The optional performance seats are particularly supportive
All of the F-Types we’ve driven have had optional performance seats fitted, which are far more supportive than the seats found in most Jaguars. It’s also easy to get comfortable thanks to part-electric seat adjustment (full-electric adjustment is standard on the V8 version and an optional extra on V6 ones) and a steering wheel that moves up and down and in and out electronically.
The F-Type Convertible’s cabin also feels suitably driver focused, thanks to its deeply cowled instruments and a central grab handle that seems to fence the passenger off from the dashboard controls.
Jaguar has clearly tried to keep the overall design uncluttered; most heating and ventilation functions are controlled via three simple rotary dials, while the central air vents rise out of the top of the dashboard only when required.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible visibility
You’ll want to add front parking sensors
The F-Type’s long and swooping bonnet means it’s hard to judge exactly where the car’s nose ends, so we’d advise forking out for optional front parking sensors.
Rear visibility isn’t too bad by the standards of two-seat sports cars, and you get rear parking sensors as standard, so shouldn’t have any trouble backing into a tight space. However, if you want extra reassurance when reversing, you can pay extra for a reversing camera.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible infotainment
Lots of kit, although the interface is clunky
Every F-Type Convertible comes with sat-nav, a DAB radio and a Bluetooth system that allows you to make phone calls and stream music though the standard six- or 10-speaker stereo (depending on which model you choose).
Jaguar also offers a 12-speaker Meridian sound system as an option. It’s distinctly pricey, but worth considering if you love your music because sound quality is excellent.
All the major functions are controlled through a dashboard-mounted touchscreen. Unfortunately, this can be distracting to use on the move because the menus aren’t very logically ordered and you have to look away from the road to find the correct area of the screen to hit. True, you could level the same criticism at the systems in some rivals – such as the Porsche Boxster and 911 Cabriolet – but their touchscreens respond more quickly to commands and have simpler menus that are easier to navigate.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible build quality
Decent enough, but not class-leading
Perceived quality is one area where Jaguar usually falls well short of its German rivals, but the F-Type has one of the company’s classiest interiors yet.
Only minor details, such as the lightweight gearshift paddles (it’s worth upgrading to the optional aluminium ones) and cheap-looking plastic steering column let the side down.
True, the materials aren’t as classy as those in a Porsche 911 Cabriolet – and build quality isn’t quite as good, either – but the F-Type Convertible stands up well against most other rivals.
We would, however, recommend paying extra for the optional premium leather interior, because otherwise you get a plastic-faced dashboard, which doesn’t show the car in its best light.