2018 Jaguar XF

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MSRP: $47,775 - 72,100

2018 Jaguar XF Review

The Jaguar XF sees some significant improvements for 2018, including a new, less expensive base trim and a standard turbocharged engine that replaces the previous year's turbodiesel engine. Still, the XF's convoluted, dated technology and poor predicted reliability score relegate it to the bottom third of a very competitive class. 

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, roomy cabin
  • One of the largest cargo spaces in the class
  • Well-rounded selection of peppy engines
  • Superb fuel economy 
  • Portions of infotainment system are overly complicated
  • Navigation system doesn't work consistently
  • Low predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • New base trim is less expensive than last year's
  • All-new four-cylinder gasoline engine is standard
  • Wagon body style now available
  • New safety features added to Driver Assistance package

 

Is the Jaguar XF a Good Car?

The Jaguar XF is a decent luxury midsize car, but it isn't great. Its new standard turbocharged powertrain is fuel-efficient, and the optional diesel engine provides a good combination of performance and fuel economy. A wagon version, dubbed the Sportbrake, is also new for 2018; it is powered by a highly praised supercharged V6 engine. The XF suffers in some areas that are likely to be important to luxury shoppers, though. The infotainment system, for example, is difficult to use and can be distracting while driving. Additionally, the XF has the lowest predicted reliability score possible. These issues prevent this Jaguar from standing out among better overall rivals.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XF?

The XF's starting price is almost $7,000 more than the class average, but it provides a relative bargain against some direct rivals that retail for more than $50,000. The XF is polished and elegant enough to be a respectable value in this class. On the other hand, it is light on standard features. You'll have to spend extra money to get treats like leather seats, navigation, and advanced driver assistance features.

For a few thousand dollars more, consider higher ranked vehicles like the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 5 Series ranks among the best in the class for overall performance, with powerful engines and agile handling. The Mercedes, meanwhile, offers a truly elegant cabin experience with tons of features. 

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XF?

The 2018 XF is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model year. There are a lot of changes for the 2018 model, including a new turbo-four base engine and the choice of a wagon body style. The XF base trim also sees a price reduction for 2018, and there are new available driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. The 2017 model added a diesel engine to the lineup, which is the main difference between it and the 2016 model. 

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used Jaguar XF. Just note, the further back you go, the more limited your powertrain, technology, and body style options will be. For more information, check out our reviews on the 2016 XF and 2017 XF, as well as our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 19 Jaguar XF reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 XF is the right new car for you.

This review includes all applicable research and data from the XF's current generation, which spans the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Jaguar XF Cost?

With a starting price of $47,775, the 2018 Jaguar XF base model costs $475 less than the 2017 base model. However, this is still an above-average price for the class. Beyond the base trim, pricing for the sedan ranges from $49,275 to $67,425. New for 2018 is the wagon style, which comes in two different trims: Sportbrake S and Sportbrake First Edition. Without any extras, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake S costs $70,450 and the Sportbrake First Edition rings up at $72,100. For great savings on any of these editions at your local Jaguar dealer – and to search by ZIP code – check out our U.S. News Best Price Program.

Jaguar XF Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class outranks nearly all other cars in the class, and for good reason. It has arguably the most opulent interior, along with a user-friendly and high-tech infotainment system that includes a 12.3-inch display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The E-Class gets perfect crash test scores and boasts a supple and comfortable ride quality, which should appeal to most shoppers. If you can pony up the extra cash, go with the Benz. Just note that both the E-Class and XF have below-average predicted reliability scores.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XF or BMW 5 Series?

Coming off a fresh redesign for the 2017 model year, the BMW 5 Series is more athletic and high-tech than the Jaguar XF. Other accolades that propel the BMW near the top of the class are a pleasant ride quality, a large number of engine options, plenty of rear legroom, lots of trunk space, and a near-perfect predicted reliability score. Like the Mercedes, this BMW costs more than the XF – but it’s worth it.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XF or Jaguar XE?

You might also be considering Jaguar’s luxury small car, the XE. The main selling point for this vehicle over the XF is its lower price, but it has some positives (and negatives) compared to its larger sibling. All-new for the 2017 model year, the XE delivers more agile handling without sacrificing ride comfort. Since you’d be moving down a class, don’t be surprised by the XE’s smaller back seat and trunk. If you can deal with less space but want to spend less money, the XE could be a good choice. Note, however, that both models have very low predicted reliability ratings.

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XF Interior

How Many People Does the XF Seat?

In both the sedan and wagon forms, the XF provides comfortable seating for five. Jaguar's synthetic leather upholstery, Luxtec, is standard. Opulence goes up from there, with grained leather, contrast stitching, heated front and rear seats, and cooled front seats among the options. Cabin space is about what you'll find in most other cars this size, and adults can ride happily in either row of seats.  

XF and Car Seats

There's enough room in the back to clip in two child safety seats, with lower anchors mounted on the outboard seats and upper tether anchors available all the way across. The LATCH hardware is clearly marked and easy to use, and the doors open wide for easy access.

XF Interior Quality

When it comes to interior fit and finish, the XF really shines. Even the base model feels luxurious, in part because of touches like a soft grain leather steering wheel, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, and serene ride quality. You can go crazy with indulgences, adding two-tone color combinations, burl ash trim, power sunshades for the rear windows, a back-seat cooler, and more. Still, some rivals – like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class – offer more upgrades.

XF Cargo Space

The XF sedan is already king of the mountain for cargo space, and the new wagon body style reinforces that. The sedan's trunk measures 19.1 cubic feet, trouncing the Audi A6 (14.1 cubic feet) and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (13.1 cubic feet). You can expand the Jaguar’s cargo space in every trim except the base 25t by laying down the 40/20/40 split folding back seat. The Sportbrake wagon offers 31.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 69.7 cubic feet with them folded.

XF Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Technology in the XF is a bit disappointing. A lag in response time, glitchy functions, and overly complicated menus are among the common complaints of Jaguar's InControl Touch system. Not everything gets a black mark, though. Numerous buttons under the display screen give you quick access to climate settings. A surplus of buttons adorn the steering wheel, granting one-thumb access once you sort these out. The 8-inch touch screen features crisp graphics and large menu buttons. Among the tech upgrades worth opting for are the Meridian digital surround sound system with 17 speakers, quad-zone automatic climate control, and safety extras like adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality.

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XF Performance

XF Engine: Conservative and Mildly Sporty

Jaguar extends its sophisticated manners under the hood, where you can have your choice of four smooth and cordial engines. All are turbocharged or supercharged, ensuring that you'll have enough oomph to judiciously get up to speed. Of the powertrain options, the smaller four-cylinder engines (one gasoline and one diesel) will cost you less and grant you better fuel economy. The supercharged V6 engines get the lion's share of the praise, though, thanks to their higher horsepower ratings and rousing acceleration times. The most powerful in the lineup is a 380-horsepower V6 that's capable of zooming the XF from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

XF Gas Mileage: Average Gasoline, Thrifty Diesel

Fuel economy for the 2018 XF ranges from about average to exemplary, depending on the engine. The most frugal option is the turbodiesel, which gets 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. Second place goes to the base engine; its rating of 25 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway is one of the highest in the midsize luxury car class. The XF's supercharged V6 engines bring fuel economy down slightly to 20/29 mpg city/highway. The XF Sportbrake is even lower at 18/25 mpg city/highway.

XF Ride and Handling: Adjust From Peaceful to Perky

You can select from four different drive modes: Standard, Eco, Dynamic, and Rain/Ice/Snow. There are perceptible differences between these settings. The system gives drivers the option of adjusting elements like suspension firmness and throttle and transmission shifts to switch between a more comfortable ride and nimbler handling. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all new Jaguar XF trims except the Sportbrake wagon. The XF is one of the few in its class with all-wheel drive available in every trim level, not just the more expensive ones. Ride quality is smooth and soaks up imperfections in the road with ease, yet can also be adjusted to deliver a more athletic experience.

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XF Reliability

Is the Jaguar XF Reliable?

The 2018 XF has the lowest-possible predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

Jaguar XF Warranty

The 2018 Jaguar XF comes with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty. 

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XF Safety

XF Crash Test Results

The 2018 XF was not crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

XF Safety Features

The 2018 XF comes standard with emergency brake assist, but little else. In comparison, both the Volvo S90 and Audi A6 include a rearview camera and parking sensors in all models, and the S90 comes standard with a robust suite of driver assistance systems. Jaguar remedies this shortage by offering a lengthy list of optional safety equipment, though these features will cost you extra. Some of the more high-tech upgrades available include adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed limiter, and a driver condition monitor.

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Which Jaguar XF Model Is Right for Me?

The easiest way to start building your XF is to pick your engine and drivetrain first. There are four different engines to choose from: a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, a turbodiesel four-cylinder, and two supercharged V6s. Every sedan model comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, with the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive for $3,000. Trim levels for the sedan (depending on which engine you select) include XF, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio, and S. New for 2018 is a wagon body style called the Sportbrake. We cover this in more detail below, along with several other trim levels.

For an optimal balance of luxury and cost, consider the midlevel Prestige edition. It pampers you with its soft grain leather seats, ambient lighting, and heated front seats. The steering wheel is also wrapped in soft grain leather and is heated for those frosty winter mornings. Pricing starts at just over $54,000 with the base engine. For an extra $7,200, you can add the supercharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Jaguar XF

The base trim comes with synthetic leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, the InControl Touch infotainment system, and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system. Pricing starts at $47,775 for the 25t four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive. This trim is also available with the turbodiesel engine, the 340-horsepower V6, and all-wheel drive.

Jaguar XF Premium

Moving up one notch from the base trim, the XF Premium adds memory settings for the driver's seat, a rearview camera, a split-folding back seat, and power-folding heated mirrors. The Premium is available with the same engine choices as the base trim. Starting prices for the rear-wheel-drive model range from $49,765 to $53,965.

Jaguar XF R-Sport

With a starting price of $58,125, the XF R-Sport is the least expensive among the sportier trims. Its list of standard features builds off the Prestige trim, adding perforated grain leather seats embellished with contrast stitching, adaptive headlights with power wash and high beam assist, extra safety features, and satellite radio. A unique body kit is added to create this trim’s sporty feel, but no performance upgrades are included.

Jaguar XF S

The XF S is the top-of-the-line model. It pulls in standard features from the Prestige and R-Sport trims, then adds 18-way adjustable sports seats in the front, an adaptive dynamics suspension system, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and unique interior and exterior finishes. This is the only sedan trim that comes with the 380-horsepower supercharged V6, with prices starting at $63,685.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The XF Sportbrake is the new wagon body style. It comes in two different trims: Sportbrake S ($70,450) and Sportbrake First Edition ($72,100). All-wheel drive is standard, as is the 380-horsepower supercharged V6 engine. Lavish goodies like a hands-free tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, a rear self-leveling air suspension system, and a configurable dynamic suspension are among its lengthy list of standard features.

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The Final Call

The Jaguar XF is a lovely midsize car, and you can now get it as either a sedan or a wagon. Its cabin is posh and roomy, with comfortable seating for even taller travelers in both the front and the back. This spacious interior combined with an extra-large trunk make the XF a great pick for families and road trips.

As polished and luxurious as the XF is, many of its rivals match or beat the Jaguar's opulence. While it does have robust supercharged engines available – especially with the XF S model – the prices are on the steep side. The XF also lacks advanced safety features in the base model, its infotainment system can be vexing, and it has the lowest predicted reliability rating possible. There are less expensive, better scoring models available, such as the Genesis G80 and Lexus GS. Or, you can pick up the Volvo S90 or Audi A6 – two well-liked options with opulent interiors and excellent crash test scores – for just a little more money. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Compared to your typical luxury sedan, the XF has more charisma and pomp. Its shift selector rises from the center console when you fire up the engine, and its interior materials and colors are all generally warm and inviting. Styling and build quality are all top-notch and punch above the XF's price bracket. And in terms of size, it's on par in interior volume, but it edges out others when it comes to trunk volume." -- Edmunds
  • "Tastefully restrained and impeccably tailored, the exterior oozes style and class. Once you're moving, it thrills you with every push on the accelerator and twist of the steering wheel, and the driving position is perfection. Truly, my inner car enthusiast loves driving the XF S, enough to forgive its lack of interior polish. … With greater attention paid to the details, the Jaguar XF could be one of the best cars in its class." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "You'll Like This Car If... If you're seeking a midsize-luxury performance sedan that shuns the overpopulated masses of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz cars seemingly everywhere you look, the 2017 Jaguar XF is it. Outstanding driving dynamics coupled with traditional British styling form a one-two punch that's hard to beat. You May Not Like This Car If... If you're seeking the most trouble-free ownership experience over the duration of your loan, Jaguar's reputation, although vastly improved, still can't hold a candle to the products of Lexus, Infiniti or Acura. The XF's somewhat subdued interior design may also be a deal breaker." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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