Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Cabin looks special, if not exactly traditional Jaguar
  • Most finishes are of sufficiently high quality
  • Pity there are some cheaper feeling pieces, too

Being the sports car it is, you won’t be surprised to find that the Jaguar F-Type Coupe’s cabin is shaped so all of the important driving controls are facing towards the driver. In fact, the view directly in front of the passenger is rather plain, but there’s the functionality of an additional grab handle on their side of the centre console.

Generally, it’s a light place to be, and you’ve got a surprising amount of visibility considering the F-Type Coupe’s two-seat nature, particularly when reversing.

Many of the materials feel of high quality with several buttons feeling plush to the touch thanks to a rubberised paint finish, but a few pieces of trim feel too cheap and flimsy to grace the interior of a car that costs this much.

The infotainment system is familiar from other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, and while it’s simple-to-use and intuitive, it lags behind the slick touchscreen interfaces of its German rivals.

Fortunately, there’s a huge amount of buttons on the steering wheel for controlling the various multimedia functions, so you’ll not have to spend much time with your hands off the wheel. You’ll find driving controls such as the stop/start system switch, Dynamic Mode switch (if fitted) and traction control next to the gear lever.

There are two large instruments directly ahead of the driver, with the rest of the car’s information displayed on a screen between them.

Comfort

  • Superbly comfy for a high-powered sports car
  • Cabin is roomy enough for two, but not generous
  • Lots of external noise to heighten the experience

Sports cars are supposed to be firm-riding, right? While unashamedly a performance model, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe is compliant – perhaps surprisingly so. That said, it’s a quality you soon come to appreciate, whether you’re at speed across the rippling undulations of a B-road or trudging slowly along the pockmarked asphalt of an urban area.

This sense of isolation from the road is amplified in models fitted with adaptive suspension, varying the degree of firmness offered by the dampers. If it were more spacious and with a pair of rear seats, the F-Type would make a convincing GT car, such are its levels of suppleness.

The pair of seats it has got hug you comfortably without pinching your kidneys, and the driving position is brilliant, with a wide range of adjustability. Yes, you’re sat low, so entries and exits aren’t always the most elegant, but once you’re in you feel at one with the Jaguar.

It’s no luxury cruiser though, so there are a few situations where the rigid structure and sporty suspension makes hard work of larger lumps or potholes, particularly if you’ve specified larger-than-standard alloy wheels.

Similarly, the F-Type’s not a particularly quiet car to drive. If you listen carefully there’s a fair bit of road noise intruding into the cabin, though wind noise around the windscreen pillars and door mirrors isn’t quite so obvious.

Still, who cares when you’ve got engines that sound like that?