Still Great With Half the Cylinders - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jaguar XF Long Term Road Test

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term (11)

2012 Jaguar XF: Still Great With Half the Cylinders

March 28, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF

After so much time spent in our Jaguar XF Supercharged, I was curious to see what it was like when you removed half its cylinders and nearly half the horsepower in the new base 2.0 model.

Though its 0-60 time of around 8 seconds may be unimpressive, in practice I found this 240-horspower turbocharged four-cylinder to provide plenty of punch for this heavy midsize sedan. Its 251 pound-feet of torque is more than ample enough for journeys around town and gets off the line with authority. You can even get the traction control to say hello when powering around corners. However, it runs out of steam on the high end, resulting in that slower 0-60 time and a power delivery that's almost diesel-like.

In the end, the XF 2.0 doesn't feel slow. It just makes our Supercharged feel hilariously overpowered.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor


  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    Is that the same Ecoboost 2.0 that is in the Evoque?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I thought this motor was a turbo lag special?

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    amen for that you've been soooo spoiled. the 2.0 is mom's car, your's is dad's car

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    i like that assesment of hilariously overpowered. there ore plenty people scoot along just fine in Honda civics and Toyota corollas who never feel as if their car is slow. compared to other cars sure but they can still go coast to coast at 80mph with cruise control with ease. This is the type of car you buy for your wife or kid that wants a nice car but you dont want them to get in over their heads with power. It does feel strange however with jaguar's heritage being "speed" that they would make a car this "slow" must be the slowest jaguar they made in a long time (i guess that 2.5l v6 from not so long ago was probably more animic but it was a much smaller car)

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411