2020 Jaguar XF

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2020 Jaguar XF Review

The 2020 Jaguar XF delivers engaging performance and sports a comfortable interior, but many rivals look and feel more luxurious. The 2020 XF does not have an overall score or ranking because it's missing safety and predicted reliability data.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Smooth ride
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Touch screen occasionally slow to respond
  • A few rivals are more opulent
  • Some competitors offer stronger engines

New for 2020

  • Diesel engine discontinued
  • Revamped trim lineup
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Jaguar XF is unranked in Luxury Midsize Cars. Currently the Jaguar XF has a score of N/A out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize cars.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize cars.
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Is the Jaguar XF a Good Car?

Yes, the Jaguar XF is a good choice among luxury midsize cars. It's available in sedan and wagon body styles, both of which have excellent cargo capacities for the class. There are three capable powertrain choices, and models with the base engine get some of the best gas mileage ratings in the class. Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, and the XF's infotainment system is fairly intuitive.

There are some areas where the XF trails the competition, however. Despite its entertaining driving demeanor, this Jaguar can't reach the power and athleticism offered by the top trims of some rivals. It doesn't feel as opulent as some other cars in the class, notably those from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Finally, while the infotainment system is easy to use, it responds slowly at times.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XF?

While there are plenty of things to like about this Jaguar, it has an above-average price and doesn't give you as much bang for your buck as some other cars in the class. The XF is certainly worth considering, but you should also look at alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XF?

The 2020 XF belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. There are a couple of notable changes for this year. The big one is that the XF no longer offers a diesel powertrain. Additionally, Jaguar drops the 300 Sport and Portfolio trims from the XF lineup, while a Checkered Flag Edition debuts. The XF also gets some new standard features, including front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

For 2019, the XF gained a standard 10-inch touch screen that replaces the 8-inch display from previous models. Jaguar also added the 300 Sport trim to the lineup.

The 2018 XF saw its fair share of changes as well, including a new turbo-four base engine, the addition of the Sportbrake wagon body style, and newly available driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars with a used Jaguar XF. Just note that the further back you go, the more limited your powertrain, technology, and body style options will be. For more information, check out our reviews on the 2018 and 2019 XF, as well as our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current XF generation, which runs from 2016 to 2020.

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How Much Does the Jaguar XF Cost?

The XF Premium carries a base price of $51,100, while the range-topping XF S starts at $68,200. The XF Sportbrake wagon comes in two trims: Sportbrake Prestige, which starts at $65,150, and Sportbrake S, which starts at $71,800.

At both ends of the trim spectrum, the XF costs more than many rivals. Most other luxury midsize cars have starting prices below $50,000, and most rivals' top trims come in under $70,000.

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Jaguar XF Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar XF or Mercedes Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class boasts arguably the most luxurious interior in the luxury midsize car class. Not only does it look beautiful, but it's cabin is outfitted in premium materials. The seats are extremely comfortable, and there are lots of user-friendly tech features. The E-Class isn't as fuel-efficient as the XF, but it offers several powerful engines, including some Mercedes-AMG performance models, and it handles curvy roads well. It's also one of the few class rivals that offers a wagon body style. The Mercedes costs a bit more, but it's worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XF or BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series is one of our highest-rated luxury midsize cars. It's arguably the most fun-to-drive car in the segment thanks to its powerful engines and adept handling. It also rides smoothly and has a top-notch interior with plenty of tech features. The XF has more cargo space, but the BMW is otherwise better in almost every area. Go with the 5 Series.

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XF Interior

How Many People Does the XF Seat?

This Jaguar seats five people in both sedan and wagon body styles. There's ample head- and legroom in both rows for adults to ride comfortably. Up front, the seats are excellent and provide plenty of support. However, some rivals offer more high-end seating options, such as massaging seats.

XF and Child Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The rear middle seat has a tether anchor but no lower anchors.

XF Interior Quality

Though it doesn't quite hit the interior luxury standard set by rivals from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW, the XF still has an attractive cabin that features plenty of premium materials.

XF Cargo Space

Few class rivals can match the cargo capacity of this Jaguar. In the sedan, you get 17.8 or 19.1 cubic feet of trunk space, depending on whether you opt for the available spare tire. Either way, you'll have enough room for multiple sets of golf clubs or more than a dozen shopping bags.

In the XF Sportbrake, which is this Jaguar's wagon body style, the numbers are even more impressive: 31.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 69.7 cubic feet with them folded down. Those are SUV-caliber numbers.

XF Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The XF's standard InControl Touch infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Meridian audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. This system gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the 2020 model year, shoring up one of its prior weaknesses. Overall, InControl Touch is fairly intuitive and simple to use. The large touch screen responds slowly to inputs at times, but it's easy to see and read from the driver's seat.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system.

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XF Performance

XF Engine: No Bad Options

The XF offers three powertrains: a 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a 296-horsepower turbo-four, and a 380-horsepower supercharged V6. Any of these engines will work great for daily driving, as they all provide ample power in all situations. But if you want a little more adventure in your life, upgrade from the 247-horsepower base engine. The two optional powertrains are noticeably more potent.

XF Gas Mileage: Pretty Great

Among nonhybrid luxury midsize sedans, the XF is king when it comes to fuel economy. With its base engine, the XF gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the 296-horsepower turbo-four, and the XF gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. With the V6 engine, ratings drop to 18/25 mpg city/highway.

XF Ride and Handling: A Nice Balance

Some luxury cars prioritize ride comfort and lack anything resembling an engaging driving experience. That's not the case with this Jaguar. While it's no luxury sports car, it handles well and feels buttoned-down around turns. It also delivers a terrific ride, and it soaks up most road imperfections thrown its way.

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XF Reliability

Is the Jaguar XF Reliable?

The 2020 Jaguar XF does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar XF Warranty

Jaguar covers the XF with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty. 

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XF Safety

XF Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 XF. This is common for high-end luxury vehicles.

XF Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and emergency brake assist.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, side parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

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XF Dimensions and Weight

In both body styles, the XF is 16.25 feet long. The sedan's curb weight ranges from 3,590 to 3,870 pounds, and the XF Sportbrake weighs between 3,885 and 4,035 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Jaguar XF Built?

Jaguar built the 2020 XF in England.

Which Jaguar XF Model Is Right for Me?

The XF is available in sedan and wagon body styles. The sedan comes in four trims (Premium, Prestige, Checkered Flag Edition, and S), while the Sportbrake wagon comes in two trims (Prestige and S).

The Prestige makes a great choice for many buyers, as it adds several comfort features without costing nearly as much as the top trims. It's also the lowest trim that gives you access to one of the more powerful engines.

The XF Sportbrake costs a fair bit more than the sedan and doesn't add much beyond cargo space, so unless you really plan to make full use of that extra room, it's not the best option.

Jaguar XF Premium

The XF Premium carries a base price of $51,100. It comes with a 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and emergency brake assist. The standard InControl Touch infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

You can upgrade to all-wheel drive for $3,000.

Jaguar XF Prestige

The XF Prestige starts at $55,550. In addition to the base trim's features, the Prestige comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and navigation.

As with the base trim, AWD is a $3,000 upgrade. With the Prestige, you can also upgrade to the 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine for $3,000.

Jaguar XF Checkered Flag Edition

The new-for-2020 XF Checkered Flag Edition sports a starting price of $66,600. It comes standard with the 296-horsepower turbo-four and all-wheel drive. Other standard features include satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

Jaguar XF S

The range-topping XF S starts at $68,200 and comes standard with a 380-horsepower supercharged V6 engine. It also has an adaptive dynamic suspension system and some unique styling touches.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The XF Sportbrake is this Jaguar's wagon body style. It comes in two different trims: Sportbrake Prestige and Sportbrake S, starting at $65,150 and $71,800, respectively. All-wheel drive comes standard in both trims. The Prestige features a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the S features the same 380-horsepower V6 as its sedan counterpart.

Standard features in the Sportbrake include a hands-free power liftgate, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, park assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and the InControl infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, and Bluetooth.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Jaguar XF does a lot of things right. It delivers well-rounded performance in a comfortable package, with roomy seats and easy-to-use tech features. Still, it doesn't lead the class in any notable area except cargo space. There are plenty of reasons to buy this Jaguar, but you might find a luxury midsize car that you like more if you check around.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The 2020 Jaguar XF is an interesting alternative if you're looking for something a little different from the typical German luxury sedan. Besides hailing from this British automaker, the XF delivers high levels of comfort and accommodating passenger and cargo space. It also typically costs a few thousand dollars less than the competition. But that comes with some caveats. In an apples-to-apples comparison, the engine choices from Jaguar are at a power disadvantage, and the materials used in the cabin aren't nearly as nice as those used in its German rivals. Another issue is that the infotainment system is beset by occasional glitches and slow responses. Had the XF undergone the type of freshening that Jaguar's smaller XE sedan received for 2020, it would be on more of an even playing field as its rivals. As it is, you might feel as though you're getting less for your money. We recommend checking out the German competition alongside the Jag." -- Edmunds
  • "Tastefully restrained and impeccably tailored, the exterior oozes style and class. Once you're moving, it thrills you with every push on the accelerator and twist of the steering wheel, and the driving position is perfection. Truly, my inner car enthusiast loves driving the XF S, enough to forgive its lack of interior polish. … With greater attention paid to the details, the Jaguar XF could be one of the best cars in its class." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • You'll Like This Car If ... you're seeking a midsize-luxury performance sedan that shuns the overpopulated masses of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz cars seemingly everywhere you look, the 2017 Jaguar XF is it. Outstanding driving dynamics coupled with traditional British styling form a one-two punch that's hard to beat. You May Not Like This Car If ... you're seeking the most trouble-free ownership experience over the duration of your loan, Jaguar's reputation, although vastly improved, still can't hold a candle to the products of Lexus, Infiniti or Acura. The XF's somewhat subdued interior design may also be a deal breaker." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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