Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Cabin lacks the original XF’s wow factor
  • Remains a luxurious place to spend time
  • InControl Touch Pro multimedia system impresses

This second-generation Jaguar XF’s interior is impressive but it lacks the theatre of its predecessor. The revolving air vents live on but now only the outer ones feature this start-up drama as the central pair are slender and fixed – they don’t even rise in a pod like the F-Type’s.

They’ve moved for functional reasons, though, as the cut-out in the dash is a one-size-fits-all slot for the InControl multimedia system and its 10-inch touchscreen display.

It offers a greater clarity of graphics than seen in the previous XF, with the screen being more responsive to touches and greater connectivity than before. Wi-Fi is also available, with support for up to eight connections.

If you upgrade to the Navigation Pro Package, your clear and well-presented analogue dials with a small digital screen between them are replaced by a 12.3-inch screen as per the Jaguar XJ. The XF’s second evolution, though, features sharper graphics and continues to be adaptable in its appearance.

Elsewhere the remainder of the cabin looks like a combination of old XF – particularly with the broad aluminium plinths across the dash – and the latest XJ with the ‘Riva Hoop’ – that line of veneered trim – that splays from the doors and runs around the base of the windscreen.

Only Portfolio models have a leather swathed dashboard; the remainder have a heavily grained soft-touch plastic that looks a little too coarse in texture for the sophisticated interior.

Also available is a laser-based head-up display (HUD) unit, which primarily projects speed and sat-nav instructions direction onto the windscreen. The unit itself looks rather crudely grafted onto the top of the instrument binnacle.

Is it comfortable?

  • Easier to get into the more spacious cabin
  • Rivals remain roomier, though
  • Adaptive suspension cossets passengers

Jaguar XF comfort was already well-regarded and this iteration takes this to a new level. Most obvious is the increased interior space, despite the overall reduction in the XF’s length and height.

A sizeable 51mm wheelbase increase has liberated more room for passengers, particularly in the back, while lowering the seat itself has increased headroom too.

Consequently, the Jaguar XF will now genuinely carry four six-foot-tall adults with relative ease. Three adults abreast on the back seat might remain a trickier proposition, though.

Those seats themselves are new to this generation XF and look tauter and sportier, but are no less comfortable for it. The XF’s stiffer body makes it inherently quieter inside with less chance for squeaks and rattles to develop, while the soft-close door option prevents louder slams.

The cabin is lighter and more airy thanks to an increased glass area, including a third side window behind the rear door. The added benefit of which is the door itself can be more upright in shape making getting in and out easier.

Two damper types are offered with the Jaguar XF suspension. The standard dampers provide a more supple ride at lower speeds, and a stiffer one at high speeds to aid handling to prevent the car wallowing along over motorway undulations.

While it’s effective the superior adaptive dampers allow drivers to switch between different levels of firmness. Even in Sport mode, while the ride isn’t quite as cosseting as in Comfort mode it’s still pleasantly supple.

Even the XF S, with its improved handling, doesn’t ask you to compromise on comfort. Despite delivering a more agile, sharper drive, the fastest version of Jaguar’s saloon is a smooth rider on all but the most broken surfaces.