Jaguar XF R-Sport 25t review
Richard Berry tests on the road and reviews the new Jaguar XF R-Sport 25t with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
JaguarTHER XF is the British brand’s return car when it appeared in 2008 – the same year the Indian company Tata bought Jaguar from Ford. Everything for Jaguar is good again (also good for once).
See, its new wealthy owner started pouring all the money in the world into development and facilities, design god Ian Callum started rolling and cars still like the British, were built. created on the site of the old World War II. Spitfire factory in Castle Bromwich, England.
There is a problem. XF is built on the same platform as S-Type (remember that Jag looks like the old but isn’t? Yes, that). So even though it’s gorgeous, it handled like a 1999 Ford Lincoln, because it’s more or less the one below.
That’s why you should forget about it and buy the new generation XF that came out in 2016. It’s not just a generator but also has an entirely new platform, it’s made almost entirely of aluminum so it very light and a recently updated update that is some of the technology needed to confront German rivals like Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
But before you finish asking a Jag agent to take your money, there are a few things you should know. Things like, why are fuzzy? Something that plastic bits once pointed out you might not be able to see? And you mean this new engine will be replaced soon?
All of this will be answered in our review of the XF R-Sport 25t.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
XF’s greatest strength, is its attractive appearance and completely blows away its conservative designed competition. There’s that fastback profile, that strong shoulder line, and the Jaguar-style bonnet is curved with a giant grille next to the giant air intakes below.
At 4954mm, its XF size shows it is 18mm longer than the new BMW 5 Series, but at 1987mm, it’s narrower by 119mm and 1457mm taller, its height 22mm shorter.
The use of aluminum is almost everywhere in the XF, from the core architecture to the body panels, making it relatively light at 1590kg – 100kg less than the previous car.
To differentiate the R-Sport from the other three XF types, look for a body kit – front bumper, side skirts and boot spoiler – plus 19-inch, 10-spoke ‘Vortex’ wheels.
The cabin is beautiful, the dashboard border flows from door to door like the bow of a boat, while the stitched leather instrument cluster is bent on the virtual dial and swept down towards the passenger side.
The way the vents open from behind the flat panels and the way the gear shifts away from the center console are not only fun party tricks but also make this interior more minimalist.
That plastic plate. Did you watch the video above? Do you notice it? Once I show you can win?
OK, the grille badge is integrated into an almost invisible rectangular black plastic sheet – until you see it for the first time. This plate is part of the radar system for adaptive cruise control (ACC).
Try to take it off! The only way is not to choose ACC. It’s embarrassing because that grille is nicer and lessens this beauty a bit.
This is almost a 10/10 vehicle for the design in my book, but it loses points due to some of the quality issues we found with fit and perfection in various areas of the car. Our test vehicle. There is a big gap where the door and dash meet at the driver’s side and they don’t meet at the same level, while the passenger side is perfect.
Next, the plastic mold on the left rear sill did not sit and had a sharp edge. Again, the corresponding piece on the other side of the car is well equipped. And in the start, the hinge holes seem to be cut rather rough and unfinished. These items, while only cosmetic, will bother me as an owner when I discover them.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
XF was formerly famous for having as much internal space that a specified sardine can. That’s all changed with the more spacious new generation car. I am 191cm in size and can sit behind my driving position with a good distance between the knees and the back of the seat. Headroom, despite the fastback roof, is excellent.
Storage is too bad – there are four cup holders – two in the front and two in the back. The door has pockets but you can only get a thin bottle. The rear ones are bigger, though. You will be disappointed by the size of the center console. From the outside it looks like it is very big, but it is only half as big as the length of the lid.
Bootability is excellent at 540 liters, matching the luggage space of the Benz E-Class and surpassing the BMW 5 blood and Audi A61 10 liters.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
There are four specifications of the XF and R-Sport located on the second rung. 25t refers to the engine as an entry-level gasoline engine. So, with a combination of level and engine, the R-Sport 25t costs $ 89,515. This is not the cheapest XF, at a price of $ 82,755 Prestige, or the most expensive, at $ 129,066 S 35t.
R-Sport is competitively priced compared to rivals: The BMW 530i costs $ 108,900.
Like BMW, the list of standard features is quite light and if you want something nicer, you’ll have to choose them.
However, the list of standard features includes reputable basics – there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen with sat navigation, reversing camera, automatic parking, front and rear parking sensors, leather seats, Two-zone climate control and advanced safety equipment such as AEB and departure warning lane.
Our car has been chosen a lot, but we should point out Jaguar doing this with media rating vehicles to introduce other features instead of suggesting you’ll need it all. Some are great, but all are priced. There’s a subtle 10.2-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster for $ 2630, also comes with fancier sat nav. There is a display for $ 2580 and the safety package includes adaptive cruise control (and ‘invisible’ plastic panels) for $ 4270.
Our car also has sport leather seats ($ 1130) with 14-way power adjustment ($ 820) and heated ($ 820), with memory settings ($ 640). There’s a digital radio ($ 930), tinted rear glass ($ 930), heated steering wheel ($ 520), cooling glove box ($ 820) and black body kit ($ 1350). ‘Rhodium Silver’ metal paint has added $ 2000 and if you want ‘premium’ metal paint, you’re looking for $ 4000.
If it’s my car, I’d go for ‘Black Pack’ because the glossy black grille looks great, Iithd has a bigger screen and virtual clusters, tinted rear glass (it’s almost completely dark) and forget the rest. Oh, and I got the car in Polaris White because it’s a free option and looks great with the Black Pack. It’s annoying that adaptive cruise control is part of the $ 4270 package – it has to be standard on a vehicle like this.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
25t is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine. That sounds like a lot of engine to push this car, but with 177kW and 340Nm, and besides, the car is also not heavy.
This would be my engine choice – not because of grumbling, but because of the noise, as well as the lack of noise. A Jaguar should have a significant audio presence, unlike a good white to warm up your lunch.
I had the same problem with the Ford Falcon with a 2.0-liter ‘EcoBoost’ 4-cylinder engine. And guess? It’s the same engine. But all will change before the end of 2017 with Jaguar updating the XF range with its own Ingenium engine. So you might want to wait until then.
What won Keith’s change was the ZF eight-speed automatic. The transmission is seamless and fits the XF’s smooth limo personality perfectly.