$78,900 – $210,900
Good: Sleek coupe-like styling; Diesel economy; Performance; Touch screen multimedia display.
Not so Good: Interior fit & finish; In-cabin vibration at low speeds (diesel).
Design and Engineering
Good : In June 2008 the Jaguar XF arrived in Australia, by September 2009 three new engines joined the line-up and in October 2011 the range received a mid-life facelift and a new 2.2-litre diesel engine.
We think the Jaguar XF is a great looking car that demands attention anywhere you go. It’s a sports car that delivers styling and performance in a refined and luxury saloon. The 2011 mid-life facelift gave the XF range a refreshed exterior. New features include a range of new alloy wheels and paint colours, Bi-function HID xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a redesigned bonnet and new chrome side vents.
Not so good : From the outside it’s really hard to find an angle that doesn’t flatter the Jaguar XF. However, some exterior colours don’t do the sleek and curvaceous lines of the car any justice – we say stick to Ultimate Black or Polaris White.
Interior and Styling
Good : Stepping inside the XF you are greeted with an abundance of leather and soft touch plastics that are pleasing to touch. Jaguar makes good use of light tones to give the cabin a fresh and light atmosphere.
The seven inch colour TFT multimedia touchscreen is awesome (standard on base model), it is very quick and responsive for a touchscreen unit. The colour screen allows occupants to control the satellite navigation, radio, the 30GB hard drive equipped with a virtual CD stacker that can store your own music and climate control settings.
One of the standout features found in the XF’s interior is the compact packaging of the JaguarDrive Selector transmission knob. The beautifully crafted cast alloy Selector rises out of the centre console once the start/stop button has been pressed, to select a gear you simply rotate the knob to the desired gear and away you go – it’s a very nice touch of luxury.
Not so good : The Jaguar XF’s interior was up for debate in the Car Verdict office some of us loved it others not so much. The wood grain effect inserts cheapen the interior and didn’t really match the modern feel of the cabin. Overall fit & finish of the interior plastics could also be improved.
Good : The Jaguar XF is available with three diesel engines and three petrol engines giving customers the choice of six engines in total.
The entry model comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Intelligent Stop/Start technology. The 2.2-litre diesel produces 140kW of power and 420Nm of torque (450Nm with overboost function). The 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine is mated to six-speed Sports automatic making 175kW of power and 293Nm of torque.
Two versions of the 3.0-litre V6 Diesel engine are available – a 177kW and the high-performance 202kW. Meanwhile torque figures are 500Nm and 600Nm respectively. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that features a parallel sequential turbo-boosting system that provides immediate response from the engine.
At the sportier end of the scale is the 5.0-litre V8 petrol that produces 283kW of power and 515Nm of torque.
Last but not least and sitting at the top of the range is the direct-injection 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, exclusive to the XFR, features 375kW of power and 625Nm of torque.
The 2.2-litre diesel mated to the eight-speed automatic is a great combination; it offers sporty performance while also being frugal. The eight-speed automatic is a smooth unit and the stop/start technology is much more refined than most found in other cars today.
The 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine found in the XFR is totally bonkers! There is so much power and torque on offer it wouldn’t take long for you to lose your license (0-100kms/h in 4.9 secs). The menacing exhaust note is also very, very addictive.
The Jaguar XF also has a very clever auto off function that places the car into Park if the car is stopped and the driver’s seatbelt is released and/or driver’s door is opened.
Not so good : The downside to 2.2-litre was the excessive vibration at low speed; it was like getting a mini massage while look for a place to park the car at the shops. However this is a small criticism and certainly not a deal breaker.
The awesome sound and performance that the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine delivers is outstanding. However, when you start to drive hard fuel consumption isn’t the best, but I guess this car isn’t designed to be frugal nor is it pretending to be.
Ride and Handling
Good: The Jaguar XF has quite a well-balanced ride; the suspension smooths out any pot holes and bumps in the road. The suspension is also firm enough to take into the hills for some spirited driving. There is also a host of driving aids that keep the XF on the right path, you can sense them working seamlessly away in the background but they never really get in the way of you have fun.
Not so good: Whilst the handling is impressive, the Jaguar XF is quite a large car and can be a little tricky to manoeuvre in a tight space. City driving is ok, but, because of the sleek rear, it’s hard to check your blind spots.
Buying and Owning
Good : With a starting price of $78,990 we found the 2.2-litre diesel a bargain, when you consider the impressive list of standard equipment; some of which its German competitors’ would charge handsomely for.
The 2.2-litre diesel is also quite fuel efficient while still offering enough performance to bring a smile to your face
Not so good : Perhaps the only downside of owning a Jaguar XF is that you’ll attract attention everywhere you go.