2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged

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

tonkatoytruck, I was just about to write that. Knowing a car has crappy (very crappy) reliability and still pitching $70k for it? Yeah ... not so smart.
Well Rusty, if you would spend $70K on a car that you know perfectly well is unreliable, then you obviously do not have $70K for a car like this and your willingness to ignore its terrible reliability really calls into question your judgement.Jaguar makes Audi look good, when it comes to reliability and that is pretty sad since I would not and did not buy either. Don't get me wrong. I drove the XFR on the track and it is a great performer and with Roberto Gurrero behind the wheel, it was truly an impressive performance. But, I work too hard for my money to waste it on a vehicle that will be in the shop more than in ones driveway.I do give you credit for at least mentioning its poor reliability. That is more informative than the rest of the reviews provided.

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