The Jaguar brand is coming off a banner year with sales more than doubling in 2016, thanks in no small part to its fresh-faced models, including the XF sports sedan. Redesigned for the 2016 model, the second-generation XF is a carryover model for 2018.
What's New for 2018
The XF receives minimal updates aside from the addition of a new engine, a limited-edition Portfolio trim, a gesture-activated tailgate, and more safety features such as forward traffic detection, forward vehicle guidance, and blind spot assist. Also, Jaguar revised the paint selection to better align with offerings from corporate sibling Land Rover.
Choosing Your Jaguar XF
A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins the XF lineup as the entry-level powertrain. Producing 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, vehicles equipped with this inline-four will carry the 25t designation. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 will continue to power 35t and S models while 20d models feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel. The V6 offers 340 (35t) or 380 (S) hp and 332 lb-ft of torque while the diesel has an output of 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque. All XF models are rear-wheel-drive and equipped with an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive is available for all trim levels.
Fuel economy remains unchanged, with V6 models returning an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 29 highway, and 23 combined while AWD configurations drop one mpg during highway driving. As expected, diesel models offer better mileage, with an EPA rating of 31 city, 42 highway, and 35 combined for RWD vehicles and 30 city, 40 highway, and 34 combined for AWD. There are no EPA figures yet available for the new 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but its fuel economy should land between the diesel and V6.
Forward traffic detection and forward vehicle guidance are new features added to the optional Surround Camera System. The former improves frontwards visibility while driving; the latter assists during low-speed maneuvers such as parking.
The new blind spot assist feature works in conjunction with blind spot monitoring and collision warning systems when changing lanes. Should an object be detected, the assist feature will alert the driver by nudging the steering in order to keep the vehicle within its original lane.
Even with few changes, pricing has increased for 2018 models. The XF 25t will serve as the new entry point with a starting price of $48,770 for RWD and $51,770 for AWD. Previously considered the base model, the 20d now starts $50,270, which is up from last year’s $48,445. V6-equipped vehicles will start at $54,960. All prices include the $995 destination fee.
Trims for the 2018 XF are:
By buttressing the model lineup at its extremes with a new base engine and high-end trim, XF buyers are not without options. Those looking for premium features without the premium price will be more than content in a 25t Premium model with Cold Climate, Vision Assist, and Technology packages. Adding the smart key system still keeps MRSP under $60,000.