Jaguar XF review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Performance & drive

Jaguar XF 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XF 2021 dashboard
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front seats
  • Jaguar XF 2021 vent detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front cornering
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear tracking
  • Jaguar XF 2021 grille detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front seats
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XF 2021 dashboard
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front seats
  • Jaguar XF 2021 vent detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front cornering
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear tracking
  • Jaguar XF 2021 grille detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 rear detail
  • Jaguar XF 2021 front seats
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The cheapest engine in the lineup is also our favourite. Badged D200, this 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel might not be quite as quick on paper as a BMW 520d, (0-62mph takes just 7.2 seconds in the BMW opposed to 7.6 in the Jaguar) but  it feels impressively punchy from low revs in the real world, and is plenty quick enough to whisk you up to motorway speeds without any fuss. Four wheel drive is available, but, since the rear-wheel drive version is cheaper, more economical and has more feelsome steering (more on that below), we wouldn’t bother unless you live in a particularly weather-beaten part of the country. 

The alternatives are the 247bhp and 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols (badged P250 and P300 respectively); the former is only available with rear-wheel drive and the latter exclusively with four-wheel drive. 

Suspension and ride comfort

The ride is a little bit firm around town, but at higher speeds the XF is comfortable on both standard suspension and the optional adaptive set-up, dubbed Adaptive Dynamics. This is available on all models, but only in conjunction with an option that Jaguar calls 'Configurable Dynamics’ which, you guessed it, gives you access to different drive modes. 

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