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2012 Jaguar XF: Dynamic Mode Stays On

November 16, 2012

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Our long-term Jaguar XF doesn't exactly have a Sport Mode, like many sedans do these days. Instead the Jaguar offers Dynamic Mode, which doesn't do anything to change the car's suspension, throttle or steering systems, but it does loosen up the Jag's stability and traction control systems to put more control in the hands of its driver.

DSC is still on, it's just not as intrusive when the pace quickens. According to the Jaguar's owner's manual, "Dynamic Mode co-ordinates the vehicle's control systems to deliver a high performance driving experience. This setting enhances key vehicle systems so that the vehicle's full potential can be exploited. The vehicle's responses are aimed at involving the driver more in focused and purposeful driving, helping swift progress."

I like that, swift progress.

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The checkered flag on the instrument cluster tells you Dynamic Mode is on. When it's activated, and the transmission is in Sport and Manual mode, the 6-speed also changes. It now will hold a gear indefinitely. Upshifts are completely controlled by the driver. As the owner's manual states, "The transmission will not change up automatically, even when the rev limit is reached."

Also cool.

But the best part about the Jag's Dynamic Mode is that it stays on, even after the car's ignition is cycled. Every other car I can think of defaults to Whimp Mode as soon as the car is turned off. Not the XF. Dynamic Mode remains selected for six hours.

In other words, you probably need to click it on in the morning, but not after that quick run up to the ATM or after that dinner party.

I like that too.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,243 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jaguar XF in WA is:

$209 per month*
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