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