Jaguar XF saloon (2007-2015) - Engines, drive & performance

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.1 out of 5

The Jaguar XF’s powerful engine range means all but one model is capable of covering 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds. The 161bhp diesel model does it in 10.5 seconds, but the two other diesels are considerably quicker, with the most powerful 271bhp 3.0-litre engine taking 6.4 seconds.

The 3.0-litre petrol model was the quickest at 5.9 seconds to do 0-62mph but is no longer available, so the fastest ‘regular’ XF is now the 271bhp diesel. After that, you have to move up to the 5.0-litre petrol engine fitted in the sporty XFR and XFR-S models.

The XF isn’t just quick in a straight line though; it’s also good fun in corners thanks to sharp steering, lots of grip and a suspension setup that stops it from leaning too much. Purists might be a little disappointed to learn that there’s no manual gearbox available in the XF, but the eight-speed automatic is actually very pleasant to use.

The sporty suspension setup does mean the car can feel unsettled and fidgety at town speeds, but this is a trade-off you have to make for the engaging handling and smooth ride when travelling faster. That ride quality, combined with a well insulated cabin, makes the car quiet and comfortable at cruising speed.

The diesel engines are actually surprisingly quiet, as well as powerful, helping the XF to be a great overall package as a motorway car. Although the 3.0-litre diesels pack more punch and are slightly smoother, the 197bhp 2.2-litre is still a good engine and is the one to go for if you want the best all-rounder.

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