Jaguar XF sedan 2008 review
Now threatened as Jaguar prepares to launch a new cat this week in the frigid highlands of Victoria.
But it was delayed long enough for us to put the new Jaguar XF through its races, amid all the impending Jaguar sales to Tata India.
Interestingly, Tata has owned another English icon, Tetley Tea.
Looking more like a coupe than a convertible, the large five-door, five-seater saloon achieves all the right notes and is sure to be favored by new owners.
The mid-sized and mid-priced XF is a replacement for the convertible and somewhat ungainly S Type, but at least visually, it seems to have more in common with the sportier two-seater export.
It was the dawn of a new era for Jaguar, blowing the executioners, and talking about Ford’s sale of the company, expected to be completed next month.
They say Jaguar is making money but the main problem is its loyal but shrinking customer base – the average age is 57.
Ironically, instead of the younger, entry-level X group targeted, its buyers are mostly cash for retirees.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that current S Type owners don’t seem to like the style of the new XF.
Jaguar revealed that 77 percent of the 200 orders they’re holding for the car are from people who don’t own Jag.
XF is the work of Jaguar design master Ian Callum, who also writes for export.
With a length of 4961mm, the car weighs from 1679 to 1842kg, depending on the model.
It is based on the heavily modified S-Type platform, but uses the same export engines, transmission parts and suspension.
High strength Boron steel is used to reinforce the cabin.
Prices for the XF start at $ 105,500 with a range of engines including a 3.0-liter V6, 4.2-liter V8 and 4.2-liter turbocharged V8, as well as a 2.7-liter twin turbo diesel.
Entry-level diesel and entry-level diesel engines are priced the same, but you’ll have to go crazy overcoming diesel engines with 152kW and peak torque of 435 Nm.
Like other cars, it is connected to a ZF six-speed sequential car with gearshift paddles mounted on the wheels.
The dash from 0-100km / h takes 8.2 seconds (10 times faster than the V6) and it only consumes 7.5 liters / 100km compared to 10.5 liters / 100km of the V6.
XF queues against rivals like Benz, BMW and Audi as well as Lexus GS range.
Gone are the dual lamps that are a feature of the S Type. However, the front grille is special and recognizable. There is no Leaper on the bonnet, but a big cat can be found across boots.
The contemporary theme extends to the interior where there is still plenty of wood and leather, but blends with more modern, and more importantly, sportier finishes.
We sampled the 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8, turbo diesel and naturally aspirated V8 (turbocharged version will still be available).
It’s a luxurious car and finished to a high standard and one of the ways to manage to avoid the bleak tone that distinguishes the German interior, with a good mix of colors and finishes.
It doesn’t quite meet Lexus interior standards, but there’s nothing to complain about.
The stop / start button turns red to get attention while the blue halo light is taking signals from Motorola’s RAZR mobile phone, everywhere.
Perhaps the most remarkable point is that the large iDrive-style device selector replaces the conventional movement.
It needs some familiarization but works well and takes up little space in the cabin.
Rear head and foot room is fine but the back seat can be a squeezer with three passengers.
The V8 engine features 440 Bowers and Wilkins surround sound systems, with full compatibility with the iPod