2012 Jaguar XF 2.0 Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 8-speed Automatic)
Driven On 3/14/2013
As the entry-level XF the 2.0 lacks its more powerful brothers' sporting character. The result is an efficient sedan with good road manners. Though its enthusiast appeal is diminished, this base model offers more mainstream features like a small, efficient engine coupled to a modern 8-speed automatic transmission.
PerformanceAcceleration is adequate, but with this engine the XF can't be called fast. Handling might not be quite as sharp as the more focused competiton with adjustable suspension.
Throttle response is lackluster in D mode. S mode improves both throttle and tranny response, but you'll need to plan ahead often as this is not a quick car with the turbo-four.
Nothing outstanding here. Adequate performance during normal driving.
Steering feel is OK during normal driving but suffers as speeds increase, which hurts confidence through turns.
Good enough for anyone who doesn't want the most focused sedan. Feels good driving briskly but loses composure when pushed hard.
Lazy throttle and tranny responses are the only real gripes. It's clear this is the economy model as it's tuned accordingly. Most drivers will adjust, but enthusiasts will notice the slow responses.
ComfortLacks the sporting character of its powerful brothers but is comfortable enough for days of cruising. Its single-setting suspension is off the mark in this segment where many offer adjustable suspension.
6-way power-adjustable heated front seats offer ample position options, but lack the comfort of some competitors.
The XF's ride quality makes an excellent compromise between comfort and enthusiasm. Not adjustable like its German rivals, it's an example of sport sedan suspension tuning done well.
Amply quiet inside. Road and wind noise are acceptable for a car in this class.
InteriorStitched leather and other premium materials dominate the XF's interior space. Modern navigation, audio and climate conveniences are present as well. No ground-breaking advances, but it's luxurious for sure.
Some unusual goings-on here. The XF's knob-style shifter is a love-it-or-hate-it affair.
The XF is easy to climb into and out of. Large passengers might have trouble in the rear if the front seats are set fully rearward.
Decent front-seat space. Rear seats will accommodate all but the largest passengers for long distances.
The XF's shape somewhat inhibits rear-quarter visibility. Large C-pillars and a high rear waistline are the culprits.
Trunk space is adequate to accommodate one international suitcase and one medium suitcase plus several soft bags.
ValueStarting about $47K puts this Jag square in the sights of the BMW 528, which is a tough spot for the Brit. Other models (XF Supercharged) offer a good value, but given its option pricing this is a tough sell in the segment.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Assembly quality appears quite high. Materials aren't quite as nice as the best Germans but still show solid value.
Lacks the most recent and advanced features of some competitors, but still hits all the must-have targets.
Not as much car for the money as some of its competition.
19 city/30 highway/23 combined EPA ratings. We achieved 30 mpg on our drive loop which is largely highway miles but also incorporates some twisty back roads.