Review Jaguar XF R-Sport 35t
The Jaguar XF is a mid-to-large premium saloon / saloon, with refinement in all models not always standard in its market segment.
Although not a performer who performs out in the way of the SVR (nee R-Sport) range, the standard XF is certainly on the sporty side in the handling / sports-end compromise. The drivers liked it and we just had the most exciting week behind the wheel of an iconic British machine.
The newly launched Jaguar XF has a strong visual similarity to the one it has replaced, which makes sense when the latest Jaguar theme has received much praise. The new generation Jaguar grille is particularly upright and beside the large headlights, with the large grille below them.
High build quality and no doubt you are in a Jaguar.
Jaguar’s profile is long, low and sleek and ends with a fastback rear end. Our car reviews certainly drew a lot of opinions on the road and when we parked.
Inside, you can opt for a traditional leather and wood theme – still our favorite – or a more modern metallic sports look. High build quality and no doubt you are in a Jaguar because the central gear selector sprays up from the dashboard and the vents are hidden when the fire is turned off. Love it.
Jaguar XF has two multimedia systems. The standard version is InControl Touch and uses an 8.0 inch touch screen. It supports gestures like those used on smartphones and tablets to allow you to swipe and drag your way around the system.
There is also voice recognition control, which helps to minimize driver distractions.
Jaguars InControl Touch Pro fitted to our test vehicle has a 10.2 inch touch screen. The home screen can be customized, the wallpaper can be set to any image, and widgets can be added to provide shortcuts. It also supports Jaguar’s latest generation Dual View technology and increases 100% of the screen pixels compared to the previous model.
The audio output quality from the optional 17-speaker, 825-watt digital surround sound system developed by Meridian in conjunction with Jaguar is impressive.
Engine / Transmission
There is a range of motors on offer; 177kW four-cylinder petrol engine and 132kW turbo-diesel engine, both with a capacity of 2.0 liters.
Then there is a trio of 3.0-liter V6 engines, two turbocharged petrol engines, the rest are turbo-diesel. Output is 250kW or 280kW in gasoline and 221kW from diesel engines. Our XF review has been equipped with what we feel is the best among many, turbocharged 250kW engines.
All engines sit in front of an eight-speed automatic transmission. It works great with the engine’s computer, provides smooth quick changes and often reads the driver’s mind about accuracy.
Passive and active safety features helped Jaguar XF achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating before arriving in Australia in February 2015. In April 2016, it was issued a five-star crash test rating. up to ANCAP.
Comfortable seats are as good as in all Jaguar pubs. It seems that the British like it that way, and because our bones aren’t as young as they used to be, we accept this design standard.
Front room is good with good legs and reasonable leg room. The rear seats, though not exactly spacious, are good for two adults who aren’t much taller than average, the low sport profile creating a small drawback in this area.
The 250kW 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine was our favorite unit when we attended Jaguar XF’s national media premiere in Melbourne earlier this year. Just spending a week with that motive in our home area in southeast Queensland, our views are definitely not changing.
Although this is clearly a high performance unit, the efficiency of the 3.0 petrol means that it uses only seven to eight liters of fuel per hundred kilometers.
The smooth feel and fast throttle makes the turbocharged engine faster than the turbocharged engine is very much to our liking. The seemingly endless torque makes the gentle work of the hills and minimizes the time on the left side of the road when passing.
Although this is clearly a high-performance unit, the efficiency of the petrol 3.0 means that it uses only seven to eight liters of fuel per hundred kilometers on open roads and highways. Around town and when we enjoy all these mumbles, it has climbed to a fairly reasonable level of nine to twelve liters per hundred.
While Jaguar told us, the XF is aimed at a slightly more mature owner than the smaller XE, we find it also interesting to do hard. The EPAS (Electric Power Steering) in the new XF is the best in the business, with a great and accurate feel.
Ride the car in favor of sports in endless ride / handling compromises that always fault suspension engineers. We like the solidity and feel that true sports car lovers will stand by us. Jaguar XF is a true businessman.
The grip on the road is excellent, with the electronic help usually not annoying if you make a mistake and come into the bend at a higher speed than intended.
Smooth roads have seen Jag providing limo-like smoothness and noise. However, tire noise on some road surfaces is higher than expected. Try before you buy and make sure that your test drive has some poor condition if you are able to go on these on a regular basis.