The new Jaguar XF is distinctive to look at, good to drive and has one of the best-designed interiors money can buy. The stylish new Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate model will also no doubt attract new customers to the brand. Engines include a 2.2-litre diesel that offers around 50mpg, a range of 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesels, plus two 5.0-litre petrol V8s, one of which is supercharged. Best-selling models are powered by the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, which is available in two different power levels. The low power version offers economy of 47.1mpg and emissions of 159g/km. The range is divided into Luxury, Premium Luxury and Portfolio models, but all are well equipped. Prices compare favourably to German competition such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The Jaguar XF is a distinctive, bold looking alternative that is effortlessly fast in all guises.
- Great range of engines
- Stylish looks
- Fantastic mix of performance and comfort
- Poor rear legroom
- Petrol engines are expensive to run
- Interior build quality better on some rivals
Buy a Jaguar XF and you’ll never feel short changed by the handling or interior quality. It's a great driver's car that offers luxury and performance in equal measure, and even entry-level editions are well equipped and cruise effortlessly on the motorway.
That said, it's worth noting that passenger space is adequate rather than impressive, and boot space is not as good as the BMW 5 Series. The fit and finish of the highly distinctive interior and smartly styled exterior partly makes up for that.
All versions are fast, although the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is the pick of the range, giving the XF effortless performance while returning decent fuel economy. It's just as smooth and quiet as the petrol models in the range, too. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is also very impressive, and is capable of returning 55mpg. The XF compares well to the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6, although the latest BMW 5 Series continues to set the benchmarks for large executive cars.
- Large boot
- Luxurious interior
- Very comfortable
- Noisy 2.2-litre diesel
- No petrol option
- BMW 5 Series Touring is more fun
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate features a 1,675-litre boot and 48mm more headroom than the saloon. It's only offered with diesel engines, including two powerful V6s, but the XF Sportbrake is also available with the company's 2.2-litre unit, which has fuel economy of around 55mpg.