The latest review of the New Jaguar XF. Has it improved on perfection?
Auto Express have got behind the wheel of the all-new Jaguar XF; but is it better than the simply brilliant original? With Jaguar turning 80 this year we see whether Jaguar’s engineers have managed to better the original XF concept with a host of new changes.
Taking their base design from the original XF concept, the Jaguar engineers have placed the XF on an intensive diet in addition to a new engine and infotainment system. Exploring first the weight savings, Jaguar have incorporated an ultra light-weight but durable aluminium body and chassis which works perfectly with the supercharged V6 engine.
The Jaguar XF is available in four engines; one petrol and three diesels. The only petrol engine taken from the F-Type is a 3.0-litre supercharged V6. Generating 380PS of power it is available only in the range-topping S trim. The other three engines, produced by Jaguar Land Rover, include the trusty 3.0-litre V6 “tweaked to push out 300PS and a whopping 700Nm of torque”, the two 2.0-litre Ingenium engines available in 163PS and 180PS form. Testing the 2.0-litre 180PS Ingenium engine capable of 65.7mpg, Auto Express revealed “the 2.0-litre is enjoyable to use” with the “eight-speed box shifting between ratios with ease.” Combining this with the crisp steering, the XF “matches the 5 Series for fun.”
Externally the XF offers breathtaking visuals. Taking its cues from the smaller XE, the new XF styling is a “successful evolution over the old XF’s.” The coupe’ inspired roofline, cat-like headlights and elegant waist lines run elegantly to the rear, guaranteeing that the XF will turn heads.
Inside the XF the cabin offers all the features you would expect of such an executive vehicle. The eight-inch touch screen includes the InControl Touch infotainment system which is soon to be upgradeable a to a 10.2inch monitor with InControl Touch Pro by the end of the year. Combined with the overall more spacious cabin of the new XF over the old one, in addition to the class leading 540-litre of boot space; the XF “trumps its rivals” according to Auto Express.
The Prestige still offers a great selection of features, including the 17-inch alloys, heated leather seats, sat-nav and rear parking sensors. With an extra racy R-Sport and S trim completing the Jaguar XF trim levels, the XF “could well be the new class leader.” With Auto Express awarding the all-new Jaguar XF with a prestigious five-star review, book yourself a test drive to see why.