Used car of the week: Jaguar XF

Find out everything you need to know about buying a used Jaguar XF, including how much to pay and what problems to look out for

Words By Doug Revolta

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With all eyes on the Jaguar XE, and a new XF due later in the year, prices on used XFs have been driven down.

There are some real bargains available from the approved used section of our website; here’s what you need to know before buying.

Ideal model Jaguar XF 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury
Prices from Β£16,000

Why should I buy a used Jaguar XF?

Aside from its fantastic value on the used market, the XF is an exceptional executive saloon that has stylish looks and a superb ride that makes any journey a joy. The XF oozes class and sophistication, and is certainly one of the best executive cars you can buy.

Which model should I choose?

There are some real bargains to be had on the pre-facelift XFs that precede the current model, and the cosmetic changes between the two are only very slight.

The pick of the engines is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel because it offers great performance without the eye-watering running costs of the bigger engines in the XF range. You have the choice of either a 237bhp or 271bhp powered 3.0-litre, and we recommend the lower powered diesel.

Go with Premium Luxury trim, as its equipment list is substantial and includes a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, climate control, cruise control, leather interior as well as automatic headlights and wipers.

How much should I pay?

A budget of around Β£16,000 can get our ideal Jaguar XF from 2011 with 56,400 miles on the clock.

If you’re after a newer model you’ll need to stretch your budget to Β£20,000 for a 2013 facelifted XF, but if you’re less concerned by age and more by miles covered then Β£19,000 can get you a 2011 version that's done 21,000 miles.

What problems should I look out for?

Some owners have reported squeaks and rattles coming from the cabin, particularly around the windows and dashboard; be sure to listen out for this on the test drive and point it out to the dealer if it’s an issue.

There have been other reports of issues with the electrical wiring in the boot, so check that it opens properly and make sure the brake lights work.

Other electrical issues have arisen in the interior for some XF owners who have found that the cabin lights turn on randomly. The infotainment system has also turned itself off at different times for some owners.

A common complaint appears to be a thud when braking on a full tank of fuel. This isn’t usually dangerous, but let your dealer know if you notice it.

There was a recall on some of the XFs from 2010 because of an issue that led to the engine not being supplied with sufficient fuel to run. The recalled cars were given a software update to repair this.

If you're interested in a used Jaguar XF, check out the examples that you can find in the What Car? Classified pages.