New Car Reviews

2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged – Four Seasons Update

Long-Term 2009 Jaguar XF Update: Winter 2009 Array Miles to date: 0

A year ago, after editor-in-chief Jean Jennings traveled to Arizona for the world debut drive of the XF, Jaguar‘s new sport sedan, she reported that she was “ready to drive the XF home to Michigan.” Her wish has now been partially fulfilled, as we have taken delivery of an XF Supercharged at our Ann Arbor office. For its $64,475 starting price, the big cat comes loaded to the whiskers, riding on twenty-inch wheels and featuring a 440-watt Bowers & Wilkins stereo that has drawn early praise. We added adaptive cruise control-the only available option aside from special paint-to bring the total to $66,675.

Packing 420 hp and featuring a sumptuous but very contemporary cabin, the Jaguar has become an instant staff favorite and already has a cross-country road trip under its belt. We look forward to seeing how the S-type’s replacement, with its mind-numbing array of interior technology (including a proximity-sensor-operated glove box and map lights, as well as an electronic, rotary gear selector), holds up to a year of use.

The Specs
Price: $66,675
Engine: 4.2L V-8
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 413 lb-ft

1126 miles “The ride is ever so slightly rough at low speeds, but the high-speed ride and handling are class-leading, especially given the car’s big twenty-inch wheels,” notes road test editor Marc Noordeloos.

5259 “The XF was a nearly perfect road-trip vehicle for two people, with plenty of room in the trunk for a week’s worth of clothing and camping gear (that we never used),” writes a staffer after driving 3717.5 miles through the South and the Midwest. “I was never tired or sore after getting out of the car.”

5717 “I am weary of the touch-sensitive glove box. It has now lost its novelty and simply doesn’t work every time,” concludes executive editor Joe DeMatio, adding to several staff members’ comments about inconsistent interior quality.


Base price (with dest.): $64,675
Price as tested: $66,675


Body Style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody


Engine: DOHC 32-valve supercharged V-8
Displacement: 4.2 liters
Power: 420 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
Drive: rear-wheel
Fuel economy: 15/23/17 mpg (city/hwy/combined)


Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.8
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft
Suspension, Front: Double wishbone
Suspension, Rear: Double wishbone
Brakes F/R: Vented discs, ABS
Wheels: 20 x 8.5 / 20 x 9.5 in (f/r)
Tires: Pirelli P Zero
Tire Size: 255/35R20 97Y X/L / 285/30/R20 99X X/L (f/r)


Headroom F/R: 39.0 / 37.4 in
Legroom F/R: 41.5 / 36.6 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 56.8 / 56.3 in
Wheelbase: 114.5 in
Track F/R: 61.4 / 61.8 in
L x W x H: 195.3 80.8 x 57.5 in
Cargo Capacity: 17.7 cu ft
Weight: 4194 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: N/A
Fuel Capacity: 18.4 gal
Est. Range: 312 miles

Standard Equipment

Front, side, curtain airbags
Heated and cooled leather seats
Reversing camera


Adaptive Cruise Control – $2200