The Jaguar XF remains well balanced even on the most demanding of 'B' roads, although contradicting our Jaguar XF 4.2 Premium Luxury review of 2008 there seemed to be little more body roll and perhaps a hint of premature understeer when compared to petrol engines but that is being very critical.
The touring fuel consumption is a little disappointing at circa 30 mpg, which was only 2 mpg more than the heavier Land Discovery 4 we were driving the week before. This might be down to a more enthusiastic right foot than in the Discovery 4.
There is no doubt that the new 3.0-litre AJ-V6D Gen III, especially with 275PS/600Nm is very good, in fact we prefer it to the V6 and V8 petrol engines. It’s only the petrol Jaguar XFR that cannot be ignored, purely for its outrageous performance.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The Jaguar XF remains well balanced even on the most demanding of 'B' roads, although contradicting our Jaguar XF 4.2 Premium Luxury review of 2008 there seemed to be little more body roll and perhaps a hint of premature understeer when compared to petrol engines but that is being very critical. The steering is excellent and the Jaguar XF offers positive feedback and it feels that the more demanding the road becomes the better it gets.
The ride is excellent even over poorer road surfaces and edges on the firm side at low speed, especially when equipped with the 20" wheels fitted to our test car.
Ease of Use
Getting into the front of the Jaguar XF is fairly easy but you do have to watch for the swooping roof line and high sill height but once inside headroom is relatively good.
You feel very cosseted in front but never confined and finding the optimum driving position is aided by the 16 way electrically adjustable driver's seat and the powered steering column. Even the front passenger's seat is electrically adjustable (10 way). And now on the Portfolio model you get ventilated heated and cooled front seats, which are most welcome whatever the climate.
Front vision is good but over the shoulder vision is hampered by the rear pillars and boot plus the door mirrors are slightly on the small side. Although our test car was fitted with the blind spot monitoring system which uses a radar system to monitor vehicles entering into your 'blind spots' it then gives you audible and visual warnings which is rather good but it is prone to false alarms especially when there are breaks in hedges, etc.
There are front and rear parking sensors, plus our Jaguar XF test car was fitted with an optional reverse parking camera. The camera is mounted just above the number plate and gives you a live image on the colour telemetric screen of what is behind the car when you select reverse. We found the display a bit of a distraction but it is great for checking what is behind the car, especially low down before reversing.
Jaguar XF Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Jaguar XF|
|Colour||Lunar Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||51.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 02/11/09)||£44,200|