Drive – Jaguar XF 2.0 Review

3 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Jaguar XF 2.0 Review
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do you do when you’re a luxury car that has suddenly found without a contender in the most segment of the market, one where mainly German rivals are tooth and nail to sell available car?

That’s the Jaguar has found itself in dropping the X-Type from its But instead of forfeiting the compact sedan segment to the BMW 3-series, C-Class, Audi A4 and many Jaguar has pulled something of a trick. It has taken its larger XF dropped in a smaller engine from Ford, lowered the and presto, it has a car that could be attractive to those tempted to elsewhere.

Far from being an underpowered level model, the $69,000 XF 2.0 has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine promises decent performance. And OK, it be shared with a Falcon or but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

do you get?

For the uninitiated, the XF is Jaguar’s sedan offering, slotting in the larger XJ and where the X-Type to be. Engine choices range this entry level petrol, through to a slightly expensive 2.2-litre diesel, a supercharged V6 petrol, a 3.0-litre V6 and a 5.0-litre supercharged XFR costing $170,000.

That’s quite a and as you’d expect the bottom of the isn’t the best equipped. For such as blind-spot sensors, a camera, heated full seats, keyless entry or bigger than 17-inch you’ll have to dive the options list.

But it’s far from being a pack, getting standard such as sat-nav for the touchscreen, headlamps, powered adjustment for the column and, of course, niceties such as cruise Bluetooth audio streaming, climate and seats trimmed in a of leather and suede.


The XF’s interior won plenty of when the car was launched back in and it still retains a fresh that makes sitting in the seat a pleasure. Hit the engine’s button and the air vents swivel the gear selector knob from the centre console and the of occasion is complete.

There’s not so of Jaguar’s traditional club-room inside, but the well-placed driving the simplicity of the secondary controls operated through the touchscreen which takes a bit of learning) and the of tacky plastics give a luxury-car ambience.

While front seat are looked after well, the is a little less sumptuous. the car being a long one at just five metres, the back offers only adequate not generous #8211; leg room, and the roof can leave the scalps of passengers scraping the roof

The boot is much longer its stumpy lid would indicate, but shallow despite the use of a space spare tyre, and the opening is small.

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Under the bonnet

The brand is no longer owned by but some synergies must for the Tata-owned British company to use the Oval’s ubiquitous 2.0-litre, turbo engine.

Whatever, it’s a good In the XF its output is 177kW of power less than the much Falcon) but just as importantly, it a meaty 340Nm of torque (or power) from as low as 2000rpm.

So isn’t just entirely it is also easily accessible for town driving, with acceleration away from lights and enough power in for overtaking at highway speeds. All XF now get an eight-speed conventional automatic and the number of ratios available disguise any turbo lag (or pause in that might exist.

its relatively downsized engine is no econo-model, however: use the throttle even moderate abandon and the XF 2.0 drain its 70-litre tank of fuel at rates well the official combined 8.9 L/100km

On the road

With no fancy that allow the driver to suspension settings, steering or gearbox shift patterns, want to hope Jaguar’s got this car’s set-up from the get-go.

Which to a large extent have: the steering is well-weighted and impressive feedback and the suspension a kind of lithe agility makes the XF a well-balanced handler. other versions have at twice as much engine the 2.0 isn’t overwhelmed by delivering its through the back wheels, but less weight from the engine over the front it seems to turn in nicely and just as well from the as the back. In short, it is fun and rewarding to

It is also a very quiet car low levels of transmitted road, and wind noise, so that a couple of boxes under the #8220;luxury car#8221;, but ride falls just short of Small bumps impart a knobbly feedback into the that is perhaps at odds Jaguar’s reputation for sumptuous but it is certainly no worse than rivals.


There’s very about the XF 2.0 that indicates a bargain basement model. it performs well, handles better and if the levels of standard aren’t huge then is the price against its rivals.

The seat could be better for larger passengers given the size, but like any previous XF there’s a sense of occasion the interior that marks firmly as a luxury car. The prosaic origins of the new engine its bonnet do nothing to alter perception.

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