Cupholders Done Right - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Cupholders Done Right

March 25, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Sometimes I get shocked at the pathetic excuses for cupholders manufacturers put in their cars. Case in point, the 2013 Ford Focus ST, which I complained about in an update recently. Take any turn, at any speed, and your water bottle is going for a ride across the car.

Then you get into the 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged. And you realize, this is how cupholders are done right. It all comes down to anti-tip technology, also known as those flexible but very grippy rubber protrusions.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

I tried a couple of different water bottle sizes, and they stayed properly in place.

For those of you who swill back 8.4 oz cans of Red Bull, well, Jag thought of you, too, with that small holder in the center.

So, how come so few get it right? It just doesn't seem that difficult.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 19,936 miles


  • I'm not sure what adding those little gripper bumps cost but they are the way to go. A GMC Terrain we rented when they first came out had those and they really do work well to allow for different size cups and to keep the metal water reusable mugs/bottles from rattling.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    How thoughtful of you to put in a link the Focus ST post...where about 9 out of 12 commenters point out to you that the car's cupholder assembly is missing the insert with the "flexible but very grippy rubber protrusions." I guess the new journalism setup, with bi-directional information flow - us learning things from you and you learning things from us, isn't jelling that well for some reason.

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