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2011 Jaguar XF Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Jaguar XF was new.


Interior: 8.1

A high-tech cockpit takes precedence in the 2011 XF, which abandons Jaguar’s reputation for old world luxury. The interior features comfortable front seats, and the driver is surrounded by high quality materials. Push the start button in the XF, and the show begins: a nickel gear-selection knob rises out of the console and the vents on the dash rotate open as the engine springs to life.

  • "Quality wood, leather, and aluminum, with an abundance of padded surfaces contribute to an upscale ambiance. XFR and Premium models equipped with the optional Portfolio Package add a suede-like headliner. JaguarSense is an interesting novelty, as is the rotary-knob transmission gear selector." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Press the start button for a few moments and a few things happen. Naturally, the big engine roars to life, then all four vents rotate open while the aluminum-puck gear selector rises out of the center tunnel. The latter two are nifty party tricks, though we do wonder what happens a few years down the road when those particular parties are over. Still, they're fun to watch." -- Autoblog 


Reviewers are generally pleased the front seats in the Jaguar XF, saying that most will not have difficulty finding a comfortable driving position. The rear seats, however, could use a bit more legroom and the XF’s sloping roofline may make it difficult for taller back seat occupants to get comfortable. Those looking for more comfortable rear-seat accommodations may want to check out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.

  • "Though not ample, space is adequate for most adults. A standard power tilt and telescopic steering wheel helps drivers find a comfortable position. The seats are comfortable with good support. XF's low, swooping roof line means tall passengers will have to watch their heads when entering or exiting." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In terms of space, those in front will find an ample amount, but taller folks seated in the back may find their heads grazing the roof -- the XF is not as commodious as the 5 Series or E-Class." -- Edmunds 
  • "I would take the seats in the Volvo XC60 wagon over those in the Jaguar XF sedan any day, any trip. The Volvo's seats are exceptionally comfortable, embracing. The Jaguar's are marginally comfortable, tiring after a long drive. Under the circumstance, ’entry-level luxury’ does not please me nearly as much as ’family’ or ’mainstream.’" -- The Washington Post 
  • "If there is a drawback to this vehicle, it is probably interior room. The Jaguar is a bit low to the ground and the headroom may not be comfortable if you are very tall. The backseat’s legroom is a bit on the short side, as well." -- Automobile.com 
  • "The XF thrones are fully leather, many-ways adjustable (16 if you're the counting type) and sufficiently British. All good stuff. The bad part is that they almost totally lack lateral bolstering. This is perhaps the most important difference between the XF Supercharged and the angrier, sportier XFR and its deeply, properly snug seats." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

Start up the 2011 Jaguar XF, and it’s clear that this luxury large car is shedding its old-money image for a high-tech design. A gear selector rises out of the console and air vents rotate open on the dash. Still, the XF surrounds the driver with a well laid out cockpit and quality materials. A central touch-screen controls audio and HVAC functions, including heated seats and steering wheel (if equipped). While reviewers find the XF’s system intuitive, a few do note that you often have to work through the touch-screen menus to access different functions; which can be a little time consuming. The system still earns points for ease of use, but some more tech savvy consumers may prefer the control knob interfaces found on systems in the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

However, interior tech is still an area of great value in the XF, which comes standard with navigation, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Navigation is part of an option package that costs upwards of $4,000 on the E-Class. And if you go for a V8-equipped Mercedes E550, the sticker price will be nearly $10,000 more than the Jag after you add navigation.

  • "The gauges are unobstructed. Jaguar eschews a control-knob interface (a la Audi and BMW) in favor of a touchscreen for most audio and climate functions. This doesn't necessarily work to XF's benefit. Many simple tasks require performing quite a few "virtual button" presses, and drilling down through several menu screens to access some audio functions. Redundant controls on the steering wheel help a bit." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "There are a couple ergonomic missteps, though. Most of the audio, climate, navigation and Bluetooth phone functions are controlled via a central touchscreen, and while the menus are logically arranged, some of the virtual buttons are too small. Also, the unnecessarily swoopy graphics make processing times too long. The center stack's few physical buttons are welcome for adjusting the climate system, but those devoted to audio controls are redundant, and generally this real estate could be better utilized. Rear outward visibility is also worse than average." -- Edmunds 
  • "The interior combines traditional cues with contemporary touches, like a rotary knob in the center console that serves as a gear selector. With its continued dedication to ease of use, Jaguar does not use this knob as a multifunction controller like the German and some Japanese automakers do. Like the XK, the XF's in-dash LCD is a touch-screen." -- Cars.com 
  • "The interior of the Jaguar is no less opulent. Standard luxury items include a two-zone climate control, keyless ignition, and a Bluetooth and voice-activated navigation system. You can upgrade to a Bowers & Wilkins sound system and automatic adaptive cruise control." -- Automobile.com 
  • "The interior geeks amongst us will go crazy over the 1970s Marantz-like vent wheels and thumb-controls on the steering wheel -- super high quality stuff we're happy to report -- and the suede headliner is fully and completely righteous. However, first and foremost in the negative column are the plastic shift paddles behind the wheel. We found it fully incongruous that Jaguar would make such an excellent steering wheel, fit it with world class roller buttons and then attach cheap and chintzy paddles." -- Autoblog  


There’s no shortage of space in the Jaguar XF’s 17.7 cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest in its class. One reviewer notes that despite ample cargo space, the trunk opening and intruding wheel arches can make it tricky to load bulky items.

  • "At 17.7 cubic feet, the sedan's trunk is the largest in its class in terms of volume. Making use of that space can be tricky, though, as the wheel arches intrude into the cargo hold. The opening is not that large either, making loading of bulky items more difficult than it should be. Seat backs fold flat, but headrests will have to be removed if the front seats are moved too far back. Interior small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The trunk, however, is quite roomy at 17 cubic feet." -- Edmunds 
  • "A 17.7 cubic foot trunk is larger than in most models of its class." -- Automobile.com

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