Jaguar XF (2015–)

What's good

The suspension blends ride comfort and handling prowess perfectly for British roads.

Standard equipment includes cruise control and navigation. 

Low emissions of 104g/km for the 163PS engine make it very company car tax friendly.

Five star Euro NCAP rating. 92% adult occupant safety, 84% child occupant safety, 80% pedestrian safety, 83% safety assist.

The steering rack is powered, not the column.

3-9-2019: Delighted owner of XF 3.0 V6 s/c 380 reports 32mpg (slightly better than Real MPG) and still on first set of Pirelli P Zeros at 24k miles (3mm tread left).

What to watch out for

Optional extras like adaptive cruise control, automatic parking and LED lighting crank up the price.

Some of the material quality lower down, such as around the door pockets, isn't as plush as you'd find in an Audi A6.

2015 XF Portfolio does not have reactive self-dipping headlights as part of the standard spec. Previous Portfolio did.

17-inch wheels with 55 profile tyres are comfortable and handle fine, but are surprsingly noisy.

4-4-2016: Report of serious coolant loss from new Jaguar XF after 2,500 miles. Found to be a faulty Gear Box coolant hose that took some days to resolve by the Jaguar dealer.

3-8-2016: Complaint of trunk lid of May 2016 Jaguar XF rubbing on bumper and wearing off the paint. Suspect it needs the catch adjusting.

30-8-2017: Report of 2016/65 Jaguar XF 2.0d needing a new engine and a replacement steering rack. Other faults still unresolved.

28-9-2017: Copy of JLR Service Action Sheet received: On Jaguar XF 2016 build Service Indicator Message not Displaying (Campaigns H007 / N010 / N020). SIM message not displaying. The issue lies with an incompatibility between the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and the Instrument Cluster during certain starting conditions. The Instrument Cluster reads the service interval to judge if a message should be displayed at the point where Power mode changes to crank or engine running. Whilst ignition is in accessory mode, the PCM can return to sleep mode. It will then be re-awoken when cranking is requested and at that point will send out an initial value for mileage to service of 32,000km meaning the message will not appear.

8-2-2018: Complaint by six foot driver of uncomfortable seats with poor range of adjustment and no lumbar support on a new Jaguar XF Prestige version. The base of the seats are too hard and the lumbar area too soft.

20-2-2018: Report of September 2017 Jaguar XF S (petrol model) recalled in Safety Recall (digital dash software issue). Jaguar dealer then informed owner there was a water leakage problem, a flooded rear foot well. The car was then sent to a Jaguar approved body shop for further investigation and repair. It transpired the leak was from the nearside A-Pillar, with water migrating to the rear. Owner without car for 19 days, with no offer of a replacement from the dealer. He managed to establish that to effect a repair, the seats, carpet, a wing, a door and the front bumper had to be removed.

9-3-2018: Report of TSB recall in December 2017 over "possible safety related problem" to modify infotainment software of September 2017 Jaguar XF Si4 250 Portfolio. Unfortunately, much delayed recall work on 19th February 2018 failed and resulted in no phone or wifi connection, and no radio and audio entertainment or reliable satnav, plus a number of minor non-functioning items. Dealer had to wait for a further satnav upgrade and had 20 other cars waiting for it. This came through on 2nd March 2018, tested positive on several XFs in dealer stock, but dealer cannot supply a courtesy car until 29th March.

2-5-2018: Report that crankshaft failures of Ford of Dagenham built AJD-V6 diesel engines would not be covered by a JLR extended warranty because under Clause 11: "Design Faults and Recalls: Any damage to parts, which are being recalled by the vehicle’s manufacturer or which have inherent design faults are not covered by this Warranty."

14-10-2018: Complaint of "clunky" 8-speed automatic transmission in new Jaguar XE 2.0 Ingenium petrol model. (Owner already has previous model XF 3.0D Sportbrake 8-speed auto with which he is very happy.) Jaguar dealer remapped the engine and owner was told he needs to drive 500 miles for the transmission to "learn" his driving style. (Other reports of same thing with recent XEs. See for XE: 25-7-2018: Report that hesitation from ZF 8-speed automatic transmissions of Jaguar XEs can be cured by an adjustment or eprogramming of the accelerator pedal potentiometer. That's where the problem lies.)

26-11-2018: Complaint of 2016 Jaguart XF 2.0 diesel needing new rear brake discs at 21,000 miles.

1-12-2018: Report of new £40,000 Jaguar XF Portfolio purchased on 14th September 2018. Within the last ten weeks the vehicle has been off road for just over four weeks due to major software or hardware issues with no end date of fixing the problems.

27-2-2019: Report ever since delivery 4 or 5 safety warning lights scrolling actoss the dash of a December 2017 jaguar XF Sportbrake. The car has been back to the dealer for 1 day, then 1 week, looked at during its first service and most recently in for almost 3 weeks where it was driven around for 500 miles against owner's wishes and still handed back faulty. It is booked back in next week again.

5-8-2019: Report of October 2017 Jaguar XF requiring replacement rear brake discs and pads at 11,400 miles because pad wear was down to 3mm and the discs were pitted, whereas the front discs were okay with 10mm remaining on the pads. Owner quoted £571.68. This might be due to less frequent use of the car, allowing surface rust on the rear discs to take hold. Or might be a fault with the electromechanical parking brake. Happily JLR agreed to replace the discs and pads etc at their cost.

10-9-2019: Report of various problems in the life of a March 2017 Jaguar XF 2.0 diesel: At about 7000 miles balancer shaft problems developed and owner was without the car for about two weeks. The engine had to be removed and stripped down. In July 2019 water started to leak into the front passenger footwell. Owner was was without the car for about four days whilst the source of the leak was identified and dealt with. On 24 August 2019 the turbo failed and the car had to be transported to the dealer on a recovery vehicle. On 8th September 2019 on the M6 the car lost power and a "restricted performance" message appeared. Owner had to wait 90 minutes for recovery. Car now standing on his drive. He wants to reject it.

14-12-2019: Warning about aftermarket space saver spares for the XF X250. On purchasing the car, owner did not opt to buy a Jaguar 'space saver' for £400 but bought one on-line for approx £140. On a longish trip recently it needed the spacesaver wheel to be fitted on the rear nearside. Over the next 30 miles, it shut the car down. Over the next hour or two, the dashboard instrumentation and information cumulatively ceased to operate starting with both speedometers. The failures gradually extended to much of the rest of the electronic dashboard. On reaching a friend's house, owner stopped the car and got out. On returning to the car, he discovered it had locked itself and the electronic key would not open the doors or boot. Car was transported back to local garage. They found that the shut-down and eventual lock-out was because the battery had been drained and this was triggered by the rear nearside wheel being linked into the electronics to measure speed, tyre pressures, and other functions. They replaced the proper road tyre, re-installed the electronics package, charged the battery, and weeks later all still seems to be well, but their warning was to get to a tyre repair/replace establishment directly without delay after fitting the spacesaver.

Recalls

12-7-2016: R/2016/119: Jaguar XF TDV6 RHD, 2016 and 2017 Model Year. DIESEL FUEL MAY LEAK AND IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES CREATE RISK OF FIRE. Due to a misrouted fuel pipe a metal hose clip my chafe against a nylon fuel pipe and may cause a fuel leak. On affected vehicles reroute piping and replace any damaged pipes. VINS: SAJBB4AK1GCY00021 to SAJBB4AK2HCY30291. Build dates: 20-4-2015 to 23-5-2016.

15-3-2019: 44,000 JLR cars fitted with Ingenium 2.0 litre diesel engines recalled because CO2 emissions can vary and exceed the required limits. Affects Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF, as well as the Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar, models from between 2016 and 2018. Issue discovered by the UK VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency). "Certain vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel engines may emit excessive levels of CO2 and may not conform with the certified condition. The product does not comply with the regulation setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars and the regulation on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles." Owners will be contacted by letter.

18-09-2019: R/2019/047: Vehicles failed to achieve required levels of CO2 emissions. Fix: Solutions include hardware and software changes. VINs: S SAJBB4AN4GCY00007 to SAJBB4AN3JCY73375 . Build dates: 10-10-2014 to 20-11-2018.

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