2014 - 2015 Jaguar XF

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As the flashy F-type makes its U.S. debut for 2014, the XF sedan packs a new turbocharged 2.0-liter and supercharged V-6 AWD configurations to capitalize on the additional showroom traffic. The new base engine sends 240-horsepower to the rear wheels through the latest eight-speed box from the Evoque for 30 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 XF sedan is still looking its best since 2013’s facelift. The slimmer headlamps and standard LED running lights are far more beautiful than the previous XF look. The revamp also reshapes the hood but keeps the center power bulge intact and leaping Jaguar hood badge is a no-cost option.

All the Jag’s beauty is paired with a quicker HDD navigation system for 2014, numerous aero styling packs and eight wheel options. Nearly a dozen leathers and woods, and even real carbon fiber make an appearance on the options list, quite possibly making the XF the most customizable $50,000 vehicle of any kind.

Jaguar ’s engineers certainly feel the same way about adding engines and drivetrains to match American buyer priorities. The new turbocharged four-cylinder brings the total to six different XF variants offered in the U.S. in 2014. The top three are the V-8 powered performance models and are a crisp $20,000 more expensive in most cases.

Even so, the cheaper three options are bringing a fierce fight to the volume side of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 ranges. How fierce? The throaty V-6 can screech to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and the new AWD system’s default torque split sends 90-percent of its 340 horsepower the to the rear wheels.

Updated 08/01/2014: Jaguar announced prices for the 2015 XF and as with all the other models, 2015 brings quite a huge increase. Prices will range from $51,175 for the XF 2.0T Premium version and up to $99,000 for the XFR-S version.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 XF, XF 3.0 and XF 3.0 AWD and info on the coolest performance and style options.

Exterior

Jaguar XF

The XF is one of those cars that can look so devastingly beautiful in one image but look oddly normal in others. The answer is all in the wheels and the optional aero packs. The huge sill extension looks best with the matching deeper aero bumpers front and rear. The sill graphic is so extreme that the XF’s design really uses it to flow around the rear wheel arch. It also livens up the lower shapes of the car and lightens the trunk appearance.

Unfortunately, the XF’s gorgeous nose job was not matched out back. The familiar taillight graphic is still very tasteful and now comes standard with internal LED optics. The front LEDs form a pure white arc around the lower headlamp shape before flicking upward to the sides.

The lights are stunning on the road and far less common than the BMW and Audi LED signatures. In an unusual touch that mirrors the new Range Rover , the latest XF runs an LED indicator as the inboard headlamp circle. The standard bi-xenon bulbs operate the low and high beams from the outer projector only.

The other major options to turn up the XF’s volume are the Sport Portfolio packs. These are pricey but include new grille finishes that help lend base XF sedans some of the XFR ’s menace. These options also add deeper bumper vents with a new chrome trim piece, even wilder sill flares and a new look for the bumper diffuser.

The wheels can grow from 17 to 20 inches and there is a hot new option called Dark Grey Draco Diamond alloy wheels.

All the four-cylinder and V-6 XF sedans have lavish amounts of standard brightwork up front, in the window frames and in back. The effect is not too tacky because it has a satin-like finish that looks expensive.

Worth noting is that all the aero and sport portfolio styling tweaks cannot be paired with the adaptive cruise control discussed below.

2014 Jaguar XF –Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase (in.) 114.5
Length (in.) 195.3
Width incl. Mirrors (in.) 81.8
Height (in.) 57.5
Weight (Pounds) 3,660 / 3,902 (V-6) / 4,050 (AWD)

2014 Jaguar XF – Standard Exterior Features:

  • Rear parking aid with Touch-screen visual indicator
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Bright side windows surrounds
  • Bright mesh grille
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • LED rear signature lights
  • Automatic Bi-function HID Xenon headlamps with automatic leveling, Headlight washers and LED daytime running lamps; LED front indicators
  • Stop/Start Technology

2014 Jaguar XF – Optional Exterior Features:

  • Jaguar Leaper
  • Aero Kit Front Bumper
  • Aero Kit Lower Mesh Grille
  • Aero Kit Sculpted Chrome Blade Kit
  • Exhaust pipe finishers
  • Aero Kit Side Sills
  • Carbon-fiber door mirrors
  • Carbon-fiber fender vents
  • Sport Portfolio Pack with 20-inch Hydra ($8,575): Exterior and Interior sport styling pack consisting of 20-inch Hydra alloy wheels, Aerodynamic pack including unique front bumper with stainless steel gloss black painted lower mesh grilles and gloss black upper grille, extended side sills and rear trunk spoiler, 18x14 sport soft grain perforated leather seats and Piano Black veneer.
  • Sport Portfolio Pack with 19-inch Aquilla ($7,000): Exterior and Interior sport styling pack consisting of 19-inch Aquila alloy wheels, Aerodynamic pack including unique front bumper with stainless steel gloss black painted lower mesh grilles and gloss black upper grille, extended side sills and rear trunk spoiler, 18x14 sport soft grain perforated leather seats and Piano Black veneer.

New for 2015

  • New XF Portfolio and Sport - each available with rear-wheel drive or Instinctive All Wheel Drive™
  • XF 2.0T Premium replaces the old standard model
  • auto-dimming exterior mirrors

Interior

Jaguar XF

This interior is very special and will be a daily treat to enjoy. The Jag is instantly a very different atmosphere to all other mainstream vehicles with surfaces and materials that justify its price. First-time passengers will be delighted by the (slightly gimmicky) power air vents and the rising gear selector knob.

The broad aluminum panel that forms the dashboard faceplate is a good example. It looks and feels spectacular next to the twin-stitched leather that wraps the top of the dash panel.

The interior is very roomy and the effect of the sporty roofline is not imposing inside the cabin. Previous Jag sedans had a noticeably low step-in and seat height but the XF is far more modern in that regard. The floor panels and dash up front show no intrusion from the structure underneath or from the addition of AWD components. This is in contrast to Mercedes 4Matic sedans, which still have a large bulge in the passenger seat floor that is not present on the rear-drive models.

Two levels of seat and stereo upgrades are on the table for 2014, plus some new navigation hardware that speeds response time and adds a few helpful mapping features.

The optional seats come with the portfolio packages to include 16-way power adjustments, ventilation, softer leather and a suede cloth headliner that resembles Alcantara. The seats look divine and will be a comfortable place to listen to the new Meridian stereo upgrades. The Meridian 380-watt upgrade replaces the previous Bowers & Wilkins premium hi-fi in response to some critiques about the B&W system’s perceived limitations.

The 825-watt Meridian upgrade is a stand-alone option for $2,300 extra that bulks up the car’s amplifiers and adds five more speakers. Bluetooth streaming audio is standard and well-integrated with iPhones in particular.

The infotainment touchscreen is looking a little dainty these days, but fits nicely within the dash layout. All of the graphics and lighting for the central unit match the phosphor blue mood lighting and the customizable TFT main gauge display. The new features are limited to additional mapping functionalities, like zooming in on complex interchanges and offering lane suggestions.

The core system software stays the same and is generally an easy place to operate all the XF’s settings. There is a noticeable improvement in all button response times and navigation processing speed with the $4,250 Premium pack that runs a HDD-based operating system and also includes 30 GB of internal storage for favorite media.

The Jaguar XF’s main demerit regarding infotainment is the lack of a telematics 3G connection for mobile internet. This also means the Jag lacks the Google Maps and Google Earth navigation visuals available from BMW and Audi .

2014 Jaguar XF – Standard Interior Features:

  • Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless start
  • Driver information Center
  • JaguarSense lighting control, Phosphor blue halo illumination
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electric steering column
  • Twin front and rear cupholders
  • Garage door opener Homelink
  • Twin front and single rear auxiliary power sockets
  • Jaguar 250-watt sound system with AM/FM radio, single slot CD player, MP3 disc compatibility and 10 speakers
  • 7-inch full-color Touch-screen; Media Hub with iPod and USB port; Audio and Video DVD; Bluetooth with wireless audio streaming

2014 Jaguar XF – Optional Interior Features:

  • Convenience Pack ($2,500): Pack includes Keyless entry, Blind Spot Monitor, Autodim exterior mirror, Intelligent High Beam and Electric rear sunblind. In addition, if Premium Pack is also selected, InteractiveVoice is included.
  • Premium Package ($4,250): Pack consists of hard-drive based navigation system, music storage and DVD player, 380-watt Meridian sound system with 12 speakers, HD radio, Sirius Satellite Radio (includes 3 month complimentary subscription), reverse park camera with guidance lines on display, front parking aid with touch screen visual indicators and adaptive front lights.
  • Portfolio Pack ($4,000): Pack offers 16x12 ways heated and cooled front seats, soft grain leather interior with contrast stitch, suedecloth premium headliner and premium carpeting
  • Split fold rear seat w/ski hatch ($600)
  • Convenience Pack ($2,500)
  • Cold Weather Package ($700)
  • Meridian 825-watt Surround Sound System ($2,300): 825-watt surround sound system with 17 loudspeakers including a sub-woofer with 15 channels of amplification featuring Meridian Trifield technology, Cabin correction, DSP-tuned performance and Dynamic Volume Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control ($2,300): The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert and Advanced Emergency Brake Assist uses microwave radar technology to monitor for slower moving traffic and can alert you to potential hazards ahead. It can also control both throttle and brakes to help maintain a constant time gap to the vehicle in front.

New for 2015

  • Premium Pack now includes: Navigation, keyless entry, rear camera, front parking aid, 380W Meridian™ sound system, HD Radio™ and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Split fold-down rear seat with ski hatch.

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

Jaguar XF

The new powertrains are both excellent additions and make the XF more accessible at cheaper prices. Both are torquey, quick and far more efficient on the road.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque for a 7.5-second 0-to-60 mph run. This engine configuration is only available in rear-drive for a 30 mpg highway rating and 23 mpg overall.

AWD is only offered on the supercharged V-6 model. This 340-horsepower V-6 is also offered in rear drive where it achieves an official sprint time of 5.7 seconds to 60 mph. The AWD model is just a few clicks behind at 6.1 seconds.

Both V-6 sedans come with automatic stop/start to save fuel that would otherwise be wasted idling at stoplights. The system is unobtrusive and can be manually disabled if it annoys.

Both engines use the latest eight-speed automatic from transmission experts ZF. This same transmission powers nearly all European luxury models at this point but each manufacturer uses unique settings matched to their engines. In the Jaguar application, the automatic has standard paddle shifters and a sport mode to quicken response times and quicker torque converter lock-up on acceleration.

The AWD system is a critical addition for this sports sedan’s sales prospects and it is a really good design. Jaguar leveraged the Land Rover team across the hall to design a high-performance AWD setup that maintains rear-drive feel and economy while adding adaptive all-weather abilities. A few switchable torque splits also enhance the fun factor.

The JaguarDrive selectable settings on AWD cars offer normal, dynamic and winter modes. In normal and dynamic, the XF runs a 10:90 front to rear torque split but can pre-load the front wheels with up to 50-percent of the power for hard launches. In winter mode, the Jag defaults to a 30:70 torque split but will still vary power laterally according to traction needs.

This Jaguar AWD system is very different from those employed by BMW and Mercedes. The BMW runs a 40:60 default torque split and the Mercedes Mercedes a 45:55 front to rear split. This means the German AWD models lose the base cars’ rear-drive handling and steering feel.

The stability control plays along and can be turned off.

2014 Jaguar XF – Mechanical Details:

Trim Level XFXF 3.0XF 3.0 AWD
Engine Size and Type 2.0-liter Turbocharged 16-valve I-4 With Chain-Driven DOHC and CVVT3.0-liter Supercharged 24-valve V-6 With Chain-Driven DOHC And CVVT3.0-liter Supercharged 24-valve V-6 With Chain-Driven DOHC And CVVT
Peak power (Horsepower) 240340340
Peak torque (Pound-feet) 251332332
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
0-to-60 mph 7.5 seconds5.7 seconds6.1 seconds
Top Speed 121 mph, limited121 mph, limited121 mph, limited
Fuel Economy Estimates (City/Highway/Combined) 19/30/2317/28/2116/26/19

Safety

The XF has not been tested yet by the NHTSA or IIHS but is a very safe vehicle with a top score from EuroNCAP and a few new safety features for this year. Blind-spot alerts are now standard to go along with the rear camera and parking systems.

Adaptive cruise control is now available and comes with city braking functions that will automatically hit the brakes if a driver does not react to a stopped or slow car in front.

2014 Jaguar XF – Safety Features:

  • Dynamic Stability Control, Traction control
  • JaguarDrive Selector; JaguarDrive Control with Winter and Dynamic Modes
  • Front and side airbags, Side curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes, Cornering Brake Control, Emergency Brake Assist
  • Front seat whiplash protection
  • Front seat belt pre-tensioners
  • ISOFIX anchor points for rear child seat
  • Security system, Remote-control central locking
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Electric parking brake
  • Adaptive Cruise Control ($2,300): The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert and Advanced Emergency Brake Assist uses microwave radar technology to monitor for slower moving traffic and can alert you to potential hazards ahead. It can also control both throttle and brakes to help maintain a constant time gap to the vehicle in front.

Pricing

Jaguar XF

Jaguar is still battling lingering public perception that its cars are unreliable. This is not the case and Jaguar has actually been in the top three spots with Lexus in many quality surveys over the last decade.

Jaguar has not yet announced 2014 pricing, so below are the 2013 prices for these models. Stay tuned for 2014 prices.

ModelPrice
XF$46,975
XF 3.0$50,000
XF 3.0 AWD$53,000

2015 Jaguar XF - prices

XF 2.0T Premium$51,1752-liter turbocharged I4, 240hp
XF 3.0 Portfolio$57,1753-liter supercharged V6, 340hp
XF 3.0 Sport$57,1753-liter supercharged V6, 340hp
XF 3.0 AWD Portfolio$59,8753-liter supercharged V6, 340hp
XF 3.0 AWD Sport$59,8753-liter supercharged V6, 340hp
XF 5.0 Supercharged$70,8755-liter supercharged V8, 470hp
XFR$83,5505-liter supercharged V8, 510hp
XFR-S$99,0005-liter supercharged V8, 550hp

Competition

Jaguar XF

Audi A6

Audi A6

The base A6 2.0 comes in front or all-wheel-drive configurations that start at $43,000 versus $47,000 for the Jaguar . The Jag is far better equipped than the Audi, which even makes navigation an optional extra.

The A6 3.0T Quattro is priced exactly at XF levels. Performance is similar, but the Jaguar feels more exciting, thanks to its better-balanced rear-drive chassis.

BMW 5 series

BMW 5-Series

The BMW also offers forced-induction turbo four and six-cylinder models in the 528i and 535i, respectively. As with the Jag, xDrive is only offered on the 535Xi and not the lower-power engine.

The 528i starts at $49,000 but often needs an extra $12,000 of options to be at the same specification as the other two.

The BMW’s are actually quicker than the Jaguar and also get very good mileage. A light refresh for 2014 brings some additional 3D depth to the kidney grille detailing.

Conclusion

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF needs to be on the radar of all luxury sedan shoppers. It is so much more special than a base 528i and the exclusivity alone increases its appeal. The plethora of available colors, wheels, interiors and engines only sweeten the deal.

The wide customization program marks out the XF versus some boring competitors, like low-range BMW and Mercedes sedans that typically come with black or tan interiors and various silver paints outside. Ordering a car is not as popular in the U.S. as it is elsewhere, but the Jaguar XF is one car that really justifies it.

If the Sport Portfolio packs include too much unwanted equipment, remember that the XF looks best with the aero pack bumpers and trim. The optional wheels are tasty but can get expensive in the 20-inch sizes.

After driving a few XF models, buyers can set up the car exactly as they want and order it online. Typical delivery times are six to eight weeks but as low as four weeks in some cases. Another option is to work with your Jaguar dealer to locate the XF you want at another U.S. dealer and arrange for discounted shipping. Dealers often are happy to help facilitate these sales.

In terms of actual driving poise, luxury sensations inside and prestige all around, nothing less than $60,000 beats these three Jaguar XF models. Don’t forget to spec the no-cost leaping Jaguar hood emblem.

Category RatingDetails>/b>
Driving AGreat Ride Quality And Cabin
Performance B+New 8-Speed Auto Maximizes Power, Feels Quick
Look AStunning Exterior Beauty; LEDs Look Great
Value BTurbo Four Not Much Cheaper Than Supercharged V-6
Overall A-Beautiful Jaguar Sports Sedan ... Now At Acura Prices
LOVE IT
  • Turbo four XF is seriously light at less than 3,700 pounds; feels nimble
  • Interior brings real charm to the table versus German rivals
  • Performance and economy both take a big leap forward with these engines
LEAVE IT
  • The HDD-nav is optional but so much better than DVD system it should be standard
  • Great infotainment integration with iPhone and Android; needs data tethering or subscription 3G mobile internet in future
  • Like most sedans, looks best with big wheels and optional aero body kit

Press Release

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF receives significant powertrain additions offering more choices and enhanced fuel efficiency while delivering traditional Jaguar performance character

  • New 240-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine returning 30 highway mpg and offering a more accessible price point
  • New available 340-horsepower supercharged 3-liter V6 replaces naturally aspirated 5-liter V8 and returns 28 highway mpg2
  • All-new Instinctive All-Wheel Drive™ system introduced in conjunction with the new V6 Supercharged engine3
  • New Auto Stop/Start system in supercharged V6 and V8 models for better fuel efficiency
  • New ZF® eight-speed automatic transmission for all models
  • New premium audio systems by Meridian™, the renowned British maker of high-end home audio components and speakers
  • Upgraded navigation and infotainment system
Jaguar XF


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