Whereas other models in Ferrari’s range can simply thrill their drivers and provide some accommodation on top of that, the FF has a much more complex role - it needs to find a fine balance between emotions and comfort.
You realize that you’ve met a different breed of Ferrari even before you actually get to know it, as the generous door provides easy access. Getting into the back is a bit more complicated, as you have to somehow drop yourself into the seat.
Speaking about the seats, these are ample enough and provide proper padding in order to support long trips. However, after a few hours in the car we did feel the need for more comfort in the rib cage area. It’s interesting how the 458’s seats faired better when it came to this.
Rear passengers are treated with seats that provide enough comfort and so does the space in the back, but you’ll have to keep the duration of the trip under a certain limit. Of course, you can also order a rear seat entertainment system. Compared to the rear-seat experience offered by the Bentley Continental GT
, the FF is in a totally different league, showing the Brit a superior smile and all this due to the space difference.
As for the soundproofing, this is an example that proves the FF possesses the balance we were talking about in the chapter’s introduction. Everybody in the car can be fully aware of the V12’s mightiness, but the rest of the sounds are kept outside the cabin.
When it comes to ergonomics, the Ferrari FF is divided between providing a pleasant overall experience and including two or three elements that cost it serious points. Judging by the aforementioned steering wheel arrangement, Ferrari seems to be convinced that there’s no problem in making car interiors that feature a totally unusual setup for controls that should be universal. Another example that illustrates this is found on the front side armrests, which hold buttons that look like giant window controls and actually operate the... doors. In addition to that, the door unlock button is placed on the plastic element that supports the interior rear view mirror not quite an intuitive position.
All these features can become a reflex and then they would no longer be an issue, but that would mean having one set of mental instructions for Ferrari alone and another one for all the rest of the cars on this planet.
Fortunately, there are also little details that most vehicles, even many ultra-expensive ones, seem to forget about, but when you climb up to this level you want everything to be taken care of. We noticed that the FF does care about this sort of things when it got dark and we turned on the interior lighting - the clusters in the back have a special design that makes the car feel refined.
The Ferrari FF offers plenty of comfort, but there are certain areas of the interior that leave things the be desired, even though the changes required for achieving perfection would be little.Continue reading