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4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Stylish XF showcases how executive saloons can deliver comfort and incisive handling

Jaguar XF Saloon (15 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £34,905 - £52,380
Lease from new From £376 per month
Used price £9,630 - £31,690
Used monthly cost £240 - £791
Fuel Economy 29.8 - 50.9 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £465
Insurance group 25 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Elegant, athletic design
  • Engaging handling
  • Technology laden
  • Efficient diesel engines

CONS

  • Petrol versions thirsty
  • Cabin now lacks wow factor
  • Rivals feel more luxurious
  • Diesel versions are a little dull

Jaguar XF Saloon rivals

Written by Parkers Experts on

Replacing a car that heralded a fresh, new start for a brand is quite the undertaking – but this second-generation Jaguar XF saloon has transpired to be more than up to the job.

It is a more careful evolution of the four-door coupe shape, but it’s one that's dramatic and bristling with subtle detailing.

It remains more athletic than its key rivals too, such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, let alone a more leftfield choice like the Lexus GS.

Lighter and more spacious

Despite being fractionally shorter and lower than the previous model, the Jaguar XF is significantly more spacious, thanks in a large part to a 51mm longer wheelbase, liberating more space for rear seat passengers. A 540-litre boot is also a welcome benefit.

It doesn’t set class benchmarks for cabin roominess, but it’s capable of carrying two six-foot-tall adults in the back without them feeling cramped.

Not only is the cabin more spacious than that of the previous version, it’s made to feel airier too – thanks to a greater glass area, which includes a third side window just behind the rear doors; this effectively reduces the feeling of claustrophobia often felt by back-seat passengers.

This generation of Jaguar XF is 190kg lighter than the previous model and the entry-level diesel model weighs 80kg less than its nearest competitor. It’s also more aerodynamic (drag coefficient of 0.26) which, combined with the weight reduction, lowers fuel consumption.

Efficient suite of diesel and petrol engines

There are six engine options in total, four of which are diesels. Buyers can opt for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel which is offered in three power outputs – 163hp, 180hp and, with twin turbos, 240hp – and each delivers performance that’s commensurate with the Jaguar name.

Captivating performance isn’t what the diesel XFs are all about though. Low running costs are the focus: choose the 163hp diesel with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, and Jaguar claims an average of up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

Jaguar XF interior

More performance is on offer in the S-specification Jaguar XF saloon, which features a twin-turbo diesel V6. The 3.0-litre engine produces 300hp and allows the Jaguar to sprint from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice, and you can only have rear-wheel drive, but the diesel V6 does offer a relatively good blend of performance and efficiency. On the WLTP test cycle, Jaguar claims up to 43.2mpg and emissions of 157g/km of CO2.

If you prefer petrol, four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines are available with outputs of 250hp and 300hp, the latter of which comes with all-wheel drive. In fact, should you require the extra traction of all-wheel drive, 2.0-litre engines are your only option; the V6 model is rear-wheel drive only.

Most are paired by default with the excellent eight-speed automatic, which Jaguar expects to be the most popular option for the XF in conjunction with the 180hp diesel. In this guise up to 50.9mpg is claimed, with emissions of 126g/km. A six-speed manual gearbox is available on the two lower-power diesels, though, if you prefer using a clutch or want the lowest possible emissions.

Engaging handling regardless of version

Jaguar has embraced the benefits of the XF’s light, stiff body to enhance the car’s handling and, despite its size, it feels nimble and lithe as you scythe through challenging bends.

There’s an electric power-assisted steering system, too, that delivers an impressive degree of feel through the wheel – and also improves fuel efficiency by 3% compared to a conventional hydraulic alternative.

Furthermore, there are adaptive dampers to vary the sportiness of the handling, without compromising comfort, and a much-needed overhaul of the XF’s infotainment features.

Read on for the full Jaguar XF review

Jaguar XF Saloon rivals

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