Jaguar XF Review 2022

Jaguar XF 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.

New prices start from £32,590
Insurance Groups are between 28–39
On average it achieves 89% 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.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Jaguar XF review.

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

Real MPG average for a Jaguar XF

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

89%

Real MPG

19–65 mpg

MPGs submitted

219

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Jaguar XF - should I buy a 2012 or a 2016 model?
"I’m looking to change cars and have decided upon the Jaguar XF 2.0 diesel. Am I better buying a slightly older model (2012 with 40,000 miles on the clock) or a newer 2016 model with 75,000 miles on the clock? The 2016 comes with lane change control which I think is a good option to have. I plan to do 8,000 miles a year and replace it after three years. I would be having it serviced at the main dealer. What are your thoughts?"
I'd be tempted to go for the newer model with the later tech and get a Jaguar warranty – it'll stipulate that the car needs to be serviced by Jaguar which won't be an issue for you. The 2012 model will be subject to low-emissions charges like the London ULEZ. We have reviews of both versions: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/jaguar/xf-2008/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/jaguar/xf-2015/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which car should I buy for motorway commuting?
"I am looking for a car for motorway commuting and I am spiralling down an endless rabbit hole of options! I drive around 500 miles a week - a mix of 80% double carriage/motorway and 20% single carriage/broads/town. Comfort and economy are important to me so ideally I'm thinking of a biggish car (though I'm not keen on SUVs). I do quite like my options too (i.e. adaptive cruise control, digital dashboard). My budget is around £30k and I'm considering the following: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class, BMW 3 Series or 5 Series, Skoda Octavia or Superb, Jaguar XE or XF, or Volkswagen Arteon. What do you recommend? "
The Skoda Superb estate scores well for user satisfaction and your budget will get you a post-facelift example with all the toys you mention. For ultimate comfort, the Mercedes C-Class is a good shout and it's just been replaced so there may be deals to be done on slightly older cars. The E-Class is even more comfortable and many of them will have been specified with air suspension that takes them to another level compared to the rivals you mention. The Jaguars offer a great balance between comfort and handling, particularly the XF, but they're feeling a little dated now. The BMW prioritises comfort at the slight expense of comfort, but both the 3 and 5 Series are still great cars to do lots of miles in.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What is the road tax rate if the Jaguar XF R Sport
"For road tax reasons can you please tell me the list price of the Jaguar XF R Sport in 2018?"
You can check the car's road tax VED rate here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-road-tax/#road-tax-ved-look-up-ii General prices are shown in the specs tab of our car reviews. But these prices will not include any extras. The XF R Sport was a very pricey car. It would only need a couple of extras to push it over £40,000.
Answered by Dan Powell
I want to update my car's navigation but the dealer is too expensive. What do you suggest?
"I have a 2014 Jaguar XF. I'm looking to update the navigation system. The Jaguar garage is too expensive. Would appreciate your help. Thank you."
The Jaguar website will charge you around £169 for the update. There are other websites around that may promise the same service for a far lower cost, however, I would take great caution downloading anything from any site that isn't known to you. Having seen a few of these sat nav update software sites in my time, a lot of them are scams that want to harvest your data. If you don't want to pay for the update from Jaguar, my advice would be to buy a used satnav online or to download a navigation app like Waze (which is free and excellent) — presuming that you have a smartphone.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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