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2015 Jaguar XF Review

The 2015 Jaguar XF ranks in the bottom half of the luxury midsize car class. It boasts lively handling and powerful engine options, but its infotainment features can be tricky, and rear headroom is in short supply.

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Powerful available engines
  • Good reliability rating
  • Sluggish infotainment system
  • Rear seats are tight on headroom
  • Few driver assistance features

New for 2015

  • Portfolio and Sport trims
  • Standard navigation system, rearview camera, and Meridian audio system

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2015 Jaguar XF Overview

Is the 2015 Jaguar XF a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Jaguar XF is a decent luxury midsize car. It holds its own performance-wise, even in the face of sporty Audi and BMW rivals. The XF has several muscular engine choices, including a supercharged V6 and a trio of supercharged V8s. It tackles corners with ease, while still delivering the serene ride that luxury shoppers expect.

Inside, the XF hits the mark with its upscale materials, and a large trunk gives it a measure of practicality. However, the back seat is a little short on space, and the infotainment system isn't as modern or user-friendly as what you'll find in the competition.

The last drawback to the XF is cost. Its range of list prices is above-average for the class, and its five-year ownership expenses are among the highest in the segment. The XF also rates poorly for total ownership costs driven by depreciation.

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How Much Is the 2015 Jaguar XF?

Based on listings for the 2015 Jaguar XF on our site, it has an average price of around $27,900, which is high for the class. Prices range from about $22,100 to $35,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Jaguar XF Cost to Own?

The 2015 XF’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,300, or $6,660 per year. That’s one of the highest totals among luxury midsize cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XF?

Jaguar redesigned the XF for 2016, so the 2015 and 2019 Jaguar XF models belong to different generations, and there are many differences between the two cars. Both have a wide variety of engine options; the new XF is available with a fuel-efficient turbodiesel, while the older model has a trio of insanely powerful supercharged V8s.

The 2019 XF is available with several active safety features that you can't get in the 2015, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view parking camera system, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and traffic sign recognition. The 2019  also comes with an infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen that's both larger and more intuitive than what you'll find in the 2015 XF. It also offers modern smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The 2019 XF starts at around $50,000, and a well-equipped XF Sportbrake wagon model can run you more than $75,000. You can save heaps of money buying a used 2015 XF instead of a new model, but if you want the newer design without breaking the bank, get a used 2016-or-newer model.

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The 2019 Acura TLX is the only new luxury midsize car with a base price in the range of what you might pay for a 2015 XF. At $33,000, however, the TLX is still on the upper end of the XF's price spectrum. The TLX is a pretty good value, with a long list of standard driver assistance features and a dual-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It's not as athletic or as fun to drive as the XF is, though, so you'll want to take a pass on this Acura if that's your priority.

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Which Model Year of the Jaguar XF Is Best?

For the XF, 2015 is the last model year of a generation that began with the 2009 model year. Changes for the 2015 model include a newly standard rearview camera, a navigation system, and Meridian premium stereo. You can likely save some money by getting a 2013 XF or 2014 XF, which still offered these features as options when they were new. Or, if you want a model from the newer generation, consider the 2016 Jaguar XF.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jaguar XF?

The 2015 Jaguar XF has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Jaguar XF Recalls

At the time of writing, there are five recalls for the 2018 Jaguar XF. Two recalls deal with air bags: The passenger front air bag inflator may explode, and the driver's air bag may not deploy its second stage correctly. Two other recalls cover a possible loss of power steering. Lastly, another recall involves fuel line clearance that may be insufficient and increase the risk of a fuel leak and a fire.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jaguar XF Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Jaguar XF is available in six trims: Premium, Portfolio, Sport, Supercharged, XFR, and XFR-S. The Premium trim has plenty of features but lacks the potent engine that many luxury car shoppers expect. For the best blend of features and performance, go for the Portfolio or Sport trims. They have a more engine power and are the only ones available with all-wheel drive. Each offers its own minor interior and exterior enhancements, like an upgraded sound system, higher-quality leather upholstery, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

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Certified Pre-Owned Jaguar XF Warranty

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jaguar extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Jaguar must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jaguar's CPO program is fairly robust compared to other luxury brands for the coverage and benefits that it provides.

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How Safe Is the XF?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2015 Jaguar XF.

The 2015 XF comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. Adaptive headlights and automatic high beams are available.

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2015 Jaguar XF Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Jaguar XF or 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 Audi A6 is a better car than the XF. These luxury sedans both deliver engaging performance, with peppy engine choices and sharp handling. The A6 has better fuel economy ratings and an excellent safety score, and it's available with features that are not available in the XF, including a Wi-Fi hot spot, a head-up display, night vision assistance, and adaptive cruise control. This Audi's average list price is around $1,500 lower than that of the XF, and it's also projected to save you around $4,000 in ownership expenses over five years. You and your wallet will both be better off buying the A6.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jaguar XF or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

While the sporty XF specializes in sharp handling, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is tuned for comfort. The E-Class' base engine is surprisingly strong and fuel-efficient, and even in higher trims, this Mercedes has more power than its XF equivalent. This E-Class offers two spacious rows of comfortable seats in what is quite possibly the nicest interior in the class. It also bests the XF in standard active safety features, with driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning. The E-Class has far and away the highest range of and average prices in the segment, and it'll cost you around $1,300 more than the XF will in five-year expenses. If your budget allows, go for the E-Class.

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2015 XF Performance

How Does the 2015 Jaguar XF Drive?

The 2015 Jaguar XF is available with one of five different engines: a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, and three versions of a supercharged V8 producing between 470 and 550 horsepower. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The standard turbo-four has enough muscle for daily driving, but we suggest the supercharged V6. It offers quicker acceleration than the base mill, and it's the only engine available with all-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive comes standard). You'll find this engine in XF Portfolio and Sport trims.

The XF balances a smooth ride with excellent grip around sharp corners. It handles curvy roads with agility, and most critics noted that the steering is sharp and precise.

Does the 2015 Jaguar XF Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 XF gets unimpressive fuel economy for a luxury midsize car. With the base engine, the XF returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Rear-wheel-drive models with the supercharged V6 get 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, and fuel economy drops by 1 mpg with all-wheel drive. Models with the V8 engine return 15/23 mpg city/highway.

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2015 XF Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XF Seat?

The 2015 Jaguar XF sedan seats five people on standard leather upholstery. Six-way power-adjustable and heated front seats are also standard. Available amenities include ventilated front seats, front sport seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats are comfortable, and higher trims offer tons of power adjustments for you to find the optimal driving position. The car's sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom, though, so taller folks will have a hard time getting comfortable.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Jaguar XF?

For installing child safety seats, the 2015 XF has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are located behind slits in the seat upholstery, and they can be tricky to use.

2015 Jaguar XF Features

Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control and proximity keyless entry. The standard infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Meridian stereo, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. A 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo is available.

The XF's screen is smaller than what you'll find in many rivals, and it can be slow to respond to your commands. Performing even the most basic functions requires you to cycle through multiple menus, which can be distracting when driving.

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2015 Jaguar XF Dimensions

Jaguar XF Cargo Space

The 2015 Jaguar XF has 17.7 cubic feet of trunk space. That's quite a bit for the luxury midsize car class.

2015 XF Length and Weight

The Jaguar XF is 16 feet, 3 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,660 to 4,380 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Jaguar XF Built?

Jaguar built the XF in England.

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