Advantages Price. Build. Kit. Comfort. Economy.
Disadvantages Visibility. Rear Space.
The Jaguar XF is what other manufacturers, in the so called “premium sector” (Audi, BMW, Mercedes etc.), would call their medium sized, or executive, saloon model. Currently in the Jaguar range this is the base model, rumours abound of Jaguar producing much smaller cars in the future, but for now, the car reviewed here is the cheapest, smallest, car in Jaguars catalogue.To many, including myself, the fact that the XF is Jaguars lead-in model has done nothing but good for their image, it has considerably enhanced the brand. If new, smaller cars are introduced below this, they had better be pretty damned good!
The XF is 4961mm long and, including the door mirrors, 2053mm wide. Those dimensions make it fractionally larger than its closest rivals.By comparison the Audi A6 is 4920 x 1870, the BMW 5-Series 4899 x 2094 and the E-Class Mercedes 4868 x 2071.
Over the last twenty years, all new cars have grown in size; the Audi and Jaguar would NOT fit my own standard sized 1960’s single garage, whereas the BMW or Mercedes would – but only just!
Jaguar introduced the less powerful version in order to give them a sub-£30,000 base model to the range. Interestingly, bearing in mind that this car was a Jaguar fleet demonstrator, it was a, £29,940, basic SE model, with no options – always the best way to properly assess a new model that, in its most honest form.Incidentally, Jaguar are on the point of launching a very attractive estate car version of the XF, retailing at about £2000 more than the four door saloon reviewed here, it is mechanically identical.
This is the start of the XF range, it tops out at £65,380 for the 510bhp, V8 XF-R – a car that I tried on the same day as driving this one.
One of my professional roles is that of Fleet Manager, which, annually, gets me an invite to the excellent Company Car in Action event at the Millbrook Proving ground in Bedfordshire. Whilst I appreciate that there are some who do not feel that a proper review can be written without owning a car for a considerable period of time, I have for twenty years been visiting this extremely comprehensive test facility and have driven and assessed several hundred cars there during that time.
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