Jaguar XF Series Saloon 2008 - 2011

Jaguar XF Series Saloon 2008 - 2011

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Perfect handling
  • Stylish looks
  • Award winning car

Cons:

  • Costly to run and maintain
  • Cramped rear space

Overview

The XF was a drastic, but essential move away from Jaguars traditional style. With its sleek modern look and mixture of aluminium and wooden interior it now attracts a younger generation of executives. The performance of the XF is phenomenal with perfectly balanced and weighted steering, massive amounts of grip and hardly any body roll to speak of. The Jaguar XF was built to compete with the best cars available and has easily achieved this.

Exterior and Interior

The Jaguar XF has hints of older models about its design, but make no mistake, this is a completely modern and exclusive saloon. The interior is magnificently furnished with a combination of aluminium and wood giving it the feel of a jaguar, but with a contemporary feel to it. It is advertised as a five seater but you would be pushed to seat three people comfortably in the back with the there being limited legroom thanks to the transmission box and with the sloping coupe esk roof making headroom limited too. The boot is the largest Jaguar has made with 500 litres of space or 540 if you opt for a puncture repair kit instead of the spare wheel. The rear seats do also fold flat to increase the load space but 500-litres should be adequate for most peoples luggage. There isn't much storage space in the cabin with only small door pockets, but the central cubby hole can hold larger objects. When it comes to the trim levels Jaguar have exceeded themselves with the lower spec Luxury trim coming with Alloys, CD multichanger, climate, cruise and traction control, parking sensors, sat-nav, electric windows, seats and mirrors, service indicator, airbags all round and a telephone kit. The Premium Luxury trim doesn't come with too much more than this with larger alloys, higher quality interior and keyless entry.

Performance and Economy

All four of the engines are brilliant to use with the larger 4.2-litre V.8's producing 300bhp and 420bhp. The turbocharged 420bhp SV8 hurtles you from 0-60 in just 5.1 seconds which is impressive for a car of this size. The standard V8 isn't far behind though managing 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. The smallest of the engines the 3.0-litre 238bhp manages a respectable 7.9 seconds from 0-60mph. The surprise package though is the 2.7-litre V6 diesel that has 207bhp, but accelerates from 0-60 in 7.7 seconds thanks to its immense pulling power. The V6 turbo diesel engine is the best engine in the range due to its pulling power and fuel efficiency which comes in at 35mpg, 8mpg more than the most fuel efficient 3.0-litre petrol engine. The automatic gearbox is perfectly smooth and if you get the urge to use it as a manual the steering column mounted shift paddles are easy to use with smooth and rapid gear changes.

Like to Drive

Despite the XF's big size it is nimble and beautifully refined. Thanks to the low and wide stance of the XF the ride quality hasn't been compromised as there is almost no body roll going into the corners even with soft suspension. The steering is light and precise making the XF feel nice and sporty. There is absolutely no noise from the outside world to speak of apart from the when you start the car and you get to hear the wonderful sound of the engine. It's not overbearing though and if anything improves the experience.

Faults and Repairs

Jaguar's reliability of late has improvement considerably and the XF is no exception with very few faults being reported. The few faults to look out for are with the electrics with warning lights staying on and the sat-nav not always working. There have also been reports of the air-con not working properly and the fuel filler cap getting stuck.


Overall Rating:
Review by MedicH
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"All the modcons"

Exterior and Interior

Fantastic shape, future proof lines and gives the sporty desire look that everyone wants but also requires functionality. Inside with the Premium Luxury model you get everything: reversing camera, upgraded sound system, etc - this is probably the best car for its money in terms of extras. Be aware of the sticky fuel cap though!! The twin exhausts look fantastic from the rear of the car and together with the lights, makes it look very Aston Martin.

Performance and Economy

On a steady run you can get 45mpg, but average around town is 32mpg, but i do have a heavy right foot as the power is great when you need it! There is a slight turbo lag at times when first pulling off but you can compensate once you get used to it.

Like to Drive

It is a dream to drive, you can eat motorway miles very easily. You just have to watch the speedo as sometimes you don't know how fast you are going. Also the adjustable headrests helps which I love. The automatic gearbox works great and is very smooth, when you put it into sport mode the car becomes a different motor, with higher gear changes and it just feels allot faster, doesn't really change anything else like the suspension but then again its a saloon car not a supercar. <

Faults and Repairs

Sticky fuel cap, changing headlight bulbs can be daunting but actually really easy once you watch a few YouTube videos!
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Review by John
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Xciting Fantastic Jaguar"

Exterior and Interior

Superb external silk like paintwork complements the aerodynamic body style, much copied by other car manufacturers of stylish executive saloons. Internally the driver's seating position and controls are just where they should be and fit like a glove. The ambient lighting and unfussy layout gives a thoroughly modern feel. The only concern is leg room and head height for rear passengers

Performance and Economy

Acceleration is outstanding, especially with the S version, and is virtually unrivalled in comparison with competitors. With a top speed in the 150 mph region, cruising on UK motorways reflects the sheer capacity in reserve and a sheer joy. For a 3 litre engine the diesel engine is considerably frugal on long journeys but in town the later model with the 2 litre engine would be a more sensible option for the cost concious.

Like to Drive

The moment you sit in the car you know you have entered serious but fun environment. Gone are the multitude of buttons and levers found in most other cars. The layout is simple and yet sophisticated. On the road the drive reflects the vehicle's uncomplicated nature. Moving through the automatic gearbox is virtually seamless and can be enhanced if desired through the use of the gear change paddles. Driving at speed is refined although at lower speeds road noise is a little more noticeable than the larger XJ model. <

Faults and Repairs

It is hard to fault the XF. The only noticeable minor issues are very slight wind noise at high speed which appears to emanate from the exterior wing mirrors. Also, the front fascia between the driver's main speedometer / tachometer panel and front windscreen, is joined at this point. Rather irratatingly it's reflection in the screen on a sunny day can interfere sometimes with a clear forward view. Over 20,000 miles now without a single repair required, except for a punctured tyre. Overall an exceptionally reliable car.
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