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Jaguar XF Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Jaguar XF

  • With an undeniable presence and newfound performance capabilities, the 2010 Jaguar XF is a prime choice for a midsize luxury sport sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Refined ride, sporty handling, powerful V8 performance, stylish and well-crafted interior.

  • Cons

    Fussy controls, poor rearward visibility, no all-wheel-drive option.

  • What's New for 2010

    Only a year after being introduced, the Jaguar XF receives some noteworthy changes for 2010. The base model remains the same, but it's now joined by the XF Premium and its new 5.0-liter V8, an XF Supercharged with a blown version of the 5.0-liter engine, and the ultra-high-performance XFR, which adds 40 more horsepower to that supercharged V8. Standard equipment, options packages and pricing have been changed to reflect the new trim levels. All XFs are also quieter this year, thanks to additional noise-reduction materials.

Full 2010 Jaguar XF Review

What's New for 2010

Only a year after being introduced, the Jaguar XF receives some noteworthy changes for 2010. The base model remains the same, but it's now joined by the XF Premium and its new 5.0-liter V8, an XF Supercharged with a blown version of the 5.0-liter engine, and the ultra-high-performance XFR, which adds 40 more horsepower to that supercharged V8. Standard equipment, options packages and pricing have been changed to reflect the new trim levels. All XFs are also quieter this year, thanks to additional noise-reduction materials.

Introduction

Now in its second year of production, the 2010 Jaguar XF continues to be a game-changer for the struggling British luxury marque. Recent Jags were seemingly designed to cater to what people think a Jag should be, namely, a quaint motorcar that looks just like the quaint motorcar that came before it. They were built for the people who think of England as a nation filled with yarn-twiddling grannies sipping Earl Grey and telling tales about the War. The XF leaves those people in its dust, establishing a bold new stylistic direction for Jaguar. Traditional virtues like powerful engines and a sumptuous cabin remain, but the XF's contemporary shape sets it apart as a Jag for the 21st century.

Despite having received a warm welcome in its first production year, when an XF Supercharged defeated segment stalwarts from Audi, BMW and Mercedes in an Edmunds comparison test, the XF lineup receives some notable changes for 2010. The base model's 4.2-liter V8 stays the same, but the 420-hp supercharged 4.2-liter V8 -- which powered the victorious car in the above-mentioned shootout -- is no more. Instead, there are three new engines along with two new trim levels. The new XF Premium comes with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that pumps out 385 hp, while the familiar XF Supercharged gets, yes, a supercharged version of that engine good for a whopping 470 hp. The new supercharged XFR tops the line with an even more powerful version of the XF Supercharged's motor -- 510 hp and 461 pound-feet of torque are its towering ratings. Along with the gutsier engine, the XFR also boasts quicker steering, bigger brakes, 20-inch wheels, unique exterior and interior styling and trim and automatically adjustable suspension damper settings for optimized ride and handling.

The new engines and models are an extraordinary second act for a car that's already established itself as a class standout. The XF Premium will hold strong appeal for the typical luxury car buyer, while the XF Supercharged and particularly the XFR are meant to give cars like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG a run for their money. Any 2010 Jaguar XF deserves a place on your "to drive" list if you're considering a sedan in this price segment. It's not without its quirks and detractors, but nothing can match the XF's blend of sophisticated road manners, high-tech features and signature British interior ambience.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan available in four trim levels: base XF, XF Premium, XF Supercharged and XFR. Standard equipment for the base XF includes 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, automatic headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, leather upholstery and heated 10-way power front seats with driver memory functions. Also standard are Bluetooth, a navigation system, voice-activated controls and a nine-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod interface and satellite radio. The Vision package adds front parking sensors, a rearview camera and a blind-spot warning system.

The XF Premium includes Vision package items and adds a more powerful V8 engine, 19-inch wheels, bigger brakes, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlamps, heated and cooled front seats, leather-trimmed dash and door trim, wood trim choices and keyless ignition and entry. The Portfolio package adds 20-inch wheels, 16-way driver and 12-way passenger power seats, contrasting stitching, ebony wood trim, a heated steering wheel and a power rear window shade. The latter two items are stand-alone options on the base XF.

Optional on the XF and XF Premium is a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system with 14 speakers and HD radio. The XF Premium can also be outfitted with adaptive cruise control.

The XF Supercharged comes standard with all of the above except adaptive cruise control (available as an option) plus a supercharged V8, 20-inch wheels and quad tailpipes. The only option on Supercharged models is adaptive cruise control. The Jaguar XFR adds even more supercharged power, unique 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, bigger brakes, a specialized limited-slip rear differential, additional seating adjustments and unique interior trim.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Jaguar XF features four engines, each with a corresponding trim level. The base XF features a 4.2-liter V8 that produces 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The XF Premium has a 5.0-liter V8 making 385 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The XF Supercharged has a supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V8 rated at 470 hp and 424 lb-ft. The XFR has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with even more power, cranking out 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. All send their grunt to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that features a Sport mode and shift paddles. Fuel economy estimates for the 4.2-liter V8 are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter engine drops just slightly to 16/23/19. Estimates for the supercharged engines were not available as of this writing.

Safety

Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera and a blind-spot warning system are optional on the base XF and standard on the XF Premium and XFR.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Jaguar XF's interior is a bold step forward for both the traditionally frumpy British brand and the entire luxury sedan segment. The console-mounted start button pulsates red like there's a real feline heart beating deep inside. Pressing it fires the engine to life, and then the circular gear selector rises into the driver's palm as the four air vents rotate into place. Some might find this production a bit gimmicky, but the XF backs it up with soft leather, tastefully applied wood and a pleasing design. Overall, it's a standout in a segment typically known for conservative cabins.

There are a couple ergonomic missteps, though. Most of the audio, climate, navigation and Bluetooth phone functions are controlled via a central touchscreen, and while the menus are logically arranged, some of the virtual buttons are too small. Also, the unnecessarily swoopy graphics make processing times too long. The center stack's few physical buttons are welcome for adjusting the climate system, but those devoted to audio controls are redundant, and generally this real estate could be better utilized. Rear outward visibility is also worse than average.

In terms of space, those in front will find an ample amount, but taller folks seated in the back may find their heads grazing the roof -- the XF is not as commodious as the 5 Series or E-Class. The trunk, however, is quite roomy at 17 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Jaguar XF's smooth and hushed demeanor allows for comfortable long-distance journeys, yet there's also an unexpected level of performance for a Jaguar sedan. Around corners, the XF has considerable grip and surprisingly high limits. The steering is a little light and numb, but the XF is still more fun to drive than many competitors.

Acceleration from the base V8 is swift and smooth; from the new naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, even more so. But the lusciously smooth supercharged V8 in the XF and Supercharged is a whole new ball game, serving up a seemingly endless wave of eye-popping power. For those who desire a Jaguar with even sharper claws, the 510-hp XFR adds even more thrust, along with the most capable and entertaining handling in the lineup.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Wow, english engineering refined!

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF Premium 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Love this car! Not a fuel efficient car, as I have the premium 2010 5.0 V-8 model. But wow, the power and refinement is top-notch performance and far beyond my 2006 Audi A6 ever delivered. I seldom write feedback, but have to say the Jag is still one of the best looking and uniquely undiscovered cars on the road. If you don't follow the herd, check this offering out. Even now, I am so happy to walk out to my car and "drive". By now, my Audi started to feel "routine". Audi's are great, Jags are unique!




Head turner

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF Premium 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

I took the car for a spur of the moment road trip 2 days after purchase.I love the way this car hugs the road and makes you feel really involved in sport and dynamic mode. I love the fact that you don't see many on the road. At first glance it looks like a Aston Martin from the rear. I did my homework and compared many other models from BMW, MB,Audi, and Infiniti. nothing compares to the driving experience and looks of this car. Jaguar has really outdone themselves on this one. Away with the old days of Jag and in with the new. I have been treated very well by the dealership and would recommend anyone drive this car before considering another manufacturer. I have fallen in love.



1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Over-engineered, over-rated

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF Premium 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Took delivery of my first XF in 2008, and the second one in 2010 (kicking myself for letting them talk me into replacing the first one). Problems ranged from the mundane (faulty cabin light that would turn on when I make a sharp right-turn), to the comical (door windows that would automatically re-open when you want it closed—reminiscent of a ‘Three Stooges’ show), to the seriously annoying (a creaking sound from the windshield that took several visits to diagnose and eventually fix). By May 2010, I had visited the Rosenthal Jaguar dealership a staggering 21 TIMES for a whole slew of gadget-related or common parts problems! It was so bad that EVERYONE on the Jaguar desk already knew me!




Great car and fantastic value....

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF Premium 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

I have an LR2 coming off lease and was considering the Jag XF, Audi A6, Mercedes E350 and BMW 335 or 5 series as my next car. I also have a 2000 XJ8 so I was a little concerned about build quality and reliability. I ultimately chose the XF because of its unique styling. There are so many BMWs and Mercedes in LA that I wanted something different for my $50k. The XF is definitely a head turner and I love the body styling. Reminds me of the Austin. It also has a well appointed interior with all the bells and whistles you can ask for. I was really turned off by the fact that most of the options I wanted were extra on the BMW. The performance is also amazing and you can really tweak it.



7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Former jag lover

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I test drove a 2010 XF about a year ago and it felt solid and drove well. I was impressed. I decided to take out a 4 year lease. Little did I know the problems that await less than a week later. From the check engine light to squeaks and rattles, this car has been a nightmare to own. In the first 2 months it spent 40 days in the shop. It is not "screwed and glued" together well at all. Now after almost a year I can truly say it is the worst car I've ever owned. Jaguar USA was no help. I felt completely helpless after talking to them. The car just sits in the garage, rarely driven because I'm not sure what will break next, additionally, squeaks and rattles still run rampant.




Love (almost) everything about it

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Vehicle: 2010 Jaguar XF Premium 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Had car almost 2 mos and so far it's a really great. Styling is equal to or better than any sedan out there (Bentleys, etc. excepted). Also, don't see yourself coming and going like BMW and MB. Engine, transmission and performance are so smooth. Trans in manual mode very quick. Gobs of power. Handles well in normal mode but really need to go to Sport and Dynamic mode to really experience what the car can do. Interior is beautiful and very comfortable and quiet. Some controls and displays rather quirky, like the Navi does not re-calculate route and some controls require too many steps. Otherwise, fantastic car.



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