Riding on Jaguar’s recent success, the 2019 Jaguar XF sets the BMW 5-Series in its sights but offers more of an exclusive feel. Jaguar prides itself on stylish, distinctively British luxury, and it has the price tag to match.
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2019 Jaguar XF Overview
What's New for 2019
The most notable change for 2019 is the addition of the limited-edition 300 Sport to the XF’s trim lineup. It supplants the R-Sport trim and sees a number of exclusive design and styling features. Otherwise, all trims now get a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard, along with tweaks like chrome switches.
Choosing Your Jaguar XF
Starting with the body, the Jaguar XF comes in two styles: sedan or sportbrake. The sedan will be far more common on dealership lots, and the sportbrake is only available on select trims.
The XF offers a choice of three engines. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, which powers the XF 25t. The same engine gets tuned up for the 30t to produce 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. Next up is the turbodiesel, still a rare sight in America. This one makes 180 hp and 316 lb-ft to power 20d models. Finally, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 graces the XF S. It makes 380 hp and 332 lb-ft. All engines send power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all models for an extra $3,000.
Fuel economy ratings vary widely based on engine. The base 2.0-liter unit manages an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 28 combined. The turbodiesel is even more efficient at 31/42/35 mpg (city/highway/combined), and the V6 still gets a reasonable 20/29/23 mpg. Those numbers are all for RWD models – expect AWD or the sportbrake body to drop fuel economy a notch or two.
This generation of XF switched to an aluminum frame, and the lighter weight means a larger body, which means more space. Leg room is plentiful, and the sedan’s 17.8 cubic feet of trunk space expands to a voluminous 32 cubic feet in the shooting brake.
Standard features are equally reassuring, especially with the newly standard 10-inch touchscreen. The rest of the features are divided across five trims: Premium, Prestige, 300 Sport, Portfolio, and S.
The performance driver will require the V6 engine on their 2019 Jaguar XF, but for luxury alone, the lower engines are plenty. Stick to the lower trims and go easy on options to find the strongest value.
2019 Jaguar XF Review
In all the crossover frenzy, many buyers seem to have forgotten about the original solution to utility woes: the loyal station wagon. The 2019 Jaguar XF handsome as a sedan and remarkable as a wagon. Competent and stylish, it’s a breath of fresh air in the luxury market.
It’s not often that we recommend the highest possible trim as a value pick, but hear us out. The XF to have is the Sportbrake wagon. It’s wildly good looking, immensely practical, and exclusive in a way few cars can claim. The Sportbrake comes in two trims: Prestige or S. The Prestige is lovely, and it comes with most of the equipment we’d want on a luxury vehicle: leather seats, navigation, parking sensors, and the rest.
What it doesn’t come with is Jaguar’s suite of safety equipment, which must be added in a package. That package sends the price perilously close to $70,000, and it doesn’t even include the best features, like adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and a surround-view camera (which is a blessing on such a long body).
Instead, for just a few thousand more, you can get the safety tech standard along with a self-leveling air suspension and 20-inch wheels, all powered by an intoxicating supercharged V6. Next to one of the XF’s only rivals, the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S, the value is genuinely good.
Yes, it’s still a splurge, but it’s a Jaguar – what did you expect?
- Model: 2019 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S
- Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6
- Output: 380 hp / 332 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy:18 City / 25 Hwy
- Base Price: $72,210 (including the $995 destination fee)
- Best Value Price: $72,210
Not every XF powertrain is a star, but most are good and you’re spoiled for choice. Offerings range from a mainstream turbo four-cylinder to a thrifty turbodiesel to a mighty V6. The 3.0t turbo engine is a good mid-range pick, offering respectable mileage and scooting the XF from zero to 60 mph in about five and a half seconds. An eight-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters does a fine job managing the power. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on all trims and standard on Sportbrake or XF S models.
Another bright spot is the handling. A perfect 50-50 weight distribution keeps the XF well-behaved in the corners, aided by athletic dynamics and accurate steering. It manages to be fun without compromising the ride, which is forgiving and composed.
Still, next to rivals in the German tuning departments, the XF is down on power. It makes up some of the gap with its exceptional handling, but it can’t match the M and AMG powertrains. Mileage isn’t inspiring on all models, although the base engine and the turbodiesel are frugal.
Style is one of the XF’s best attributes. It’s hard to find another sedan this stylish, let alone a wagon. And the wagon is something to behold – the long roof, imposing hood, and low-slung profile add up to a car that will turn heads. Inside, the cabin is comfortable and spacious, with plenty of leg room for four adults. Cargo space is even better, with 19.1 cubic feet in the sedan and a capacious 31.7 behind the seats in the Sportbrake. Infotainment is smooth, features are strong, and customization is ample.
We’re less excited about the interior design. It’s comfortable and functional but never quite inspiring, especially in the drab default colors. Fit and finish is good but just a hair behind rivals, and we miss the distinctively British luxury of the old Jaguar. Although numerous, options are expensive, and a few are frustrating. Smartphone compatibility is an extra $280, and safety features like automatic emergency braking still aren’t standard on lower trims.
The Best and Worst Things
We’d be tempted to buy the XF on its looks alone. But especially in this price range, we wish Jaguar could have livened up the interior a little.
Right For? Wrong For?
The Jaguar XF is right for the luxury buyer who prefers their practicality to be exclusive and stylish. As BMW X3s fill the parking lots, the XF stands out more and more. You’ll still have plenty of room inside, and I guarantee you’ll have more fun behind the wheel.
The XF is wrong for buyers looking for a bargain, especially with the top safety features. The XF has the options, but it will make you pay to get them. It’s a lovely car, but luxury does come in cheaper forms.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Jaguar XF proves that utility doesn’t have to sacrifice style. It’s one of the best-looking cars on the road, and it’s even a blast in the corners. Jaguar refinement comes at a Jaguar price, but this is one case where it might be worth it.