The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance
You’ll get a slower sprint to 60 mph, but that’s not why you’re buying an XF anyway, is it?by Robert Moore, on
The Jaguar XF has been widely loved since its debut back in 2007 and the Frankfurt Motor Show. By the time 2015 came around, Jaguar finally decided to usher in a new-gen model, and it was one of the best moves the brand ever made. So much so, that the Jaguar XF took the credit for nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s global sales in the first half of the year. For 2017, Jaguar decided to kick things up a notch and offer the XF with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and all-wheel drive. Even better yet, that diesel engine is available as an entry-level model.
So, big deal, right? There are a lot of cars that come with diesel powertrains and we already covered all you ever wanted to know about it earlier this year in our review. But, back then we didn’t know the pricing or the fuel economy, and let me just say, it’s good enough that you’re seriously going to consider going for it if you’re in the market for a new Jaguar. See, the entry-level XF and its 180 horsepower start out the range at just $48,445. That’s just over $3,000 cheaper than the cheapest, gasoline-powered model in the range. Even better yet, this baby gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 in the city. To make sure I paint a clear enough picture, the gasoline-powered V-6 achieves just 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.
Of course, you’ve got to take the good with the bad, as the diesel is considerably slower than the base V-6 model. The diesel chugs its way to 60 mph in eight seconds, which isn’t bad, but it’s pretty far away from the 5.2-second sprint that the gasoline-drinking V-6 can make. Of course, when you consider an extra 150 miles to a tank of gas and the extra $3,000 you save at the time of purchase, it more than makes up for the performance – unless you’re really worrying about how fast you can hit 60. But, if that’s the case, maybe you should look at a more high-performance model anyway.
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Why it Matters
At the end of the day, this is kind of a big deal. Up until now, the XF hasn’t been available with a diesel like the Jaguar XE and the F-Pace. The XF even seems a little out of place here in the States with a diesel, but that’s exactly what the market needs – a little churning. I have to say that unless you’re really all that concerned with straight-line performance, that 2.0-diesel still offers decent performance and it’s priced pretty well. For me, that XF 2.0d is definitely the way to go next time you’re at the Jaguar dealership. Way to go, Jag. You’ve done well this time around.
Read our full review here.