We test three XF flavors including the first diesel available in the U.S. market.
Jaguar is reinventing itself, and we like what we are driving. And though much of the spotlight is on the new entry-level XE compact sedan and the F-Pace foray into the SUV segment, we don’t want to leave out efforts to reinvent existing vehicles.
That would include the second-generation XF, which is a more mature midsize sedan and notable for bringing Jaguar buyers a diesel to North America for the first time: the Ingenium 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 diesel.
The four-cylinder engine was designed and built in-house. It generates 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque while weighing only 304 pounds (137.9 kg). There are more Ingenium engines, both diesel and gasoline, to come.
We tested a $71,645 USD 2017 XF 20d AWD R-Sport that delighted us in its cruising ability and smoothness but disappointed some in the diesel’s initial torque delivery. It took what seemed like an eternity—9.5 seconds—to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph and did the quarter mile in 17.1 seconds at 81.1 mph (130.5 km/h).
By comparison, the XF 35t AWD R-Sport with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 gasoline engine took only 4.9 seconds to hit 60 mph and did the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds at 104.2 mph (167.7 km/h). Not surprising: the engine generates 340 hp at 6,500 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. It also performed better on the figure eight than the diesel. Testing director Kim Reynolds said it was rather drifty.
Our third test vehicle was the XF S with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 tuned to pump out 380 hp. It accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 103.1 mph (165.9 km/h).
All of the vehicles have an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. The difference: weight. The XF S came in at 4,271 pounds (1937.3 kg) while the 35t was less at 4,226 pounds (1916.9 kg) and the 2.0d was 4,134 pounds (1875.2 kg).
But the diesel is for those who appreciate fuel economy. Our real world fuel economy testing of the car got a crazy good 25.1/43.2 mpg (9.4/5.4 L/100km). The vehicle’s EPA rating is 30/40 mpg (7.8/5.9 L/100km) in city/highway driving for a combined 34 mpg (6.9 L/100km).
That compares with the XF 35t with a gas V-6 and real fuel economy of 19.6/26.8 mpg (12/8.8 L/100km), close to the EPA rating of 20/28 mpg (11.8/8.4 L/100km).
Despite the comparative weakness of the diesel engine, the 20d with all-season Continental ContiProContact GX 245/40R19 tires was fun to throw around a winding track with astute chassis tuning and Jag’s excellent EPS steering. Sure, there was some diesel noise, some rough patches did not fare as well with the stiff suspension, and the seats could have been a bit cushier. But the aluminum construction has helped quell tire “ringing” and cavity resonance, which helped regain some of the rolling comfort that classic Jags were known for.
The XF is a gorgeous car and a step up from the XE with longer lines and proportions. It also has more distinctive rear taillights, so it should receive more attention on the road.
The interior is more upscale with textured gray metal and gray wood trim on our 20d that works well with the contemporary look and black headliner. There is a larger trunk, heated back seats, power outlets, and HVAC vents.
Our 35t AWD R-Sport tester had a sporty black and red interior with red stitching. Its sticker price of $71,485 USD was slightly more than the $64,645 USD base price because it had the Comfort and Convenience Package, Technology Package, head-up display, and a metallic paint job. The volume model rode on 20-inch Pirelli PZeros.
We also had an XF S in Italian Racing Red with a base price of $66,695 USD, which grew to $77,035 USD with the addition of a few packages. This one put it all together with no extraneous body roll, greater grip, stronger brakes, more driver confidence. We appreciated the lateral support adjustment in the seats—especially since this is also the version that induced vertical bouncing.
All in all, the XF has grown up and expanded its breadth with a diesel. It continues to make itself useful in all climates with all-wheel drive and has elevated its stature with a more upscale choice of materials—all while retaining its bad boy reputation on the road.
|2017 Jaguar XF 20d AWD R-Sport||2017 Jaguar XF 35t AWD (R-Sport)||2017 Jaguar XF S AWD|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$71,645||$71,485||$77,035|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.0L/180-hp/318-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 16-valve I-4||3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6||3.0L/380-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|TRANSMISSION||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||4,134 lb (51/49%)||4,226 lb (51/49%)||4,271 lb (51/49%)|
|WHEELBASE||116.5 in||116.5 in||116.5 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||195.0 x 74.0 x 57.4 in||195.0 x 74.0 x 57.4 in||195.0 x 74.0 x 57.4 in|
|0-60 MPH||9.5 sec||4.9 sec||5.0 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||17.1 sec @ 81.1 mph||13.3 sec @ 104.2 mph||13.5 sec @ 103.1 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||123 ft||122 ft||121 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.82 g (avg)||0.81 g (avg)||0.85 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.8 sec @ 0.60 g (avg)||26.8 sec @ 0.68 g (avg)||25.5 sec @ 0.73 g (avg)|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||Not tested||19.6/26.8/22.3 mpg||Not tested|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||30/40/34 mpg||20/28/23 mpg||20/28/23 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||126/94 kW-hrs/100 miles||169/120 kW-hrs/100 miles||169/120 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.66 lb/mile||0.85 lb/mile||0.85 lb/mile|