The distinguishing feature of the F-Type cabin is, of course, its fixed roof. Traditionally, that would mean casting the interior in shadow, but because the F-Type’s structure needs no assistance from overhead panelling, the optional sunroof fitted to our test car is as panoramic as it gets.

The natural light is particularly welcome given Jaguar’s preference for greyscale trim materials and the cocooning effect of the tapered rear screen, and it makes the car fantastically well lit compared to the roof-up murk of the rag-top. The glass comes at a £1250 premium, but we’d recommend it among your first ticks.

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
The 'weapons armed' slider for the Dynamic mode isn't to all tastes, but it is easy to find and use

Forward of the rear bulkhead, the F-Type is as it was, which means satisfying in some ways but underwhelming in others. The dash and centre console are subtly turned towards the driver, and there’s enough seat adjustment to feel like you’re piloting it from appropriately close to the deck.

The joystick gear selector and Dynamic mode switch are now established F-Type features, as are the bony, slightly oversized steering wheel and vanishing air vents. Unfortunately, the same could be said for the cheap steering column stalks and occasionally patchy trim – idiosyncrasies that don’t doom the coupé per se but keep it behind Porsche’s attention to detail.

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One criticism Jaguar will cautiously consider resolved is boot space, where the convertible’s notoriously stingy 196 litres has swollen to a reportedly ample 315 litres.

But while the dimensions have increased considerably in length, the location of the rear axle means that genuine clutter-swallowing depth remains a problem. The coupé makes for a better weekend-away companion, but cross-continent holidays, one feels, are still going to be difficult.

The standard equipment levels vary with five trims/models to choose from - F-Type, R-Dynamic, 400 Sport, R and SVR. The entry-level models get 18in alloy wheels, an active sports exhaust, xenon headlights with LED day-running-lights, electrically adjustable sports seats, leather upholstery and Jaguar's 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav and a Meridian sound system.

Upgrade to the R-Dynamic models and the F-Type will be adorned with adaptive LED headlights, gloss black trim and a switchable active exhaust system and 19in alloy wheels, the more powerful 375bhp version rolls on 20s. There is also a limited slip differential, larger brake discs and adaptive dynamics included too. The limited edition 400 Sport models get a 394bhp V6 motor, and includes numerous exterior details including satin grey alloy wheels and bodywork, while inside there are numerous 400 Sport decals, aluminium paddle shifters and performance sports seats trimmed in yellow stitching.

The range-topping F-Type R gets Jaguar's snazzy all-wheel drive system, an electronic active differential, keyless entry and start, numerous touches of brushed aluminium and a premium leather upholstery, while the SVR includes 20in forged alloy wheels, a lightweight titanium exhaust system, heated steering wheel, a more aggressive bodykit, front parking sensors and suede headlining.

JLR’s infotainment system remains unaltered, and while our familiarity with it has by now helped to iron out some of its many kinks, it doesn’t alter its rather obvious outdatedness, despite the improved graphics and clarity for 2017. 

The decision to rely on touchscreen alone would be fine if the interface was sufficiently well organised to accommodate every feature, but it isn’t, and too much time is spent reminding yourself where everything is. The InControl Pro system is stuffed full of potential including sat nav, that lacks the detail of some of its rivals. DAB, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 10GB of media storage, smartphone integration and Jaguar's Pro Services.

Even if you’re confident of the button-pushing required, the bit of screen you’ll be aiming at is often only slightly bigger than your fingertip.

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