Review: Jaguar XF (2015)
Superb blend of ride quality and enjoyable handling. Comfortable and refined. Well-equipped as standard. Available with low CO2 diesel engines.
Some of the best equipment is optional and expensive. Some materials aren't quite up to standards of an Audi A6.
Jaguar XF (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £35,250, brokers can source from £26,630
- Contract hire deals from £339.40 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 28–38
- On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure
Jaguar owes much of its current success to the original XF, so there’s a heavy burden on the shoulders of the latest model. Fortunately it delivers on all fronts. It’s excellent to drive, luxuriously finished and packed with up-to-date technology. For someone seeking an alternative to the usual German executive saloons, the XF is perfect.
The XF is available with a choice of four engines – three diesel and one petrol. For the most part it’s perfectly fine with the basic 163PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, but those who want a bit more oomph can opt for the retuned 180PS version. There is also a smooth and powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 300PS, plus a 380PS supercharged petrol for those who really want pace.
The most popular engines will be the 2.0-litre diesels, thanks largely to their low CO2 outputs. The most economical 163PS manual version emits 104g/km, placing it in a low benefit-in-kind bracket for company car drivers. Those who want an automatic transmission aren’t penalised too much – this pushes emissions up to 109g/km.
The XF has a beautifully-finished cabin and it comes with plenty of ‘feelgood factor’. Starting the ignition causes the vents to rotate open and the automatic gear selector to rise up, while the start button pulses like a heartbeat. These touches are completely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things, but they give the XF real character.
There’s space in the back for adult passengers to get comfortable, with ample knee room and enough head room for all but the tallest occupants. There are also creature comforts like heated seats and ventilation. Boot space is 540 litres but, like all saloon cars, the XF is less practical than a hatchback or estate thanks to a narrow opening.
The XF blends excellent ride quality with lithe, enjoyable handling, even on badly potholed roads. The steering is nicely weighted and immediate while the suspension keeps body roll in check. On the motorway the XF is relaxed, refined, comfortable and quiet, plus it has standard-fit cruise control.
The Jaguar XF is a very good alternative to the cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. It’s as well-made as the competition, plus it offers excellent ride quality and enjoyable handling. Moreover, it’s charismatic and characterful in a way that rivals simply aren’t. Whether that is reason enough to choose one is up to you.
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Jaguar XF (2015): What's It Like Inside?
Theatrical touches make the Jaguar XF’s cabin feel unique next to those of other executive saloons. The start button pulses with a red light until pressed, after which the air vents rotate open and the gear selector quietly rises up out of the transmission tunnel on automatic models. While not necessary those little touches really make the XF feel special.
Material quality is very good on the whole. Some of the plastics fitted lower down aren’t up to the standards of the Audi A6, but they’re not far behind. Additionally some of the switchgear feels a little less plush in the XF than in an Audi – but everywhere else the XF matches or even betters its German rivals.
The rear row is spacious enough for adults to sit in comfort, with ample knee and headroom for all but the very tallest occupants, plus there is a good-sized 540-litre boot. It’s wide and deep enough for cases or golf bags, but this is a saloon, so it’s less practical than a hatchback or estate when it comes to bulky items.
All cars come with a touchscreen system, complete with navigation. It's a vast improvement on the system in the old XF and it's easy to pair smartphones and navigate menus, plus it’s linked to an excellent sound system – though this can be upgraded to an even more powerful Meridian system if you’re an audiophile. The touchscreen, too, can be upgraded to a larger unit with dual-view, the passenger to watch a film and the driver to look at navigation on the same screen at the same time.
All the essentials are fitted as standard to the XF – so you get 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, air conditioning, plus the touchscreen system with Bluetooth and navigation. R-Sport models get sportier styling details and sports suspension, while Portfolio variants gain luxuries like a heated windscreen, plusher leather and keyless entry.
There are plenty of optional extras too, including various alloy wheel designs up to 20-inches, interior material and colour choices, LED headlights and a range of packs including active safety systems like adaptive cruise control, lane assist and automatic parking – but these can easily add a lot to the list price.
Standard equipment from launch:
Prestige models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, auto lights, auto wipers, keyless start, cruise control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, air-conditioning and an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, navigation and DAB radio.
R-Sport trim adds R-sport exterior styling, R-sport alloy wheels, R-Sport interior details and sports suspension.
Portfolio trim adds (over Prestige) electrically-heated windscreen, keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, Windsor leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, leather dashboard covering and Meridian sound system.
S trim combines R-Sport styling with Portfolio equipment, but adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers.
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What's the Jaguar XF (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 2.0i 300 Automatic 4WD to 3.0i 380 S Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 23–73 mpg
Jaguar offers four engine choices with the XF – three diesel and one petrol. The mainstay of the range is a 2.0-litre diesel with either 163PS or 180PS and it’s a capable engine, blending smooth power delivery with low emissions. This makes it the ideal choice for a company car driver. The 163PS variant emits just 104g/km with a manual transmission- a first for the XF - and is officially capable of 70.6mpg.
We’d go for the eight-speed automatic though. It only increases emissions to 109g/km, with economy of 68.9mpg, but it’s much more smooth and relaxed than the manual, so it’s worth the premium. For a little more grunt there is a 180PS version of the same engine, which produces 430Nm if torque compared to 380Nm.
It isn’t much less efficient, producing 114g/km of CO2, with official economy of 65.7mpg. These figures are the same regardless of transmission. On the road there isn’t much between the 180PS and 163PS engines – they have similar performance and they both sound the same, clattering a little when cold before settling down quietly.
For those who want more serious performance there is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel which produces 300PS and a huge 700Nm of torque. It’s a fantastic engine that gives the XF effortless pace. For overtaking and motorway driving it’s the pick of the XF range, but it emits 144g/km of CO2, so is more expensive to run than lesser variants.
Those who don’t really care about running costs can opt for the 380PS supercharged V6 petrol. It has an official economy figure of 34mpg – but the payoff is a 0-62mph sprint time of 5.3 seconds and a more purposeful exhaust note. Most will find the V6 diesel just as capable, though – plus it is cheaper to run.
Whatever engine is under the bonnet, the XF is a great car to drive. The suspension has been set up very well for British roads, with excellent ride quality even on potholed, broken road surfaces. Despite this the XF has very impressive body control through corners, rolling around very little.
The steering is accurate and well-weighted, so the XF can be placed neatly in corners and there is a reassuring amount of grip. The XF is rear-wheel drive, but those worried about low-speed traction on slippery surfaces will be glad to hear that Jaguar has installed what basically amounts to very slow cruise control to reduce slip. It should get drivers off slushy driveways without too much trouble.
Most executive cars spend their lives on the motorway and the XF is great here, too. There is very little wind, road or tyre noise even at higher speeds, plus there is standard-fit cruise control on all models. Optionally this can be upgraded to an adaptive system, which adjusts speed to match the car in front.
|2.0d 163||58 mpg||8.7 s||104 g/km|
|2.0d 163 Automatic||53 mpg||8.7 s||109 g/km|
|2.0d 180||57 mpg||8.0 s||114–126 g/km|
|2.0d 180 Automatic||54 mpg||8.1–8.4 s||114–142 g/km|
|2.0d 180 Automatic 4WD||50 mpg||8.4 s||129–144 g/km|
|2.0d 240 Automatic||53 mpg||6.5 s||139 g/km|
|2.0d 240 Automatic 4WD||48 mpg||6.5 s||144–151 g/km|
|2.0i 200 Automatic||42 mpg||7.5 s||154 g/km|
|2.0i 250 Automatic||39 mpg||6.6 s||154–165 g/km|
|2.0i 250 Automatic 4WD||41 mpg||6.6 s||159 g/km|
|2.0i 300 Automatic 4WD||37–38 mpg||5.6–5.9 s||163–180 g/km|
|3.0d 300 Automatic||46–48 mpg||6.2–6.4 s||144–163 g/km|
|3.0i 380 S Automatic||34 mpg||5.3 s||198 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Jaguar XF (2015)
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