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2018 Jaguar XF Review

Although the 2018 Jaguar XF's potent engines and dynamic handling make it a joy to drive, an abundance of shortcomings place it in the bottom half of our luxury midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust selection of engines
  • Large cargo capacity for the class
  • Superb fuel economy 
  • Above-average list prices
  • Abysmal predicted reliability rating
  • Few standard advanced safety features
  • Infotainment system lacks refinement and simple menus

New for 2018

  • Four-cylinder gasoline engine became standard
  • Wagon body style introduced
  • Safety features added to Driver Assistance package




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Jaguar XF Overview

Is the 2018 Jaguar XF a Good Used Car?

The Jaguar XF is an OK luxury midsize car, but there are better options. Note that this vehicle comes in two body styles: sedan and the Sportbrake wagon.

The 2018 Jaguar XF has some appealing qualities:

  • Wide selection of energetic, refined engines
  • Excellent fuel economy with turbodiesel powertrain
  • Dynamic handling that adjusts between comfortable and athletic drive modes
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Relatively low projected five-year maintenance costs

These are overshadowed by some notable drawbacks:

  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Few standard safety features
  • Some infotainment system functions are overly complicated
  • Wonky navigation system
  • List prices are high for the class
  • Above-average projected five-year insurance and repair costs
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Jaguar XF review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Jaguar XF?

Based on listings for the 2018 Jaguar XF on our site, the average list price is $47,700. Prices range from $29,700 to $65,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and zip code.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jaguar XF Cost to Own?

The 2018 XF’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,110, or $5,622 per year. That’s about average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XF?

Jaguar made a few changes to the XF for 2019, giving it a slightly larger standard touch screen and modifying the lineup. The previous base XF is no longer available, replaced by the XF Premium as the starting trim level, and the 2018 R-Sport is now the 2019 Sport. Prices for a new Jaguar XF start at almost $50,000, which is almost $2,300 more than the average list price for the 2018 model. Most shoppers can save a lot of money by sticking with a 2018 XF.

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The 2018 XF belongs to a generation that was launched for the 2016 model year. For 2017, Jaguar added a diesel engine to this vehicle's powertrain options. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine became standard for 2018. Also in 2018, the Sportbrake wagon body style joined the lineup. Within the current generation, the 2018 model year offers the most choices, though you may be able to save money with a 2016 or 2017 XF.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Jaguar XF?

The 2018 Jaguar XF has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Two is the worst rating J.D. Power gives out.

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2018 Jaguar XF Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Jaguar XF.

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Which Used Jaguar XF Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Jaguar XF sedan comes in six trims: base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio, and S. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available as the Sportbrake S or Sportbrake First Edition. Powertrain choices depend on the trim, with five available engines: 247- and 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a 180-horsepower turbodiesel four-cylinder, and 340- and 380-horsepower supercharged V6s. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the sedan. All-wheel drive is available in every sedan trim and standard in the Sportbrake models.

For the best balance of luxury and price, we recommend the Prestige trim. It pampers you with its soft grain leather seats, ambient lighting, and heated front seats. The steering wheel is wrapped in soft grain leather and is heated for those frosty winter mornings.

  • 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.
  • Jaguar XF Premium: The XF Premium includes memory settings for the driver's seat, a rearview camera, a split-folding back seat, and power-folding heated mirrors.
  • Jaguar XF Prestige: Upgrades in the Prestige include grained leather seats, a soft grain heated steering wheel, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, a navigation system, and front and rear parking sensors.
  • Jaguar XF Portfolio: In addition to everything available in the Prestige trim, the Portfolio gets 20-way power-adjustable front seats, Windsor leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, added driver assistance features, an upgraded infotainment system, a Meridian surround-sound system, satellite radio, and a hands-free trunk lid.
  • Jaguar XF R-Sport: The XF R-Sport is the least expensive of the sportier models. 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, and extra safety features. 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 and includes 18-way adjustable sport 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 engine.
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake: The XF Sportbrake is the wagon body style. It comes in two trims: Sportbrake S and Sportbrake First Edition. 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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What Does Jaguar's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 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, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

Jaguar has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus is one of the very few that offers a better program.

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How Safe Is the XF?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put the Jaguar XF through crash tests, which is common with luxury vehicles.

The XF comes up short when it comes to advanced safety features, as most rivals include more on even base trims.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • emergency brake assist

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality
  • adaptive headlights
  • traffic sign recognition
  • intelligent speed limiter
  • driver condition monitor
  • rearview camera
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • blind spot monitoring

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2018 Jaguar XF Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XF or 2018 BMW 5 Series?

The 2018 BMW 5 Series is one of the leaders in our luxury midsize car rankings. Part of its high standing is a result of its excellent predicted reliability rating, spacious back seat, large trunk, and appealing ride quality. It's also one of the sportiest cars in the segment, with athletic handling and a collection of energetic available engines. This BMW is slightly more expensive to buy than the Jaguar, but it's worth the cost.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XF or 2018 Mercedes Benz E-Class?

For an indulgent experience, slip inside a 2018 Mercedes Benz E-Class. Its interior is one of the most luxurious in this segment, and its silky ride quality further pampers travelers. The infotainment system in the Mercedes has a user-friendly interface as well as a large display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. One downside to the E-Class is that its list prices are about $8,500 higher than the XF's, on average. Still, the E-Class is the better buy overall.

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2018 XF Performance

How Does the 2018 Jaguar XF Drive?

Among its luxury midsize car rivals, this Jaguar's performance score ranks in the top third, in part because the XF extracts plenty of power from its engines. Spirited drivers will particularly enjoy the supercharged V6 options.

Complimenting these robust engines is balanced handling and a smooth ride. The car's four drive modes – Standard, Eco, Dynamic, and Rain/Ice/Snow – make noticeable adjustments to the suspension system, throttle response, and transmission shifts. Switching the vehicle from Standard to Dynamic mode transforms it from a comfortable touring car to an athletic four-door sedan.

  • Base engine: 247-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 180-horsepower turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder
    • 296-horsepower turbocharged gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder
    • 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6
    • 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Jaguar XF Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XF gets great fuel economy when equipped with either the gasoline or diesel four-cylinder engines. The turbodiesel engine is the most efficient, saving the typical driver an average of $550 a year in fuel costs over the gasoline four-cylinder. All-wheel drive paired with any engine pushes yearly fuel costs up by about $50.

  • 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder: 25/34 mpg city/highway
  • 180-horsepower turbodiesel four-cylinder: 31/42 mpg
  • 296-horsepower four-cylinder: 23/31 mpg
  • 340-horsepower V6: 20/29 mpg
  • 380-horsepower V6: 18/25 mpg

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2018 XF Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XF Seat?

The 2018 XF seats five people in two rows and earns lots of praise for comfort. Both the front and rear seats have a satisfactory amount of legroom for adults, and most body sizes will find the seats to be comfy and supportive.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery (Luxtec)
  • 10-way adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • numerous leather upholstery upgrades include grained, perforated, and two-tone options
  • contrast stitching
  • 18- and 20-way adjustable front seats
  • heated and cooled front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • power sunshade for the rear window
  • manual sunshades for the rear side windows
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Jaguar XF?

The 2018 XF has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 Jaguar XF Features

The XF draws heavy criticism for its technology, in part due to a standard features list that appears skimpy alongside similarly priced rivals. In addition, the XF's infotainment system is complicated beyond the main settings. When equipped with optional navigation, the system sometimes freezes or registers inputs slowly. Fortunately, an assortment of helpful buttons and controls make it easy to access climate settings.

  • Standard infotainment features: InControl Touch infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, Bluetooth, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch driver display, navigation, a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Jaguar XF Dimensions

Jaguar XF Cargo Space

No matter which body style you choose, the XF has a generous amount of cargo space. The XF sedan has a 16.1-cubic-foot trunk. In comparison, the trunk in the 2018 Audi A6 measures 14.1 cubic feet. Cargo space in the Sportbrake wagon models is even larger, measuring 31.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 69.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. A 40/20/40 split-folding back seat comes in every trim except the base, and a hands-free trunk lid is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Jaguar XF Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,520 to 4,045 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,960 to 5,357 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jaguar XF Built?

Jaguar built the 2018 XF in England.

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