Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.4 - 7.3 mpp
Diesel engines 7.8 - 10.3 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.8 - 34.4 mpg
Diesel engines 38.5 - 50.9 mpg
  • Entry-level, rear-wheel-drive diesel the cheapest to run
  • Mid-range 180hp 20d model offers respectable economy
  • 300PS petrol engine requires the deepest pockets

People don’t generally operate executive sports saloons for reasons of frugality, yet with Jaguar XF running costs are surprisingly low, particularly the diesel models.

The 2.0-litre Ingenium range of diesels, for example, set new standards for efficiency in this segment (for non-hybrid models) when launched.

Leading the charge with the lowest running costs is the 163hp 2.0-litre diesel with a manual gearbox. However, Jaguar expects the more powerful and flexible 180hp of the engine, paired with an automatic gearbox, to be the most popular in the XF line-up.

The 300hp petrol and diesel variants, unsurprisingly, are the most costly to run – but the diesel version does offer still-impressive claimed efficiency and economy, considering its power output.

Green credentials

Painting a similar story to running costs, Jaguar XF emissions are understandably at their lowest with the most fuel-efficient engines. All engines and gearbox combinations feature stop/start technology to reduce CO2 output when the car is at a standstill.

Lowest in the whole XF range is the 163hp version with manual transmission, which is rated at a best average of 50.4mpg in WLTP testing and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

Jaguar expects the best-seller to be the 180hp version of the engine paired with an automatic gearbox – that still posts an official claim of 49.9mpg with emissions of 135g/km of CO2.

A greater proportion of private buyers are expected to opt for the 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel, lured in by its performance and a quoted average of 43.2mpg and 157g/km of CO2 emissions.

Is it reliable?

  • Reliability issues are becoming less frequent
  • There have been several recalls
  • Engine range seeing service across the line-up

We didn’t expect the Jaguar XF to be compromised by any unfortunate surprises as the brand continues to perform well in reliability surveys, but so far it’s been subjected to a handful of recalls.

These range from instrument cluster problems through to a handful of fuel delivery issues, which may cause the engine to cut out – or, in worst-case scenarios, a potential fire risk. Many of these recalls have been around for a few years now, so most used XFs should hopefully have been revised. In any case, check with a dealer if you're uncertain about a particular car you are looking at.

While 83% of the componentry in the Jaguar XF is new for this generation, it’s built using 15 years of knowhow about producing top-drawer aluminium-intensive cars. Similarly the mechanical components, are either developments of existing engines and gearboxes or are already proving themselves in other Jaguar Land Rover products.

Build quality feels first rate, the switchgear feels robust yet expensive with well-damped controls and the stiffer bodyshell should ensure fewer squeaks and rattles develop over time as there’s less potential for it to flex.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £475
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Insurance group 25 - 42
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