2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Folding Rear Seat, An Option Unchecked
February 5, 2013
My husband and I were at the hardware store over the weekend, and on the spur of the moment, we decided to drop $20 on an 8-foot roll of Astroturf for the family dog's outdoor play area. No problem, I thought, our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged has a folding rear seat.
As on nearly all midsize luxury sedans, a folding rear seat is an option on the XF (and, predictably, it's bundled with a bag for skis). Since our long-termer doesn't have that $600 add-on, it doesn't have so much as a center pass-through. Those green Xs denote where the release levers would be if it did have this option.
As a result, this happened.
For sure, this is the least dignified moment in the Jag's life up to now, save for maybe the time it drove through an indeterminate swill of diesel fuel, stagnant water and mud at various off-brand rural gas stations on the road home from Alaska.
Thing is, for several minutes, I labored under the hope that the Jag did actually have a folding rear seat. The seat-back cushions themselves are already pre-divided into 60/40 sections, and there is actually a cut-out in the trunk for the pass-through. No doubt, most Jaguar XF owners (and I saw two over the weekend, and we nodded to each other in acknowledgement of our beautiful and rare sedans) are not making spontaneous trips to Home Depot on a Saturday night. Still, this is a big car, and sometimes a little extra utility is nice to have, so I'd consider the folding seat option $600 well spent.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,529 miles