Jaguar XF long-term test Part 2 - What Car?
We're running a Jaguar XF for 12 months as part of a long-term test. Euan
Doig reveals what life is like with the car six months into the test
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2013 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Review
J takes the supercharged jag for a spin and tries to justify why the XF is
his top pick in the executive sedan segment.
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Jaguar XF 2010 - AutoWeek Review
Jaguar XF 2010 - AutoWeek
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AutoWeek Associate Publisher, Dutch Mandel takes us on a tour of the Jaguar
XF. The XF is Jaguar's new luxury sport sedan.
2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged
Base Price: $68,000
As-Tested Price: $68,000
Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V8; RWD, six-speed automatic
Output: 470 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 424 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,306 lb
Fuel Economy: (EPA/AW) 17/19.8 mpg
Even after being around for a couple of years, the XF hasn't lost any of
its street appeal. Back when we had our long-termer, I would constantly get
stopped and asked about the sexy cat at grocery store parking, gas stations
and everywhere else. And why wouldn't people ask about it? I mean, look at
it! The car is gorgeous.
Sure enough, when I got gas last night I was once again asked about the
slick looking feline. This time it was a slightly tipsy gentleman who
stumbled out of the pub next door to purchase some cigarettes from the gas
station. Maybe it was the beer goggles that made the car look 300 pounds
lighter, but he stood in front of the car stunned and continually told me
how beautiful it was. He asked about the price, how it drove and how much
horsepower it had.
Speaking of horsepower, this test car is
packing a more potent punch compared to our long-termer. For the 2010 model
year, Jag slid in a new engine under the hood of the XF. Replacing the
previous 4.2-liter supercharged V8 is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 for an
increase of 50 hp to 470 and small bump in torque of 11-lb-ft to 424. The
lightning quick ZF automatic gearbox remains, which is a good thing.
The extra power is noticeable from the first throttle mash and pushes the
car well past posted speed limits in short order. The car remains light on
its feet with quick response to steering inputs and the suspension keeping
the car well planted in all situations. Brakes return instant grab.
I'm still mildly entertained by the handshake at start-up with the opening
vents and raising shift knob from the center console. What I still don't
like much is the center touch screen that controls functions navigation,
sound, heated/cooled seats and steering and etc. Going between menu screens
still includes a screen wipe that saps precious seconds from your life that
you will never get back, and it requires you to sometimes have pinpoint
accuracy when using it. It's not something that would make me not recommend
the car, but it's an annoyance.