What Is It?
2016 Jaguar XF
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Jaguar XF represents the second generation of Jag's executive midsize sedan. This new model features an aluminum-intensive architecture that saves between 130 and 265 pounds depending on configuration. This new lightness, combined with lower aerodynamic drag and more efficient six-cylinder engines, promises a sizable improvement in fuel economy and handling.
The interior is also fully redone, with a new bi-level dash, more rear legroom and an optional cutting-edge infotainment system with a 10.2-inch screen.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Jaguar XF will go on sale in the U.S. in the winter of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the 2016 Jaguar XF to start in the low $50,000 range for a rear-drive, 340-horsepower XF.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Jaguar XF is available exclusively as a four-door, five-passenger sedan. A wagon variant of the last XF was available in Europe, but never made its way to the U.S. Expect the same this time around.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 3.0-liter supercharged V6: 340 hp, 332 pound-feet of torque
- 3.0-liter supercharged V6: 380 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque
- Eight-speed automatic
- Rear- or all-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Luxury cars used to be about nice leather and real wood. Today it's all about large, multifunction screens, infotainment and advanced driver assist systems. The XF checks all of these boxes emphatically.
First up is the new infotainment system. The 10.2-inch screen is impressive, but the software behind it is the real star. This new system, dubbed InControl Touch Pro, is capable of Waze-like route planning based on real-time traffic analysis, SSD-based maps with pinch-zoom, configurable apps, custom wallpaper and more. The system also has functionality for social media and messaging. These features promise to make certain phone-based activities safe enough to do while driving and require a cell phone to be connected. The system does lock out all other phone features while connected, however, which may dissuade people from using it in the first place.
The 2016 Jaguar XF also gets a new laser head-up display that projects speed, gear position and navigation instructions in bright colors right on the windshield.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
In addition to the usual suite of airbags, the 2016 Jaguar XF is loaded with high-tech safety features including lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, a drowsy-driver monitoring system and traffic sign recognition that can automatically adjust the adaptive cruise control speed based on the local limits.
For those in wintery climates, the Jag offers a new All-Surface Progress Control feature that, between 2 and 19 mph, controls brakes, throttle and engine output to maintain progress with minimal wheelspin.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A6: Perhaps the only sedan that can give the Jag a run for its money in the looks department, the A6 is more than a pretty face. Awesome engines, well-integrated technology and a beautiful interior.
BMW 5 Series: The 5 Series is the segment benchmark for a reason. Outstanding interior, excellent drive, supremely comfortable seats and a line of powertrains that is virtually unmatched.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: The Merc falls on the opposite side of the sport/luxury continuum than the Jag and that's exactly where it excels. Handsome, comfortable and well-equipped, the E-Class is tough competition.
Should You Wait for It?
The current-generation XF has some issues including rear seat room, trunk space and a cramped-feeling interior. That said, it's still a looker that drives extremely well and is among our favorites in the segment. This new XF feels larger inside, yet manages to be slightly smaller.
Lighter, faster and more efficient, with an open, modern-feeling interior? We might wait for this one.