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2019 Jaguar XF Review

The 2019 Jaguar XF is a premium midsize sedan or wagon. Which means it competes in a league that includes some of the world’s finest cars. The XF isn’t just here to make up the numbers, though. It has its own set of virtues that make it distinct and distinguished.

From the controlled-yet-comfortable suspension that no rival can really emulate, to the road presence and accommodations, the XF makes a welcome change from the seen-on-every-corner German contenders. The XF is smooth and quiet for long trips, yet makes any drive feel like a special occasion.

What’s New for 2019?

Jaguar has ditched the no-name base trim level and the R-Sport. A limited-edition 300 Sport trim joins the lineup. The Sportbrake wagon variant now becomes available in a more affordable Prestige trim with the 296-hp 4-cylinder engine. Every version receives an updated infotainment system with the 10.2-in touchscreen and the navigation system now responds to voice commands. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is an optional Smartphone package. The cabins have also been enlivened by simulated suede headliners, bright metal pedals, chromed seat switches, illuminated metal tread plates and frameless/self-dimming rearview mirrors. See the 2019 Jaguar XF models for sale near you

What We Like

Handsome styling; excellent interior; comfortable seats; fine handling; great technology.

What We Don’t

Design not drastically different from the previous generation; advanced safety aids only available in higher trims.

How Much?

$50,960 to $72,210

Fuel Economy

At the entry level is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine turbocharged to produce 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This applies to versions with the 25t badge. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a rear-wheel-drive version returns 25 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in combined driving. When the optional all-wheel drive system is in the picture, fuel consumption is 23 mpg city/33 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined.

The more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (30t) develops 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Deploying RWD, fuel consumption is 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/26 mpg combined. With AWD, it achieves 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined. At the time of compiling this review, there were no EPA figures for this engine in the AWD-only Sportbrake wagon, although Jaguar’s retail site claims 28 mpg on the highway.

Topping the range is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine in the S (35t), generating 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. RWD versions are estimated to achieve 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined. The optional AWD system cuts highway mileage to 28 mpg. The same engine in the AWD Sportbrake is rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.

The diesel engine (indicated by a 20d badge) is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit making 180 hp and a useful 318 lb-ft of torque. With RWD, EPA estimates are 31 mpg city/42 mpg hwy/35 mpg combined. AWD adjusts those numbers to 30 mpg city/40 mpg hwy/34 mpg combined.

Every XF has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Jaguar XF comes in Premium, Prestige, 300 Sport, Portfolio and S trim levels.

The XF 25t Premium sedan ($50,960) starts out with the 25t gasoline engine (25t), along with 18-in alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings for the driver’s side, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable/leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sunroof, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, selectable driving modes, split/fold rear seat (40/20/40), a 10.2-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system and a USB port.

The Prestige ($55,890) brings 19-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats and steering wheel, full leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, and a navigation system with voice control and app integration.

The XF Sportbrake in Prestige trim ($65,570) has the 296-hp 4-cylinder engine and AWD as standard. It also comes with 19-in alloy wheels, a fixed/full-length panoramic roof, self-leveling air suspension at the rear, adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, a gesture-controlled lift space, a cargo space cover and rear parking sensors.

The XF 300 Sport ($64,805) comes solely with the 296-hp 4-cylinder engine as well as special-design 19-in alloy wheels and various other cosmetic additions following the 300 Sport theme. The trim also receives stronger brakes than models mentioned so far, sport suspension, sport seats, a trunk lid spoiler, automatic emergency braking and satellite radio.

Portfolio ($68,560) also starts out with the more powerful 4-cylinder gasoline engine, but goes in a more luxurious direction by adding ebony veneers, 18-way power-adjustable heated/ventilated front seats, configurable ambient cabin lighting, 825-watt Meridian surround sound system, a head-up display, adaptive LED headlamps with automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and driver fatigue monitoring.

The XF S sedan ($68,620) enjoys the 380-hp V6 exclusively, 20-in wheels, sportier interior and exterior styling cues, adaptive suspension, a more sophisticated blind spot monitoring system, and memory settings for the front passenger seat.

The XF Sportbrake S wagon ($72,210) echoes the S Sedan’s equipment, but adds a powered sunshade for the panoramic roof, plus parking sensors front and rear.

Some standard features in higher trim levels are available in lower trims. Other options include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, a head-up display, Wi-Fi, a 17-speaker sound system, quad-zone automatic climate control, a power-operated trunk lid, power rear sunshade, plus a driver assistance package that features self-parking, a 360-degree camera system and adaptive cruise control.

The sedan’s trunk space is 19.1 cu ft., great for the class. The Sportbrake has 31.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 69.7 cu ft. when they’re folded down.

Safety

Standard items include side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. As mentioned earlier, the advanced safety features only become available at higher trim levels.

The XF has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Behind the Wheel

As good as the XF looks from the outside, slipping into the driver’s seat produces another pleasure — luxury. Supremely comfortable seats with visible stitching on the leather edges offer support and power adjustment. As befits a performance car, the seating position is low and precisely aligned with the controls. Thanks to a wheelbase longer than the first generation, rear passengers benefit from ample legroom, yet the coupe like profile doesn’t encroach on headroom, even for tall adults.

The diesel engine’s low-end push is enjoyable, with maximum torque kicking in at just 1,750 rpm, but it tends to run out of strength at higher speeds. If there’s a definable Jaguar character of seemingly effortless power and smoothness, then this diesel doesn’t quite fit the mold.

One welcome aspect is the subtle intervention of the driver-assistance technologies. Whereas German systems tend to be forceful, Jaguar’s approach is to give more of a helping hand and not assume the driver is a fool.

The suspension is a joy — supple, flowing and precise. Combined with well-tuned electric power-assisted steering, the XF has the responses of a much smaller and lighter car.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 BMW 5 Series — Traditionally at or near the top of its class, and this current generation is superb.

2019 Cadillac CTS — Anyone checking out a Jaguar is no doubt looking beyond Germany for their next car and their time would not be wasted by test driving a CTS. Getting a little old, though.

2019 Lexus GS — Surprisingly fun for a Lexus, yet stays true to the usual qualities of excellent build and generous standard equipment.

2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class — Plenty of new technology on board, including semi-autonomous driving assistance. Plus the usual E-Class attributes of style, space and sophistication.

Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class — The S-Class is far more than a luxury car, it’s a statement. For new XF money, a version from the generation before this current model is totally affordable.

Autotrader’s Advice

Now there’s a less expensive yet still well-equipped Sportbrake version, this would be one way of standing out. It might prove problematic when resale time comes around, though. Regardless of body style, the V6-powered S version best encapsulates what a Jaguar should be about. Find a Jaguar XF for sale

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