New Car Reviews

2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged – Four Seasons Fleet Update – May 2009

Long-Term 2009 Jaguar XF Update: Spring 2009 ( 3 of 5 ) Miles to date: 0

Months in service: Nine
Miles to date: 22,720

If you’ve been reading our regular updates on our Four Seasons Supercharged, you’ll know that it’s been beset by a series of problems–most of them minor, but some a little more troubling–that have managed to detract from its very fine driving dynamics.

The XF is now on the East Coast, having been delivered in mid-April to our New York correspondents, Joe Lorio and Jamie Kitman, by executive editor Joe DeMatio. DeMatio filed this report from his drive to Gotham:

“The morning we departed, Ann Arbor got about three inches of snow, but the roads were pretty much clear. There was still plenty of precipitation, though; rain mixed with wet snow. This slushy snow built up on the sensor for the radar cruise control, rendering it inoperative. We stopped three or four times to clean off the sensor, which is a black plastic rectangular panel on the right-hand side of the lower center air intake. Sometimes the cruise would then work for five or ten minutes before an alarm sounded, alerting us that the sensor was again blocked.

“We read and re-read every word of the owners manual on the subject of cruise control: our goal was to simply use REGULAR cruise control, without the radar, but we were unable to get regular cruise to work. This was quite annoying, because it’s hard to keep this car at only 74 mph in the 65-mph zones of Ohio and Pennsylvania without cruise.

“Once we got farther into Pennsylvania, thankfully the roads dried up, and the radar cruise worked fine. Still, we never figured out how to use regular cruise. By dusk, we were in the most entertaining sections of I-80, where it carves through some fairly major mountain ranges, and the Jaguar XF Supercharged was a blast. I threw caution to the wind for a while and did 80 to 90 mph, which is, of course, effortless in this car. As unhappy and frustrated as I had been with this car in the early afternoon, I was equally thrilled with it once I was hammering along I-80 at speeds between 80 and 120 mph (very briefly; I was’t THAT incautious). So, anyway, we detected absolutely no sign of the vibrations that have afflicted this car since last fall, so I think the Jaguar dealer was right: they must have been caused by the snow tires. The XF was completely smooth and quiet.”

The car was dropped off at senior editor Joe Lorio’s home, much to the delight of his spouse: “Joe DeMatio delivers the XF for an East Coast visit. This is a welcome occasion at my house,” relates Lorio. ” ‘That is one nice ride,’ the wife says. Jaguar, always a hit with the ladies.”

But perhaps less of a hit with Lorio himself, as we left it up to him to bring the car to the dealer to address a couple of problems that we hadn’t had a chance to deal with before the trip back east: a fuel-filler door that sometimes didn’t want to open, and a “hood open” light that flashed intermittently.

Reports Lorio: “The blaring red HOOD OPEN light at the center of the instrument cluster is hard to ignore. We’ve also managed to lose a golf-ball-sized plastic cap on the front bumper. So I scheduled a visit to White Plains Jaguar.

“The service writer advises that our XF is due for its 20,000-mile service (service intervals for the XF are every 10,000 miles), so we add that to the work order. Still, the car should be ready this afternoon. The Jag is ready on time. They adjusted the hood latch, performed a service action on the gas flap, and did the 20,000-mile service (an oil change, an air filter, and a series of checks). The bill for the latter is $247. The bumper cap is in stock but needs to be painted, a process that apparently takes several weeks. The car is delivered washed.”

Since then, all reports are that the Jaguar has not exhibited any more quality glitches. We’ll report again when it returns from its East Coast sojourn after the Memorial Day weekend.

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


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