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2013 Jaguar XF Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Jaguar XF was new.


Interior: 7.6

Unique features such as vents that rotate open and a gear selector that rises from the center console on start-up give the 2013 Jaguar XF a high-tech feel that many rivals can’t match, according to critics. Reviewers say that the XF’s cabin is constructed with wood trim, leather and other high-quality materials. However, many note that the XF’s electronic features could be more user-friendly.

  • "The XF maintains Jaguar's tradition of warm, inviting interiors with a distinctively British flavor. Credit liberal use of aromatic leather and genuine wood or aluminum accents, plus an abundance of padded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Although the inside of the XF is far from the spongy lounges of Jaguar's past, there's still an overall feeling of warmth and texture that the more tech-oriented interiors of Jaguar's German rivals can't generate." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 2013 Jaguar XF provides an airy, upscale cabin, where rich leather covers all five seats and high-quality materials are arranged with remarkable precision." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2010)


In general, the front seats of the 2013 XF get good reviews. Most test drivers say that it’s not difficult to find a comfortable driving position, though some mention that the low roofline can complicate entry and exit. That problem carries over to the back seat, where the roof cuts into back-seat headroom. If you need a spacious rear seat, check out rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E350 and the Hyundai Genesis. The 2013 XF comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. A heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and sport seats are optional or available in higher trim levels.

  • "The seats are comfortable with good support. A low, swooping roof line means tall passengers will have to watch their heads when entering or exiting." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The ergonomically designed front seats deliver ample support for occupants of all sizes, though 6-footers will find rear-seat headroom slightly restricted by the aggressive curvature of the roof." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Jaguar XF comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, push-button start and a 10-speaker stereo with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Options and features available in higher trims include navigation with voice recognition, front parking sensors, a backup camera, an upgraded stereo with satellite and HD Radio and a power rear sunshade. Available safety tech includes automatic high beams and a blind spot monitoring system.

While reviewers appreciate the XF’s clear gauges and premium sound system, many write that its tech features aren’t the easiest to use. One reviewer notes that infotainment systems found in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles are more user-friendly, and that the XF’s touch-screen interface requires too many steps to make climate and stereo adjustments. Another critic also mentions that the system operates slowly, and that its screen is on the small side.

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  • "However, instead of control-knob interface for most audio and climate functions (a la Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz), Jaguar uses a touchscreen system that can be a real driver distraction. Even simple tasks can require quite a few ‘virtual button’ presses and drilling down through several menu screens that can be slow to respond to user input." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The XF's center console is dominated by a touchscreen navigation system. It's been improved over the years, but compared to the electronic interfaces found in other midsize luxury sedans, the Jag's still suffers from slow response times, antiquated menu structures and a smallish display." -- Edmunds 
  • "Instrumentation is sharp and legible, but operating the touch-screen climate-control functions can be cumbersome. The top-line Meridian audio system, with its 825 watts and 17 speakers, is simply awesome." -- Kelley Blue Book 


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 small trunk opening and intruding wheel arches can make it tricky to load bulky items.

  • "The 17.7-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the class, but bulky rear wheel arches mean usable space is somewhat less. The trunk opening isn't that large, so loading bulky items is difficult, if not impossible." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "… the XF's trunk capacity, at 17 cubic feet, is one of the segment's largest." -- Edmunds

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