Executive car buyers expect good performance, handling, refinement, luxury and equipment as standard, and are also concerned with low running costs.
The XF is Jaguar’s attempt to offer all of those things, and it goes up against some very talented competition such as the Audi A7 Sportback, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. There are a range of engines, including four and six-cylinder diesels and one six-cylinder petrol. There are four trim levels, all of which are well equipped.
Jaguar has succeeded in making the XF the best car to drive in the class, narrowly beating the BMW 5 Series, and it rides comfortably even on large wheels.
Passenger space is good inside even if the boot is a little awkwardly shaped.
Audi has the Jag beaten for interior quality; the XF looks and feels a little humdrum at this level.
Overall, the four cylinder diesels make the greater financial sense for private and company car drivers alike; these are likely to be the best sellers. It’s not quite a class-leader, but the XF still offers a well-rounded package to those in the market for a large executive car.