2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Gear Indicator
August 02, 2012
Now that, friends, is what's called a properly-sized gear indicator. Move the console shift knob to Sport and engage manual mode with one of the paddles and it gives you this huge display within the instrument panel. Yes. Invigorating throttle blips on downshifts, too.
It always bothers me when manufacturers put tiny little gear displays on their cars, particularly performance machines with which you (hopefully) will use the manual mode at some point.
The one aspect I don't like is that it doesn't automatically downshift to first gear at stoplights. And I sometimes forget (yes, despite that huge indicator staring me in the face). For instance, you could be in third gear or higher as you approach a stop and it will automatically downshift to second. But for some reason no further (fuel mileage?). Kinda bothers me when I find myself inadvertently starting from a stoplight in second gear. Luckily this car has the guts to power through it.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 3,137 miles.