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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Oooh, Buttons

June 29, 2012

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So what does all this stuff do?

Top left button with the snowflake: Winter Mode
Press this button when driving in slippery low-grip conditions. Winter mode selects 2nd gear when driving away on level ground. According to Jaguar, the car performs "in a more gentle and controlled manner to avoid skidding." Sounds elegant, doesn't it? This mode does not shut off when you switch off the car. You have to turn winter mode off manually.

Top right button: Dynamic Stability Control Off
Jaguar allows the driver to switch between DSC and TracDSC, which is an alternate setting of DSC that allows for more traction but less stability. It is intended only for use by experienced drivers on dry tarmac. You can also turn off all stability controls. If you do that, or if the DSC needs maintenance, this light will switch on.

Lower left button with checkered flag: Dynamic Mode
This should be called "fun mode." It sets the car's control systems for high-performance driving. Jaguar says that Dynamic Mode enhances key systems "so that the vehicle's full potential can be exploited." This mode allows the most driver control. When you select Sport mode and Dynamic Mode, you have full shifting control. The transmission will not upshift even when the rev limit is reached. This mode remains active six hours after you switch off the car. So, if you're just making a quick stop, you don't have to reset it. But when you leave the car off longer, you have to start over.

Lower right button: Automatic Speed Limiter
ASL allows you to set a speed limit using the cruise controls. This button allows you to go back and forth between ASL and cruise control. It's mainly used for controlling speeds on downhill runs when engine braking is not enough.

Now, time to "exploit" our Supercharged Jaguar XF? Jag's word, not mine.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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