The interior layout, fit and finish
Jaguar offers the F-Type Convertible with sports seats as standard, but we’d be tempted to spec the Performance option, which wraps them in quilted leather and adds additional bolstering to make them more supportive and also more comfortable. The range-topping R has these seats as standard.
The sports seats come with part-electric adjustment (full electric adjustment is standard on the R and an optional extra on other models) and a steering wheel that moves up and down and in and out electronically.
The interior is suitably driver-focused, with a dashboard that wraps around and a central grab handle that divides the cockpit into distinct ‘driver’ and ‘passenger’ zones. The crisp digital driver display shows vital driving information in helpfully large, clear fonts and graphics. The low seating position is suitably sporty, but slightly restricts visibility, so we’d recommend the optional front parking sensors and rear-view camera.
Every F-Type comes with Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system as standard. Its 10.0in touchscreen is okay to use, but its menus take some getting used to. It doesn't respond to inputs as snappily as Porsche’s system, either, and is well behind BMW’s iDrive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are provided as standard, along with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a 380-watt Meridian sound system. An upgraded 770W surround-sound system is optional; it’s pricey but its excellent sound quality makes it worth considering if you love your music.
The dashboard’s design is uncluttered; most of the heating and ventilation functions are controlled via three simple rotary dials, with central air vents that rise out of the top of the dashboard only when required. Material quality is decent for the most part, with cheaper plastic mostly found lower down the dashboard and in out-of-the-way locations. However, while the overall level of quality is acceptable on the cheaper models, it’s distinctly out of place on the range-topping R, which is roughly twice as expensive.