Mid-size luxury sedans are generally considered to be the sweet spot between comfort and performance. They are just the right size and usually offer a wide range of drivetrain options. The Jaguar XF is nearing its sixth production year and received a well-deserved facelift in order to continue to effectively rival the German trio in the luxury sedan segment. With this came new powertrain options, including a mild-hybrid version. Does the newly-revised XF offer something that’s worth giving it a second look? Let’s find out and see if it’s still a viable alternative to the usual suspects in the segment.

  • 2021 Jaguar XF
  • Year:
    2021
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    250 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
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Drivetrain

2021 Jaguar XF Drivetrain
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Jaguar has always been one of those companies that kept to their traditions. In recent years, however, in order to keep being competitive, Jaguar had to go the EV and hybrid route too. The XF has ditched some of the older engines in favor of new, more efficient ones. Gone are the old-school supercharged V6 engines.

The 2021 XF comes only with 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged units which include one diesel and two petrol versions.

The diesel version utilizes mild-hybrid technology. Its powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, assisted by a 48-volt system. It incorporates variable-geometry turbocharging and advanced piezo fuel injectors. Total output is 204 horsepower at 4,250 RPM and 317 pound-feet (430 Nm) at 1,750 – 2,500 RPM. This makes for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 7.1 seconds (7.3 for with AWD) and a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h), or 143 mph (230 km/h) with AWD.

Meanwhile, it returns up to 48 mph (4.9L/100 km) combined. CO2 emissions are rated at 130-146 g/km, which makes the XF Euro 6d and RDE2 compliant.

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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Just like the diesel version, the petrol engines are from the four-cylinder Ingenium lineup, famed for their refinement and smooth operation, thanks to the integration of balancing shafts. In addition, they feature a twin-scroll turbocharger, continuously-variable valve lift, and variable cam timing.

Two power levels of the same engine are available. The first one puts out 250 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 270 pound-feet (365 Nm) at 1,300 - 4,500 RPM. The 0 to 60 mph sprint happens in 6.5 seconds (6.6 with AWD), on to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The combined fuel economy is 29.5 mpg (8L/100km) combined while putting out 181-200 g/km Co2.

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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The top of the line XF features the same engine, bumped up to 300 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque at 1,500 – 4,500 RPM. This translates into a 5.8-second time for the 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

All engine options are mated to the proven ZF 8-speed automatic. The XF can be had both as rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. The 300 horsepower version comes exclusively with Jaguar’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system which although rear-wheel-biased, distributes power accordingly when needed.

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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2021 Jaguar XF specifications
Engine 2.0-liter turbo-diesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 204 HP @ 4,250 RPM 250 HP @ 5,500 RPM 300 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 317 LB-FT @ 1,750 – 2,500 RPM 270 LB-FT @ 1,300 - 4,500 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 1,500 - 4,500 RPM
0 to 60 mph 7.1 seconds (7.3 for with AWD) 6.5 seconds (6.6 with AWD) 5.8 seconds
Top Speed 146 mph (143 mph for AWD) 155 mph 155 mph
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic ZF 8-speed automatic ZF 8-speed automatic

Exterior

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With the newly-revised version, Jaguar aims to distinguish the XF from its smaller brother – the XE, while at the same time retaining the signature front-end of the marque. The first noticeable change comes in the form of the new quad pixel-LED daylight running lights, with “double-J” motives. The new front bumper includes a revised front grille and bigger side vents, for a more imposing look. At the rear we get a newly-designed bumper. It features a chrome line over the diffuser and is complemented by two air outlets on the sides.

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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The newly integrated “shark fins” at the bottom give the 2021 XF a much sportier stance. The predatory nature of the car is further emphasized by “smoked” taillights. Yes, they do come like this from the factory. The side vents also incorporate the brand’s signature “Leaper”, which of course, is chromed. The R-dynamic package includes gloss-black finishes at the front, side, and rear of the car.

Interior

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Never before has the XF interior been so upscale, thanks to a soft-grip, wrap-around handle, two-tone steering wheel, machined metal gear-shift paddles, and other subtle improvements.

The interior of the 2021 Jaguar XF features brighter colors below the beltline, which gives an impression of even more space than there already is. Extensive use of leather aluminum and wood ensures a warm, high-quality feel in the interior. Jaguar has always taken its interior design and execution very seriously, and the XF is no exception. Every little detail is highly-finished and even the window switches are accentuated by an aluminum outline.

With saloons, it’s always good to mention cargo capacity. In the 2021 XF, you get a minimum trunk space of 16.2 cubic feet (459 liters).

Fold the rear seats down and it goes up to 52.4 cubic feet (1,484 liters). The XF also has a “sportbrake” version, which gives you 26.3 cubic feet (745 liters) and 60.9 cubic feet (1,724 liters), respectively.

2021 Jaguar XF Interior
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The fully-digital instrument cluster is spread across a 12.3-inch display and gives you the opportunity to choose what information you want to look at, with the press of a button on the steering wheel. And you really have lots of options! Apple Car Play and Android Auto come as standard. In addition, you get a complimentary 4G data plan for all your apps and streaming.

Pricing

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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Starting prices for the 2021 Jaguar XF are $45,145, which actually makes it the bargain, among full-size luxury saloons. For comparison, the BMW 5-series starts at $53,900 and the Volvo S90, from $50,500.

Competition

BMW 5 Series

Everything You Need to Know About The Facelifted 2021 BMW 5 Series Exterior
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The XF is quite a serious proposition in its own right, so it’s only fair to mention one of the longtime benchmarks in the segment – the BMW 5-series. It has long been considered the best all-rounder in the segment, for its blend of performance, comfort, and style, but how does it stack up?

When it comes to four-cylinder diesel engines, the 5-series also features mild-hybrid technology. However, with 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque, it’s outgunned by the Jag. Despite that, the Bavarian representative manages a 6.8-second time to 60 mph (96 km/h). At 57.4 mpg (4.1L/100km) combined, it’s also more fuel-efficient, while letting off fewer CO2 emissions (108-112 g/km). The BMW also has a minimum trunk capacity of 530 liters, but folding rear seats are an optional extra.

Read our full review on the BMW 5-Series

Volvo S90

2017 Volvo S90
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Sweden is in the house! And it brought out its top guns. The S90 may be the newcomer in the segment, but it quickly became a serious proposition for those looking for a relaxing and comfortable driving experience. Like the XF, here you get only 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine options. MHEV – technology has spread across the majority of Volvo’s drivetrain options. With 299 horsepower at 5,400 RPM and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) at 2,100 – 4,800 RPM, the S90 B6 is a match for the Jaguar XF. Moreover, the Swede features mild-hybrid technology on both its diesel and petrol engines. In this case, it takes just 5.9 seconds to 60 mph. In this trim, however, it is a bit thirstier, as it averages 35.6 mpg (6.6L/100km) combined, and 169-194 g/km CO2. It also has a speed muzzle at 112 mph (180 km/h). The minimum cargo capacity is 17.7 cubic feet (500 liters).

Read our full review on the Volvo S90

Conclusion

2021 Jaguar XF Exterior
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Sad are the days when we must part with the glorious sound of the supercharged V6 engines. Despite that, Jaguar has managed to keep its soul and carry on. The newly-revised 2021 Jaguar XF not only freshens up the luxury saloon segment, with new levels of style, performance, and connectivity. It also manages to preserve that excellent blend of the contemporary and baroque styles native to the marque while being excellent value for money. The Jaguar XF executes the sports-luxury saloon formula with great talent and style.

Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read More
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