2020 Jaguar XF

Performance


MSRP
$51,100
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2020 Jaguar XF Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.0

The 2020 Jaguar XF delivers a well-rounded driving experience that almost anyone can appreciate. Its three engine options include two turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a supercharged V6. Each of them move the car easily, and the XF delivers a cushioned ride with fairly agile handling. With the base engine, this Jaguar gets better fuel economy than almost all of its classmates.

  • "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 and 269 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. It takes the XF 6.4 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 mph, which is fairly quick, and there's ample power for all driving situations.

There are two available engines. A 2.0-liter turbo-four puts out 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 produces 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. You'll feel these engines' extra power when you step on the gas. They both deliver better acceleration than the base engine – especially the V6, which propels the XF from zero to 60 mph in five seconds flat, according to Jaguar. Despite the impressive performance these engines deliver, some rivals still have more powerful options in their lineups.

According to EPA estimates, the XF returns 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when equipped with the base turbo-four engine. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class. Upgrade to the 296-horsepower turbo-four, and the XF gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. With the V6 engine, the XF's ratings drop to 18/25 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 (2019)
  • 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)

Handling and Braking

The 2020 XF's ride is firm without feeling uncomfortable, and road imperfections are mostly kept at bay. The XF also has surprising handling chops. It feels stable and planted around turns, with plenty of road grip.

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.

  • The XF straddles the line between luxury and sport. The ride quality is on the stiffer side, though not so much as to be a crutch." -- Edmunds
  • "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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