Of the current line of cars in the Jaguar range, the XF holds a special place. It might have come a long way since the original was launched in 2008, but the car hasn’t lost a drop of charm over the years. Even when rivals are more tech-loaded, it surprises every time one steps inside. It is one of the best Jaguars ever made, and that is saying something, isn’t it?
It’s more than just a mini-XJ, the XF. The executive sedan doesn’t try to be overly sporty with aggressively styled body kits. It doesn’t have a lot of ‘luxury’ badges plastered on it, either. The XF is a good example of clean design, and it works. The front-end design has a hint of aggression thanks to the LED DRLs, and the rear has the best bits of the original XF with hints from the F-Type. The presence of the ‘Growler’ logo on the front grille and the wheels are certainly going to make Jaguar fans happy.
If Jaguar was allowed to have one party trick for the XF, we’re sure it’d always be the hidden AC vents. No one can ever get bored by how meaningfully these hide themselves when not in use. The rest of the cabin is no less special, either. There’s a fairly large touchscreen system in the central console, and the quality is quite good — although not the best out there. The space at the rear isn’t class-leading but on the whole, the cabin is quite effective in making the occupants feel special.
What’s a Jaguar that can’t drive well. Thankfully the Jaguar XF is impeccable when it comes to driving, too. The engine range is made up of a 2-litre diesel (177 bhp; 430 Nm) and 2-litre turbocharged petrol (197 bhp; 320 Nm). Both get an eight-speed gearbox as part of the standard fitment, and the power is sent only to the rear wheels. There’s a more powerful petrol engine also available in the top-spec Portfolio trim. While it’s still a 2-litre unit, it makes 247 bhp and 365 Nm. That means 0-100 kmph in achieved in just 6.7 seconds, compared to the diesel’s 8.4 seconds, and the less powerful petrol-equipped model’s 7.5 seconds.
The Jaguar XF has priced at Rs 49.58 lakh onwards. This is for the base-spec (Pure) Diesel. The diesel model’s prices go up to Rs 61.41 lakh while the most expensive petrol XF has priced at Rs 60.75 lakh.
The competition consists of cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Volvo S90. The E-Class and the S90 offer way more space, and the 5 Series also offers a more powerful 3-litre straight-six engine. Despite the newer rivals (except the A6, which is due to an update), the XF can be a good choice. Keep in mind that it drives and rides well — a combination that none of the rivals has been able to perfect yet.
Great to drive; rides well, too Timeless design exudes class
Rivals offer a wider range Not the youngest