The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the XF. Even entry-level S-grade cars come with heated 12-way, electrically adjustable front seats (with adjustable lumbar support), while stepping-up to R-Dynamic SE or HSE trim nets you 16-way electric sports seats with a memory function – this lets you save your preferred seat settings and recall them at a touch of a button.
No matter what trim you opt for, though, the driver seat lines up nicely with the pedals and steering wheel. Our only minor grumble is that the steering’s telescopic adjustment range is a little short for driver’s over six-foot.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The driver will have no problems seeing out of the front of the XF. Its thin windscreen pillars mean very little is obscured at junctions. Similarly, the front side windows are deep enough that roundabouts and T-junctions are no bother at all.
The rear side windows aren't too pinched, so anyone sitting in the back won't feel claustrophobic. The rear pillars are quite thick, though, obscuring the driver's over-the-shoulder view.
Thankfully, all XFs come with front and rear parking sensors, a 360deg camera and if you pay a bit extra you'll get a Clear Sight rear-view mirror, too. At the touch of a button, this becomes a digital screen that shows a live camera feed from directly behind the car, so you can still see what's behind even if the rear window is obscured. LED headlights are standard on all versions, although stepping up to R-Dynamic SE trim also gets you high-beam assist. Pixel LED lights, meanwhile, are available as an option – these can stay set to main beam even when you don’t have the road to yourself, by shaping their light output to avoid dazzling other road users.