The Jaguar XF was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year and little has changed style-wise for this year. A new four-cylinder diesel engine option is a major change and Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics (JCD) technology is now available on the entire XF lineup. The 2017 XF combines an elegant look with a sporty drive all wrapped in a luxurious interior that is packed with the latest technology to keep you connected while out on the road.
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2017 Jaguar XF Overview
What's New for 2017
The XF keeps the sleek facelift it received in 2016. The only major changes for the 2017 model year include an all-wheel drive system that uses the F-Type all-wheel drive technology and a four-cylinder diesel engine that is a first in the U.S. market.
Choosing Your Jaguar XF
The 2017 XF also keeps the wheelbase increase that was introduced last year, which increases the interior space and maximizes leg and knee room in the rear seats. The XF sports 19 cubic feet of cargo space, not bad for a luxury sedan.
The big news for this year is the option of a four-cylinder 2-liter diesel engine that puts out 180 horsepower and will push the XF from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds. The diesel option is available in a standard rear-wheel drive version that starts at $47,450; all-wheel drive pushes the starting price up to $50,450.
Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics system is available on all trim levels and allows drivers to fine-tune the engine, gearshift, suspension and steering to their particular driving styles.
While the base models have only a couple of optional packages, the top of the line XF-S offers numerous packages that upgrade everything from the interior trim to technology upgrades that add InControl Wi-Fi to your XF.
The XF is available in five trim levels: XF, XF Premium, XF Prestige, XF-R Sport and the top of the line XF S.
While the all-wheel version of the XF adds extra traction, it also adds several hundred pounds the vehicle's weight, which can affect driving performance. If you are a driving aficionado and are looking for a sports car experience, stick to rear-wheel drive.
On the other hand, if luxury is your cup of tea, the XF Prestige offers tons of standard features (including interior mood lighting) at a pretty reasonable price.
2017 Jaguar XF Review
Offering buyers a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive and three engine options, the latest Jaguar XF is equally at home on freeways and back roads, and can hold its own against competitors from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2017 XF comes in three models (20d, 35t, and S), four trim levels (base, Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport), and in either rear- or all-wheel-drive. Starting prices rise from $49,245 for a rear-wheel-drive, new-for-2017 20d diesel sedan in base trim to $83,300 for a fully-optioned all-wheel-drive S in R-Sport trim. Most buyers will choose something like a RWD 35t in Premium trim that has a starting price of $52,895 and standard features like:
- Bluetooth phone and audio streaming capability
- Rear view camera
- Bluetooth audio and phone capability
- Eight-inch color touchscreen infotainment display
- Lane Departure Warning
- Powered steering column
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Keyless ignition
A rearview camera is optional on base models and it's also the only standard advanced safety feature on Premium and Prestige models. Blind spot monitoring is optional on all models. Lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking are optional on Premium and Prestige trims and standard on the R-Sport. Automatic high beams are optional on Prestige models and standard on the R-Sport. Finally, a surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control are only offered as an option on the R-Sport models.
The XF is available with three engines. 20d models have a 180 horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel. 35t models come with a 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that's shared with S models, but with a higher output of 380 horsepower. All three can be configured with either rear- or all-wheel drive, while the only transmission choice is an eight-speed automatic.
- A smooth, compliant ride, balanced handling, and light steering make the XF feel as fluid as its competitors without the ride harshness.
- The eight-speed transmission shifts smoothly and rapidly, especially in Sport mode.
- Both V6 engines deliver plenty of low-end torque and quick acceleration.
- Although initial acceleration from the 2.0-liter turbodiesel is brisk, power quickly drops off (which is the case with most diesels, to be fair).
- The XF's handling isn't nearly as taught as that of the Cadillac CTS or Audi A6.
- A gentle slope to the roofline and a more spacious cabin mean even tall adults have enough headroom and legroom in the back seat.
- Base models get an eight-inch touchscreen with Jaguar's InTouch infotainment system, while higher trims receive InTouch Pro and a 10.3-inch touchscreen – plus a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the conventional gauges.
- Premium models and above come with 40/20/40 rear seats that split and fold forward for added versatility, while the trunk's 19 cubic feet of storage space equals that of many full-sized sedans
- With a wide choice of trims and colors, buyers can create an interior to their liking.
- Front seats could be more supportive and their low side bolsters don't encourage aggressive driving.
- The InTouch system is not always reliable, sometimes even requiring the vehicle to be re-started in order to reboot the system.
- The interior design isn't as striking or dramatic as the current E-Class.
- The base model doesn't come with a rear seat that splits and folds.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The XF's smooth ride and handling characteristics are a welcome change from the more aggressive settings of many of its competitors.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Although it certainly is graceful, the XF's evolved styling lacks the originality and inspiration of past Jaguar designs.
The Bottom Line
With a handsome exterior, a restrained but luxurious interior, and serene handling, the latest Jaguar XF offers a compelling alternative to its firmer-riding competition in the midsize luxury segment.