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2012 Jaguar XF Review

The 2012 Jaguar XF has the only standard V8 in the class, generous trunk space and very impressive handling, but reviewers said its infotainment system works slowly and it could use more rear-seat headroom.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8
  • Nimble handling
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Cramped rear seat

New for 2012

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Portfolio trim replaced Premium trim




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Jaguar XF Overview

The 2012 Jaguar XF is the only car in the class to come standard with a V8 engine. Reviewers agreed that it is incredibly potent and provides rapid acceleration, as well as a pleasing sound. There are two supercharged V8 alternatives available, and reviewers agreed that the acceleration provided by either is even more phenomenal. All Jaguar XF models have a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. According to the EPA, the rear-wheel drive 2012 Jaguar XF gets up to 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is OK for an eight-cylinder car, but low for the class as a whole. Critics reported that the 2012 XF is incredibly fun to drive, with athletic handling, abundant grip, nicely weighted steering and strong brakes.

Test drivers were taken with the 2012 Jaguar XF's gear selector knob that rises out of the center console, and said the overall cabin is attractive, with first-rate wood, leather and aluminum trim. The XF also has one of the largest trunks in the class at 17.7 cubic feet. The automotive press said that the front seats are supportive, but complained that its rear seat is short on headroom. They mentioned that its touch-screen infotainment system is sometimes slow to respond and not immediately intuitive. The 2012 XF comes standard with navigation, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, a USB input and Bluetooth. Available features include adaptive cruise control, a power rear sunshade and a 17-speaker Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound audio system.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ COMAND infotainment system is fairly easy to use, and they added that the E-Class has one of the most spacious rear seats in the class.

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Audi A7’s interior has gorgeous styling and lavish materials. With its hatchback design, the A7 offers even more cargo space than the XF, and it has standard all-wheel drive, which isn’t available on the XF.

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