Should You Get The Supercharged V8? - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF: Should You Get The Supercharged V8?

December 20, 2012

2012 Jaguar XF

Captain Obvious here: our Jaguar XF's 470-horsepower V8 is really addicting. The effortless power and crackling exhaust note it produces are probably my favorite qualities about the car. Yet I wonder if I'd actually pay to get the Supercharged XF if I were paying my own money.

I was thinking about this recently when I met up with an acquaintance. He recently bought a new Audi A6. He got the A6's 2.0-liter four-cylinder rather than the supercharged V6, largely because of the $8,200 price increase. It just wasn't worth it to him.

For the 2013 XJ, you're looking at $46,975 for the new base XF, $50,000 for the new 3.0-liter V6 or $68,100 for the V8 Supercharged. Granted, you get a lot of extra standard features with the Supercharged compared to the 3.0 model (about $10,000 worth), but it's still a big increase, with features you may or may not want.

This is a quandary faced by most shoppers of luxury sedans where there are multiple engines. But I think it's even harder for the XF since the supercharged V8 has so much desirable personality to it.

Since I personally don't have the cash reserves to support an XF purchase of any sort, it's all theoretical. But I'll finish by saying if you're looking at an XF as a sport sedan, the Supercharged model is worth the extra cost.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,743 miles

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