Jaguar XF Review

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Sporting V8 power, steeped in tradition and infused with modern style and technology, the Jaguar XF is one of the most interesting Jaguars to come out in a long while. The car's exterior shape takes inspiration from many historic Jaguar design cues and combines them with the current movement to style sedans with coupelike roof lines. The result has stoked controversy, but most will agree that the XF looks better in person than in photos. And as one of the best vehicles in an all-star class, it's definitely worth a test-drive.

Current Jaguar XF
The rear-wheel-drive Jaguar XF is available in four different trim levels: XF, XF Portfolio, XF Supercharged and XFR. Both the base XF and XF Portfolio get a 5.0-liter V8 producing 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The Supercharged model gets a supercharged version of the same motor making 470 hp and 424 lb-ft, while the XFR's supercharger ups the ante to 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift paddles on the steering wheel is the sole gearbox.

All Jaguar XF models are generously equipped. Standard items include rear parking sensors, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a navigation system and an iPod interface. Standard and optional features on the other trims include bigger wheels, bigger brakes, adaptive cruise control, bi-xenon lights, a full leather interior, heated and cooled seats and a sensational Bowers & Wilkins sound system. The sport-tuned XFR further gets an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels and a specialized limited-slip differential.

Bold steps forward continue inside for the once-frumpy British brand, with a console-mounted start button pulsating red as though a real feline heart beats inside. Pressing it fires the engine to life, while four air vents rotate into place and the circular gear selector rises into the driver's palm. Some might find this bit of theatre a gimmick, but the XF backs it up with soft leather, tasteful wood trim and a pleasingly modern design. There are a few ergonomic missteps along the way, but overall the XF stands out in a segment typically known for its conservative cabins.

Used Jaguar XF Models
The XF debuted for 2009. In that first year, there were three trim levels available -- Luxury, Premium Luxury and Supercharged. The first two came with a base 4.2-liter V8 rated at 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Supercharged model had a blown 4.2-liter engine that produced 420 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The following year, Jaguar added the XFR and endowed all but the base model with the new 5.0-liter V8. A refresh for 2012 brought sleeker XJ-style headlights, larger taillights, more supportive seats and a new navigation system borrowed from the XJ.

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