and the subsequent squeeze makes life less comfortable, while the relatively small rear windows don't exactly flood the cabin with light. All models have a rear armrest as standard that houses a couple of cupholders.
Seat folding and flexibility
Conveniently positioned handles on the walls of the boot are a reasonably priced option, and allow you to easily drop the 40/20/40 split rear seats. You can also pay extra to have electrically reclining rear seats, which are great when your rear passengers fancy an impromptu snooze.
Like the driver’s seat, the front passenger one has electric height and backrest angle adjustment as standard, making it easy to fine-tune the perfect position. It even gets electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard, helping to prevent lower back pain on longer journeys.
If you fold down the rear seats, you’re left with a virtually flat extended load bay to slide in longer items. A powered tailgate is standard across the range (from S-trim and above), while a ‘gesture’ tailgate (you wave your foot under the rear bumper and the boot opens automatically) is on the options list. A loadspace partition net is available as an option, as are luggage rails on the boot floor.
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