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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.


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.


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 £32,500 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 £34,000, with the P300 AWD 300PS flagship variant costing from around £40,000. the base diesel and petrol models come with an entry 'S' level of trim, but otherwise, XF customers choose between 'R-Dynamic S', 'R-Dynamic SE' or 'R-Dynamic HSE' options. Key here is the 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 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 130g/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 181g/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.


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.

  • Heated rear window
  • Heat insulated glass
  • Blue tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Acoustic windscreen

  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake pad warning light
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Traction control

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play

  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear parking aid
  • Electric power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Jaguar Voice front
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot

  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Auto dimming eletrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Morse code aluminium instrument panel finisher

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • InControl app
  • InControl Wi-fi
  • InControl protect
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

  • Chrome window side surrounds
  • Grained black grille with chrome surround
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Jaguar script
  • No derivative and/or engine badge
  • Chrome tailgate/boot lid finisher
  • Chrome side vents

  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Headlight power wash

  • Dual zone climate control
  • 2nd row air vents

  • Twin front cupholders
  • Front armrest
  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear
  • Jaguar sense
  • JaguarDrive selector
  • Bright metal foot pedals
  • Rear storage compartment
  • Chrome trunk finish
  • Perforated grained leather upholstery
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Tie down hooks in luggage area
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Front centre console storage box
  • Luxtec wrapped instrument panel topper
  • Soft grain sport leather steering wheel
  • Rear armrest with twin cupholders
  • Chrome seat switches

  • Pedestrian contact sensing
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Power child locks
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests

  • Fixed rear bench seat
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation

  • Perimeter alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless Start
  • Drive away door locking

  • Trailer stability assist

  • 6 speed manual transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 124
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 147

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.4
  • CC: 1999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 58.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 78.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 37
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 35
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 49.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 45.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 58
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 53
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 48.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 46.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • 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
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 83
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Prestige
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 132
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 1016
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2088
  • Height: 1457
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4954
  • Width: 1880
  • Wheelbase: 2960

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1624
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2190
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 540
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 566
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Privacy glass: £500
  • Heated front windscreen: £270
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £465

  • InControl secure Tracker: £400

  • 360 Parking aid sensors: £535
  • Lane keep assist with driver condition monitor: £490
  • Forward facing stereoscopic camera: Included
  • Blind spot assist with reverse traffic detection: £770
  • 360 degree surround camera: £1,010
  • Reverse traffic detection with blind spot monitor and closing vehicle sensor: £535
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £480
  • Front Parking Aid: Included
  • Rear view camera: £385

  • Garage door opener: £215
  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid: £700
  • Power tailgate/boot lid: £460

  • 10" touch screen pro: Included
  • Head up Display: £0
  • Interactive driver display digital instrument panel: £510
  • InControl touch pro satellite navigation system: Included
  • Instrument cluster with 5 TFT display: Included
  • 10" Dual view touchscreen pro with whitefire headphones: £625

  • Auto dimming, power folding, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £0
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with approach lights: £375
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors: Included

  • Carbon fibre trim: £950
  • Satin Rosewood veneer: £325
  • Gloss Burr Walnut veneer: £325
  • Gloss black trim finisher: Included
  • Satin fine line wood veneer trim: £325
  • Satin ash burr veneer: £325
  • Satin grey figured ebony veneer: £325
  • Gloss Figured Ebony veneer: £325

  • Meridian 825W surround sound system: £1,000
  • CD/DVD player: £150
  • Digital TV: £910
  • Jaguar 180W sound system with 8 speakers: Included
  • Meridian 380W sound system with 11 speakers: £840

  • Sliding panoramic roof with powered sunblind: £1,345
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £740
  • Premium metallic paint: £950

  • Xenon headlamps With LED signature: Included
  • Approach Illumination: Included
  • LED daytime running lights: Included
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with signature DRL: £610

  • Air quality sensor: £60
  • Parking heater with remote control: £1,065

  • Morzine headlining - Ebony: £255
  • Manual rear side blinds: £195
  • Lockable cooled glovebox: £60
  • Electric adjustable steering column: £325
  • Lockable glovebox: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £200
  • Electric rear window sunblinds: £300
  • Additional power sockets: £85
  • Morzine headlining - Light oyster: £0
  • Suedecloth headlining - Light Oyster: Included
  • Suedecloth headlining - Ebony: £255

  • Ambient interior lighting: Included
  • Configurable Ambient interior lighting: £320

  • Advanced parking assist pack - XF: £1,175
  • Cold climate pack - XF: £775
  • Power convenience pack - XF: £1,095
  • Head up display pack - XF: £1,295
  • Smoker's pack: £40
  • InControl touch pro navigation pack with Meridian surround sound system - XF: £1,585
  • InControl touch pro navigation pack with Meridian digital sound system - XF Prestige/R Sport/Sport: £1,070
  • Driver memory pack with power folding mirrors - XF: £1,330
  • Advanced parking assist pack with surround camera - XF: £1,725

  • Metallic - Santorini black: £740
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £740
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £740
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £740
  • Metallic - Indus silver: £740
  • Metallic - Caesium blue: £740
  • Metallic - Rossello red: £740
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £740

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0
  • Solid - Narvik black: £0

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

  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger: £255
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats: £450
  • 8 way manual adjustable front seats with electric recline: Included
  • Heated and cooled front seats with heated rear seats: £730
  • Heated and cooled front seats: £550
  • Driver seat memory function: £0
  • Heated front and rear seats: £450
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • 10 way electric front seats: £305

  • Soft door close: £515
  • Keyless entry system: £655

  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Morzine ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Suedecloth ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Latte/Espresso, Espresso colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Latte/Espresso, Espresso colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Oyster colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Oyster colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0

  • 17" 10 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 1017: £440
  • 17" 15 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 1016: Included
  • 17" 9 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 9005: £440

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Reduced section alloy space saver spare wheel: £185

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