The Jaguar XF debuted for the 2009 model year, and we fell in love with it immediately. We named it to our 2009 and 2010 All-Star teams and we adored our silver Four Seasons test car, even though it was extremely sketchy in the reliability department. Since the XF’s debut, it has received upgraded powertrains across the board, including the awesome 470-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 in the XF Supercharged.
Like our long termer, this Jag is an attractive, comfortable, luxury machine, with a spacious trunk, roomy back seat, and great presence-that also happens to be really fast and handle great. The Pirelli winter tires and heated steering wheel make it a fabulous place to be in wintertime as well. A heated windshield, à la Land Rover, is a new addition that also helps in this regard. Another welcome change in the XF’s cabin is an actual push button for the glove-box door, instead of the sporadically operable touch-sensitive dot that frustrated us in our Four Seasons XF. Unfortunately, the touch screen that controls the infotainment systems remains slow and has small buttons that require a bit too much driver attention.
The XF’s minor issues and poor reputation for reliability notwithstanding, I would still strongly consider forking over $70K of my money for an XF, which says a lot for this car. I’m not necessarily saying it’s the best in its tough class, but I think it’s the most desirable.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
Ha, ha, ha, with 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque going to the rear axle, the Jaguar XF Supercharged was ready to rock and roll when I drove it home last night in fresh snow and 17 degree ambient temperatures! Fun. The stability control allows a bit of slippage but of course is there to save the day, and the snow mode for the transmission is helpful for starting off at intersections. Thankfully, our test car was equipped with Pirelli Sotto Zero winter tires; I suspect it would be undrivable in snow on even all-seasons.
Yes, the touchscreen navigation is still dated. I could not sync either my BlackBerry or my iPhone via Bluetooth despite repeated attempts, which was annoying. That quibble aside, hey, the XF is an absolutely lovely car and one that you should test-drive if you’re in the market for a BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or Audi A6. You certainly won’t see yourself coming and going.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
We’re lucky here at Automobile Magazine in that we usually get to drive a different car every night, but sometimes a car comes along that we don’t want to relinquish. The Jaguar XF has consistently been one of those cars; it’s comfortable, spacious, it drives well, it has good looks, and it’s sporty. Now heading into its third year, the XF is aging exceptionally well.
This particular XF came with the optional supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that turns this car into a real sleeper. The force-fed V-8 makes an impressive 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The latter is available at a low 2500 rpm and the power band continues through 5500 rpm. Thankfully, Jaguar equipped the car with Pirelli Sottozero winter tires so we were able to unleash this feline while maintaining control on the icy winter roads.
If there’s a downside to this car, it’s the fuel mileage: 15 city mpg. Ouch. But that’s the price you pay for a 4300-pound, rear-wheel drive, sedan with a big displacement V-8 under the hood.
The as-tested price for this XF rung up to $69,375, which is lower than I would have guessed, given that is has the upgraded supercharged engine. However, the king of all kitties, the Jaguar XFR, is only around $10,000 more, at $80,000. If you can pony up the dough, that’s the route I’d take.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator
2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
Base price (with destination): $68,475
Price as tested: $69,375
5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
Dynamic stability control
Active differential control
JaguarDrive winter and dynamic modes
20-inch alloy wheels
Active head restraints
Tire pressure monitoring system
Smart key keyless entry and start
Heated and cooled leather front seats
Blind spot monitoring system
B&W 440W sound system
6-CD changer and HD radio
Portable audio connectivity
Touch screen navigation
Sirius satellite radio
Options on this vehicle:
Jet headliner — $575
Heated front windshield — $375
Key options not on vehicle:
15 / 21 / 17 mpg
Size: 5.0L supercharged V-8
Horsepower: 470 hp @ 6000-6500 rpm
Torque: 424 lb-ft @ 2500-5500 rpm
Curb weight: 4306 lb
Wheels/tires: 20-inch aluminum wheels
Pirelli Sottozero winter tires