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2016 Jaguar XF Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Jaguar XF was new.


Performance: 8.9

Auto writers say the redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF's standard and optional supercharged V6 engines provide rapid acceleration, though they wish its exhaust offered more robust sound. Reviewers like the XF's slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers say the 2016 Jaguar XF takes on corners nimbly and securely without comprising ride comfort. They add that its steering is sharp and well-weighted.

  • "Almost the entire top management comes courtesy of BMW in Munich, and this still shows in the way the new vehicles handle, ride, and hold the road. The 2016 Jaguar XF is a driver's car." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Overall, it's well suited for the luxury sedan market, and a nice companion for a few hours' steady-state cruising." -- AutoWeek
  • "Steering is beautifully weighted and the ZF 8-speed snicks up and down seamlessly." -- Jalopnik
  • "And our initial take is the 2016 XF is, as a Jaguar should be, a more overtly sporty alternative to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The base Jaguar XF Premium comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower. A supercharged 380-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine is optional. The XF comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the base XF gets 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class.

According to reviewers, the XF's base and optional engines have ample power and deliver spirited acceleration. However, they complain that the XF doesn’t have the hearty exhaust growl they expect from a Jaguar. The eight-speed automatic transmission offers slick, fast shifts, test drivers say.

  • "Wind- and road noise are well contained and the smooth V6 emits a characterful part-throttle warble. Accelerate and the eight-speed auto drops gears quickly and smoothly while the flexible V6 builds speed with respectable urgency, without the F-Type's rowdy aural drama." -- AutoWeek
  • "The supercharged V6 delivers more than ample acceleration. Jaguar says the all-wheel-drive S will reach 60 mph from a stop in 5.0 seconds, while rear-drive models will take a few tenths longer. The power and response are there, but the sound isn't as sweet as we would like. The engine may be shared with the F-Type sports car, but it doesn't sound as enthusiastic in the XF." -- Edmunds
  • "S-model V6s produce 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, both more than adequate in making the XF feel quicker and faster than ever (well, at least without a V8 under the hood). Sixty miles per hour comes up in just over five seconds in the rear-drive car, and thrust feels readily available from any engine speed. As ever, Jag's eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is well tuned for sporty driving. …" -- Autoblog
  • "The new XF is missing one thing. One feature that would have set the car apart and backboned the new high-performance vibe they're working so hard to re-cultivate: A decent sounding exhaust. The XF certainly doesn't sound bad. It doesn't sound good either. It just doesn't sound. No matter which engine you run the car simply whooshes along with the drama of a kid's electric train set and for me, that just lets the car's whole look down." -- Jalopnik

Handling and Braking 

Automotive journalists praise the redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF for its incredibly sporty handling. They say that even in fast turns, the XF maintains its composure and ride comfort. Its steering is precise and well-weighted, they add. Reviewers agree that when in Dynamic mode, the XF's ride becomes even sportier and its steering feels sharper. The 2016 Jaguar XF comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Tactile and composed, it carves through bends at ambitious speeds, always on the alert and rarely caught out." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Thread together corners and you're unaware of any ride-quality deterioration. Instead, those leisurely vertical movements become more quickly curtailed and the body remains highly composed, flicking from apex to apex. Again the composure and responsiveness stands out, especially through fast direction changes; the XF's front end follows steering inputs like a puppy trying to outwit its reflection." -- AutoWeek
  • "Putting the car in Dynamic mode firms the ride up, while the Normal mode provides a more comfortable ride when you're just cruising on the freeway." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering is nicely linear-though perhaps not quite as delightfully communicative as that of the smaller XE-and the front-end grip is impressively tenacious. Overall chassis balance is terrific-a legacy of 50/50 weight distribution-and generally good damping means the Jaguar remains unfazed by mid-corner lumps and bumps. This is a car that goes exactly where you point it, and stays resolutely on line until the tires reach the limit of adhesion." -- Motor Trend
  • "The rigid body combines with quick, weighty steering to offer rapid changes of direction, and it's soon clear that car has more ability than public roads and my fear of international prisons can surpass." -- Autoblog

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