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2019 Jaguar XF OVERVIEW
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.
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.