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Jaguar XF Review
- Classy looks
- Driving dynamics
- Plush interior
- Slick eight-speed auto gearbox
- Low emissions
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Jaguar XF - Overview
Jaguar’s XF is the British brand’s executive saloon and estate challenger, with the current four-door launched in summer 2015 and the Sportbrake version added two years later. Available with an eight-speed auto and, in the lower diesel engines, a six-speed manual gearbox, the XF is also offered with four-wheel drive on certain engines, as well as the regular rear-wheel drive configuration.
What is the Jaguar XF like to drive?
The XF is up with the best in class for fun-to-drive premium models, especially in the rear-driven layout. Advanced lightweight aluminium construction makes the car lighter and therefore nimbler in the corners. It also helps performance, with even the lower-powered diesel engines pulling strongly, helped by a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. Ride quality is firm but comfortable, even on the more performance-orientated R-sport and S, which nicely tread the line between cornering prowess and long-distance ride quality. Weighty steering completes a package that shows Jaguar is targeting the kind of executive buyer that enjoys their drive and the car is set up to respond to that and offers a planted and secure feel. Refinement levels are decent and the XF is a car that can basically do it all. Long-distance mile-munching in comfort or a back-road blast are dispatched with equal ease.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 2.0 200hp 154g/km CO2 (29% BIK), 41.5mpg
- 2.0 250hp 154-159g/km CO2 (29-30% BIK), 40.9-41.5mpg
- 2.0 300hp 163g/km CO2 (29% BIK), 40.0mpg
- 2.0 163hp, 104-119g/km CO2 (22-25% BIK), 62.8-70.6mpg
- 2.0 180hp, 114-132g/km CO2 (24-28% BIK), 56.5-65.7mpg
- 2.0 240hp, 139-153g/km CO2 (29-30% BIK), 48.7-53.3mpg
- 3.0 300hp, 144-154g/km CO2 (30-32% BIK), 47.9-51.4mpg
- 6-speed manual (163hp/180hp diesels only)
- 8-speed automatic
Jaguar XF trim levels explained
The XF has four trim levels, with the R-sport and Portfolio being separate branches from the base Prestige, rather than a continuous line through the XF range. The Sportbrake estate gets various bits of equipment that the saloon doesn’t, and the top S trim is only available with the most powerful petrol and diesel engine.
- Dual-zone climate control
- 17” alloy wheels
- Sat nav
- Heated front seats
- Lane departure warning
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Cruise control
- Leather interior
- 8.0” touchscreen
- Rear parking sensors
- Self-levelling suspension (Sportbrake only)
- Powered tailgate (Sportbrake only)
- Silver roof rails (Sportbrake only)
R-sport (in addition to Prestige)
- R-sport body kit
- 18” alloys (17” on 163hp diesel)
- Gloss black roof rails (Sportbrake only)
- Satin chrome exterior trim
Portfolio (in addition to Prestige)
- 10-way electric front seats
- Front parking sensors
- Keyless entry
- Rear camera
- 18” alloys
- 40:20:40 fold rear seats
- Auto dimming mirrors
S (in addition to Portfolio)
- 19” alloy wheels
- S body kit
- Red brake calipers
How to spec the Jaguar XF
The entry Prestige trim level is perfect for drivers looking for the basic XF but is very much designed to offer a price point that drivers can then build on either toward the sporty looking R-sport or the better-equipped Portfolio models. The R-sport package, costing up to £2,350 depending on the model, gives the car a big visual lift and is understandably popular, while the £4,500 jump to Portfolio from Prestige brings enough extra equipment to justify the extra cash. But taking the better looks and then cherry-picking from the options list probably makes the R-sport the most sensible route. From the options, Jaguar bundles various things into appealing packages, but individually the ones that grab the eye include climate front seats for £540, or climate and heated front and rear for £840, privacy glass for £395, four-zone climate control for £630 and, on the bottom two trims, the 10-way electric front seats are £805.
Jaguar XF Interior – what’s it like?
The XF has a plush and welcoming cabin and the rotary dial for engaging the automatic gearbox is still a lovely piece of theatre as it rises gently from the centre storage panel. Material quality feels high and everything is logically laid out. Jaguar’s touchscreen system has an elegant design and, in 10.2” Pro form, dominates the interior. Rear space is in line with class alternatives and boot space of 540 litres for the saloon and 565 for the Sportbrake is a competitive load space. For the saloon, it puts the car a touch ahead of most alternatives and the Sportbrake is right in the middle of a tightly-packed sector.
The Jaguar XF is a classy, capable and attractive package, with the R-sport giving it a sportingly purposeful stance. It’s practical, stacks up very well for efficiency and running costs and handles extremely tidily indeed. An excellent all-round proposition that’s right at the top of the sector.