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2012 Jaguar XF Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Jaguar XF was new.


Interior: 8.0

A high-tech cockpit takes precedence in the 2012 XF, which abandons Jaguar’s reputation for Old World luxury. Inside, 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.

  • "Inside, the XF gets new front and rear seats, new color options, and new choices in veneers. Various controls receive a new black finish, the info screen in the gauge cluster is now rendered in full color, and there are more redundant controls below the slow-acting seven-inch infotainment screen. Hallelujah." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Quality wood, leather, and aluminum, with an abundance of padded surfaces contribute to an upscale ambiance." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Jaguar has installed its latest navigation system complete with the same touchscreen interface that's also used in the XJ. It still has some ergonomic issues and responds slowly at times, but it represents a big improvement. Other interior controls have been reworked to look, feel and function better." -- Edmunds 
  • "Inside, the 2012 Jaguar XF lineup boasts new XJ-inspired color and trim combinations for its standard leather and wood appointments plus redesigned seats that offer enhanced comfort and support, more legible TFT-type main instrument displays and a host of lesser detail upgrades." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Jaguar has done away with many of the silver buttons of the prior car, replacing them with black ones that should offer better legibility." -- Cars.com
  • "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 


For 2012, Jaguar revised the seats of the XF, and reviewers say the new thrones offer increased support. In general, the front seats of the XF get good reviews. Most test drivers say that it’s not difficult to find a comfortable driving position. The rear seats, however, could use a bit more leg room and the XF’s sloping roofline makes it difficult for tall back seat passengers to get comfortable. If you need a spacious rear seat, check out rivals like the Audi A6 and 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 
  • "Interior space remains the same, which means that legroom is sufficient in the backseat, while headroom can be a bit squished for taller folks." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the XF's seats have been revised for better support." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Start up the 2012 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 when the engine springs to life. Still, the XF surrounds the driver with a thoughtfully-designed cockpit and quality materials. New interior upgrades include a full-color information screen in the gauge cluster, and many controls now have a black finish rather than the outgoing silver, which reviewers say makes them more legible.

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 note that you often have to work through the on-screen menus to access different functions, which can be time-consuming. For 2012, the system is slightly improved, as more buttons have been added to the XF’s dash, which serve as an alternative to accessing some vehicle functions. The system still earns points for ease of use, but some shoppers 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, 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." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Inside, the stylish but tricky to read silver switchgear is replaced by white-on-soft-touch-black buttons, and the instrument cluster now includes a full color message center. The steering wheel and seats are new, and a navy-over-tan color combo is sure to delight the yacht-club set, while ivory stitching dresses up the XFR's black seats." -- Motor Trend 
  • "The console-mounted start button pulsates red as if there's a real feline heart beating deep inside. Pressing it brings the Jaguar V8 to life and then, like the curtain rising on La Traviata, lifts the circular gear selector into the driver's palm and rotates the four air vents into place. This is automotive theatre that makes similar efforts by various Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models seem like uninspired dinner club productions." -- Edmunds 
  • "Two USB ports and Bluetooth-based streaming provide multiple ways to connect a portable music player." -- Cars.com


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. However, 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 

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