Folding Rear Seat, An Option Unchecked - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Folding Rear Seat, An Option Unchecked

February 5, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

My husband and I were at the hardware store over the weekend, and on the spur of the moment, we decided to drop $20 on an 8-foot roll of Astroturf for the family dog's outdoor play area. No problem, I thought, our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged has a folding rear seat.


As on nearly all midsize luxury sedans, a folding rear seat is an option on the XF (and, predictably, it's bundled with a bag for skis). Since our long-termer doesn't have that $600 add-on, it doesn't have so much as a center pass-through. Those green Xs denote where the release levers would be if it did have this option.

As a result, this happened.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

For sure, this is the least dignified moment in the Jag's life up to now, save for maybe the time it drove through an indeterminate swill of diesel fuel, stagnant water and mud at various off-brand rural gas stations on the road home from Alaska.

Thing is, for several minutes, I labored under the hope that the Jag did actually have a folding rear seat. The seat-back cushions themselves are already pre-divided into 60/40 sections, and there is actually a cut-out in the trunk for the pass-through. No doubt, most Jaguar XF owners (and I saw two over the weekend, and we nodded to each other in acknowledgement of our beautiful and rare sedans) are not making spontaneous trips to Home Depot on a Saturday night. Still, this is a big car, and sometimes a little extra utility is nice to have, so I'd consider the folding seat option $600 well spent.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,529 miles


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I don't blame you at all Erin. A folding rear seat is an option? What?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Luxury cars make optional what is standard on the cheapest econobox and then charge you a premium for it.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    And, I doubt this is worth the hit the brand takes every time you think "crap, my big fancy car can't carry that". IF the big cat delivered, you would have cherished it even more.

  • motorstreet motorstreet Posts:

    Split folding seats should be standard on every car. It's nice to know Jaguar didn't cheap out on the trunk hinges though. I hadn't noticed that before. I'm disgusted by the number of luxury cars that have space wasting gooseneck hinges.

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