Jaguar XF saloon

Jaguar XF saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Good engine range
  • Stylish looks
  • Fantastic mix of performance and comfort
  • Poor rear legroom
  • No petrol model
  • Rivals boast more stylish interiors

"The Jaguar XF combines luxury, comfort and handling in an appealing executive car package."

The Jaguar XF is an executive saloon that takes on cars like the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. It's also available as a practical XF estate – called the Sportbrake – and arguably looks more stylish than its rivals, although rear-seat headroom suffers as a result of its swooping lines.

Jaguar offers three good diesel engines with the XF but the only petrol engine available has now been dropped. The basic diesel returns excellent fuel economy and good performance, while the top-of-the range 3.0-litre petrol offers plenty of pace, but its running costs are fairly alarming. The thrilling Jaguar XFR and Jaguar XFR-S performance models are based on the XF saloon, but are as fast as some supercars.

The XF range has been slimmed down slightly recently but the good news is that the remaining trim levels offer both more standard equipment and better value. Entry-level Luxury spec cars feature heated leather seats, oak veneer trim, automatic headlights and a rear-view camera. All models benefit from special interior touches such as a gear selector that rises from the centre console and air vents that revolve when you start the car.

The more powerful of the 2.2-litre diesel engines has 197bhp and its extra performance and slightly more refined character make it the one to go for. The entry-level diesel isn’t bad, but it's not much more economical than the more powerful of the two smaller diesels.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.4 / 5

Jaguar XF has good range of diesel engines but powerful models are expensive to run

Engines, drive & performance

4.1 / 5

The Jaguar XF is equally good at tackling a winding country road and cruising on a motorway

Interior & comfort

4.1 / 5

The Jaguar XF boasts superb levels of comfort and an interior that feels special

Practicality & boot space

3.4 / 5

The boot and interior space are of the Jaguar XF are about average except for lack of rear headroom

Reliability & safety

3 / 5

Jaguar XF owners are generally very pleased with the car but it only achieved four-star safety rating

What the others say

4.8 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"For its part, the XF is still a class act, and it now comes with an engine to match its looks. It's still the most elegant executive car choice, but it's no longer the best..."
5 / 5
"Handling is improved by the Dynamics pack, but there is a small reduction in driver comfort. With the system the XF is more positive on the way into a corner, particularly with the nose, but you will feel ridges and bumps a little more."
5 / 5
"A brilliant combination of sporting saloon and luxury limo. Refined, classy and well equipped, it's among the best executive cars you can buy."
5 / 5
"Jaguar's ethos is focussed towards premium quality and performance as much as comfort, so there are no low powered engines in the range. Instead there are V6 and V8s delivering the kind of pace you'd expect from a Jaguar. "
What owners say 
4.4 /5 based on 320 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
21 Jan 2015
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