Jaguar XF Saloon September-October 2015 Review
Jaguar XF Saloon September-October 2015 Review - Replacing a car that heralded a fresh, new start for a brand is quite a fun task but it is one facing all-new, second generation Jaguar XF sedan.
The latest medium Jaguar saloon is more careful evolution of the four-door coupe shape, but it's one that remains dramatic and complete with subtle detailing.
It is still more athletic than its main rivals as well as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, especially option leftfield more like the Lexus GS.
Lighter and more spacious
Although fractionally shorter and lower than the outgoing model, the latest Jaguar XF is significantly wider, thanks largely to 51mm longer wheelbase, freeing up more space for rear seat passengers. 540 liter boot also benefit welcome.
It does not set new class standards for cabin roominess but now capable of carrying two adults six feet tall behind without them feeling cramped.
Not only does a wider cabin, was made to feel airier too, thanks to larger glass area, which includes a third side window directly behind the rear door; it makes the rear seat feels less claustrophobic feel.
Jaguar's new XF 190kg lighter than the outgoing model and entry-level diesel model tips the scales 80kg lower than its closest competitor.
It is also more (drag coefficient of 0.26) aerodynamics, combined with weight loss, lowering fuel consumption.
Suite efficient diesel and gasoline engines
From the launch of four new engine choices, three of which are diesel engines.
Available in two power outputs - 161bhp and 178bhp - a new 2-liter turbocharged engine delivers performance that is commensurate with the Jaguar name.
XFS charming performance is not what it's all about though. Low operating costs is the focus: choose the 161bhp diesel with six-speed manual gearbox is standard and Jaguar claims an average of 71.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g / km - the lowest in this segment for non-hybrid powertrain.
Both versions are available with either an eight-speed automatic as well, which Jaguar expects to be the most popular option for XF when combined with a 178bhp engine. Even in the guise of 65.7mpg is claimed, with emissions of 114g / km.
Performance offered by the S specification Jaguar XF saloons - both 3-liter V6 engine, a twin-turbo diesel, petrol supercharged others along with the F-Type, producing 296bhp and 375bhp, respectively. Eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option with both.
Both will reach 155mph is set, with the gasoline version complete the 0-62mph sprint in 5.4 seconds, a second faster than the V6 diesel.
Efficiency directly not the strong point of this gasoline - 34mpg and 198g / km of CO2 strengthen it - but diesel which could be in the budget many riders with a claimed 51.4mpg and emissions of 144g / km.
Improved handling and steering
Jaguar has embraced the benefits of light, stiff body XF to improve the handling of the car and, despite its size, it was nimble and flexible as you scythe through challenging bends.
There is a system-assisted electric power steering also that not only provide an impressive degree of nuance through a wheel that improves fuel efficiency by three percent over conventional hydraulic alternatives.
Furthermore, there is a variable adaptive damping sporty handling without sacrificing comfort and much needed improvement infotainment features XF, with two versions of InTouch Jaguar system available.
Find out more about why we rate this sport sedan executive so it is by reading the full Parker Jaguar XF review.
Elegant, athletic design
Petrol version thirsty
Cabin less interesting
New price range: £32,300 - £49,945
Used price range: £24,750 - £44,296