2018 Jaguar XF

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable during daily driving yet still fun and engaging
  • Only sedan in segment that offers all trims in rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Its cabin is more inviting than many of its popular competitors
  • Generous passenger and cargo room
  • Doesn't offer a V8 engine option like its competitors
  • Nonintuitive infotainment system
  • Subpar smartphone integration
  • Disappointing build quality issues
MSRP Range
$47,775 - $71,025

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Which XF does Edmunds recommend?

We think the XF Portfolio paired with the 35t engine (3.0-liter supercharged V6, 340 hp) offers the best mix of features and performance. Throw in the Driver Assistance package, and it comes with all the gadgets and luxury accoutrements you could ask for. Compared to sportier XF variants, the Portfolio provides ample passing power while cosseting you with a smooth and quiet ride.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.4 / 10

The 2018 Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury vehicle that is a refreshingly different option among the popular and ubiquitous German staples of the class. It may not generate world-beating performance, but its lightweight all-aluminum chassis and suspension give the XF great road feel. It's available in six trim levels, two body styles, with four engine choices, and either rear- or all-wheel-drive drivetrains, so you can dial in the exact experience you're looking for.

Compared to your typical luxury sedan, the XF has more charisma and pomp. Its shift selector rises from the center console when you fire up the engine, and its interior materials and colors are all generally warm and inviting. Styling is top-notch and punches above the XF's price bracket. And in terms of size, it's on par in interior volume, but the sedan edges out others when it comes to trunk volume.

If we had to point out any weaknesses, it would be its infotainment system — more specifically, its poor smartphone integration — and build quality that falls short of the standards set by the class. But all in all, the XF is a good package: stylish, roomy and enjoyable to drive.

2018 Jaguar XF models

The Jaguar XF sedan is available in six trim levels: base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. The Sportbrake comes only in the S version. The Premium and Prestige trims build on the base trim with additional standard features and more available options. The R-Sport adds even more luxury features as well as an R-Sport specific body kit. At the top, you can go one of two ways: The luxurious Portfolio comes with almost every option as standard, while the S maximizes performance with a high-output engine. A number of different engines and powertrains are available for most trims.

As a performance-oriented car, even the base XF comes with JaguarDrive Control, a feature that allows drivers to select various modes altering the steering, throttle response and transmission shift characteristics to best suit the current road conditions. The base XF also comes with a 380-watt Meridian surround-sound system and an 8-inch Jaguar Touch infotainment system. The Premium trim adds driver-seat memory settings, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a power-adjustable steering column and power-folding mirrors. Prestige models are upgraded to 19-inch wheels, a navigation system, keyless entry, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist, and leather seats with four-way lumbar adjustment.

Further up is the R-Sport. It adds adaptive headlights, contrasting seat stitching, blind-spot monitoring and satellite radio. But the real reason to get the R-Sport is its unique visual touches such as the two-tone interior package and body kit, which includes a unique front bumper, blacked-out grille with satin chrome trim, extended rocker sills, satin chrome side vents and a trunk spoiler.

At the top end are two distinct choices: the luxurious Portfolio or the performance-oriented S. The Portfolio features 18-way power-adjustable seats with four-way lumbar support, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a configurable ambient lighting system, a head-up display, and a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen and an 825-watt Meridian surround-sound system.

The S trim comes with 20-inch wheels and an S-specific body kit, which includes front and rear bumpers with gloss black accents, gloss black side sills, a trunklid spoiler and badging. Also standard are both Adaptive and Configurable Dynamics systems, which includes a suspension that adjusts on the fly and allows you to configure vehicle systems individually. For example, you could combine the most dynamic engine-transmission setting with the softest suspension mode. The centerpiece of the S trim is the high-output 380-hp supercharged V6, the most powerful engine offered in the XF.

The XF S Sportbrake is largely the same as its sedan counterpart, though it also includes a load-leveling air suspension, a panoramic glass roof, roof rails and a hands-free tailgate.

All trims can be had in either rear- or all-wheel drive, except the Sportbrake, which features standard AWD. Base through Portfolio trims can be equipped with either a 2.0-liter turbodiesel (180 hp, 318 lb-ft) or a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline (247 hp, 269 lb-ft). Premium trims and up also offer the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (340 hp, 332 lb-ft) engine, while the higher-output V6 (380 hp, 332 lb-ft) is exclusive to the S.

A few optional packages that are available on most trim levels include the Vision Assist package, which has adaptive LED headlights with auto high-beam assist (this automatically dips the high beams when it senses oncoming traffic), front and rear parking sensors, front collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, and lane departure warning. The available Technology package upgrades you from the 8-inch standard screen to one measuring 10.2 inches, adds navigation and the 825-watt Meridian surround-sound system, and replaces the driver's analog instrument panel with a large 12.3-inch digital display. And lastly, a Cold Climate package is also available that includes heaters for the front and rear seats, steering wheel, windshield and washer jets.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Jaguar XF S Sedan (supercharged 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).


Overall7.4 / 10


Although not as quick as V8 offerings in this segment, the XF still has a fun demeanor that makes it interesting to drive in a variety of situations. Whether you're on a back road or simply commuting to work, it's an easy car to get comfortable with.


Its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 generates 380 hp and 339 lb-ft and hustles the XF from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. That's not the quickest in the class, but it's more than adequate for any passing or merging maneuver.


Medium-travel and a medium-firm brake pedal maintain a luxury driving feel in the XF. In a panic-stop situation, the brakes performed well, slowing the Jaguar to a stop from 60 mph in 116 feet. Good, considering its all-season tires.


The XF's electric assisted steering is tuned well. Initial turn-in is good but not quick. On-center feel is nice and progressively resistant as the wheel turns. Its default setting has adequate heft without being obvious.


Stability control keeps the XF walking a straight line in normal conditions. But in dynamic mode its playful character emerges. Hard off throttle midturn steps the back out effortlessly. Ease off and torque vectoring tightens your line.


Easy to drive in all situations. The eight-speed automatic transmission responds quickly when provoked, yet it remains smooth at low speeds, when leisurely shifts are preferred. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters hold gears regardless of mode.


The XF straddles the line between luxury and sport. The ride quality is on the stiffer side, though not so much as to be a crutch. Meanwhile, the cabin remains quiet and isolated. Despite offering plenty of space, the driver's seat is overly firm and may be a deal breaker for some.

Seat comfort

These seats are firm. We found a two-hour window of acceptable driving comfort before the fidgeting began. Not everyone will consider these long-haul-friendly. The rear outboard seats are fine for adults and spacious in all directions.

Ride comfort

As sport sedans go, the ride quality of the XF is acceptably stiff in S form. Its suspension absorbs road imperfections competently, be they small or large.

Noise & vibration

Engine noise is nonexistent at cruising speeds and nearly as muted at full throttle. The cabin remains quiet over most surfaces, though some suspension noise is evident over bumps. It is quieter than others in the segment.

Climate control

With its own set of dedicated buttons, the climate control system is easy to use and effective. Seat heating is standard on the higher level models, or can be equipped as part of a cold weather package.


Top-quality materials extend throughout, giving the interior an appropriately luxurious feel. Infotainment is thoughtfully designed but lacks the finished details of competitors. What really sets the XF apart from the class is its trunk, which is comparatively massive.

Ease of use

The touchscreen infotainment layout is logical and easy to use. Hard buttons bordering the interface offer some redundant controls and are a welcome alternative. The navigation system on our test car froze multiple times.

Getting in/getting out

The XF is as easy to climb in and out of as any in this segment once the doors are open. They open fully but are heavy. The optional "soft close" self-closing door feature helps. We didn't have any issues in tight parking spaces.

Driving position

While the XF could be considered a sport sedan, the driver's seating position is decidedly on the comfort side. The standard seat package lacks any sort of additional seat bolstering, with only higher level models offering adjustable lumbar support.


Front and rear headroom are comparable to most in the segment. Plenty of lateral space for all outboard passengers to get cozy. Three adults in the back seat isn't such a bad proposition, at least for a short period of time.


Visibility is dependent upon seating position. Those sitting farther back will find the side and rear roof pillars combine to make one large driver-side blind spot. Over the shoulder is OK, though. Multiview cameras are a big help.


No build quality issues of note on our test car. Panels aligned properly and it was free of squeaks and rattles. Interior controls and switchgear don't quite have the sturdiness and refinement of some others in the class.


With a large trunk volume, and sizable rear seats, the XF is a good road-trip companion. If you're travelling with small children, the XF can handle both front- and rear-facing child seats with ease.

Small-item storage

Most of your odds and ends will wind up in the moderately size door pocket or cupholder. There's a small recess underneath the climate control system, but it's not large enough for larger smartphones — those will have to go in the center console armrest.

Cargo space

The trunk space is wide and deep, and gooseneck trunklid arms are recessed so as not to impede cargo loading. The pass-through size is average, as are the number and depth of interior nooks.

Child safety seat accommodation

Four Isofix latch points are clearly marked behind plastic covers, while three top-anchor mounts are located directly behind their respective headrest positions.


The XF's two primary infotainment systems utilize either an 8- or 12-inch display and control all functions aside from climate controls. We found the standard functions such as audio and telephone easy to use, while navigation and connectivity lacked the same intuitive ease of use.

Smartphone integration

The standard XF comes only with Bluetooth and a USB hookup. Smartphone connectivity is handled via a proprietary app interface that's paired to an onboard subscription-service hotspot.

Driver aids

Most aids will come in the form of the Vision Assist package, which includes front and rear park assist, adaptive LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning, and emergency braking. Unfortunately, this package is not available on the base model.

Voice control

The system processes commands related to the entertainment system and telephone use, but nothing beyond that.

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    2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake Review

    [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Today we're with the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which is a really fancy way of saying station wagon. This is a luxury station wagon, which I'm hoping is a thing because I think they're really cool. This particular one seats five, has a supercharged V-6, and is backed by an 8 speed automatic. It also carries a bunch of cargo, so we want to see if it could be an alternative if you're shopping for a small SUV. Inside the Jag, you're sort of surrounded by a lot of different materials. Some of them are really excellent like this soft headliner here and cool carbon fiber. This is an option. Some of them are just OK, like plastic. You know, got to make it out of something. The shifter in the Jaguar-- this is kind of their thing right now. And let's start it up. It kind of rises up, and that part's really cool. Once it has risen up, though, you're kind of like, why? That's it, and it takes all of this space. And this thing, it seems to me, could be up here somewhere, thus leaving all of this space for something else. Because one thing that you'll notice is this big huge console, which is nice, has almost no space. There's two cup holders here. There's a little phone pad here. And then you open this expecting, I don't know, a bunch of space, and there's literally like a little change pouch. That's it. Two USBs, an HDMI, a SIM card, and a 12 volt. That's all there is. There's no more space. It doesn't open-- there's no other secret compartment. And that's because all of the HVAC stuff to the back seat kind of runs through here. But I feel like it's a little bit of a sad surprise. Side storage here is not very good either. I don't even think you could fit anything other than the smallest water bottle in here. So I don't really understand why all of these cars have side pockets if you can't put stuff into them. One of the things that's fun about the Jaguar is that there are a lot of internal customizations that you can make. I mean, besides the fact that it has different driving modes. Every time that you change the mode, all of the gauges change. They look different, look sportier in dynamic mode. But if you like a particular gauge, you can actually change that in the menu as well. It has a whole display that you can change everything on it. It's cool that it has all of these options, but they're pretty deep inside of this menu. And it feels like every time you press the button, you're in a different spot than you were the last time you pressed that exact same button. The seats are really comfortable, and they have temperature controls in them so you can have them heated or cooled in the front, and you can have them heated in the back. When you got a four door car, you got to talk about the back seat. And sometimes you get into the back of a car, even a car that has a lot of really nice materials in the front, and the back doesn't feel very special. And that's not true here. All of the same luxury high end materials, the carbon fiber, the printed metal, all the different colored leathers and cross-stitching, that all carries over from the front to the back. The seats in the back are fairly comfortable. There's not a huge amount of room. I'm not very tall, and somebody larger would be uncomfortable, I think, both with the head space and with the leg space. The seat belts don't-- the receiver doesn't sit down flush into the sea. And if you've got people sliding over, making room for more kids or whatever, they're going to hit their hips against it and it really hurts. So if you are designing a car, you want to make sure that this sits down so that you're not ramming into it. The rear seat passengers have control of their own heating and cooling, which is nice. They also have 12 volt plugs, but no USBs, which I think is really unusual here. Because, I mean, who doesn't have USBs in the back now? There's none in this center console either, although there are two cup holders. Why would you even get a wagon instead of a sedan? Well, because you want cargo space. Let's see what the Jag has for us. First thing it has is a ton of space to work around. You've got plenty of headroom up here, and you're not having to lift up from the ground. Everything is right where you need it to be. Which is awesome if you're putting stuff in, or if you're putting a pet in, say, a dog maybe who doesn't want to have to jump up into a high SUV. This is about 30, 31 cubic feet of cargo space. You can put the seats down, and now you've got nearly 70 cubic feet of space. The seats go down, all three. You can put down two, or you can put down just the center section all by itself. One of the things that's great about a wagon is that it's still a car. It's low down, and it's got this low center of gravity and it handles great. It's so different from driving an SUV or a truck, but you still have all of that space. The Jaguar handles as you would hope that a Jaguar would handle, which is good. And it's a heavy car. You can feel that. It's very well weighted so it doesn't feel tail heavy or nose heavy, and it goes around the turns pretty much exactly how you want it to. If you were moving across the mountains, and you had to carry a whole bunch of people or stuff around twisty roads, you really couldn't do better than to get a wagon and do it in. Because we're kind of hauling around here, and it's fine. It's like, yeah. Let's do some more. The brakes in the Jaguar are great. You have no idea that the car is heavy, that you're trying to stop a lot of weight. I mean, it brings it right down. It doesn't feel like it's working hard. It will give you plenty of stopping distance between you and whatever you're trying to not hit. The sport break has a three liter supercharged engine, and if you see supercharged in front of engine, I mean, you could just shorten that to fun. It is a lot of fun. It's very quick. It's very fast. It doesn't necessarily feel like the zippiest immediately off the line. I mean, you're still getting going and you can feel it do that. But once you're in it and you want more of it, it just goes. And it sounds good, too. It has a little whine. It's not a difficult car to drive around. I'm not working hard. I'm not getting any upper body workout turning it around these corners. I'm not having to press really hard on the brakes to get it to stop. And it's really a pleasure to be driving it. So in that case, I would say that the driveability of the car is excellent. It doesn't require you to be thinking about the driving. If I had any complaints about the wagon, I would say that they had to do with visibility. I don't know why, You'd think it's got all of this glass. I mean, you should be able to see everything. But the A pillars are big, bigger on the inside than you would think from the way they look on the outside because they're pretty delicate on the outside. The mirrors are big. The roof line is low, and the door sills are high. And it ends up feeling really constricted all around you. Like, a little bit of a tunnel, like a paper towel tube, that you're looking through. I was surprised when I got into this car. When I first started driving it, I was a little bit iffy about parking it. Like, well, where are the ends of it? But it actually turns really well. It has a great turning radius. If you want to take somebody out smooth, comfortable, just a nice ride where you can have a conversation, this car is excellent. It's really willing to be in the background of what you're doing, just making it easy and pleasant to be doing whatever that is. There are two kinds of people in the world, wagons ho and wagons no. I am definitely a pro wagon person, so for me a wagon has great memories and has great connotations. I'm a little bit nostalgic for wagons. I remember sitting in the back seat of a wagon. They're fun. They're stylish. They are incredibly useful, and they're a little bit-- kind of a throwback. The thing that you don't get in a wagon is that up high seating position that people seem to really want. So if you were looking at wagons, you need to be prepared to have a car driving experience. It's still going to be a car. It's going to look like a car, and it's going to feel like a car. The technology in this Sportbrake is-- it's not overwhelming. It has a really great sound system. It has a 10 inch touch screen, which is like a horizontal landscape screen here. When you talk value and luxury, things get subjective really quickly. If you want a wagon, you don't have very many choices. If you want a luxury wagon, you have even less. Are you getting the value for that? Well, here's what you're getting that you wouldn't get from a cheaper vehicle, or even from some of the cheaper Jaguar options. For example, you could get the F-Pace little SUV, still have a Jaguar on the front, and have about the same amount of space. You're getting individuality. You're getting a unique vehicle. That's what this car will bring you. People will pay attention to it. If you park it somewhere, someone will stop to talk to you about it. And you're not going to get that with a more common SUV, or even with some of the other luxury sedans. You're going to get it because it's a wagon, and because, as we were talking about with wagons, people like them or they hate them. But there are always people who are going to like them, and they're going to want to talk about it. This is a great car for somebody who drives a lot who travels and carries stuff. This is a great vehicle for a family, because your kids, if they're in the back seat, they're right there. You see them right there, and you're not very far away from them the way that you are in a bigger SUV, or a truck where they're, like, way the heck back there. They can easily pretend they don't hear you yelling at them. This car is all wheel drive, although it is rear wheel weighted. So most of the time when you're driving, it's basically like a rear wheel drive car. And if it feels that you need it, it can move some of that power to the front. Overall, if you've got a smaller family, you really love driving, you want something that'll take it all around the corners and stand out in a parking lot, the XF Sportbrake is probably the car you should be looking at as an alternative to an SUV. But on the other hand, if you've got a big family, you're hauling a lot of stuff, and you're concerned about the value that you're getting for your money, you might want to look at something else. For more information about the Sportbrake or any other wagon or SUV, subscribe to our channel. 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    Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr gets nostalgic for childhood with a test drive of Jaguar's station wagon. Of course, the supercharged V6 and sleek European styling of the 2018 Jaguar Sportbrake are a far cry from the wood-paneled sleds that normally come to mind when someone says "station wagon." Can the Sportbrake win buyers back to cars from SUVs with superior interior luxury and Jaguar handling? We drop the pedal, and the tailgate, to find out.

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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MPG 23 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower247 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower247 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    MPG 25 city / 34 hwy
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
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    MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower380 hp @ 6500 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite XF safety features:

    Closing Vehicle Sensing
    Warns driver of faster approaching vehicles by looking far behind the vehicle, similar to a long-range blind-spot warning system.
    Reverse Traffic Monitor
    Warns drivers of oncoming vehicles when backing out of a tight parking spot.
    Traffic Sign Recognition
    Alerts drivers to changes in speed limits and road conditions. Can automatically adjust speed if adaptive speed limiter is enabled.