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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Visibility Matters

June 11, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Here's a typical weather scene in Southern California. See? Nothing's happening. It's perfectly pleasant and, look, somebody has a 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged to drive.

So it's easy to ignore warning messages like this.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Except that the Jaguar XF doesn't share our cavalier attitude toward seeing out the front of the car. If you want to get rid of that message and have use of the trip computer, you must go over to the main touchscreen on the center stack and clear the warning.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Then, you get five, maybe ten minutes to yourself to use the trip computer as you see fit. And then, the warning comes back. After playing the game for a couple commutes, I overcame a bout of laziness and decided to refill the Jag's windshield washer fluid reservoir. This involved popping the hood.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Nothing about this engine compartment really invites owner involvement, except for that blue cap. And that of course is the cap for the wiper fluid reservoir.

I already had a jug of wiper fluid in my garage. It was the mega-subfreezing-temperatures winter formula I bought for our departed Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 during my Christmas road trip to Colorado. But Jag didn't mind, and the warning extinguished. Minor mini-crisis averted.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I know I'm spoiled with inclement-weather free southern California, and windshield washers become more important with slush and snow about, but that seems rather excessive to keep hassling you about it.

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    I some pleaces people have to fill that tank up several times a day. HAVE TO. Otherwise, you cannot see. Yes, seriously.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    In the UK it is actually illegal to travel with an empty windshield washer bottle, so that's why the warning is a bit hyper.

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