April 1, 2013
How many Jaguar XF owners are likely to use their cars to ferry a load of dirt and mulch?
February 21, 2013
We're bound for a long weekend in Phoenix. And on a two-lane stretch of Interstate 10, right about the time it begins its climb to Chiriaco Summit and the trucks start clogging the lanes, we really begin to appreciate the Jaguar's power plant.
The difficulty in this car is not getting the boost you need to pass. It's keeping yourself in check once the road opens up again. The Jaguar is content to lope along at about 90 mph, and it's all too easy to find yourself there without realizing it. Cruise control isn't a convenience in this car. It's a necessity, particularly if you want to avoid a speeding ticket. It doesn't ruin the fun. Too much.
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.
January 18, 2013
Let's put the trunk of our 2012 Jaguar XF to the test. We have a BOB running stroller. These things aren't exactly known for their compact dimensions. Sometimes it's a challenge to stuff BOB into the trunk of a car and expect to fit anything else with it. So will the stroller fit?
January 10, 2013
I was expecting to have to wedge the card table behind the front seats, but popped the trunk just to confirm my suspicion. I should have seen Mike Monticello's post on the capacity of the Jag's trunk, but it is rather large. At 17.7 cubic-feet, the Jaguar XF's "boot" is, in fact, one of the largest in its class. Lesson learnt.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 16,670 miles
January 8, 2013
That box is exactly 16.5 inches tall and as you can see I can just squeeze it through the very center of the Jaguar's trunk opening. I think this is a problem.
There's much more space in the XF's trunk than you can utilize at times because of the sedan's small trunk opening. Stuff will fit in the Jag's trunk, but too often I find myself unable to get the object in the trunk so I can use the available space.
Just a few weeks ago my wife asked me to put a box of Halloween decorations in the trunk of the Jag. It was a much larger box than the one in the photo. I could see that the box would fit in the XF's trunk, but it was just too large to get through its puny trunk opening.
How did I solve the problem? Simple, I put it in the trunk of my mother-in-law's Hyundai Genesis sedan instead.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 16,487 miles
August 16, 2012
While scooping my belongings from the XF's door bin, I was pleased to discover that the bin is lined with felt. It's a nice touch. Beats coarse plastic, that's for sure.
With luxury cars, details make all the difference, and our Jaguar has some appealing ones.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor