Jaguar XF (2015) Review

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Jaguar XF (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

Insurance Groups are between 28–38
On average it achieves 90% 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.

Jaguar XF 2015 Range Road Test

Jaguar XF 2.0d 180 AWD 2016 Road Test

Jaguar XF 2.0d 163 R-Sport Long Term Test

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Real MPG average for a Jaguar XF (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

90%

Real MPG

19–65 mpg

MPGs submitted

191

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Will the Jaguar XF be a future classic?
"Bearing in mind Jaguar's recent announcements about stopping production of all internal combustion-engined cars by 2025, do you think the facelifted XF has a chance of becoming a future classic?"
Eventually. It'll take a long time (a 30-year-old Jaguar XJ40 is only just becoming accepted as a classic) and you'll have to consider running costs as the car gets older. It's quite a complicated car which could be difficult to maintain (and even fuel) when we're all driving around in electric cars. We wouldn't advise letting its future classic status influence your buying decision.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What cold weather tyres do you recommend for driving in Europe?
"I need to take my Jag XF AWD once each year to Luxembourg during October. Do I need cold climate tyres and if so which do you recommend? Priorities are comfort and legal."
I would go for good all weather tyres and leave them on the car all year round. Continental Allseason Contacts, Michelin Cross Climate, Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons, Pirelli Scorpion Verde all season. Just make sure they have the mountains/snowflake symbol on the sidewall that makes them legal as 'cold weather tyres'. Check Tyres On The Drive (https://bit.ly/2ZlEVaR) and Blackcircles.com (https://bit.ly/2JM6bqG) for sizes and prices and read our Tyre Buying Guide (https://bit.ly/2wsFHBU)
Answered by Honest John
I bought a used car with a chipped windscreen - the dealer says I should claim on my insurance?
"I have just picked up a six-month-old Jaguar XF with less than 4000 miles on the clock, from a Jaguar garage. On driving home I noticed a mark on the windscreen, which turned out to a repaired chip. The garage asked for photos of the chip and then booked the car in the to be repaired. After the windscreen specialist tried to refix the chip, it still left a mark on the glass, which is in the line of vision. Now the garage said I have to claim on my insurance. Should the garage have to replace the windscreen? "
Absolutely not. They are asking you to defraud your insurer. The dealer is 100% liable and must either have the windscreen replaced with a proper Jaguar windscreen or take the car back and give you your money back in full.
Answered by Honest John
My new car has been off the road for four weeks - can I reject it?
"I purchased a new Jaguar XF Portfolio in September. Within the last ten weeks, the vehicle has been off road for just over four weeks due to a major software or hardware issue with no end date of fixing the problems. My concern is this could be a lasting issue with the car. If not happy, can I reject the car? I paid £40,000 through finance."
In theory the Consumer Rights Act 215 enables you to reject the car. But if the dealer doesn't accept rejection it could mean a very expensive county court or even high court case with no guarantee of a ruling in your favour and even if you get one you might not be awarded your costs. See: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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What does a Jaguar XF (2015) cost?

Buy new from £33,289 (list price from £33,765)