2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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What We Got
The 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged had a starting MSRP of $68,100 at the time of this test. Optional equipment began with a short list of interior touches: Jet headliner ($525), piano-black veneer panel treatments ($790) and the interior pack ($1,300), which included highly adjustable sport leather seats and bright-finished pedals. Adaptive headlights with intelligent high beams ($850) were the only options outside of the cabin. All told, our XF arrived with a sticker price of $72,440.

2012 Jaguar XF

Our new Jaguar XF Supercharged boasted a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that generated 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. This engine wasn't available when the XF was first introduced in 2009, so needless to say, this was a notable improvement. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive were standard, along with numerous comfort items like soft-grain leather seats, dual-zone climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen display that was a gateway to its extensive navigation and media interface.

Configured as it was, our XF was about as nice as Jaguar's midsize sedan gets. If it couldn't impress us over the course of a year, nothing with a Jaguar badge would.

Our Impressions

  • "The front seats in our Jag XF strike a near-perfect compromise between comfort and lateral support. On the first, yes, they're comfortable to the point you don't even think about them, which is always a good sign. As far as lateral support, they're excellent. The seats really hold you in place. And, it's not just the seatbacks that have the good bolstering, as on most cars, but the seat cushions also provide good grip for your legs." — Mike Monticello

  • "I took the XF to a fancy-schmancy lunch in Malibu in the afternoon, then out to a fancy-schmancy dinner in my neighborhood last night. The Jaguar is exquisite from the inside, with rich leather and an intoxicating blend of stately design and high-tech styling. Honestly, the only thing I'm not a fan of is the steering wheel shape. And then there's the engine. Oh. My. Gawd. It feels like it's got more than 424 lb-ft of twist. When you stomp the throttle, it responds with a flood of power that presses you into the seat. It doesn't shove you violently, no; it's a smooth and graceful wallop that doesn't jostle your innards. Fan-freaking-tastic." — Mark Takahashi

  • "On the skid pad, with ESC off, the XF finds a delicate, neutral place with mild understeer at the limit. I could have easily wiggled my big toe and made it oversteer.... The XF feels free, frisky and playful. Of course, the temptation is for lurid slides (and it will do that), but the quick way between the slalom cones was to use delicate and precise throttle input to coax a little rotation at each cone and save the uppercut for the exit. I was a little surprised and pleased with how quick, friction-free and precise the steering remained.... There's no need for heavy steering, even in a car with sporting intentions. Even when going slide-ways through the last gate, I always felt in complete control. Nice, predictable behavior, which is more than I can say for current BMW sedans when pushed outside their 8/10ths comfort zones with ESC disabled." — Chris Walton

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  • "That metal-look trim looks textured and sure enough, it is textured when you run your fingers across it. It feels nice and special, and I especially like the contrast between the coarse texture of the trim and the buttery-soft leather above. This mixing of materials in terms of both appearance and texture is very well executed and just one of the many little details that make such a difference in this car." — James Riswick

  • "Our XF's slow-responding, odd screen-flow-havin' touchscreen is a few generations behind the times and shows the confidence its designers/engineers had in the then-newish technology. The XF's interface would have benefited greatly from the addition of a knob or two. Unfortunately, sometimes the ability to do something (in this case, incorporate many cabin functions into a single touchscreen interface) crowds out the decision of whether you should. I find myself saying this a lot about touchscreens in cars." — Jason Kavanagh

  • "I feel the need to address the instrument cluster. Specifically its lack of needless complexity. This is how it used to be done before designers and engineers tried to cram every last piece of vehicle information into a limited amount of space in the driver's field of view. Granted, that small screen in the middle lights up with all sorts of user-adjustable information, but it's pretty minimal as modern instrument panels go." — Ed Hellwig

  • "Our XF has the $850 'Adaptive Front Lights and Intelligent High Beam' option. They're woefully insufficient on seriously dark roads.... There is virtually no edge-lighting and not nearly enough forward light to make good decisions at near-freeway speeds.... You know us well enough to take this next statement seriously: The headlights were so bad we felt unsafe going the speed limit and had to take it down by at least 5 mph as soon as the sun fully set. Thankfully, the sunset was sometime after 10 pm. Still, this annoyance made us change both our plans and our scheduling. No more late-night mileage marathons. As for that automatic high beam thing, it was the first feature we turned off because they kept flicking on and off in reaction to any and every light source." — Mike Magrath

  • "I like the idea of electronic oil monitors. I like that they can warn you if things are going poorly on the fly. I like that they offer the convenience of checking your oil without getting dirty. I like that it should, ideally, make monitoring your oil level easier and thus help more people to do it more frequently. If only.... With a normal dipstick it takes all of, including washing your hands after, 60 seconds to check your oil. It's ideal to let the engine cool for a bit first.... You can even, gasp, check it on a non-level surface.... The Jag doesn't give you a reading in any of these circumstances.... The second strike against these things is the accuracy.... On Day 1 of our Alaska road trip, the electronic thingamabob said we were A-OK.... Day 3, the oil read good, too. Same for Day 5. On Day 7 we were, all of a sudden, two quarts down. Two quarts!! This wouldn't have happened with a dipstick." — Mike Magrath

  • "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.... 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

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  • "Our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged has way more personality than most of today's midsize luxury sedans.... The problem is that our XF is already full of rattles with 22,000 miles on the odometer.... I'm possibly engaging in needless hand-wringing. Nothing major has broken on our XF, and there's no reason to think it will anytime soon. But the rattles coursing through the cabin wouldn't make me feel great if I'd paid close to $70,000 for this car." — Erin Riches

Maintenance & Repairs

Regular Maintenance:
The XF called for routine service every 15,000 miles. We paid for an early oil change and tire rotation, as is our policy, which cost $213. It gave us an idea of what to expect when Jaguar's complimentary four-year/50,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan expires. But we don't count this against the car. The record will show $0 for regular maintenance.

We still spent money to keep the XF on the road. A standard flat tire repair set us back $30. Late in our test the rear brake pads required replacement. This $507 fix was the only real expense we incurred. We would have spent more if our test didn't end prior to realizing the front tires were worn to the cords.

Service Campaigns:
The only recall on our vehicle during the test was to replace a fuel tank outlet flange. We took it in, only to find out the repair had already been made on our test car.

Fuel Economy and Resale Value

Observed Fuel Economy:
The EPA estimate for the 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged is 17 mpg in combined driving. Our average after 23,000 miles was just that, 17.1 mpg. The best range on a single tank took us more than 375 miles and averaged 24 mpg, showing the Jaguar could stretch its legs somewhat on the open road. But in everyday city driving, we averaged just over 200 miles between fill-ups.

2012 Jaguar XF

Resale and Depreciation:
Our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged started this test a year ago with an MSRP of $72,440. After 23,211 miles Edmunds' TMV® Calculator valued the sedan at $48,788 based on a private-party sale. This marked 33 percent depreciation from its original MSRP.

Summing Up

Pros: Sensational power from the supercharged V8, commendable long-range comfort, exquisite interior detailing, free scheduled maintenance, no unscheduled visits to the dealer.

Cons: Limited fuel range, dated electronics often frustrating to use, some noticeable squeaks and rattles after the 20,000-mile mark, small trunk opening.

Bottom Line: The 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged is a formidable performance sedan with a unique interior feel that you won't find in one of its German counterparts. Other than a few squeaks and rattles after the 20K mark, the XF was dead reliable and highly desirable.

Total Body Repair Costs: None
Total Routine Maintenance Costs: None (over 12 months)
Additional Maintenance Costs: $537.72 for rear brake pads and tire repair
Warranty Repairs: None
Non-Warranty Repairs: None
Scheduled Dealer Visits: 1
Unscheduled Dealer Visits: 2 for rear brake pads and tire repair
Days Out of Service: 1
Breakdowns Stranding Driver: None
Best Fuel Economy: 28.5 mpg
Worst Fuel Economy: 9.0 mpg
Average Fuel Economy: 17.1 mpg
True Market Value at service end: $48,788 (private-party sale)
Depreciation: $23,652 (33% of original MSRP)
Final Odometer Reading: 23,211 miles

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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