2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged, an AW Drivers Log Car Review – Autoweek

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2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged, an AW Log Car Review

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DIGITAL EDITOR STOY: My family and I spent a weekend in the 2011 Jaguar XF performing mundane duties as shuttling from preschool, shopping, going to a 3-year-old’s party, and making the kids go The car was making me go #8220;wheee,#8221; too, for matter.

It was interesting getting the Jag after spending the previous in the new BMW 5-series. The latter’s chassis is so more composed than the but the Brit is seductive and full of in a way the German can’t match. kind of quirky, definitely immensely powerful and fun to drive.

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The trick to getting the most out of the car a performance standpoint is definitely to competition mode. The trans up, the engine comes on hard and and it feels like the car will keep accelerating, jetlike. I was only able to top out at approximately the freeway speed, but it took little time to get there.

Fat discs and hefty binders rapid stops, but again, I on a track so I can’t comment on resistance.

I love a big GT car. the Jag felt heavy, but it had a ton of power to around too. The kids fit in the back, the trunk is remarkably and I enjoyed the gimmicky startup every time I pushed the button. One thing I don’t for is the way much of the climate control/stereo/etc. is only. I don’t think the way to do heated seats and steering for example.

Particularly in this switchgear was so nicely crafted I actually longed for more to push.

That didn’t carry over to the outside. The one I found in this car was the exterior handles. They felt right off a Ford Escape and a rather unpleasant first of the car.

After that, though, it was This is the only car I’ve home so far that my wife was sad to see go.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER I remain a big fan of the XF. The supercharged V8 is a dream The engine is powerful enough to spin those big meats in the The power is gracefully applied–not a muscle car or a hot rod, but smoothly you’re topping out in triple

This thing is effortlessly

I, too, like the gimmicky button and the way the gear selector up from the console. I do, however, to hate all the things you have to do via the screen. Having to page a couple of menus on the screen to reset the trip odometer is not life easier. That a minor nit to pick, and it wouldn’t be a breaker.

But as elegant and classy as the of this car is, it seems a shame to that touch-screen interface hint at degrading one’s about the car.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN Saddling up into this Jaguar XF Supercharged made me our long-term example from a of years back. The few gimmicky such as the pulsing red engine button and the Jaguar #8220;handshake#8221; the flipping vents and shift that rises up from the console is still pretty However, like Roger, I miss the touch-screen interface its slow screen wipes.

we loved about the XF Supercharged still rings true. The 5.0-liter V8 offers peak of 424 lb-ft down low from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm, means this cat packs a off the line to build towards its peak at 6,000 rpm. The is stout power at all points in the rev

The six-speed automatic transmission from ZF is stellar with the shifts this side of a sequential manual. I do wonder why hasn’t decided to upgrade to the unit that ZF builds for BMW and though.

Being Jag, the drive towards the sporty end of the spectrum. says the adaptive damping monitors body movement 100 per second and wheel position 500 a second and will increase rate as the suspension approaches its limit, which explains the great composure through Steering response is snappy, but it use a heftier feel in my opinion. provide confident stopping with a firm pedal.

In the brakes are touchier than I and caught me off guard at first.

The is a little stiffer thanks to and in part to the standard 20-inch wrapped with low profile It’s not overly rough, but I a typical Mercedes-Benz E-class shopper would be turned off by it.

the drive, this XF is a handsome with clean and uncluttered Ian Callum did real good job

However, performance and beauty comes at a price. Our tester a base price of $68,375, is pretty steep. For comparison I think the BMW 550i sedan up closest to the XF Supercharged from a standpoint, and that starts at for a model equipped with an ZF automatic gearbox and steering-wheel shifters.

But the BMW’s base price is a misleading. If you spec out the 550i active damping system, seats and more to have it up with the Jag, the price easily reach $70,000. So is a wash.

The Jaguar’s supercharged V8 has horsepower than the BMW’s V8 (470 hp vs. 400 hp), but loses in the column (424 lb-ft vs. 450

The 550i’s peak torque comes earlier than the XF too, with that 450 being available at just rpm instead of 2,500 rpm for the Jag.

it comes to curb weight, pretty even with the XF just 70 pounds lighter the 550i (4,306 pounds vs. pounds). And in a 0-to-60-mph sprint, the Jag is than the BMW by a whisker (4.9 vs.

5.0 seconds) according to published data from the manufacturers.

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give the BMW the edge in ride even with those run-flat tires, and it also bonus points for offering a manual transmission. But visually, the XF hands-down.

It’s pretty to declare a winner between the I wouldn’t blame anyone for one over the other. In the end, I the BMW’s available six-speed transmission would be too much for me to though.

2011 Jaguar XF

Base Price: $68,375

Price: $69,375

Drivetrain: supercharged V8; RWD, six-speed

Output: 470 hp @ 6,000-6,500 rpm, 424 @ 2,500-5,500 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Jet headliner ($525); front windshield ($375)

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