Jaguar XF Review

Jaguar XF Interior

Jaguar XF Review

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Below this is a deep, brushed metallic panel that runs the full width of the car, punctuated only by the multi-functional steering column and a 7-inch information screen.

Below this is a deep, brushed metallic panel that runs the full width of the car, punctuated only by the multi-functional steering column and a 7-inch information screen. The tunnel between the driver and front passenger contains storage compartments topped off with real wood veneer, next to which is a flat control panel, on the driver’s side.

It is all very discrete and stylish, however, take a closer look and it is just a bit too tidy; the gear selector and parking brake are missing and so are the face-level air vents. But when the pulsating, red, ‘start’ button is pressed, the air vents magically rotate into view and a puck-like, aluminium dial rises out of the tunnel control panel, ahead of the electronic parking brake, presenting itself as the Jaguar Drive Selector. In the list of electronic systems a mention should also be given to JaguarSense; a touch or proximity-sensing control for the glovebox and overhead lights. Surprise and delight, indeed.

The dial is connected to the non-optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Rotating the selector is a strange mix of tactile pleasure and alien action but you soon get used to it and there are selector paddles behind the steering wheel, if preferred. There is also a Jaguar DriveControl with different settings for Dynamic and Winter driving, depending upon the model.

The Bluetooth telephony system (with hands-free and voice control), the audio controls (optional Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system in the test car), including attached iPods, are all controlled via the central, touch screen and USB or memory sticks are also accommodated within the XF. As well as the above functions and the Satellite Navigation system, the screen provides a display for the rear parking camera, where fitted.

The goodies are not confined to the top-notch SV8; the Luxury specification includes the Drive Selector, navigation via the touch-screen, Bluetooth, an integrated 6CD autochanger, rear parking sensors, electric/heated mirrors, 17-inch alloys, automatic climate control and cruise control with Automatic Speed Limiter.

The next step up adds lumbar support, 18-inch alloys, Jaguar’s 320W Premium sound system, driver’s seat memory and heated windscreen.

The SV8 has the heated/cooled seats, 20-inch alloys, Bi-xenon headlamps with powerwash and the excellent Computer Active Technology Suspension or CATS amongst other things. The test car also had a few of the optional extras - apart from the audio system there was a DAB radio, a multi-media TV system, a blind-spot monitor, electric, glass sunroof, heated steering wheel, electric rear sunblind and the rear camera parking aid. So there are plenty of ways to spend your money.

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Jaguar XF Road Test Data
Model ReviewedJaguar XF SV8
Body Type4-Door Saloon
ColourPearl Grey
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph5.4 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Typeunleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban15.1 mpg
Extra Urban31 mpg
Combined22.4 mpg
Insurance Group20
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Price (when tested on the 18/02/08)£54,900

The information contained within this Jaguar XF review may have changed since publication on the 18 February 2008. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Jaguar dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018