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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: N/A
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2016 Jaguar XF Review

Powerful engines and athletic handling give the 2016 Jaguar XF some of the best overall performance in its class. However, it earns a mediocre ranking due to high ownership costs driven by depreciation.

Pros & Cons

  • Two powerful V6 engine choices
  • Engaging handling
  • Upscale cabin
  • Above-average ownership costs

2016 Jaguar XF Overview

Is the 2016 Jaguar XF a Good Used Car?

Were it not for its high ownership costs, the 2016 Jaguar XF would be a great luxury midsize car. It has two muscular supercharged engine options, and the only real complaint is that they don't sound like the hellacious F-Type sports car. The XF handles with enthusiasm while maintaining a smooth ride. Premium materials fill the cabin, and the trunk is one of the largest in the class. Passenger space is mostly sufficient as well.

Cars at the top of the class have top-notch reliability, but the XF's score is still above-average across the industry. However, it hasn’t undergone any safety testing, while high-ranking rivals in the class boast great crash test results.

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We’ve researched seven Jaguar XF reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Jaguar XF?

Prices for a 2016 Jaguar XF range from about $29,000 to about $50,000, with the average price landing at just over $40,000. This data comes from the roughly 140 listings for the 2016 XF on our site. Exact prices fluctuate depending on each vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Jaguar XF Cost to Own?

The 2016 Jaguar XF has higher-than-average costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $30,700 over five years. In comparison, a 2016 Audi A6 will save you about $1,000 on those expenses over five years, while a 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will save you about $400. The 2016 BMW 5 Series' five-year costs are about $2,200 more than the XF's.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XF?

The Jaguar XF was fully redesigned for 2016, and the 2017 and 2018 XF belong to the same generation. You can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2016 model instead of a new XF. The 2018 model starts at just under $48,000, and prices rise as high as $70,000. That's a far cry from the 2016 model's price range of about $29,000 to $50,000.

There are a couple of improvements in the 2018 XF that may influence your decision, though. A new XF wagon body style, dubbed the Sportbrake, debuted for 2018, and there are two engine options that you won't find in 2016 models: a 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 180-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel. Both of these engines deliver great fuel. However, if you don’t care about these changes, you're better off saving money with a used model.

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Though the 2016 XF has a decent price, there are a couple of options among 2018 luxury midsize cars that are worth considering. The 2018 Lexus ES has a lower base price than the 2016 XF's average list price, and it is one of the highest ranked cars in the class. It won't give you the thrilling performance of the XF, but it comes with a ton of standard driver assistance features, top-notch interior quality, and a history of great reliability. The 2018 Genesis G80 also ranks very high and includes a long list of standard features and advanced safety tech. Though the Genesis retails for more than what some used 2016 XFs may cost, current car deals and our Best Price Program may narrow the price difference.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Jaguar XF?

According to J.D. Power, the 2016 Jaguar XF has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five. A rating of three is considered average for the industry.

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2016 Jaguar XF Recalls

As of this writing, there are no open recalls for the 2016 Jaguar XF.

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Which Model Year of the Jaguar XF Is Best?

The XF was fully redesigned for 2016. Though it lost standard features like leather seats, heated front seats, and a moonroof, it gained more cargo and passenger space, a larger touch screen, and more available driver assistance features that you can’t find in 2015 models.

There were few major changes over the last few model years of the previous generation (the 2013, 2014, and 2015 XF), and they all have drastically lower average prices than the 2016 XF (by more than $10,000). Though you'll likely save money with older models, you won't get all the benefits of the redesign. You could also consider a 2017 XF, but its average prices are about $5,000 more than the 2016 model’s. Unless you really want the standard 180-horsepower turbodiesel engine (not available in 2016 models), it’s not worth it.

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Which Used Jaguar XF Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Jaguar XF comes in four trims: Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, and S. The S is the only trim to offer the supercharged 380-horsepower V6 engine, and it also comes loaded with a ton of features. If you're content with the base supercharged V6 engine (340 horsepower), then you should be happy with the features and prices of the Prestige or R-Sport model. These models have leather upholstery, heated front seats, parking sensors, and navigation. R-Sport versions also include satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

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Certified Pre-Owned Jaguar XF Warranty

Though Jaguar's CPO program isn't as robust as Lexus' and Mercedes’ programs, it will still give you some additional confidence in your used car purchase. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the XF?

The 2016 Jaguar XF has not undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The only standard active safety feature in the 2016 XF is a rearview camera. Driver assistance features you may find include front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, an Intelligent Speed Limiter system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and parallel park assist.

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2016 Jaguar XF Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Jaguar XF or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most versatile used luxury midsize cars you can buy. It comes in sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible) body styles, and the wagon can hold up to seven people. There are five powertrain options, ranging from a very fuel-efficient turbodiesel to high-performance AMG versions. The XF beats out the E-Class for athletic handling, as the Benz prioritizes a comfortable ride. Both cars get solid reliability ratings, and the E-Class gets great safety scores. We named the E-Class our 2016 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families. Average prices for the Mercedes are about $2,000 lower than the XF’s, and it will save you a couple hundred dollars in five-year costs as well. The Mercedes is the winner here.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jaguar XF or 2016 Audi A6?

The 2016 Audi A6 has outstanding crash test scores across the board, and it goes toe-to-toe with the XF for engaging performance. The A6's cabin boasts beautiful styling and top-quality materials. The front seats remain supportive on long trips, and the rear seats offer plenty of room to accommodate tall passengers. There are ample entertainment and driver assistance features, and the MMI infotainment system is intuitive and responsive – especially compared to the XF's sometimes clunky interface. The A6 is not only a better car, but it will cost you less as well. It has an average price that’s about $4,500 less than the Jag’s average price.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jaguar XF or 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series has lower average prices but higher five-year ownership costs than the XF. Both cars earn commendable reliability ratings. You can find the 5 Series as a sedan or a hatchback; the latter has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. The BMW’s classy cabin is filled with premium materials, and both rows of seats are comfortable and have enough space for tall riders. BMW's iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly as well. The 5 Series offers a range of engines, from the base turbocharged four-cylinder to a twin-turbocharged V8. The four-cylinder gets better gas mileage than the XF, and the available turbodiesel is one of the most fuel-efficient in the class. The 5 Series corners well, but it's most at home as a cruiser thanks to its serene ride. Both are excellent cars, but the 5 Series is slightly better.

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2016 XF Performance

How Does the 2016 Jaguar XF Drive?

The Jaguar XF is available with one of two V6 3.0-liter supercharged engines. Most models will have a 340-horsepower version, while the XF S model puts out 380 horsepower. Both of these supercharged engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and produce 332 pound-feet of torque. You can find XFs with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The base engine is powerful and provides great acceleration for everyday use, but the XF S feels a little stronger. No matter the trim, the XF delivers outstanding handling and a cushioned ride, even around turns.

Does the 2016 Jaguar XF Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 XF gets estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models lose 1 mpg on the highway. Those are about average numbers for the class, but some rivals – like the 2016 BMW 5 Series (23/34 mpg city/highway), 2016 Audi A6 (24/34 mpg), and 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its standard turbodiesel engine (28/40 mpg) – have better estimates.

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2016 XF Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 XF Seat?

The 2016 Jaguar XF seats up to five. All models have power-adjustable front seats, with either leatherette or real leather seats. You may also find sport seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, or a heated steering wheel. The cabin is open and airy, with good visibility from the front seats and plenty of space for the driver and passenger. The second row is sufficiently roomy as well, though taller travelers may be a little short on headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Jaguar XF?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the middle seat. The lower anchors are easy to access, and most types of car seats should fit in the spacious back seat without having to adjust the front seats.

2016 Jaguar XF Features

All 2016 XF models come with push-button start, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, and an InControl 8-inch touch-screen system. Other features you may want to look for include proximity-key entry, quad-zone climate control, a 17-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, navigation, and a 10.2-inch touch screen. The InControl infotainment system has sharp graphics, but it’s slow to respond to inputs.

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2016 Jaguar XF Dimensions

Jaguar XF Cargo Space

The XF has 19.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than what most class rivals offer. Some models can be found with a power trunk lid.

2016 XF Length and Weight

The 2016 XF is 16.3 feet long. Rear-wheel-drive versions weigh 3,770 pounds, and all-wheel-drive versions weigh 3,880 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Jaguar XF Built?

Jaguar built the 2016 XF at its Castle Bromwich production facility in England.

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