Jaguar XF Review

The Jaguar XF is great to drive and now comes with improved tech and revised styling.

Buy a new or used Jaguar XF at a price you’ll love
We take the hassle and haggle out of car buying by finding you great deals from local and national dealers
RRP £32,585 - £44,760 Avg. carwow saving £734 off RRP
  • Choose your perfect car
  • Dealers come to you with their best offers
  • Compare offers and buy with confidence
Compare offers
Is this car right for you?
  • 1. Tell us what you want from a car
  • 2. We’ll tell you if it matches
  • 3. Only takes 1 minute
Take the quiz

Jaguar XF: what would you like to read next?

Is the Jaguar XF a good car?

Cars are like celebrities. No, really. When an attractive-looking celebrity feels the need to go under the knife, too often the first reaction is: ‘What have you done that for?’. So it is with car facelifts, which are sometimes clumsy, and dilute what made the car stylish in the first place. So, Jag had to get the tweaks right with the XF, which was already a bit of a stunner.

Unsurprisingly, the company hasn’t done a hatchet job on the looks, with the mild changes mainly comprising revised lights and bumpers. There are bigger changes under the skin, however.

There’s one diesel, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor that now has mild-hybrid assistance. It generates 204hp and does an official 57.2mpg.

There are two petrols, both of which are turbocharged 2.0-litre units. One develops 250hp and drives the rear wheels, while the other generates 300hp and drives all four wheels.

The 250hp motor emits 181g/km of CO2 and covers the 0-60mph dash in 6.5 seconds, while the 300hp models does the 0-60mph sprint in 5.8 seconds and emits 194g/km.

Living in the XF would be no real hardship. The long wheelbase means interior space is good, while the interior fixtures and fittings will make any abode – short of the Queen’s residence – seem a little low-rent.

If you want the best-driving big executive car then you don’t want a BMW 5 Series, you want this

Mat Watson
carwow expert

It might not be the rolling techfest that the Mercedes E-Class is or, for that matter, be quite as well built, but the new Pivi Pro infotainment system promises crisp graphics and laser-fast calculation speeds, and you don’t need to be a member of Mensa to program it.

Equipment levels cover the basics expected of this class, so all models come with sat-nav, Bi-Xenon headlights, and a leather interior, while the car’s electric power steering (it used to be hydraulic) brings optional driver aids to the fore, including lane-keep assist and perpendicular auto parking.

With mid-sized executive saloons seemingly getting ever more complex, the Jaguar XF makes for a refreshing change. People who enjoy setting up their car to the nth degree will no doubt miss the adjustability offered by rivals, but those willing to put their trust in Jaguar will not be disappointed.

The Jaguar XF is the best-driving car in its class and one of the best looking, while the cabin space means there’s now no practical reason not to choose it. The changes may not look like much in the metal but, in practice, they’re enough to put the XF near the top of the class.

If you like the sound of that, head over to our Jaguar deals page for the very best prices.

What's it like to drive?

While some executive saloons require you to tick various boxes on the options list to get the best of them, the Jaguar XF is great to drive just as it comes.

 

The days of powerful V6 and V8 engines are gone, so you’ll have to cope with just four cylinders in all XFs.

There’s one diesel, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor that now has mild-hybrid assistance. It generates 204hp and does an official 57.2mpg.

However, it isn’t as quiet as it could be. It starts from cold with a grumble and even when it warms up, the distant clatter leaves little doubt what’s powering the lump under the bonnet. At a cruise, the noise subsides, though, and at the UK national limit, it has plenty of urge for effortless overtaking.

Performance from a standstill is okay, getting from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds.

If you simply can’t stand the way diesel engines sound then the petrol offerings will prove a more refined bet.

There are two, both of which are turbocharged 2.0-litre units. One develops 250hp and drives the rear wheels, while the other generates 300hp and drives all four wheels. Both are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 250hp motor emits 181g/km of CO2 and covers the 0-60mph dash in 6.5 seconds, while the 300hp models does the 0-60mph sprint in 5.8 seconds and emits 194g/km.

However, fuel economy of 35.8mpg will put most people off the 250hp petrol.

That starts with a standard suspension set-up that is extremely well judged. At low speeds, on bumpy country roads, it can feel a little busy – though not uncomfortably so – but as the pace rises so does the compliance of the springs at the car’s four corners – on the motorway the XF gets close to providing the creamy smooth ride of a rival equipped with air suspension.

Find yourself on a great road (minus passengers) and you’ll discover that the Jaguar doesn’t have the remote feeling that an air-sprung car can have. It seems connected to the road and bends can be consumed with a rewarding fluidity as the suspension soaks up bumps that would send shudders through the steering of more overtly sporty machines.

The steering itself is brilliant. Perfectly weighted and accurate, you can point the car into corners without having to make minor adjustments as you go.

The XF’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, can suffer slightly sudden changes when cold, but once warmed up it shifts through the gears with a smoothness that complements the rest of the car.

Most XFs will spend a lot of time on the motorway, where passengers will find there’s very little wind or road noise to contend with, and even the basic diesel engine is well hushed.

What's it like inside?

The sporty theme of the XF is apparent the minute you sit in the supportive driver’s seat.

Next Read full interior review
Buy a new or used Jaguar XF at a price you’ll love
We take the hassle and haggle out of car buying by finding you great deals from local and national dealers
RRP £32,585 - £44,760 Avg. carwow saving £734 off RRP
  • Choose your perfect car
  • Dealers come to you with their best offers
  • Compare offers and buy with confidence
Compare offers
Is this car right for you?
  • 1. Tell us what you want from a car
  • 2. We’ll tell you if it matches
  • 3. Only takes 1 minute
Take the quiz
Build your own XF on carwow
Save on average £734 off RRP
  • Customise colour, engine, trim & much more
  • Receive offers from local and national dealers
  • Compare by price, location, buyer reviews and availability
  • Using carwow is 100% free and confidential