Review Jaguar XF 2010
The arrival of the XF was a great moment for Jaguar and every British brand fan. Life has not been like anyone since the mid-range machine landed, bringing a new style of design and a new commitment to class and quality to customers.
It’s no surprise that XF is the global winner for Jaguar, even during the global financial crisis, and has also raised it to shopping lists that were previously reserved for Benz, BMW and Audi. . And probably Lexus.
At the pinnacle of XF development is the fastest XFR model, which aims to draw people out of some of the most engaging performance cars in the world, led by the latest E63 sledgehammer from the BMW M5 and Benz.
The deal was done with a transplant that put a 5-liter turbocharged engine and sprayed directly into the nose of the XF, with 375 kiloWatts and 625 Newtons for the R-car mission. It’s easy to choose the 20 alloy car Its inches, a stronger front, bonnet window, four polished tapping tips and a bootlid spoiler.
Mechanically, the upgrade to the XFR brings everything from faster steering and huge disc brakes to a different dynamic and adaptive dynamics in the suspension. The idea is to make the car much faster – 0-100km / h takes 4.9 seconds – but it is also easier to drive and more responsive to people who like to drive.
But no performance car could live alone in 2009, so the XF also comes with a full list of luxury equipment including leather seats, automatic air conditioners, and audio systems. Bowers & Wilkins is unique to XF, as well as safety equipment including front side airbags, anti-skid brakes and ESP, with iPod connector for the audio system.
XFR appears as part of the upgraded XF 2010 range, upgraded engines, all of which go more and have less emissions, and even a sound laminated windshield.
But the cost of the XFR is significant, as it costs $ 208,450. That’s true for twice the price of a base V6 XF engine, though it surpasses the E63 and M5 but is profitable enough to make it look like a bargain.
Drive – Paul Gover
XFR is, without question, the best Jaguar I’ve driven. And I drove a few. What makes it so great is the combination of a tight body, beautiful appearance, real quality and the upward ride that makes you want to drive.
It’s also modern on the inside and chunky fit with R-car additions to the outside bodywork, including the lovely grille that works in the nose.
The turbocharged V8 engine gives real beating performance to the XFR, but the electronic work and suspension keeps it easy to control. Nothing hard to handle like some of the early XK coupes, which are faster, but lack the utter brutal impact of the latest AMG Benz.
Actually, it is a pretty sweet pack. It’s fun to be in a traffic jam but if you switch the switches to sport and the six-speed automatic control with column paddles it becomes a real driver’s car.
You can brake late with luxurious discs, nose under the wheel without complaining, and it puts all the power on the road without being buckled or resistant.
The car is quiet, in addition to the roar from low profile tires, easy to park and has good cabin and boot space. It’s not ideal at the back, where it’s a bit lacking room to fight the new E-Class, but still okay for household chores.
The driving position is very good and I like the touchscreen infotainment package, which is the best thing in the business. The B&W sound system is a real dance machine, even if the brand is hardly known in Australia.
But I find the speedometer really hard to read, especially with blue light during the day and something as fast as the XFR needs a digital speed reader for Australia.
I still find the gear lever to be a gimmick, but it’s very easy to use and makes most people laugh. The XFR can be very heavy in terms of fuel, which is not really surprising, but it is generally fine within 11-12L / 100km.
I currently rate the XFR a bit ahead of the old BMW M5, although it doesn’t fit the E63, which is an impressive result. But I still find myself wondering how the car will wear over time and whether Jaguar has translated the excellent design work of Ian Callum and the fast parts of its R vehicle into quality and level. long term trust.
She said – Alison Ward
I have to admit I’m not Jaguar’s biggest fan, so I widened my eyes when XFR arrived. Why? I couldn’t shake the feeling that Jags was a bit unreliable, and the previous XF I drove was a disappointingly sluggish drive. There, that’s the most bad part done.
The good news is Jaguar has improved a lot with this car. For me it is the leading blend of fashion accessories and sportier hiss. It looks great. Both sleek and sophisticated, true to the name of Jaguar.