3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Jaguar XF

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4.8Excellent

MPG 16 City / 26 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Refined and luxurious interior
  • Plenty of trunk space
Cons
  • Navigation takes awhile to load
  • Limited leg room in back seat
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The XF provides a capable and versatile competitor to stalwarts like the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series and offers optional all-wheel-drive with your choice of a turbocharged 4-cylinder or supercharged V6.

Introduction

The 2013 Jaguar XF comes with some game-changing upgrades, proving it has what it takes to compete with fellow mid-size luxury sedans vying for top spot among consumers this year. Two new engine options, improved fuel economy, and Jaguar's signature blend of power, luxury, and pure adrenaline are granting the XF plenty of attention, and rightly so.

Previously only available with a V8 drivetrain, this year's XF went bold, offering both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine options. The base level i4 T turbo-charged engine puts out a very respectable 240hp, and its upgraded brother the Supercharged V6 harnesses 340 horses under the hood. Both the V4 and V6 supply plenty of kick and make for a very enjoyable ride. Plus, smaller engines mean lower starting prices - another selling point for consumers hoping to acquire some sports-car luxury without completely breaking the bank.

Power-hungry drivers need not fret, however. Jaguar's traditional Supercharged V8 is also an option, and the ultimate bad boy, the XFR V8, delivers up to 510hp and an unforgettable driving experience simultaneously.

Each XF trim comes equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 also comes with an option for AWD. There are plenty of features available for all models to add to the joy of the ride. Standard are leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, heated front seats, a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 7 inch touch screen display. Additionally, Jaguar has partnered with a British company named Meridian, most well known for premium home audio systems, to give drivers powerful, clear sound at each trim level. Safety features include antilock brakes, front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, Jaguar's 'Valet Mode,' which keeps the XF at a consistently low speed. Optional are blind-spot and forward-collision warning systems and a rearview camera.

A number of package upgrades round out the complete XF experience. The Convenience Package adds features like blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry/ignition, and rear sunshade, and the Premium Package includes front parking sensors, 12-speaker sound system, and satellite radio. The Cold Weather Package throws in a heated steering wheel and windshield. The Supercharged V8 and XFR V8 comp equipped with the XF's optional upgrade packages, and throw in some added perks, such as 20" wheels and summer tires for the V8, and glossy black upper and lower grille inserts for the XFR.

The XF offers the complete sport and power combo, making it a solid choice for drivers interested in a mighty yet smooth ride and all the amenities a sports car would offer - so long as they don't mind a higher price and a few draw backs. The Jaguar, while steadily improving, still has the reputation for being less dependable than competing models. This makes its long-term resale value lower, too. The interior electronics center is not as intuitive as it might be, and although the trunk space is ample, rear visibility and overhead space are smaller than many people would prefer. Competition in the mid-size luxury sedan segment is fierce, and top rivals include the BMW 5-series with an optional manual transmission; the Lexus GS with lots of fun features and excellent styling; the Mercedes-Benz E Class with a little more space and luxurious interior, and the Audi A6 with a supercharged V6 option and lower price. Still, it's hard to find a car quite so unique as the Jaguar XF in this year's lineup, and consumers continue to be impressed with its engine makeover and eye-catching physique.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Jaguar XF
Starting price
$34,980

2013 Jaguar XF I4 T

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The base Jaguar XF has a new four-cylinder 240-horsepower engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The model comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a sunroof and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

Interior features include leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, 6-way heated power front seats with driver memory, and dual-zone climate control. Available infotainment includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a CD player with USB and iPod connections, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and a 10-speaker sound system. Traction and stability control, and antilock brakes, are also standard on all models.

Upgrade packages include the Sport Portfolio Package with 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels; the Convenience Package with blind-spot monitoring, voice controls, keyless entry and ignition, and rear sunshade; and the Premium Package 1 or 2, with amenities such as front parking sensors, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a navigation system and a satellite radio.

2013 Jaguar XF
Starting price
$34,980

2013 Jaguar XF Supercharged

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Jaguar’s signature V8 model returns for 2013 with plenty of style and luxury. The 5-liter engine puts out a roaring 470 horsepower, and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include: 20-inch wheels; a 12-speaker premium sound system; a navigation system; blind-spot monitoring; voice controls; keyless entry and ignition; and a rear sunshade.

2013 Jaguar XF
Starting price
$34,980

2013 Jaguar XF V6 SC

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A new supercharged 340-horsepower V6 debuts with the 2013 XF. The V6 SC has an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional. All V6 and V8 models come with Jaguar’s special auto start/stop at stop lights for better fuel economy. Standard features for the V6 include 18-inch wheels; automatic bi-xenon headlights with intelligent high-beam; a sunroof; a front and rear parking system; and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

Additional standard features include leather trim with twin needle contrast stitching on instrument panel and door top rolls; a heated steering wheel; iPod and USB ports with 30GB of music storage; and a front and rear parking system.

Optional packages include the Cold Weather Package with heated steering wheel and windshield; and the Premium Package with adaptive front headlights, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker premium sound system, and a satellite radio.

2013 Jaguar XF
Starting price
$34,980

2013 Jaguar XF XFR

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The king of the XFs, the exhilerating XFR features a modified version of the XF Supercharged V8 that kicks horsepower up to 510. The XFR also gets an adaptive suspension and a more distinctive outer design, with glossy black upper and lower grille inserts, front and rear spoilers, and a modified front end. Also standard is a premium 17-speaker high-output surround-sound system and 60/40 split folding rear seats.

The optional Speed Package adds enhanced suspension and aerodynamic performance, and pushes the V8’s top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph. The Black Package offers a unique black exterior trim and "smoky gray" wheels.

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