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2013 Jaguar XF Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.5

Reviewers say that the 2013 Jaguar XF offers nimble handling, while new four-cylinder and V6 engines help the XF return better fuel economy than the 2012 model. However, one test driver also notes that the switch from a standard V8 to a turbo-four means that the base XF no longer provides exceptional straight-line performance.

  • "Performance from the new supercharged V6 is certain to be difficult to distinguish from the now-discontinued conventional V8, but the 240-hp four-cylinder and its more-casual 7.5-second 0-60 dash stretches the XF's credibility as a sport sedan." -- Edmunds 
  • "Tradition suggests a Jaguar will be softer and more isolated in its driving experience than other, particularly German, luxury sedans but the XF in any iteration is taut, responsive, balanced and gives good feedback through the steering and brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book 

Acceleration and Power

The Jaguar XF sees some significant changes under the hood for 2013. The base model is now powered by a 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the base XF gets up to 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class. However, the Audi A6 2.0T has a similar engine and uses less fuel. The XF 3.0 is also new for 2013 and carries a supercharged V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower. XF Supercharged, XFR and XFR-S models come with supercharged V8 engines that generate 470, 510 and 550 horsepower, respectively. Jaguar says that the XFR-S has a top speed of 186 mph and that it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Although the XF’s base engine is less powerful than the V8 that came with the 2012 model, one reviewer writes that it still provides adequate power, while another notes that it offers good fuel economy. The eight-speed automatic transmission is also new this year and earns praise for its smooth operation.

  • "The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder may be pushing the boundaries of luxury-car acceptability, but it does pump out 240 hp and returns pretty good fuel economy." -- Edmunds 
  • "A blown four, on paper at least, might not appear that exciting, but it has a characterful exhaust growl under acceleration that suits the car's nature, but remains subdued under constant, cruising throttle. And once the turbo spools up beyond 2000 rpm the performance is more than adequate, easily thrusting the car down sinuous roads at over 70 mph where safe to do so." -- Road and Track 
  • "The 8-speed automatic transmission that accompanies every XF engine works seamlessly, thanks to all those close-spaced ratios and adaptive shift programming, but there are handy paddle shifters for do-it-yourselfers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking 

Most reviewers say that consumers with an eye for performance will be pleased with the Jaguar XF’s handling. They note that the XF is one of the more agile cars in the class, and that a lighter engine makes the 2013 XF even livelier than the 2012 model. All-wheel drive is optional on the XF 3.0, and one reviewer says that it provides the same spirited handling you’ll find in other models.

  • "XFs are intended as sports sedans, so even low-line models have always lacked the absorbent but slightly floaty ‘magic carpet’ ride of old-school Jags. Even so, we've found these cars quite comfortable on 18- or 19-inch tires, though rippled roads can induce nervous wheel patter." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Around corners, the XF has considerable grip and surprisingly high limits. The steering is a little light and numb, but the 2013 Jaguar XF is still more fun to drive than many competitors." -- Edmunds 
  • "With less weight over the front wheels the two-liter XF feels even better balanced than its bigger engined siblings." -- Road and Track 
  • "The new AWD system favors the rear wheels in its torque delivery to retain a lively rear-drive feel." -- Kelley Blue Book

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