Jaguar XF saloon driving position
It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the XF. The pedals line up neatly with the driver's seat, while the seat itself is comfortable and supportive, and there's plenty of adjustment.
The two entry-level trims (Prestige and R-Sport) come with an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat (apart from the backrest angle, which is electric). However, it's disappointing that these trims miss out on adjustable lumbar support. The two top trims (Portfolio and S) have a 10-way fully electric driver’s seat (with adjustable lumbar support) as standard.
Meanwhile, the dashboard is fairly logical and easy to use, with clearly labelled buttons that are easy to press while driving.
Jaguar XF saloon visibility
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 rear parking sensors, while posher Portfolio models come with a standard reversing camera.
Jaguar XF saloon infotainment
An 8.0in touchscreen, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and sat-nav are all standard, as is a multi-function steering wheel.
However, in terms of how modern and easy to use the XF’s infotainment system is, the news isn't so good. For starters, the graphics look dated next to those of the best systems, such as BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI. The screen isn’t particularly responsive, either, and some of the icons are frustratingly small and hard to hit.
A much better 10.2in system is available as an option. It's called InControl Touch Pro and it's quicker to respond and packed with even more features. It's very pricey, though.
Jaguar XF saloon build quality
There’s no getting away from the fact that the XF's interior feels a little low-rent compared with its best rivals'.
Leather seats are standard, but the hide doesn't feel particularly plush or expensive. The plastics used on the dashboard and door trims are a bit of a letdown, too; they just don't feel as solid or dense as those in an Audi A6, BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The same can also be said for most of the buttons and switches. They don't feel downright cheap, but neither do they operate with the slickness of equivalents in key German rivals.