What I'd Order - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF: What I'd Order

November 15, 2012

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Every time I drive a car, it's hard not to think about what I would order. Or rather, what equipment would I get? What color would it be? What engine, etc. Sometimes the answer doesn't get beyond, "um, I wouldn't even buy that heap."

Inevitably, I'll probably end up on the car's Internet configurator. So please following along at the Jaguar XF Configurator as I figure out What I'd Order.

Well, let's see, I'm certainly intrigued by the new supercharged V6 for 2013 and I think it's great that Jag is offering a cheaper turbo-4 model. But let's face it, I'd want the Supercharged V8. I don't need the XFR.

OK. Exterior color is listed first, but let's see what Jag has in store for the interior. In order to have more color options as well as dash leather and higher-quality seat leather (the base stuff is actually kind of crappy), you have to opt for the Portfolio pack on the lower trims. But it's standard on the Supercharged. I LOVE the Navy dash, wheel and seat trim that's available with either Ivory or London Tan. Not sure if that'll go with the earth tones I'm thinking about for the exterior, though. So I'm going with London Tan seats and Ebony dash with Gloss Rich Oak.

I think the XJ looks sensational in the purple-y Caviar Metallic, but not so sure about the XF. Hard to go wrong with British Racing Green, right? Indeed. Make it so.

Onto options then. Adaptive headlights? Nope. Heated windshield? Live in Southern California. 20-inch all-season tires? Ditto. Sport Interior Pack? Nope, it would make everything black. Power rear sunshade. Nah. Split-fold rear seat. Yes, I'd like that please. Meridian surround sound audio system for $2,300. I'm not that impressed with our XF's base system, so I'll step up. Adaptive cruise control? Um, no.

Onto accessories. I've seen people get the Jaguar leaper for their hood. It looks stupid. Moving on.

So my final tally is $72,425 over a base price of $68,100.

What would you order?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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