On the inside, it's hit and miss
The interior of both vehicles is pure New Jaguar, dominated by a central infotainment screen and stubby control display. Jaguar clearly focused on the task of making the driver happy, so the steering wheel feels wonderfully chunky and buttery soft on both. You might never get used to using the circular rotary shifter, though, and both vehicles use it to less-than-impressive effect.
The stylists on the F-PACE interior (pictured) purposely went against the grain of smoking-lounge chic... but they may have gone too far. There's more piano black plastic trim than should be considered acceptable for a luxury product, and there's not a tasteful alternative to the smudge-inducing black surfaces. There are definitely some issues of fit and finish on key touch-pieces, too, like the ill-fitting trim that lines the center console.
While there's nothing quite wrong with the XE's interior, it doesn't feel unyieldingly special, either. The bar for luxury car interiors is sky high, even at this level. The XE falls short and feels cold in terms of design and texture, even if the fit and finish are lightyears ahead of the old XJ, which serves as the patriarch of all modern Jaguar sedans. Technophiles will be pleased, though, with touchscreen controls, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, customizable dashboard controls, and a superb navigation system.