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Jaguar XF review

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Jaguar XF
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19 Jan 2017 16:31 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:53

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

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.

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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.

 

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There are 5 trims available for the XF saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
Prestige
Entry-level Prestige trim isn't as spartan as you might imagine, with heated leather seats, cruise control, keyless start, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic headlights...View trim
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R-Sport
R-Sport models feature all the same kit that's standard on Prestige trim, but add front parking sensors and more aggressive styling both inside and out. This includes black detailing and bigger all...View trim
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Portfolio
A luxurious choice, featuring all the equipment of R-Sport minus the bodykit and sports seats. It gains a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats and an upgrade...View trim
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300 Sport
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S
Available exclusively with the six-cylinder engines, S trim is a very expensive choice. Standard features include electric and heated leather sports seats, 19in alloy wheels, a more agressive bodyk...View trim
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