Buying Guide

2015 Jaguar XF

Fair Market Price $31,058 2.0T Premium Sedan
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EPA MPG:

19 City / 30 Hwy

Horse Power:

240 @ 5500

Torque:

251 @ 2000

New for 2015

The Jaguar XF enters the 2015 model year with more standard equipment, and updated pricing on some packages.

Vehicle Overview

The Jaguar XF is a midsize sporty sedan that is powered by a wide range of powerplants from a turbocharged I-4 to a supercharged V-8, and is offered with all-wheel drive on certain models. Below the full-size XJ, the XF is currently Jaguar’s smallest and least expensive sedan, though a new entry-level car called the XE will arrive for the 2017 model year.

Summary

The 2015 Jaguar XF is available with a wide range of powerplants (I-4, V-6, and V-8). All-wheel drive is available with the V-6, and all XFs use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Model: 2.0 Premium

Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed auto

Power: 240 hp/251 lb-ft

EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 19/30 mpg

Model: 3.0 Portfolio

Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed auto

Power: 340 hp/332 lb-ft

EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 18/28 mpg (RWD) – 17/27 mpg (AWD)

Model: 5.0 Supercharged

Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 – eight-speed auto

Power: 470 hp/424 lb-ft

EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 15/23 mpg

Model: XFR

Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 – eight-speed auto

Power: 510 hp/461 lb-ft

EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 15/23 mpg

Model: XFR-S

Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 – eight-speed auto

Power: 550 hp/502 lb-ft

EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 15/23 mpg

The 2015 XF may be one of the most stylish cars in its class, but the Jaguar still offers plenty of premium features including adaptive HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, a blind spot monitor, rain sensing windshield wipers (automatically sets the wiper speed based on the conditions), parking assistance systems (camera and distance sensors), an adaptive dynamics system for the suspension, and a 7-inch infotainment screen.
The 2015 Jaguar XF has not been evaluated by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Jaguar XF is a compelling alternative to the typical midsize-luxury sedan trifecta from Germany (the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes E-Class). The XF’s interior is luxurious, offering touches like suede headliner, wood veneers, high-quality leather, and heated steering wheel and front seats. The sweet spot seems to be the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, as the turbo I-4 is endowed with lots of turbo lag, and the supercharged V-8 seems to have an unquenchable thirst for fuel. During a test, we saw 15 mpg in the city, right on the EPA numbers.

Despite wheel sizes hovering around 20 inches and low profile tires, the Jaguar XF manages to offer a compliant ride. In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2012 Jaguar XFR we said, “Driving this car is a pure delight. It is fast and agile, and the braking, steering, and chassis feel like they’re all working together to do exactly what you want.” In the same review, we talked about the interior, saying, “Jaguar interiors are hard to beat, and the interior in this XFR is no exception. I love the combination of the mesh aluminum, leather, and piano black accents, which is unmistakably modern. The suede headliner feels great and makes you feel like you’re cocooned in luxury. The round gear selector knob that rises from the center console and the air vents that pop open when the ignition button is touched are nice Jaguar touches that let you know you’re not in a cookie-cutter car.”

The elephant in the room, however, is reliability. Our Four Seasons example, a 2009 Jaguar XF with the supercharged V-8, was plagued by numerous issues, such as a broken differential, loss of power steering, and a completely dead battery. Jaguar has assured us that they’ve addressed the issues on subsequent models; indeed the half-dozen or so we’ve enjoyed since then have been trouble free. One of the issues we noted in a Driven review of a 2014 Jaguar XFR-S is the fact that, for the money, it increases power and improves the looks, “but as an ultimate statement, one that better backs up its appearance, it could go even farther.”

You’ll Like

  • Supercharged V-8 in any of its forms
  • Sumptuously upholstered interior
  • Available AWD on V-6 models

You Won’t Like

  • Thirsty V-8
  • Weak I-4
  • Questionable reliability (as tested, Four Season’s XF)

Key Competitors

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class
  • Audi A6
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Infiniti Q70

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