What's the used Jaguar XF like?
It’s easy to forget how the original Jaguar XF executive saloon wooed us all when it was launched in 2008. Not only was its styling striking, it also rode and handled better than any Jag for a long time.
It took quite a few years before the estate version, the Sportbrake, was launched in 2012, but it was worth the wait. Be in no doubt that it puts sporty styling above outright luggage capacity; however, it still offers all the driving dynamics of its saloon sibling, as well as increased practicality, despite the inevitable weight gain.
All of the four-cylinder and V6 diesel engines migrated from the saloon, mated to the same fluid eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The original 2.2-litre smaller unit, in its 161bhp guise with claimed fuel economy of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 135g/km, was the most popular option with customers.
The wow factor continues on the inside of the XF, where everything is backlit in cool blue, and starting the engine causes the air vents to power open and the gear selector to rise out of the centre console.
There's plenty of space in the front, and the enlarged rear is a much nicer place to spend time in than the saloon’s. Storage-wise, the boot is big enough for suitcases or golf bags, with a 550-litre capacity with the rear seats up, and those rear seats fold down for even more space.
There were five trim levels originally: SE, Luxury, Portfolio, Premium Luxury and Sport, with a range-topping S trim added later on. However, not all were sold in conjunction with every drivetrain option. Entry-level kit on SE includes stop-start, alloys, dual-zone climate control, electric seat adjustment, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear parking aid.
Whichever XF you buy, you’ll be getting a comfortable, reasonably refined and extremely stylish family estate, with good performance and economy.
Its forte is its steering and handling, which are both the equal of its rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – it’s a great car to drive. It scores top marks for safety, too. Find a good used one and you’ll be getting a well mannered and very desirable car.