Price cut and spec improvements for Jaguar XF Saloon and Sportbrake

  • Jaguar’s large executive car gets a mid-life nip/tuck
  • Number of individual variants slashed
  • New mild-hybrid engines boost economy

Sales of Jaguar’s XF range pale in comparison to German rivals such as the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, but the British brand’s soldiering on with a newly updated model for 2021. The XF saloon and XF Sportbrake (or ‘estate’ if you’re not in marketing) are now cheaper to buy outright, thanks to a reduction in price for the entry-level model, but specification has improved and so has the diesel engine.

The range has also been significantly trimmed down to just three engines and five trim levels, making selection a simpler process for customers – though we suspect making it easier for Jaguar to individually certify each model for emissions and fuel economy standards was also on the cards.

2020 Jaguar XF - rear

The XF’s exterior facelift is minimal, but includes new LED headlights, a revised grille, and resculpted bumpers.

Cheaper to buy than before

Obviously most of these vehicles will be owned as company cars or purchased on finance, but the reduction in entry price is significant, especially when most facelifted models enjoy a price increase over the car they replace. Prices for the XF saloon now start at £32,585, down from £34,995 for the old model.

That’s not only cheaper than before, it makes it a significant margin less than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon (£39,055) or the BMW 5 Series Saloon (£38,600).

2020 Jaguar XF - snow

The Sportbrake’s price hasn’t seen such a drastic cut, but at £35,990 it still looks excellent value compared with the £41,055 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and £41,155 BMW 5 Series Touring.

New diesel engine with mild-hybrid tech

The simplified engine range kicks off with a new, 204hp 2.0-litre diesel engine - 24hp more powerful than the outgoing model. A mild-hybrid system allows it to capture energy from coasting and regenerative braking, which can then be deployed under acceleration to improve performance.

It also boosts the functionality of the engine’s stop/start system and thus helps save fuel – Jaguar claims an impressive 130g/km of CO2 and up to 57.2mpg for the cleanest version of the XF saloon.

That engine can be had with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

2020 Jaguar XF Sportbrake - rear

Also available are two petrol variants, which were previously available. A 250hp unit powers the rear wheels only while the range-topping 300hp variant is all-wheel drive. All are compliant with the latest emissions standards.

Regardless of engine, the XF comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Jaguar’s characteristic rising rotary gear selector has gone, though – ditched in the interior facelift for a more conventional shifter design.

New interior with improved infotainment

The XF’s changes are much more obvious on the inside. The rather staid and plain dashboard design has been ditched in favour of a far more dramatic dash, centred around a new curved touchscreen 11.4-inches in size. It’s running Jaguar’s much-improved Pivi Pro operating system, which we’ve experienced so far on a new Land Rover Defender.

2020 Jaguar XF - interior

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and a head-up display is optional.

New seats also feature, with wider cushions, optional massage function and improved heating and cooling. There’s also noise-cancellation for the cabin – a segment first – as well as over-the-air capability for software updates.

What this means for you

We’ve always liked the way the Jaguar XF drives but its interior has typically let the side down. That looks to have been fixed with this latest model, and combined with that significant price cut it could catapult the XF from ‘also-ran’ into ‘serious contender’ territory.

2020 Jaguar XF - interior

We’ll be getting behind the wheel of the facelifted XF soon, so keep an eye on our full review for our thoughts on the new model.

Lease this car

Of course, with a new model on the horizon now's the time to look for really good deals on the current Jaguar XF. You can check out leasing deals for the Jaguar XF from our partner ZenAuto here - they're currently offering the saloon from per month and the Sportbrake from per month.

Further reading:

> Our full Jaguar XF review

> The German competition - Mercedes-Benz E-Class review

> The best estate cars 2020