Jaguar XF Road Test (2008)

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Jaguar XF Review

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There is much more to the Jaguar XF than I have space for.

Before I move on to the power units, I should make mention of the enormous boot, which has a capacity of between 500- and 540-litres depending on whether the space-saver tyre or the tyre repair kit is installed. It seems a little vulgar but should extra space be needed, the rear seats fold to release a further 420-litres of load space.

The Jaguar XF comes with a choice of four engines. The 2.7 V6 turbo-diesel and 3.0 V6, petrol are both available in Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. The 4.2 V8, petrol unit in naturally aspirated form, comes in Premium trim only but the supercharged version of the same engine is the SV8.

Although the 2.7 diesel is no slouch with a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds (0-60mph in 7.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 143mph, the most grin-inducing drive comes, as you might expect, from the SV8. Its supercharged engine speeds the car from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds (0-60mph in 5.1 seconds) and has a limited top speed of 155mph. You can add around 1 second to the sprint time for naturally aspirated version but it has the same top speed.

The SV8 unit produces 416PS (420bhp, 306kW) at 6,250rpm and 560Nm (413lb ft) of torque at 3,500rpm, with 86 per cent of that available between 2,000rpm and the red line. The figures, however, cannot convey the feeling of exhilaration when the accelerator is pressed. Once moving, a mere a scrunch of the toes on the pedal is rewarded by a delightful power surge.

Through country lanes the CATS active suspension system allows for a huge amount of feedback, while showing off the car’s agility, dynamics and handling, with a good bit of help from the underlying, ultra-stiff body.

Serious playtime comes at a price, which is payable at the pumps. Under ‘normal’ driving conditions an XF SV8 driver might get somewhere near the official fuel consumption figures of 15.1mpg, 31.0mpg and 22.4mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined cycles, but don’t bank on it. Furthermore, with CO2 emissions of 299g/km, come October the SV8 will force you to dig even deeper into your pockets, if you want to take the car into the Capital.

The array of electronic gizmos continues unseen in the form of ‘Driver Aids’. Of course, there are the usual suspects; ABS with EBD and EBA but in the XF, Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control and Engine Drag Torque Control, plus Understeer Logic are also on the list.  A list hat might be pleasing to technophiles but it does make you wonder who is actually in control.

That said, none of it is absolutely foolproof, so every XF is fitted with dual stage front airbags, side and curtain airbags and seat occupancy sensors as well as seatbelt retractors to soften the contact with the airbags, should they be deployed. Pedestrians on the wrong side of a collision with an XF might be pleased to know that it has a Pedestrian Contact Sensing System. It is an improvement upon the system used in the XK, which fires actuators that ‘ping’ the bonnet, forming a cushion between it and the engine’s hard-points.

There is much more to the Jaguar XF than I have space for. Suffice to say that it has made a big impression on the motoring world and, if this is the shape of things to come, it is about to change the face of Jaguar for the better.

18 February 2008 Melanie Carter
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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

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