The interior may have had less attention lavished on it than the body panels but it has nevertheless been renewed in some key areas. It remains a more lavish and enveloping place than a great many sports car cabins and is one of several reasons that the car makes such an enticing prospect as an every-day driver.
Outright cabin space is still tighter than in some rivals and forward visibility is a little bit pillarbox-like. For taller drivers, too, it remains worthwhile avoiding the optional panoramic roof in order to maximise available head room. Even so, our tallest tester, at 6ft 3in, didn’t have trouble getting comfortable in the car.
There remains a big difference in boot space between the coupé and convertible versions, which ought to be remembered by anyone who has touring in mind. The coupé offers a storage area of up to 509 litres with the parcel shelf removed. It’s big enough, Jaguar claims, for two sets of golf clubs, as long as you know how to arrange them.
The driving position remains good: low-slung, comfortable over distance and fairly well supported in the case of the R, which gets Jaguar’s more deeply bolstered ‘performance’ seats as standard. In front of you is the car’s new 12.3in digital instrument screen, which presents its graphics clearly and offers a choice of layouts.
Jaguar F-Type infotainment and sat-nav
The outgoing F-Type’s ageing infotainment system has been replaced by Jaguar’s latest 10.0in InControl Touch Pro set-up, via which you can stream online music either by downloading Jaguar’s app or simply by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
It’s a decent system rather than a great one, truth be told. Although the layout makes for fairly good usability, there’s still a little bit of latency in the time it takes to respond to your finger, and the home screen layout isn’t quite as flexible or configurable as you might like.
There are two options available for audio systems, both supplied by Meridian. The standard one has just under 400W and 10 speakers and the premium one (£990) gets 770W of amplification and 12 speakers. Our test car was fitted with the standard system, which had plenty of power and good clarity.