The 2020 Jaguar XF makes a strong argument that a premium midsize sedan or wagon doesn’t have to be German or Japanese to succeed. Designed, developed and built in Britain, the XF has its own particular attributes that enable it to compete in a class that includes many of the finest cars available today.
The XF is smooth and quiet for long trips, yet makes any drive feel like a special occasion, thanks to a controlled-yet-comfortable suspension that no rival can really emulate. Factor in the road presence and accommodations, and the XF becomes a welcome change from the seen-on-every-corner German contenders.
What’s New for 2020?
A limited-run Checkered Flag model comes in as the 300 Sport and Portfolio trims bow out. There’s no longer the option of a diesel engine, while the supercharged V6 now comes exclusively with all-wheel drive (AWD).
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration becomes standard throughout the range, along with driver assistance features (previously optional in some models) that include front/rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera system and adaptive cruise control. Paint choices expand with Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey. See the 2020 Jaguar XF models for sale near you
What We Like
- Handsome styling
- Excellent interior
- Comfortable seats
- Fine handling
What We Don’t
- Design not so different from the previous generation
- Some driver aids only available higher up the trim level tree
$52,095 to $72,795
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-drive version returns 25 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in combined driving. When the optional AWD system is in the picture, fuel consumption is 23 mpg city/33 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined.
A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (30t) develops 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Deploying rear-wheel drive (RWD), fuel consumption is 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/26 mpg combine. With AWD, it achieves 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined. The AWD Sportbrake model manages 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined.
Topping the range is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine in the S models, generating 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard with this engine and fuel consumption is 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/33 mpg combined. The same drivetrain in the Sportbrake is rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.
Every XF has an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Standard Features & Options
The 2020 Jaguar XF comes in Premium, Prestige, Checkered Flag and S trim levels.
The XF 25t Premium sedan ($52,095) starts out with the 25t gasoline engine, 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, simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable/leather-wrapped steering wheel, a powered sunroof, a self-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, selectable driving modes, a split/fold rear seat (40/20/40), a 10.2-in touchscreen, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system and a USB port.
Prestige ($56,545) brings 19-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats and steering wheel, full leather upholstery and a navigation system with voice control.
The XF Sportbrake in Prestige trim ($66,145) 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, dual-zone automatic climate control, a gesture-controlled lift gate and a load space cover.
The 30t Checkered Flag edition ($67,595) also has AWD and the gutsier 4-cylinder engine as standard, adding forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance, LED headlights with automatic high beams, real leather upholstery, satellite radio and a digital driver information display.
The XF S sedan ($69,195) enjoys the 380-hp V6, AWD, 20-in wheels, sportier interior and exterior styling cues, adaptive suspension, a more sophisticated blind spot monitoring system, front sport seats and memory settings for the front passenger seat.
The XF Sportbrake S wagon ($72,795) 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. Where it’s optional, AWD is an extra $3,000. Other options include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a head-up display, Wi-Fi, a 17-speaker sound system, quad-zone automatic climate control, self-parking, a power-operated trunk lid and a powered rear sunshade.
The sedan’s trunk space is 19.1 cu ft., great for the class. The Sportbrake has 31.7 cu ft. behind the rear seats, and 69.7 cu ft. when they’re folded down.
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.
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
2020 Audi A6 — All-new last year. Engaging, luxurious and packed with cool technology.
2020 BMW 5 Series — Traditionally at or near the top of its class, and this current generation is superb.
2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class — Plenty of technology on board, including semiautonomous driving assistance. As well as style, space and sophistication.
Nonconformists might like to consider the Sportbrake, which brings equally generous servings of style and practicality. For the true Jaguar experience, though, it has to be the V6-powered S sedan. Find a Jaguar XF for sale