Used test: Porsche Panamera vs Jaguar XFR

With a new Porsche Panamera imminent, does the outgoing model make a good used buy, or is Jaguar's XFR a better four-seat performance car?...

Used test: Porsche Panamera vs Jaguar XFR

Our Verdict

Let’s face it: you’re not going to be disappointed with either of these cars. Both are full-fat, full-bodied examples of four-door, four-seat GTs, capable of thrilling and cossetting in equal measure. You’d have to be flint of heart to be unhappy driving either one.

The outgoing Porsche Panamera is a fabulous sports tourer. It’s great to drive and comfortable to ride in, and inside it manages to be classy, sporty and roomy, all at the same time. And perhaps equipped with a diesel engine, it’d beat the equivalent XF.

In this test, though, the XFRreigns supreme. It has a belter of an engine, engages and entertains on all roads, rides like a dream and looks great. Granted, its interior doesn’t feel quite as well screwed-together as the Panamera’s, and it lacks the practicality of the Panamera’s hatchback. But you can forgive the XFR a few foibles when you consider it costs around two-thirds the price of its rival, like-for-like, making it a superb used buy.

Read our review of the new Jaguar XF

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1st – Jaguar XFR

Used test: Porsche Panamera vs Jaguar XFR

For Incredible engine; great handling; comfort; interior style; price

Against Could be roomier; some plastics feel low-rent; demands respect for its power

Verdict A truly great sports saloon – it’s time to tell the bank manager to open up and say R

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full used Jaguar XF review

2nd – Porsche Panamera

Used test: Porsche Panamera vs Jaguar XFR

For Great handling; vast space; beautiful interior style and build

Against Still expensive to buy; feels vast in town; too much road noise

Verdict The Panamera is a great long-distance express, but convinces less as a sports tourer

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full Porsche Panamera review

Specifications: Jaguar XFR

Engine size 5.0-litre petrol

List price when new £59,900

Price today £14,000-£50,000

Power 503bhp@6000rpm

Torque 461lb ft@2500rpm

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 22.5mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 292g/km

Specifications: Porsche Panamera S

Engine size 4.8-litre petrol

List price when new £72,266

Price today £25,000-£120,000

Power 394bhp

Torque 369lb ft

0-60mph 5.5sec

Top speed 177mph

Fuel economy 22.6mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 293g/km