What is Jaguar Land Rover InControl? Is it worth it?

May 25, 2017 by

If you’re looking at buying either a Jaguar or a Land Rover car, you might have encountered the word InControl. This refers to the car’s infotainment system that handles everything from radio and audio entertainment, to sat nav instructions, to relaying information about the car’s settings. There are various types of InControl system so read on to discover how they work and the differences between them.

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How does InControl work?

All InControl systems are operated through a touchscreen mounted on the car’s dashboard. Some versions have physical shortcut buttons on either side of the screen to help you switch between functions quickly.

The recently introduced Range Rover Velar introduces a version called InControl Touch Pro Duo – this adds a second screen below the regular one that handles other functions such as the climate control. It’s also possible to have the sat nav functioning on one screen and media information displayed on the other.

What’s the difference between InControl Touch and InControl Touch Pro?

InControl is standard on all vehicles across Jaguar and Land Rover’s ranges. Basic cars get InControl Touch that features Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and voice recognition. All models except but the Evoque SE and Discovery Sport SE come with sat nav as standard.

InControl Touch Pro is the upgraded system. It typically comes with a larger touchscreen, sat nav with live traffic updates, internet connectivity, a 10GB storage facility and, on larger cars such as the XF and Range Rover, an electronic instrument display in place of traditional dials. A more powerful processor makes it much smoother and quicker to respond to inputs compared to the regular Touch version. Upgrading most Jaguar Land Rover models to the Pro system costs around £1,500, but this also upgrades the stereo, making it slightly better value for money.

Is InControl Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible?

At present, there’s no support for either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto although it’s likely that the firms will introduce these features at a later date. Both Touch and Touch Pro feature InControl Apps that let you use third party apps such as Spotify, Parkopedia and Accuweather through the car’s infotainment screen.

What does InControl look like?

To give you an idea of the differences between the two systems, watch our detailed infotainment videos featuring the F-Pace and new Discovery, below.

Jaguar F-Pace

Land Rover Discovery

What’s the future of InControl Touch?

Eventually, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be incorporated into InControl as demand for such features increases. Features such as the bigger screen and dual displays will begin to trickle down into the cars lower down the range. It’s also possible that the firm will introduce gesture controls like those offered on the BMW 7 Series’ iDrive system.

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