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2018 Jaguar XF Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Jaguar XF was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Riding in the 2018 Jaguar XF is just as pleasant as you’d expect it to be. The cabin is richly swathed in premium materials, with lots of ways to customize your interior, and the seats in both rows are roomy enough for adults. The technology is a bit hit-or-miss, and the base model is a little light on standard features. Both of these issues knock down the XF’s interior score.

  • "With a large trunk volume, and sizable rear seats, the XF is a good road-trip companion. If you're travelling with small children, the XF can handle both front- and rear-facing child seats with ease." -- Edmunds
  • "Jaguar has never had any trouble upholstering a cabin, and the XF's is again second to none. There are 11 types of cabin decor and five grades of leather. That's matched on the outside by 17 paint colors and 11 choices for wheels. This should help the Jag stand apart from the crowd of BMW 5 Series and Audi A6s, even if the overall design is conservative." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "The dashboard is surrounded by a rim that wraps around the interior, creating a cockpit-like feel. All around, high quality material and surfaces abound. Metallic finishes with tactile textures dress panels, and leather is used liberally to wrap protrusions." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

Both the front and back seats are roomy and comfortable enough for adults. The cushions are fairly supportive, though some people may feel they are a touch too firm. Luxtec (Jaguar's synthetic leather upholstery) and 10-way adjustable front seats come standard. There are multiple upgraded leather options available, including grained leather, two-tone color combinations, and contrast stitching.

Other seating options include 16-way adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a power sunshade for the rear window, and manual sunshades for the rear side windows. The back seats fold down with a 40/20/40 split in all but the base model. For securing child safety seats, there are tether anchors mounted on all three rear seats and lower anchors on the outboard seats.

  • "Front and rear headroom are comparable to most in the segment. Plenty of lateral space for all outboard passengers to get cozy. Three adults in the backseat isn't such a bad proposition, at least for a short period of time." -- Edmunds
  • "As good as the XF looks from the outside, slipping into the driver's seat produces another pleasure – luxury. Supremely comfortable seats with visible stitching on the leather edges offer support and power adjustment. As befits a performance car, the seating position is low and precisely aligned with the controls. Thanks to a wheelbase longer than the first generation's, rear passengers benefit from ample legroom, yet the coupelike profile doesn't encroach on headroom, even for tall adults." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "The XF supplies more space than the XE, and to a large degree this is what you're paying extra for. Up front, comfort is excellent, lacking only a massaging function to achieve perfection. Still, this car feels smaller inside than key competitors." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Interior Features

Jaguar uses its InControl Touch infotainment system in the XF. This system comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and HD Radio. Within the interface, the basic controls (like media settings) are mostly easy to use. When you dive deeper into functions like navigation (available as an upgrade) and phone connectivity, the interface can sometimes lag or freeze. Redundant buttons on the steering wheel and below the screen give quick, easy to access to some climate and audio settings. Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and emergency brake assist.

The base XF doesn't include as many standard features as some rivals, but there are plenty of upgrades available to remedy this. Options include a 10-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch driver display, navigation, a 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and quad-zone automatic climate control.

Available safety upgrades include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive headlights, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a driver condition monitor, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and intelligent speed limiter. A head-up display, rear cross traffic monitoring, and parking sensors on the front, sides, and rear are also available.

See 2018 Jaguar XF specs »

  • "The standard InControl Touch infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen, while the optional 'Pro' version of the system (included with the Technology pack) enlarges the touchscreen to 10.2 inches and replaces the gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch configurable display. Here the XF falls a bit short, its infotainment system lacking the speed and refinement of rival systems. The screen, controls and menu buttons are easy to use, but we found the system's responses slow, and the navigation froze up a few times during our testing. InControl Touch also does not yet support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. We're also a bit disappointed with the 3G Internet connection, given the increasing availability of 4G connections in today's vehicles." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "What's most concerning about the Jaguar XF, though, is its technological complexity. Before I drove it anywhere, I spent half an hour setting the car up using the driver information display menus, the various InControl Touch Pro functions, and the owner's manual - and I still wasn't convinced I'd covered all of the bases." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The big InControl Touch Pro system takes center stage, offering most functions through its touch-screen interface. That could be a problem, but the big screen and easy-to-see icons make using it simple." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Cargo

The XF has the largest trunk among luxury midsize cars, measuring 19.1 cubic feet. In all but the base trim, you can lay the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats down to create more room. Most find the trunk to be sizable enough to carry even bulky items, like large suitcases and golf clubs. The available hands-free trunk lid is convenient when your hands are full.

The new XF Sportbrake wagon is even larger, hauling 31.7 cubic feet of cargo behind the seats. With the back seat folded flat, this space expands to 69.7 cubic feet, which is bigger than the average luxury 2-row SUV.

  • "The trunk space is wide and deep, and gooseneck trunklid arms are recessed so as not to impede cargo loading. The pass-through size is average, as are the number and depth of interior nooks." -- Edmunds
  • "… interior storage space is limited, and while the trunk is deep it is also unexpectedly narrow." -- New York Daily News (2017)

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