2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Apparently, I'm Getting Old
February 6, 2013
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.
Back on my normal route this morning, the XF rode acceptably once more, so I don't know what conclusion to draw from this experience other than that are better places to drive than the east side of Los Angeles County.
Also, it would be nice if you could get smaller wheels on the XF Supercharged, which comes standard with these particular tires (although Pirelli and Continental versions are also in circulation). Base trim XF sedans can be fitted with 18- or 19-inch wheels, but they aren't staggered-width like these 20s, and so they'd probably look ridiculously small and skinny on an XF with a 470-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V8.
The fact that I'm even expecting a car with this much horsepower to ride compliantly shows you how far we've come in 2012. Here's a huge luxury sedan that blasts through the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 112.8 mph, and I'm expecting it to be as cushy as a car that runs a 15- or 16-second quarter. I'm spoiled, going on delusional, and there's a Camry LE with my name on it.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,529 miles