What's the used Jaguar XF saloon like?
The Jaguar XF has long been something of a raffish choice for those seeking a smart luxury car. This second-generation version, launched in 2015, follows in the footsteps of the original XF in offering arrestingly suave looks allied to a slick and rewarding driving experience.
This model is predominantly made of aluminium. It’s lighter and leaner than the first XF, yet bigger inside, too – another overhaul prescribed by its predecessor’s shortcomings. It also got a range of new engines, with four variants of JLR's 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines, which was further supplemented by a trio of Ingenium petrols two years after launch in 2017, while the top of the range is dominated by 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines mainly found in the XF S.
Upgrade to Portfolio and your XF gets more luxuries such as 18in alloy wheels, Windsor-clad leather upholstery, more electrical front seat adjustment, gloss veneer, split-folding rear seats, a heated windscreen, keyless entry, front parking sensors and a reversing camera, as well as a 380W Meridian sound system. Opt for the R-Sport trim and the XF gains a sporty bodykit, sports suspension, black headlining, front parking sensors and lots of exterior gloss black trim on top of the Prestige trim, while the range-topping S models get 19in alloy wheels, a more aggressive bodykit, red brake calipers, keyless entry, a 380W Meridian sound system, a reversing camera and adaptive dampers added to the package.
Later models redefined the trims to S, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE. Entry-level S-grade cars aren’t stingy on kit. Heated 12-way electrically adjustable leather seats, cruise control, automatic LED headlights and wipers, LED daytime running lights, a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors and the 11.4in Pivi Pro infotainment are all standard.
Stepping up to R-Dynamic SE trim adds a powered steering column, keyless entry, 16-way electrically adjustable sports seats, digital dials, directional indicators and additional safety kit. It’s also worth pointing out R-Dynamic-grade cars also get more aggressive styling including black detailing, bigger alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. Meanwhile, range-topping R-Dynamic HSE trim gets luxuries such as 20in alloy wheels, sport seats with Windsor leather, a fantastic 400W Meridian Sound System and adaptive cruise control with steering assistance.
Meanwhile, the chassis is beautifully balanced and responds sweetly to your throttle and steering inputs. The result is a car that’s a delight whether you’re on a twisting back road, a fast, sweeping A-road or a motorway.
Inside, the XF could be just as impressive, were it not for a couple of flies in the ointment. First, there’s the infotainment system, which has a few labyrinthine menus and doesn’t respond as quickly as it should; then there’s the build quality – some of the switchgear and a couple of the plastics feel a little cheaper than the equivalent rivals’.
Fortunately, smart touches such as the knurled gear selector and the arc of wood veneer that stretches across the dashboard do a good job of distracting you. Space, meanwhile, isn’t an issue for any occupant – there’s more in a couple of its rivals, but you have to question whether you’d really need it.
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