JAGUAR

JAGUAR XF SALOON 2.0 P300 Sport 4dr Auto AWD

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2205 g/km

If you think the big three prestigious German brands have the Executive car segment sewn-up, a drive in the improved version of Jaguar's second generation XF may be enough to make you reconsider. Even in the face of tough competition from rivals like the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6, this car offers a compelling range of virtues.

X MARKS THE SPOT

The Jaguar XF has evolved and improved, now offering a smarter package that includes the brand's latest mild hybrid tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look

Ten Second Review

If you think the big three prestigious German brands have the Executive car segment sewn-up, a drive in the improved version of Jaguar's second generation XF may be enough to make you reconsider. Even in the face of tough competition from rivals like the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6, this car offers a compelling range of virtues.

Background

This MK2 Jaguar XF, launched back in 2015, proved to be lighter, more efficient and packed with technology, an improvement on its predecessor in every possible respect, aided by its hi-tech aluminium-intensive architecture. But time moves on. Since then, we've seen all-new versions of all this car's key market rivals, yet the XF soldiers on as a bit of a left-field choice in the full-sized executive segment. Now updated, it aims to offer a more sporting, dynamic choice in the full-sized Executive segment. To put that in competitive context, it's more BMW 5 Series than Audi A6 or Mercedes E-Class, though buyers of all three of these cars should be tempted by this model's luxurious cabin technology and very decent efficiency figures. In the last decade, German rivals like these have dominated this market sector as Jaguar re-built its reputation amongst business buyers. Having done that and rejuvenated the car that re-established it as a desirable brand, the company's ready to take on this segment in earnest with what looks to be an elegant, progressive display of British engineering and craftsmanship. How will it fare? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Stay with us here. The XF range hinges around a 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder engine and while that doesn't sound too exciting, it's where the big sales are. It now comes in a single 204PS D200 state of tune, offers customers the option of rear wheel drive or AWD and features the brand's latest MHEV mild hybrid engine tech, which can assist the engine under acceleration. As a result, a rear-driven model gets to 60mph in 7.1s - or 7.5s in AWD form. The conventional petrol options continue much as before, 250 or 300PS versions of Jaguar's usual 2.0-litre Ingenium unit in the P250 (RWD) and P300 (AWD) variants. Both feature the engine technologies including a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), for a strong combination of refined performance and efficiency. The P250 makes 60mph in 6.5s, which the P300 AWD variant mamnages the same sprint in 5.8s. All engines are paired with Jaguar's eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can be controlled using the steering wheel shift paddles for added driver engagement. Across the XF range, driving dynamics suit a relaxed but purposeful style. The chassis delivers near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and huge strides have been made to perfect refinement. Ride is another class-leading XF quality. This Jaguar shares its suspension set-up with the smaller XE model, which means struts with double wishbones at the front and an 'integral link' independent set-up at the rear. The steering uses the same electric power-assisted set-up as the Jaguar F-Type and XE, while active dampers are on the options list.

Design and Build

From almost any angle, you'd know this was a Jaguar. You'd know this was an XF. The look has been evolved here though, with features like revised super-slim all-LED quad headlights with 'Double J' Daytime Running Light signatures. There's also a wider front grille and revised bumpers with larger and lower air intakes at the front. The side fender vents now feature the iconic Leaper emblem and at the rear, there are darkened tail lamp surrounds for the saloon and a body-coloured upper valance. There are changes inside too, with a 'sportier' centre console that sweeps up to a new centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen for the new 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system, which has standard 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring and the latest embedded dual-sim technology with over-the-air updates. The seats have been re-designed with wider cushioning and a Jaguar Leaper embossed on the headrests. And the door casings have been revised too. Authentic finishes, including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium, feature in beautifully formed shapes such as the upper door insert and full width 'Piano lid' that is formed across the width of the dashboard. Through the wheel, the driver now views a new 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display that replaces the conventional dials. At 4,954mm long, the XF remains a big car, so there's lots of room in the back. The doors offer an optional soft-close function, and there's plenty of natural light flooding the cabin. If you want more, you can specify a panoramic sunroof. The rear bench also features a practical 40:20:40 split, making it easier to through-load bulky items such as skis. The 540-litre boot has the option of a power close function which can work with one of those 'gesture control' systems if you approach the car laden down with baggage.

Market and Model

As ever, the XF comes in either saloon or Sportbrake estate guises. Prices start at around £34,000 for a D200 variant with 204PS. Prices for the D200 with AWD start at just over £35,000. The P250 base petrol model starts at around £38,000, with the P300 AWD 300PS flagship variant costing from around £45,000. The base diesel model comes with an entry 'R-Dynamic S' level of trim, but otherwise, XF customers choose between 'R-Dynamic SE', 'R-Dynamic HSE' or 'R-Dynamic Black' options. Key here is the recent introduction of the standard 11.4-inch 'Pivi Pro' centre-dash infotainment screen, which incorporates two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates, without compromising performance. You also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle screen which can show full-screen mapping. And another screen can be activated via Jaguar's 'ClearSight' interior rear view mirror which gives the driver an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the optional system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen. The headlights can now be specified with Pixel LED technology and Adaptive Driving Beam capability so that they alter their range to fit with road conditions and surrounding traffic. You can also now specify a Cabin air ionisation system that improves interior air quality through Nanoe technolgy, which helps remove allergens and unpleasant odours. Safety technology includes 'Forward Traffic Detection' which alerts you at times of reduced visbility when something is crossing your path up-front. And 'Forward Vehicle Guidance' which helps you place the car in low speed parking manoevres.

Cost of Ownership

As before, it helps the XF's cause that it's relatively light weight, thanks to the fact that so much of the structure of the car (75%) is fashioned from aluminium. The important news with this revised model though, is that its core 204PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine used with the mainstream D200 diesel variant now features Jaguar's latest next generation Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for the first time. This uses a Belt-integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. What about the WLTP-rated results of all this? Well, you're looking at 57.2mpg on the combined cycle and 131g/km of CO2, which is very class competitive and 13-14% better than the previous D180 variant. Plus the D200 is RDE2-compliant, so is tax-optimised. The petrol variants do without the MHEV tech - and it shows a bit. The P250 RWD version delivers 35.2mpg on the combined cycle and 190g/km of CO2. What else? You get the usual unremarkable three year warranty. And service intervals are set at 21,000miles or every 24 months, whichever comes first and it would be sensible to consider one of Jaguar's Service Plans that cover you for virtually everything in advance. There's a 'Standard Mileage Service Plan' that covers you for five years/50,000 miles. Or a 'High Mileage Service Plan' that covers five years/75,000 miles.

Summary

Light, spacious, good looking and efficient, this car ought to worry rival German makers more than it probably will. Are there issues? A few. The range of engine variants on offer still isn't as wide as you'll find elsewhere. And it's a pity that, as yet, the mild hybrid tech hasn't been extended to the Ingenium petrol engines. We miss the lack of a six cylinder powerplant option too. Ultimately though, what's so masterful about the improved interpretation of this second generation XF is how cleverly Jaguar has kept and built upon what was good about the original version of this MK2 model, while being realistic about where that earlier car's weaknesses were. As a result, you now really can have a beautiful Executive class model that offers cutting-edge technology and a dynamic driving experience but which is also built in Britain and sips fuel like a family hatch. These truly are amazing times.

  • Privacy glass
  • Heat insulated glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Heated front windscreen + heated washer jets
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap

  • All surface progress control (ASPC)
  • Hill launch assist
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake pad warning light
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • 355mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Configurable dynamics
  • Adaptive dynamics

  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple car play

  • Electric power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Rear collision monitor
  • Blind spot assist
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist includes oncoming vehicle detection and edge detection
  • Jaguar drive control with adaptive surface response

  • Push button starter
  • Power tailgate/boot lid

  • Emergency call service
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Front animated directional indicators
  • Pivi pro connected navigation system with 11.4" touch screen

  • Electric heated/power fold memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Remote app

  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear boot
  • Front bumper's lower chin and rear lower bumper is finished in gloss black
  • Black lower front bumper hoops
  • Tailgate/boot lid spoiler
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Jaguar script
  • Jaguar script and leaper
  • Body colour door handles

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Third brake light

  • 2nd row air vents

  • Front armrest
  • Twin front cupholders
  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear
  • Centre armrest console
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses
  • Rear armrest with twin cupholders
  • Bright metal foot pedals
  • Interior front door handles with separate locking switches
  • Front door and rear door storage space
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery with sports seat
  • R-Dynamic branded leather steering wheel

  • Premium cabin lighting

  • Online pack with data plan - XF
  • Black exterior pack with gloss black grille mesh - XF Saloon

  • Pedestrian contact sensing
  • Full length side window curtain airbag
  • Power operated child locks
  • Front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Front side airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • ISOFIX on outer rear seats
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Passive front head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Remote central locking with deadlocks and drive away locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Keyless entry
  • Perimeter alarm

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 205

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 31.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 30.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 9.3

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 105000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: P300
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 5107
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: N
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/35 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2089
  • Height: 1456
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4962
  • Width: 1890
  • Wheelbase: 2960

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1744
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2370
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 74
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 344
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 626
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1128
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.02

  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £455

  • Red brake calipers: £300

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £150
  • Wireless device charging: Included
  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £240

  • 3D surround camera: £600
  • Rear view camera: Included

  • Garage door opener (Homelink): £210

  • Interactive driver display digital with 12" TFT display: £500
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display: Included
  • Head up Display: £830

  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £625

  • Engineered wood veneer: £320
  • Engine spin aluminium trim finisher: £250
  • Natural burr ash veneer: £320
  • Satin charcoal ash veneer: Included

  • Meridian 400W sound system with 13 speakers, subwoofer and active road noise cancellation: Included
  • Meridian 650W surround sound audio system with 17 speakers, subwoofer and active road noise cancellation: £175

  • XF badge: £0
  • Sliding panoramic roof with electric open/close and electric blind: £1,320
  • Black contrast roof: Included
  • Body coloured roof: £0
  • Premium metallic paint: £950
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Solid paint: Included
  • XF 300 Sport badge: Included

  • Headlight power wash: £200
  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL: Included
  • Auto high beam assist: Included
  • Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL: £1,150

  • Four zone climate control: £640
  • Two zone climate control: Included
  • Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filter: £140
  • Cabin pre-conditioning: £1,000
  • Air quality sensor: £60

  • Lockable glovebox: Included
  • Lockable cooled glovebox: £60
  • Electric rear window sunblinds: £300
  • Light oyster suede cloth headlining: £0
  • Ebony suede cloth headlining: Included
  • Powered gesture roof blind: £50
  • Extended leather upgrade: £1,500
  • Additional power sockets - Two additional USB sockets in rear centre console and one 12V socket in trunk: £160

  • Convenience pack - XF Saloon R-Dynamic HSE/Sport: £1,185
  • Technology pack - XF Saloon: £1,950

  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £700
  • Metallic - Bluefire Blue: £700
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £700
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £700
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £700
  • Metallic - British racing green: £700
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £700
  • Metallic - Ostuni pearl white: £700

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £950
  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £950

  • 40:20:40 folding rear seats with centre armrest: Included
  • 40:20:40 folding, heated rear seats with centre armrest: £300
  • 16-way heated electric driver and passenger memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: Included
  • 16-way heated and ventilated electric memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £400
  • 16-way heated and ventilated, massage electric memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £995

  • Secure tracker pro: £520
  • Activity key: £300
  • Secure tracker: £340
  • Soft door close: £505

  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,090

  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena tan, Ebony/Siena tan colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena tan, Ebony/Siena tan colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0

  • 18" diamond turned with dark grey contrast alloy wheels - style 5105: £400
  • 18" alloy wheels - style 7011: £0
  • 19" gloss black alloy wheels - style 5106: £0
  • 19" alloy wheels - style 7012: £0
  • 19" diamond turned with gloss black contrast alloy wheels - style 7013: £400
  • 20" gloss sparkle silver with gloss black inserts alloy wheels - style 5107: Included
  • 20" satin black with gloss black inserts alloy wheels - style 5107: £400

  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: £185
  • Tyre repair system: £50

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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