Getting in and out is very easy ...
What’s it like to live with
The Jaguar F-PACE Portfilo is equipped with keyless start/stop which operates via a button on the dashboard next to the steering wheel, this extends to keyless entry/locking and there is there the option of a gesture boot opener, otherwise it electrically opens and shuts off the key fob, button on the boot or button on the dashboard.
Getting in and out is very easy, as the doors open wide for both front and rear seat passengers, the cills are low and you sit lower than you do in the likes of a Discovery Sport. There is plenty of space inside the F-PACE only very tall people will complain about the space in the rear, then you might need to watch out for the panoramic roof if fitted as it was on our car. The rear would suit three pre-teenagers or two adults with reasonable comfort.
Being a Portfilo model (comfort over sport) finding the ideal driving position is easy via the 10-way electric driver's seat, the front passenger’s seat is also powered, with three memory slots on each seat. The steering column adjusts for rake and reach and is also electrically powered. The internal rear view mirror automatically dims at night, extending to the side mirrors.
All round vision is good, over the shoulder vision is hampered by the small rear window, and ‘B’ pillars, although it is easy to park, there is a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and this model features autonomous parking into both parallel and perpendicular spaces – it will also get you out of a parallel parking space. On the two or three occasions we used the system it worked although I am sure it would have been quicker to park it ourselves. Oh, plus our test car was specified with the 360-degree birds-eye camera, which helps when parallel parking or getting through tight spots.
The Jaguar F-PACE has a footprint of 4,731mm (l) x 1,936mm (w) x 1,667mm (h) which compares to the Porsche Macan at 4,692mm (l) x 1,923mm (w) x 1,624mm (h).
The rear seats fold on a 20:40:20 basis with 650 –litres of cargo space available with the seats up – this increases to a very useable 1740 litres when folded down. Compare this to the Porsche Macan’s (500 litres / 1500 litres). We liked that the boot floor is reversible (wipe down surface/carpet), but if you do have a tall dog they might not like the boot headroom - the tailgate is also powered.
In summary, the F-PACE is an easy car to live with, and can easily accommodate a family of four-to-five in relative comfort.