A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 550-hp supercharged V8, a state-of-the-art transmission, available all-wheel drive, and a functional cabin are just some factors that make the Jaguar XF stand out among its rivals. Looking for your next luxury sedan? Look carefully and check out this Jag.
UNDER THE HOOD
The lineup for the 2014 Jaguar XF consists of five engines. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. It works with rear-wheel drive system. The next engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It works with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is the source of power of the XF Supercharged, XFR and XFR-S. It gives the Supercharged 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. The XFR gets 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque from it. And the XFR-S is powered with 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.
An 8-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available across the lineup. All V6 and V8 models have an automatic stop-start feature for more fuel efficiency.
Here are the EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Jaguar XF:
|2.0-liter 4-cyl turbocharged||19/30/23|
|3.0-liter 6-cyl supercharged||17/18/21|
|3.0-liter 6-cyl supercharged, AWD||16/26/19|
|5.0-Iiter 8-cyl supercharged||15/23/18|
ON THE ROAD
The 2.0-liter engine provides adequate power to the XF. Acceleration is nothing special and the 8-speed automatic transmission is not responsive. Surely, it is not the way to go for performance-driving seekers.
Going for the supercharged V6 makes that adequate performance more energetic. It’s probably the popular choice of most midsize sedan shoppers. So if you’re in the market for a luxury sports sedan, you should consider getting a Jaguar XF 3.0T.
But if you are an enthusiast craving for an unforgettably wild Jag experience, you should get behind the wheel of any of the V8-powered XF. Aside from getting plenty of power from an 8-cylinder engine, the XF Supercharged, XFR and XFR-S also have adaptive suspension which improves overall handling. And the team in Jaguar puts these together without compromising the XF’s ride quality. But regardless of which engine is under the hood, the XF is more fun to drive than many cars in the class.
INSIDE THE 2014 XF
Pushing the start/stop button at the center console literally brings the XF to life—the flat gear selector slowly rises from its position and the dash-mounted air vents gently rotate to reveal themselves. Looking at the XF’s cabin helps you remember the old charm of a Jag but this time, it’s enveloped in modernity.
Compared with the BMW sedans of the same size, the front and rear seats in the XF are quite tight. But some reviewers took this as a positive note, writing that it adds to the Jag’s engaging feel. The XF’s trunk is also generous for a midsize sedan. It measures 17.7 cubic feet. The standard fold-down rear seats on the XFR and XFR-S make more room for cargo.
The Jaguar XF 2.0T is standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, automatic bi-xenon headlights, heated 6-way power front seats with driver-seat memory, rear park assist, 7-inch color touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 250-watt AM/FM/CD audio system.
The XF 3.0T has 19-inch alloy wheels and intelligent stop/start feature.
The XF Supercharged model gets 20-inch silver alloy wheels, rearview camera, hood louvers, front parking sensors, quad exhaust tips, blind spot monitor, keyless entry, HD radio, ventilated 16/12-way power front seats, satellite radio, leather seats, Meridian audio system with DVD capability, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, and active differential.
The XFR includes adaptive headlights with intelligent high beam, R-specific exterior details, 60/40 split folding rear seats with ski hatch, 18/14-way power front sport seats, and 17-speaker Meridian surround sound audio system.
And at the top of the lineup is the XFR-S which features performance exhaust, 20-inch lightweight wheels, rear spoiler with integrated stoplight, and R-S aerodynamic exterior theme.
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