When it comes to in-vehicle infotainment systems, everyone has their favourite systems from manufacturers such as Ford and its venerable SYNC 3, BMW with i-Drive and Mercedes-Benz’s all-new MBUX. Jaguar Land Rover’s Pivi Touch Pro infotainment system in the Jaguar I-PACE is one of the better ones that is easy to use, fully-featured, and in the I-PACE at least, snappy to use.
This system as found in the I-PACE’s cabin layout boasts a 10″ touchscreen that facilitates touch, swipe and pinch-to-zoom gestures to control your maps, media and car settings.
Joining this main display is a fantastic 12.3″ high-definition Interactive Driver Display in front of the driver replacing the traditional instrument binnacle and it provides relevant driving information, including full-screen navigation with 3D mapping. It is highly customisable and we used it to display our charging and range information mostly, to combat our unwarranted range anxiety.
As with systems such as SYNC 3, navigation is offered and here, it provides real-time traffic updates and live access to charging points – really handy for electric vehicles. All displayed in exceptional 2D or 3D detail, with voice guidance that is even able to automatically mute on familiar routes (daily work commute or the school run for instance).
Then there is also an optional Head-Up Display which our review car came equipped with which helps reduce distraction by keeping your eyes on the road. It clearly presents key vehicle data such as your speed and navigation directions on the windscreen, at night or in the daytime.
Our review vehicle also came with the excellent Meridian premium audio system from the notable British audio experts Meridian and it is a doozy, offering a superb 3D Surround Sound System that is clear even at the highest volumes.
There are USB charging ports for both front passengers (a USB A slot and USB-C port) and a couple for the rear passengers (two USB-C ports and power socket) as well. You can also stream your music by connecting your smartphone via Bluetooth which also enables you to make or receive calls hands-free. Connecting your phone via the USB cable at the front also allows you to run Android Auto if you have an Android smartphone or Apple CarPlay if you use an iPhone (quick look videos for both system below).
Another small display is used to control the airconditioning system, with physical dials on either side that control the temperature for the driver and passenger sides (dual-zone, plus separate climate controls and vents for rear passengers too). You pull up on these swivel wheel dials to switch to the fan controls. It is quite intuitive and feels quite premium in hand, while also adding to the whole luxury ambiance of the cabin.
All in all, we love the stylish, functional and high-resolution screens of this infotainment system. It can easily compete with the best in this segment, maybe just lacks the novel Hey Mercedes, or Hey BMW voice assistance feature sets on the latest MBUX and i-Drive systems, but otherwise, it works quite well.