JAGUAR

JAGUAR XF DIESEL SALOON 2.0 D200 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2140 g/km

THE CAT'S WHISKERS

The second generation Jaguar XF offers a welcome alternative to executives tired of Teutonic efficiency. June Neary tries It

Will It Suit Me?

It's good to see Jaguar back in the limelight. I'm old enough to remember the time when if you thought of an executive car in this country, you thought of a Jag. These days the leaping Cat is leaping once more thanks to this second generation version of the company XF executive model. It's a car designed to provide a real alternative to premium customers tired of Teutonic efficiency. I have to say that the smarter front and rear styling is much more to my taste than the old car's - even if all those twinkling LEDs fringing the new headlights are a bit OTT. But it certainly makes a distinctive rear view mirror statement - just as the designers intended. Inside, the material upgrades make the cabin feel even more special and the German opposition even more dour. Love those rich wood veneers.

Practicalities

Traditionally, an XF was never the most spacious car in its sector, coupe-like rear styling limiting back seat passenger room in comparison to rival BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class models. In response, Jaguar has lengthened the wheelbase of this second generation model by 51mm and the result is a big improvement in rear seat legroom. I didn't spend much time travelling in the back though because a seat in the front of an XF has always been a special experience. If you ever tried the first generation model, what you'll probably remember most is the way the start-up sequence brought the car to life as the rotary gear selector rose up from the centre console and the airvents rotated into position. This time round, the brief was to retain that sense of occasion but mature and simplify the design language a little. So there's a classier, more modern look as Jaguar's designers have sought to find more interesting and contemporary ways to say 'luxury'. Largely, I think their efforts have worked. The rising circular gear selector remains on automatic models: so do the cartwheeling airvents, though they've been reduced in number and thrown to the edges of the cabin, with the centre of the fascia now freed up for a smart and informative 8-inch 'InControl Touch' infotainment system. I did worry that the shorter rear overhangs of this MK2 model might necessitate a smaller boot but actually, quite the reverse is true. Lift the lid (my test car had the rather pointless optional power opener fitted) and a 540-litre space is revealed, a 40-litre increase on the previous model accessed via a larger aperture than before. That's easily enough for pushchairs and the like (do XF owners still have pushchairs?). It is annoying though, to find that most trim levels don't allow you to extend this space into the cabin: only the very plushest models have a split-folding rear bench fitted as standard.

Behind the Wheel

Set off and under the bonnet ahead in the volume 2.0-litre volume diesel version I tried (the one most XF customers will buy) lies an 'Ingenium'-series engine more commonly seen in lesser models from the Jaguar Land Rover conglomerate like the Discovery Sport family SUV. For such a product as that, the muted diesel clatter is quite acceptable but initially, you wonder whether such a powerplant is entirely appropriate for such a quintessential Jaguar. As your speed rises though, you find such questions melting away. Partly because refinement improves as the engine exercises its prodigious torque. And partly because of something that really does set this car apart in its segment: its ride and handling balance. Credit for this goes to a clever rear suspension system that rivals will certainly want to take apart and copy. It's called 'Integral Link' and it's there to intelligently manage lateral and longitudinal body movements in a way that gives you taut body control when you want it and a beautifully relaxing ride when you don't. Engine-wise, most buyers will want the '2.0-litre i4' 'Ingenium'-series four cylinder diesel powerplant, offered in either 163PS or 180PS guises. The lower-powered variant offers class-leading supermini-style efficiency figures (70.6mpg on the combined cycle and 104g/km of CO2) but has less torque than the pokier 180PS derivative I tried, a car that makes 62mph in 8.1s en route to 136mph. There's a choice of either six-speed manual transmission (a first for XF buyers) or the 8-speed auto 'box that most will want. If you want a pokier XF, you'll have to find the substantial price premium for one of the performance-orientated six cylinder XF S models. There are two of these, a 300PS twin-turbo diesel and a supercharged 320PS petrol version.

Value For Money

It seems strange to remember now that the original version of this XF was launched without the thing that most Executive segment buyers actually want - a four cylinder diesel engine. Even when Jaguar finally put that omission right with the facelifted MK1 model in 2011, the range still lacked key elements like an estate bodystyle and a manual gearbox option. These days though, the brand is at last getting fundamental things like this right. They've certainly got the idea when it comes to the importance of a four cylinder diesel, the MK2 model saloon line-up we're looking at here fundamentally built around what Jaguar calls '2.0-litre i4' power, a new-generation Ingenium series diesel unit offered in 163PS or 180PS guises and priced across three trim levels in the £32,000 to £40,000 bracket. Many will want the pokier version I tried, given that the premium for it is only £500. I mentioned a manual gearbox: for the first time in an XF, you can now have one, though by the same token, this also means that for the first time in an XF, you have to pay a premium for auto transmission, a not insignificant £1,750 - which will leave most buyers having to think in terms of this being a £35,000 to £40,000 car. But then maybe it should be, given that the smaller BMW 3 Series-sized Jaguar XE starts at around £30,000. Of course, not all buyers will want a four cylinder diesel XF and for the very few that don't, Jaguar has a pricey but very powerful range of performance versions. If you can find £50,000 to get yourself into an 'S'-grade XF model, you'll savour the identically-priced choice of a 300PS 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo diesel variant or a version with the same 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 unit you'll find in the brand's F-TYPE sportscar.

Could I Live With One?

I'm still not sure the XF would be my first choice in the class but it's certainly a true Jaguar - and the kind of car that will have many thinking again over their choice of executive saloon. As in the Sixties, a Jaguar may once again, be the executive thing to have.

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

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

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple car play
  • Android Auto

  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Blind spot assist
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • JaguarDrive control
  • Rear collision monitor
  • 3D surround camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist includes oncoming vehicle detection and edge detection
  • Rear traffic monitor with parking emergency braking (Autobrake)

  • Push button starter
  • Power tailgate/boot lid

  • Clear exit monitor
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Front animated directional indicators
  • Interactive driver display digital with 12" TFT display
  • Pivi pro connected navigation system with 11.4" touch screen

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric heated/power fold memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror

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

  • Black lower front bumper hoops
  • Front bumper's lower chin and rear lower bumper is finished in gloss black
  • XF badge
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Jaguar script
  • R Dynamic badge
  • Jaguar script and leaper
  • Body colour door handles

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED tail lights

  • 2nd row air vents

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

  • Cabin lighting - 10 colour configurable ambient, zone control, dynamic start-up sequence

  • Online pack with data plan - XF

  • Full length side window curtain airbag
  • Power operated child locks
  • Pedestrian contact sensing
  • 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

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

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 140

  • 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: 16.5:1
  • 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: 52.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 50.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.6

  • 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
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 204
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic HSE
  • Coin Description: D200 MHEV
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 150
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 204
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.6
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.8

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/35 R20
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5107
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1735
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 745
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 615
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1474
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £455

  • Red brake calipers: £300
  • 355mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes: £210
  • 325mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes: Included

  • Adaptive dynamics: £720
  • Configurable dynamics: £150

  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £240
  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Park assist - fully automated parking and remote parking: £250
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included

  • Garage door opener (Homelink): £210

  • Secure tracker pro: £600
  • Secure tracker: £400
  • Head up Display: £830

  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £625

  • Extended leather upgrade: £1,500
  • 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: £80

  • Satin shadow atlas grille mesh tips: Included
  • Sliding panoramic roof with electric open/close and electric blind: £1,320
  • Premium metallic paint: £950
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Tailgate/boot lid spoiler: £200
  • Gloss Black Extended Side Sills: Included

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

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

  • Powered gesture roof blind: £150
  • Light oyster suede cloth headlining: £0
  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear: Included
  • Electric rear window sunblinds: £300
  • Lockable cooled glovebox: £60
  • Lockable glovebox: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £195
  • Ebony suede cloth headlining: Included
  • Bright metal foot pedals: £150
  • Additional power sockets - Two additional USB sockets in rear centre console and one 12V socket in trunk: £100

  • Black exterior pack - XF Saloon R-Dynamic: £550
  • Convenience pack - XF Saloon R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic HSE: £1,185
  • Dynamic handling pack - XF Saloon D200/D200 AWD: £1,265
  • Hot climate pack - XF: £1,090
  • Smokers pack - XF: £30
  • Technology pack - XF Saloon R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic HSE: £1,670

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

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £950
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £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: £1,200
  • 16-way heated, massage electric driver and passenger memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £800

  • Soft door close: £505
  • Activity key: £300

  • Electrically deployable towbar: £705
  • Detachable towbar: £990

  • 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" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5033: £0
  • 18" 5 spoke dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5105: £0
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - style 5106: £0
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - style 5106: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels with gloss black inserts - style 5107: Included
  • 20" 5 split spoke satin black alloy wheels with gloss black inserts - style 5107: £400
  • 17" 9 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 9005: £0
  • 18" 5 split spoke alloy wheels with gloss black finish - style 5033: £0
  • 18" 7 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 7011: £0
  • 19" 7 split spoke gloss black with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 7013: £0
  • 19" 7 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 7012: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned alloy wheels - style 5036: £400

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

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