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2017 Jaguar XF Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Jaguar XF was new.


Performance: 8.9

It's pure pleasure to drive a 2017 Jaguar XF. Available with either a turbocharged diesel or a supercharged gasoline engine, the XF is never wanting for power. Dial between the different driving modes depending on whether you want to glide over rough pavement or sharpen handling for a genuinely sporty experience. Fuel economy is excellent with the standard diesel engine.

  • "We can attest that any number of premium sedans are enjoyable to drive, but only a handful have us thinking about the driving experience long after we've put the car to bed. The 2017 Jaguar XF is one of those cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If nothing else, Jaguar has engineered the XF to be driven hard and fast on a favorite road." -- New York Daily News
  • "Whether you choose regular or extra-caffeinated supercharged V6, new turbodiesel four-cylinder, rear-wheel- or all-wheel drive, the 2017 Jaguar XF won't leave you wanting for performance." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

For most 2017 XF models, there are two main engine options, starting with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. This 180-horsepower, turbocharged engine is energetic, and its 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway is at the top of the class for fuel efficiency. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine with a 340-horsepower rating is also available. It provides an exhilarating amount of power, but a few critics wish this engine sounded as good as it does in Jaguar’s F-Type sports car. Fuel economy is slightly better than similarly powered rivals, at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway. The potency of this engine is intensified for the XF S model, which has a 380-horsepower rating. All three engines use a fast-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • "The supercharged V6 provides satisfying acceleration in either standard or S trims and there's ample torque across the rev range. Some sport sedan shoppers may wish for a richer soundtrack, however, as we've found this V6 sounds less enthusiastic here than in the Jaguar F-Type sports car." -- Edmunds
  • "The 8-speed transmission reacts quickly to inputs from the steering-wheel-mounted paddles, although it's equally adept when left on its own. The XF's user-selectable driving modes allow the driver to choose among Normal, Eco, Dynamic and Winter. While the operating interface felt somewhat clumsy, the system definitely delivers on its promise. The Dynamic mode ups the XF's performance capabilities via a stiffer suspension setting, but also brings rather jarring shifts some editors found to be a bit too abrupt." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Believe it or not, the XF's standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder. It makes a measly 180 horsepower, but torque measures 318 lb.-ft. and is on tap from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. That's good for acceleration to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with the optional all-wheel drive system, according to Jaguar, and up to 35 mpg in combined driving based on EPA ratings." -- New York Daily News

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Jaguar XF comes standard with rear-wheel drive. If you add all-wheel drive, which is available in every model, the sedan still acts as a rear-wheel-drive car until the AWD system is engaged. Steering, throttle, and transmission shifts can be adjusted using JaguarDrive Control, with settings that include Standard, Eco, Dynamic, and Rain/Ice/Snow. The XF delivers a smooth, quiet ride fitting of a luxury car, with adaptive tuning that turns it into an athletic sport sedan.

  • "When Jaguar redesigned the XF for 2016, it infused the body and panels with lightweight aluminum, which gave the car a more nimble and athletic character. Add accurate, light steering to the mix and you've got a midsize luxury sedan that feels more like a smaller model from the driver seat. Fitting the XF with optional adaptive suspension dampers offers the choice of even sportier ride and handling, or comfortable and relaxed cruising. Not that you need those fancy dampers; on the contrary, the XF's standard suspension tune strikes an agreeable balance between athleticism and isolation." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of the setup, the 255/35R20 Pirelli Cinturato all-season performance tires provide trustworthy levels of grip, and the brakes withstood significant abuse on a moderately warm testing day. Road noise is greater than might be expected of a midsize Jaguar, but ride comfort is a model of perfection, the suspension capably resolving road rumples, zits and scars." -- New York Daily News
  • "As BMW continues to fritter away the 5 Series' once-legendary steering and handling superiority, and Audi's A6 remains dynamically challenged by the engine hanging out over the front wheels, the 2016 Jaguar XF is perfectly poised to become the sporty alternative to the blue-chip car in the segment, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- Motor Trend (2016)

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