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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Comfortable Anywhere

May 23, 2013

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I'm sure you've caught on by now that I am smitten with our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged. It works for me on so many levels.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Last Man Standing

April 23, 2013

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Our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged is the only car in our long-term fleet that will still play my first-generation iPod Touch.

It's not just that it's an old device. I also "upgraded" its software and now even my iHome won't play it. So, congratulations to the Jaguar XF. I love you even more now.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: XF or 911?

April 18, 2013

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The other day I was working from home and Tweeting. Yes, Twitter is part of my job. I had our long-term Porsche 911 and I could see on my Twitter feed that Magrath had the Jaguar XF Supercharged. I sometimes hog the Jaguar for a week at a time. I'm sure that makes me real popular around the office. But when the car sign-out board comes around, the 911 is usually spoken for. I rarely get a chance and I jumped on it.

So, here's our Twitter conversation, because an UnTwittered life is not worth living. I think Socrates said that.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Split-Zone Heated Seats

March 27, 2013

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Sometimes it's nice to have some heat on your back, especially during a long drive when things can get a little stiff. The downside with heated seats is that although you'd like some back heat, you most certainly do not need butt heat. With a vast majority of cars, that's the reality.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Apparently, I'm Getting Old

February 6, 2013

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After four days in our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged, I might have to back away from my earlier statements. Going into the weekend, I was all enthusiastic about the Jag's livelier feel compared to the current 5 Series and E-Class, and I complimented its suspension calibration, which doesn't try to isolate you from what's happening on the road.

But during the weekend, I took some different freeways and different surface streets than I normally do, and over these particular roads, our XF's Dunlop SP Sport Maxx summer tires, sized 255/35ZR20 in front and 285/30R20 in the back) were tough to take. They crashed over impacts large and small. The ride was so busy, my passenger started to get motion sick.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Drives Like a Smaller Car from an Earlier Time

February 1, 2013

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I just took my first drive in our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged, even though we've had this car for over six months and 17,000 miles. I've driven an XF before, but it has been years, and there have been many A6, 5 Series and E-Class sedans in between and they've shaped my opinion of what a midsize luxury sedan should be in 2013.

Driving the Jaguar takes me back to an earlier time. It feels truly midsize from the driver seat. And I feel like any input I make behind the wheel will elicit a reasonably direct response from the car.

It just has to be smaller and lighter than the latest incarnations of the German sedans. That's what I thought and I was totally wrong.

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2012 Jaguar XF: Dog Report

January 22, 2013

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Yesterday I had to take my dog Mya to the vet again. I figured I'd take her there in style at least. The backseat of our 2012 Jaguar XF has those protruding seatbelt fasteners that I like since they make it easier to buckle in a squirming dog quickly.

The morning was so cold that poor Mya was shivering while she was waiting to get in the car so I made sure to aim the rear-seat vents her way as I blasted on the heater. Not sure if she liked the warm air, though, as she kept fidgeting. The backseat also has a couple of storage options for doggy paraphernalia like the seatback pockets and a door cubby.

Not sure if she enjoyed the Jag's luxuriousness but I like to think that it tricked her into thinking she was actually going somewhere cooler than the vet's office.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2012 Jaguar XF: No Gangsta Lean

January 11, 2013

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Here's a poorly lit photo — a poor photo period, actually — that offers some perspective on how far the Jag's seat does not actually recline. A subsequent photo from another angle shows it a little better. The point, however, is that you will not do the layback in the Jag. Not much anyway. No long arm reaching from beyond the B-pillar, just your Yankees cap showing over the beltline. That's not at all British and you won't be doing it in this Cat.

Meanwhile, check out the butt dimples forming in the driver's seat. Granted, I'd only removed my dumpy ass from the seat minutes before, but that leather's definitely wearing a little loose. That's some indication of how much and how fast we like this car. We've put nearly 10,000 miles on it since June, in addition to the 7,000 miles that Mike and Kurt racked up on the Alaskan round-trip.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,800 miles

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2012 Jaguar XF: Thoughts On The Transmission's Sport Mode

January 3, 2013

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Like most luxury sport sedans with automatic transmissions, the Jaguar XF has a Sport mode for its six-speed auto. It's easily selected by turning the rotary gear dial clockwise from "D" to "S."

Sport mode does make a noticeable difference. Throttle response is sharper, and individual gears are held longer before upshifts. The transmission will also downshift into a lower gear when slowing, thereby keeping engine rpm higher. This latter attribute is nice during cornering, as it makes the supercharged V8's power delivery all the more immediate. Not that you're exactly lacking with 470 horsepower on tap, of course.

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2012 Jaguar XF: Holy Hot Hands

November 22, 2012

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It's possible I'm a wimp, but I don't think so.

It was about 50 degrees outside two nights ago (photo shot later) when I decided to activate the XF's digit-melting device steering wheel heater.

I turned it off about five minutes later when the heat it was producing became aproximately equivalent to that of a red giant star.

Won't do that again.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged Alaska Road Trip: The Whole Story and Mega Gallery

November 12, 2012

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You've read about how our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged did on the way to -- and back from -- Alaska, now read the whole story about what the 7,000+ mile trip was like. Once you're done with that (and the 170 captioned photos that continue the tale) check out the 308 photo Mega Gallery from our trip to get an even better look at what Kurt and I experienced.

These are the stories you've been waiting for.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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2012 Jaguar XF: We're Wimps

November 09, 2012

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I know, I know. It's 59 degrees outside, but boy do we like the Jaguar XF's heated seats and steering wheel on an OMG-chilly California morning. Few cars allow the seatback to be heated separate from the, ahem, bottom, but the Jaguar does.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled, "You don't know what real weather is" station.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 13,575 miles

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2012 Jaguar XF: Recirculation x 3

November 01, 2012

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When the UPS truck pulled in front of me, I immediately reached over and hit the recirculation button on the Jaguar XF's center stack. I'd never seen a Brown truck spew so much filt before, but this one had really sizable clouds of exhaust billowing from its rear.

As I pressed the recirc button, the display screen said, "Timed Recirc On." That surprised me, but after a quick review of the owner's manual I learned there are really three settings, "Timed," "Latched," and "Auto."

I did not know.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 13,666 miles

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2012 Jaguar XF: Thigh Extenders, Yay

October 08, 2012

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I sat down in our 2012 Jaguar XF and it felt as if the seat bottom was too short front-to-back. I put my hand on the seat adjusters, found all typical fore-aft, up-down, recline, and even seatback width, PLUS one more: Thigh Extender! Ahhh, that's better. It's interesting how rare this adjustment is, even as a manual slider on the front of the seat. It really makes all the difference, don't you think?

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged Alaska Road Trip: Lame Headlights

September 21, 2012

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Our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged has the $850 "Adaptive Front Lights and Intelligent High Beam" option.

They're woefully insufficient on seriously dark roads. (And no, it wasn't because the cover was dirty. We cleaned them constantly and headlamp washers are standard.)

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Thigh Support

August 14, 2012

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Earlier, we discussed my love for our BMW X3's dedicated, extendable thigh support. (One of you called it hamstring support which might be more accurate.) Our Jag, unsurprisingly, has this feature, but does it in a worse way than the BMW.

Instead of having an extendable portion at the front of the seat, the Jag slides the ENTIRE seat bottom forward. Sure, it gives you a longer seat bottom, but it's also less comfortable, moving you along with the seat, and causes a funny gap between the seatback and the seat cushion.

Functional? Yes. Absolutely. As good as the X3? Nope.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Lovin' The Seats

August 01, 2012

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The front seats in our Jag XF strike a near-perfect compromise between comfort and lateral support. On the first, yes, they're comfortable to the point you don't even think about them--always a good sign.

To the lateral support, it's excellent. The seat really holds you in place. And, it's not just the seatback that has the good bolstering, as on most cars, but the seat cushion as well provides good grip for your legs.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 3,128 miles.

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Chauffeur Duty

July 27, 2012

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So what's the sense in having a car like this unless you give a ride to your friends?

So when Edmunds.com had the big company meeting here in town, I put on the chauffeur's cap for Rick French, Stephanie Miller and Nick Lindgren, as seen above.

Surprisingly, no one attempted to jump from the car when I made the full-throttle run down the 20th Street on-ramp.

Rick French compared the XF to his Genesis V6 sedan back in Philadelphia, from which he has stripped most of the badging, and he longed for his old, all-wheel-drive BMW 5-series wagon (he plays the drums, so he's always looking for plenty of room).

Stephanie Miller giggled like she'd just lucked into a particularly good ride home from the high school parking lot and was particularly drawn to the Jaguar's soft-leather upholstery, which whispered to her of impossible luxury.

Meanwhile, Nick Lindgren said the 470-hp Jaguar XF Supercharged didn't remind him at all of the Jeep Wrangler that he's driving around Minneapolis.

It's easy to take this Jaguar XF for granted when you read about it, but even a short ride with French, Miller and Lindgren proved that no one takes a car like this for granted. It's a very special piece, and it would be a once in a lifetime purchase for almost everyone. It's silly to pretend that we're anything but thrilled to pieces every time we get a chance to drive it.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 2,750 miles

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2012 Jaguar XF: Just the Right Size

July 19, 2012

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Do not listen to anyone who says the Jaguar XF's backseat is not spacious enough. Do not care if a con in a review states the XF's cabin is "smaller than those of its competitors."

I say this because they're just the sort of complaints that lead the BMW 5 Series to grow into a bloated limousine. The XF's back seat is just fine as it is and the car as a whole is big enough. Having said that, one of the things I so dearly love about this Jag is that it feels small even if it really isn't. The low, more enveloping greenhouse is a reason for this, but so too is the crisp response of the car's controls and the general feeling of being light on its feet. I'm loathe to make a cheeseball, punny comparison between Jaguar the car and jaguar the cat, but there's some truth to it. Every time I drive the XF it feels like it's just the right size.

If you think your back seat needs to be big enough for Dikembe Mutumbo, that's swell, please buy something else. But kindly shut up when a survey comes around asking "How can we improve the Jaguar XF?"

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,474 miles

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Leaping In

June 27, 2012

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This car is special and it makes me feel special, too. With the influx of new cars into our long-term fleet, it's a great time to have access to the lot.

I took the XF to a fancy-schmancy lunch in Malibu in the afternoon, then out to a fancy-schmancy dinner in my neighborhood last night. The Jaguar is exquisite from the inside, with rich leather and an intoxicating blend of stately design and high-tech styling. Honestly, the only thing I'm not a fan of is the steering wheel shape.

From the outside, the muscular shape and jet-black paint manage to turn plenty of heads; way more than I had anticipated.

Then there's the engine. Oh. My. Gawd.

It feels like it's got more than 424 lb-ft of twist. When you stomp the throttle, it responds with a flood of power that presses you into the seat. It doesn't shove you violently, no, it's a smooth and graceful wallop that doesn't jostle your innards. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Out of curiosity, I engaged the sport modes. On downshifts, there's a glorious snarl and a series of exhaust crackles. Those turned even more heads in Beverly Hills.

Here's the kicker: the Jaaaaag is almost $30,000 less than our long-term Audi A8. THIRTY-GRAND! I like our Audi, but I love our Jag. *Gasp* this isn't even a fair fight.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,200 miles

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