What used Jaguar XF saloon will I get for my budget?
There are quite a lot of used Jaguar XFs available, with prices starting from around £10,000 for an early example with lots of miles on it. If you increase your budget to £14,500-£15,000 you'll find plenty of good lower-mileage examples from independent dealers. The more powerful 3.0 V6 diesel isn't quite as popular on the used market as the 2.0-litre diesel because it costs considerably more when new; you'll need to pay £16,000-£18,000 today to buy one.
Petrol versions are also harder to find on the used market. From launch, there was a supercharged 3.0 V6 shared with the F-Type, with a 2.0-litre petrol being added to the range in 2017. Expect to pay £16,000 for a 2017 2.0-litre petrol and around £20,000 for a more powerful 3.0 V6 from 2015. A 2018 or 2019 XF from a Jaguar main dealer can be found for between £22,000 to £25,000. Spend £25,000 or more for a 2020 or 2021 car.
The good news is that if you choose our favourite version – the 178bhp 2.0 diesel – you’ll find that economy figures don’t lag behind quite as much as some rivals, with a combined figure of 54.3mpg. The slower 161bhp 2.0 is marginally better at 57.6mpg, while the 237bhp version gets 53.3mpg.
Petrol versions of the XF will drain their tanks with alarming speed. The supercharged 3.0-litre V6 is the thirstiest engine of the lot and achieves a figure of just 34mpg. Neither the 237bhp or 296bhp 2.0-litre petrols are much better, with results of 38.7mpg and 36.7mpg, respectively. The least potent 197bhp 2.0 petrol clocks in at 41.5mpg.
Under the later WLTP tests the P250 averages 34.9mpg, the P300 32.8mpg and the diesel-engined D200 53.8mpg in its lesser trims.
Not all engines were available before the 1 April 2017 changeover in how car tax is calculated, so we're only looking at the ones that were here. The 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel has the lowest emissions of 104g/km, followed by the 178bhp model with 114g/km. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel emits 144g/km, while the 3.0-litre V6 petrol chucks out 198g/km.
Those high consumption figures translate to high emissions figures, with the result that most of the XFs registered before the 1 April 2017 tax change will incur higher tax than their like-for-like rivals. Cars registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay the annual car tax (VED) at the flat rate, plus an additional fee, if the car cost more than £40,000 new, which is payable between years two and six of the vehicle's age. These currently stand at £155 a year for the VED and £335 for the supplementary tax. Find out more about the current road tax costs here.