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2019 Jaguar XF Performance Review

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Performance: 8.1

The 2019 Jaguar XF offers plenty of variety throughout its engine lineup. There are capable turbocharged four-cylinders, an energetic V6, and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. This midsize sedan delivers a smooth ride, and it handles well even over rough pavement.

  • "Although not as quick as V8 offerings in this segment, the XF still has a fun demeanor that makes it interesting to drive in a variety of situations. Whether you're on a back road or simply commuting to work, it's an easy car to get comfortable with." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "No matter where you're going or how you plan to drive along the way, the 2017 Jaguar XF S will put a smile on your face both as you walk up to the car and after you've started the engine and set off on your journey." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The XF comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 247 horsepower. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine works fine for daily driving, and many buyers will find it sufficient.

A few other engines are available: a 2.0-liter turbo-four that puts out 296 horsepower, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that makes 180 horsepower, and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 380 horsepower.

The available turbo-four provides more power and better acceleration than the base engine, but the supercharged V6 is the best choice for driving enthusiasts. It's still not as strong as some rivals' engines, but it's got plenty of juice for any driving situation, and it'll send the XF from zero to 60 mph much quicker than the smaller XF engines can.

According to EPA estimates, the XF gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Those are among the highest ratings in the class. The turbodiesel gets even better ratings at 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. With the supercharged V6, ratings drop to 20/29 mpg city/highway.

  • Its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 generates 380 hp and 339 lb-ft and hustles the XF from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. That's not the quickest in the class, but it's more than adequate for any passing or merging maneuver." -- 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 (2017)
  • The diesel engine's low-end push is enjoyable … but it tends to run out of strength at higher speeds. If there's a definable Jaguar characteristic of seemingly effortless power and smoothness, the diesel doesn't quite fit the mold." -- Autotrader (2017)

Handling and Braking

This Jaguar delivers a terrific ride, soaking up road imperfections with ease. It also handles well. The tires provide plenty of road grip, and the car feels balanced around turns. JaguarDrive Control lets you choose between multiple modes that alter driving dynamics. Rear-wheel drive comes standard in the XF sedan, and all-wheel drive is available. The XF Sportbrake comes standard with all-wheel drive.

  • "Stability control keeps the XF walking a straight line in normal conditions. But in dynamic mode its playful character emerges. Hard off throttle midturn steps the back out effortlessly. Ease off and torque vectoring tightens your line." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The suspension is a joy – supple, flowing and precise. Combined with well-tuned electric power-assisted steering, the XF has the responses of a much smaller and lighter car." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Regardless of the setup, the … 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 (2017)
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