2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Are Bladders Better?
June 17, 2015
If and when the F-Type receives a mid-cycle refresh, I hope the seats get a lot of attention. Yes, it's been well-documented how our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe seats leave much to be desired, but here are a few less disheartening examples.
For example, the F-Type's lumbar and side bolster supports are pneumatic, not mechanical. That means when you add a little support, a tiny compressor inflates some air bladders embedded in the seats. The problem with the F-Type's system is mainly with the vertical lumbar adjustment.
In order to find the right extension and position, you have to inflate both the upper and lower lumbar bladders. Then you have to move the toggle up or down to adjust the position. Unlike mechanical systems, the Jag's simply deflates the opposite bladder. And upon deflation it sounds as if I ate too much sauerkraut the night before.
By contrast, the underlying supports in mechanical systems move and maintain their adjustments in the process. My theory is that Jaguar uses pneumatic adjustments to preserve weight and space. I can't imagine that mechanical units are very light or compact compared to a tiny compressor and a few air bladders.
Admittedly, these minor inconveniences are less of an issue for a "real" owner. We're hopping in and out of cars on a daily basis, so we're constantly adjusting seats. Also, as limiting as the seats are, they do little to tarnish the little Jag's shine. Eleven months later, I am still madly in love with it.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 21,464 Miles