Jaguar XF 2021 long-term review

Resolutely fossil-fuelled four-door saloon takes a seat at the Autocar table

Why we’re running it: The Jaguar cocktail lounge is jeopardized. Can an updated XF leave a long lasting heritage?

Life with a Jaguar XF: Month 1
Inviting the XF to the fleet – 3 November 2021

Going all-electric: it’s rather the done thing currently. Everybody is doing it, from Alfa Romeo to Alpine and also Vauxhall to Volvo, and those companies that have yet to unveil their bold strategies to ditch combustion over the coming years are starting to look more than a bit unfashionable.

We have had a good couple of heavy-hitting headings over of the past couple of months on this extremely subject, among the earliest and most impactful of which was ‘Jaguar to end up being all-electric brand from 2025’. Other suppliers will defeat them to the strike, certainly, but right here is a name so fundamentally associated with big-engined sports coupés, snarling race tools and also driver-orientated cocktail lounges that the idea of a completely engine-less develop hall at Castle Bromwich appears virtually inconceivable.

In the meantime, this certain brand-new XF, as you’ll no doubt have actually clocked, is categorically not electric. Not also amazed, in fact, for while Jaguar does currently sell plug-in hybrid versions of its F-Pace as well as E-Pace SUVs (as well as, of course, the all-electric I-Pace), its battling XE and also XF hangout designs proceed as combustion-only propositions, albeit with the alternative of a gently hybridised diesel motor, while nearly all conventional rivals can zero-emission running.

So can the XF, as the front runner of Jag’s contemporary barroom line-up, remain a competitive choice in what is currently a diminishing segment? It’s the correct time to ask. The XF might be the final full-sized, fuel-burning public house Jaguar will ever before generate, but it has actually also just been extensively upgraded both in and out as well as is actually quite a various suggestion from the outwardly similar pre-facelift car.

We have actually opted for the mid-point of the line-up in the form of the 248bhp P250 fuel engine, which stacks up nicely stat-wise against the BMW 5 Series 530i and Audi A6 45 TFSI: 0-62mph in 6.9 sec, a full throttle of 155mph and also a mixed 35.2 mpg. Enthusiasts will no doubt still regret the lack of a straight-six engine, yet the turbocharged four sends adequate grunt rearwards (the right direction) through a slick-shifting automated transmission, as well as the framework can still provide a passable impact of a semi-sporting GT in the twisties. As well as there’s no rejecting the visibility this automobile emanates at the kerbside.

The aesthetic and also technical adjustments are no question comprehensive and reliable enough in their very own right to create a minimum of small migraines in Munich, Stuttgart as well as Ingolstadt, but really it’s the revised prices framework that might most tangibly punt the XF back towards the top of the fearsome director express sector. Simply ₤ 33,975 gets you right into Jaguar’s largest drinkery nowadays. That’s the cost of a Volkswagen Golf R-Line with a couple of additionals or, perhaps more relevantly, around ₤ 5000 less than a 5 Collection or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. As well as it’s not like it can ever be taken into consideration the lesser choice materially; if I may be allowed to defy Autocar convention in supplying a saying, it truly is a huge quantity of car for the money.

The auto you see right here, unquestionably, is defined in racy R-Dynamic trim and also comes with a reasonable couple of option boxes ticked– to the tune of just over ₤ 5000, really– so we’re not running the true bargain of the course. Yet that recent round of updates for the XF has actually refreshed it up sufficiently to satisfy this ‘owner’ of its worth for cash also in higher-specification kinds. There’s a fresh brand-new front end with slimmer fronts lights and also a revamped grille, a chunky (yet largely ornamental) diffuser at the back and, crucially, a completely overhauled cabin.

Gone are the plasticky trim components and old-fashioned switches, changed by a minimal and luxurious set up that visibly connects the XF with its futuristic I-Pace sibling. Many certainly, the often lambasted incorporated infotainment display from the older vehicle has actually been switched for an extensive 11.4 in touchscreen that plays host to almost all of the XF’s key features, making use of Jaguar Land Rover’s brand-new Pivi Pro running system.

And also what a system it is. All frequently do cars and truck makers appear to puzzle quality and also energy when designing infotainment user interfaces these days, yet even after some 1500 miles behind the wheel, I’ve yet to experience any of the clunkiness or counter-intuitiveness that torments a lot of its opponents’ electronic design; the overall surface as well as capability of the system hides the XF’s reduced retail price. There’s more than a whiff of Tesla concerning the overbearing touchscreen– for much better or even worse– and also a change away from physical buttons does enhance the potential for distractions while driving, however this undoubtedly will be one of the most important material factor in any kind of sales increase the XF takes care of to attain in what time it has actually left.

Well, it’ll be that or the eye-catching idea of possessing an authentic British sporting activities hangout (What? It’s British Racing Eco-friendly, isn’t it?) for a family member ration. In any case, there are countless reasons the German stalwarts dominate in this sector, as well as the XF will not have it very easy in confirming it can win out.

Second Opinion

Dealing with a long drive from Brighton to Sheffield, I attacked Felix’s hand off when he supplied to swap my Mini Convertible for his large Buzz cocktail lounge. Comfy and extremely refined it showed, the new infomercial is ace and it did regarding 40mpg– respectable for a petrol. Suffice to say that I arrived in high spirits.

Jaguar XF P250 R-Dynamic SE RWD requirements
Specs: Cost New ₤ 37,835 Rate as tested ₤ 43,110 Options Moving panoramic roofing ₤ 1345, Meridian sound system ₤ 820, 19in split-spoke alloys ₤ 800, British Racing Eco-friendly metallic paint ₤ 700, black exterior pack ₤ 550, privacy glass ₤ 500, wireless battery charger with phone signal booster ₤ 300, cabin air ionisation ₤ 140, lockable cooled glovebox ₤ 60, air top quality sensor ₤ 60, Light Oyster Morzine headlining nco