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- Great styling
- Smart interior
- Fun to drive
- Limited rear headroom
- Pricey compared to some rivals
- Little else...
There’s very little to complain about in the XF’s cabin. It’s reasonably spacious, has a sporting, comfortable driving position and high quality materials. Testers also like the “surprise and delight” features such as the gear selector rising from the centre console. Rear visibility isn’t quite as impressive, though, it is slightly restricted.
The Jaguar’s handling is praised in every test. Some models can be occasionally harsh in ride comfort but generally they’re up with the best in class. The experts say it’s not quite as sharp as a BMW but reckon it’s much more fluid and agile than a big executive car has any right to be.
Refinement is the order of the day with every XF engine. The diesels are all quiet and smooth with plenty of power and torque, and the 8-speed automatic transmission locks up early for better economy and sharp engine response. Drivers looking for great economy and low tax will want the 2.2 D, one of the most powerful in its class.
In January 2012, Jaguar announced an even more efficient version of the 2.2D. It has 163PS and can get up to 52mpg. Full details here - Jaguar XF 2.2D 163.
Value for money
Equipment levels are strong and the XF shouldn’t depreciate too drastically, which makes its competitive purchase price even more appealing. Fuel economy is good, but not quite up to the level of some rivals.
As is frequently the case these days, the diesels are the models to go for. The 3.0 D is incredibly refined and the 2.2 is the cheapest to run. Sportier trim levels can spoil the ride a little, so regular models will be better on UK roads. The large transmission tunnel makes it effectively a four-seater, the rear middle seat can only really be used for short journeys.
If you’re not one for brand loyalty and simply want the best executive car for your money, the Jaguar comes highly recommended. If you were thinking of trying a BMW 5-Series, have a test drive in an XF too - it may surprise you!
- Price range:
- £29,945 - £79,995
- 22 - 55
- Safety rating (NCAP):
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- Not till at least 2013
- Model history:
- In April 2011 Jaguar gave the XF a facelift. The biggest changes were to the styling of the front, which included new headlights. The interior changes were more subtle, with the most obvious differences being a new steering wheel and display panel.
- Engine to go for:
- All the engines are fantastic. The new 2.2 Diesel is the slowest engine, but still excellent.
- Options to go for:
- The Bowers and Wilkins stereo is brilliant
- Other variants:
- There's an estate version too, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Take a look at the XFR, it’s the fastest XF version.
- The carbuzz team have been testing the XF, check out our full road test here.
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Jaguar XF User Reviews
Acquired this car brand new with a solid discount from our local dealer which just makes it that much more satisfying to own. To anyone thinking of purchasing this car, believe me it's worth every penny. It's a luxury vehicle which is an absolute fantasy to drive. The looks are gorgeous and the interior a divine place to be. It's one of Jaguar's finest designs. I feel entirely committed to the brand and am completely over my past love affairs with the Mercecdes E-Class and BMW 5 series. The XF takes driving to a whole new level.
- By Eric Hakes, who owns this car
Styling, powertrain and feeling on the road are fantastic. Unfortunately, Jaguar XF is rusting like hell - after 4 years and 70,000 km on Swedish roads, many underbody components, screws, bars, and even bootlead have developed a lot of rust. In this respect, it reminds me my old Ford Sierra I owned back in 1990. You wouldn’t expect a premium car nowadays to have such a crappy corrosion protection. Though, this can be deduced from the conservation law: Jag is no more expensive than its compeitors from Mercedes and Audi, but it is looks so much more luxurious, especially its interior. How is that possible? The answer is easy, Jag saves on steel mainfraim quality. It it suits you and you want a beautiful gadget for 3 to 5 years, it’s difficult to find a better alternative (in terms of “effect for money”, at least). If you want a car that lasts, look for something different.
- By Boris, who owns this car
Ben Oliver commentates on the promotional video of XF. Video by CAR Magazine.
Motors.co.uk give an informative review in this video. They're testing the 3.0 Diesel .
Official launch video for the XF Facelift.
Great video review of the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel. Excellent video from carbuyer.co.uk