In India, the Jaguar got instant popularity with its stylish, high-performance and luxurious models. The new Jaguar XF is the latest version of the XF models with a thorough upgrade right from improved dimensions to the luxury and comfort features. Some of the newly-added Jaguar XF specifications include bi-functional xenon headlights with LED ‘J’ blade and daytime running lights, a new set of alloy wheels, new leather seats in different textures and electric adjustability with memory function, and superior quality of interior fit and finish.
STYLE AND DESIGN ;
The new generation Jaguar XF has got similar silhouette compared to its predecessor but the styling changes are quite substantial. The XF now gets leaner with the sleek character lines and revised front profile which is inspired by the latest family design. The beefy front styling is gone now, in comes the sporty and aggressive face. There is a dominating signature grille up front along with sleek LED headlamps with DRLs.
The Jaguar XF looks huge from the side profile having a long bonnet and a smooth flowing roofline that infuses seamlessly with the boot. The 18-inch multi-spoke alloys on the Portfolio trim look gorgeous. The rear profile also gets heavy changes. The slimmer tail lights look striking at night especially with the F-Type inspired LED detailing. All in all, the new XF maintains its elegant character but with some freshly sprinkled details on the exteriors.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
Jag increased the XF’s wheelbase by 2 inches, bringing it to 116.5 inches overall. This effectively increased interior space, particularly in the rear, where leg and knee room got a nice boost. This generous cabin space carries over for the 2017 model year, maintaining the XF’s four-door usability. That also includes 19 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear.
Standard infotainment equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen mounted in the central console, an 8-speaker audio system, dual climate control, and plenty of high-end materials. The seats offer decent lateral support, and come finished with twin-stitching and embossed headrests.
Options include an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which integrates with the drive system to offer a few extra performance-oriented goodies. This system adds a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen, and will display things like a stopwatch, g-meter, lap timer, and throttle/brake graphs – perfect if you plan on stretching the cat’s legs a little on the track.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
Jaguar has launched the XF in India with two engine options. The new four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium engine family, is of particular importance because it will eventually replace the old 2.2 unit across JLR’s India range. Also, its 1999cc displacement crucially keeps the XF out of the purview of any possible ban on the sale of cars with diesel engines of 2000cc and above.
Judged against JLR’s old diesel engine, the Ingenium unit immediately feels like an improvement, especially when talking refinement. It’s quieter and more refined, though still not class-leadingly so. You can hear a clatter at idle and the engine booms and sounds quite coarse when pushed. However, at typical mild throttle speeds, engine noise levels are more than acceptable. In town, the 180hp engine does come across as strong with the 8-speed gearbox chipping in by keeping revs above 2000rpm when you need immediate power. There are four driving modes to choose from, namely Rain, Eco, Normal and Dynamic, each with its own engine, gearbox and steering setup. Normal works well enough but Dynamic makes the powertrain feel at its alertest best. Flooring the throttle has the diesel XF pick up pace smartly and, though the engine may not rev as quickly as a similar-displacement BMW or Audi, it does, again, feel strong. You can rev the engine to 4900rpm or so (in manual mode), but best progress is made between 2000rpm and 4200rpm. We recorded a 0-100kph time of 9.04 seconds (see performance chart), which makes the XF slower than rivals but the truth is, from behind the wheel, it doesn’t feel so.
For those looking for performance, the other engine of choice will be of greater interest. It’s the familiar four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit that already does duty in many of JLR’s other models offered on the XF in the higher of its two states of tune. Read 240hp and 340Nm. That’s a near 60hp jump over the petrol versions of the A6, 5-series and E-Class, and straight off the bat, the XF feels a lot faster. The 0-100kph comes up in 7.62 seconds compared to the 520i’s 8.63 and it’s significantly quicker in roll-on acceleration too.
Flat-out performance is strong, and what makes the engine exciting is that there’s plenty of power in the upper reaches of the rev band. Flooring the throttle has the eight-speed automatic gearbox jump down as many ratios as needed to get to the meat of the powerband. However, when you do so, you can tell the gearbox isn’t the fastest eight-speeder around and there is a pause between command and execution. The paddle-shifters do help work around this issue and what is also great is that the electronics let you hold gear at the 6500rpm limiter in the gearbox’s S mode. Driven hard, the XF’s petrol engine sounds quite nice as four-cylinder units go with a racy snarl, giving a fitting soundtrack for the last 2000rpm of the rev range. Unfortunately, the petrol engine is not particularly quiet when you want it to be. It’s audible at idle and grumbles at middle revs. Once again, the gearbox tends to fumble at times when you need a quick dose of power.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
More than just straight-line performance, the XF puts up a strong case for itself also when it comes to the ride and handling. Despite its driver-oriented nature, the XF rides better than you might expect. It will take pretty big jolts without letting out any form of unnerving clunks and keep the occupants at the back in comfort. As for the handling, the XF strikes a good balance by being a decent handling machine, although not to the point where it can beat its rivals. The biggest let-down here is the steering which doesn’t seem to have as much feedback as I would like when throwing the car around long corners. And while doing so, there is also a fair bit of body roll that hampers the cornering speeds. The XF comes with what Jaguar calls Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which has two settings. The default setting comes into play as soon as it detects even the slightest of wheel-spin. The Trac DSC setting, on the other hand, allows the XF to hang its tail out a bit before it intervenes. With the latter setting in place, I was left grinning like an idiot after flinging it through a few hairpins, despite the less-then-ideal steering feel and the body roll – yes, sometimes it doesn’t take much to turn us car guys into a child!
Standard safety features on the 2016 Jaguar XF include traction and stability control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. As detailed above, certain other safety technologies are included on the R-Sport and S, while the more advanced Driver Assistance pack is optional on those trims, and the Vision pack enhances the safety of the base Premium and Prestige.
The 2017 Jaguar XF is a much improved car and there is no doubt about that. If you are a Jaguar fan, you will love many a things in this car. The British feel still embodies the interiors and things like the steering feedback, exhaust note and excellent handling is something that will always bring up a smile. It is only that when you compare it to its main German rivals, that you start to think about its value. With the new E-class around and the new 5-series about to be launched, the fight is even tougher for the Jag. Nevertheless, if you want a mid-size luxury sedan, that you aim to drive yourself and ‘driving pleasure’ is at the top of your mind, then the 2017 Jaguar XF will do you full justice.
Jaguar Xf 2.0 Pure Diesel Ex-showroom Price is 46,43,855/- and On Road Price is 56,99,864/- in Mumbai. Jaguar Xf 2.0 Pure Diesel comes in 10 colours, namely Rhodium Silver Metallic,Caviar Metallic,Odyssey Red Metallic,Ultimate Black Metallic Executive,Polaris White Executive,Ultimate Black Metallic,Stratus Grey,Polaris White,Lunar Grey Metallic,British Racing Green Metallic.Request a test drive.