Jag’s Midsize Sedan is Back With an Available Diesel
We Like: The simple, elegant design and Jag’s first U.S. diesel engine.
We Don’t Like: The erratic interior quality and the rotary shift knob.
Jaguar is on a roll this year—enough that the XE was a COTY finalist. The larger midsize XF shares many of the same attributes, but a few shortcomings held it back from making the final cut.
Tom Gale described the styling as having a simple elegance and brilliant character lines. Frank Markus said it has an “aggressive, poised-to-pounce stance and minimalist line work and trim details,” and Angus MacKenzie called it a “master class in elegant restraint.”
Most agreed with Jonny Lieberman that it offered a composed, firm, and elegant ride with excellent steering. Scott Evans called it “the most fun large sedan here,” and Chris Walton said the XF “has the poise and composure befitting a Jaguar.”
The second-generation XF is the first Jaguar in the U.S. to offer a diesel engine, part of the new Ingenium engine family. The 20d was a favorite, although some expected better initial torque from the diesel. We also tested the 35t R Sport and S AWD, which have supercharged six-cylinder gasoline engines. That meant more horsepower but also more weight over the front axle. We also had issues with power delivery at times.
The interior got mixed reviews, especially the slow-to-respond pop-up rotary gearshift knob and the automatic vent covers, which some thought looked cheap. MacKenzie said the XF felt more upscale than the XE. It should be, as its starting price is $15,000 higher.
With the XF, Jaguar delivered a less practical yet fun bad-boy entrant to the class. But of the two Jaguars in the field, the XE delivered better in the value and fun-to-drive equations.
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|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|