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.

Performance Pros

Jaguar XF
  • 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.

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

  • 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.

Interior Cons

Jaguar XF
  • 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.