2018 Jaguar XF Review
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
- 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
|Overall||7.4 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Sportbrake S 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Purchased a used 2018 XF Sportbrake S with just 7,500 miles and under 11 months on the road. I was intrigued with the Jaguar wagon after reading reviews, and seeing a black one on the dealer's lot a couple years ago. The Sportbrake wagon is pretty unusual, as I've read that Jaguar only sold around 250 of them since they were introduced in 2016. I really like the styling, to my eye it's a very handsome car. Great lines and rather conservative exterior design are a welcome contrast from the Lexus RCF I traded in. Overall the aesthetic is one I admire, and I think it will age very well. The fact the Jaguar XFs are different from the other midsize cars in their class is a selling point. Unique and classy. When I took the car home, I was initially excited and trying out all the features. The "S" model (the only trim available in the wagon) is loaded with options. I was playing with the "soft close" doors when the rear driver's side door malfunctioned and the door wouldn't close all the way. It would latch, but was slightly ajar. Naturally, this was troubling. However, the next day I was able to take the car to the dealer and the kind service manager resolved the issue by simply holding the door handle open and closing and holding the door shut. The soft close motor then reset, and the problem was solved. This initial incident activated my OCD, and my inner car critic started noticing small things that were concerning. The body fits were not quite the high standard I saw in my Lexus. Not horrible by any means, but a little wide and uneven in spots. Then there was a piece of rubber trim on the tailgate that wasn't tucked in all the way. Also, one of the rear seatbelts got hung up and wouldn't pull out. I did manage to get it functioning after some fiddling. Again, my OCD was on high alert. Overall, the interior is maybe a step down from my former car, with a few whiffs of cheapness. To be real about it, a car with an $80k-plus sticker price should be top notch in my opinion but I am willing to see this car as unique and different, and look for the areas where the Jag does shine. Now on to the good stuff. The car is very quiet and the driver's area is very nice with great-smelling leather seats, and sporty steering wheel and substantial-feeling switches on the center of the wheel. Most of the surfaces are soft touch, and the look and feel is reserved and high quality, if slightly ergonomically quirky (the window switches are mounted far forward n the armrest, and sort of a reach). The tech is very good, fast to respond and most functions that are not supported with hard buttons are just a tap or two away. The Apple Carplay works great, however you must use the USB cord to access that functionality. The Bluetooth works great, pairing with my phone easily, and so far has not broken connection. The car does seem to revert to playing the radio after turning it off, not sure if that's an issue or just the way it's designed. The car drives beautifully, and it handles great, with nice steering and fantastic body control over bumps and through turns. The supercharged V-6 is strong and smooth. The power is flexible and linear, and it has a nice deep exhaust note. The 8-speed transmission is better than the one in my old car, always seems to be in the right gear for the situation, and does not move to higher gears too quickly. It seems to always be in the right gear for the situation and operates imperceptibly in the background just like a good gearbox should. Good driving experience. The suspension is the perfect blend of comfort and control, soaks up the bumps with one movement and holds the car level in the turns. I really like the serene ride and it makes me not miss the Lexus’ firm, sporty ride too much. It has a more mature and refined ride quality. As you can imagine, the car gets a fair amount of attention. Most people have not seen one of these cars in person. I must say that I love the style of the car, very classy and there’s not a bad line on this car. I took it to a Cars & Coffee event the other day, and had a lot of positive attention. One guy told me this was the best looking car at the event, even amongst the German and Italian cars that were there. I agree.
25t Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Very happy with our 2018 Jaguar XF
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Sportbrake S 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Great handling, very good cargo capacity. Original Pirelli tires a bit noisy, went with Continental DSW for second set, much quieter and better ride with minimal handling degradation. A thorough read of the manual makes control interface much less confusing than first glance. Very rare, people ask about it and admire it every day! I highly recommend this vehicle!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the XF models:
- 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.