Interior room is one place where the XF cedes some ground to its rivals. The front seats are a bit narrow and could use s smidge more padding. Rear legroom is also a bit tight and headroom for all passengers is sacrificed to the sleek, sloping roofline. Fortunately the trunk is quite large and should provide ample space for suitcases and other cargo.
Although definitely not the roomiest luxury sedan, the XF Premium helps make up for it with a host of standard luxury features, including heated and cooled front seats, an easy to use touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a blind spot monitor system. An optional Bowers and Wilkins audio system provides truly hi-end sound and should please even the most discerning audiophile. Our test car also came equipped with the portfolio package, which ups the posh factor another notch by adding ventilated front seats, contrast stitching, an alston headliner, an electric rear window sunblind, and gorgeous 20” Senta wheels.
Speaking of gorgeous, Jaguar design director Ian Callum has hit one out of the park with the exterior of the XF. Although definitely a departure from previous Jaguar designs, the sleek flowing lines, athletic stance, and mesh front grill give the XF a powerful, distinct appearance that echoes exotics like Maserati and Aston Martin. We can’t think of a mid-sized luxury car anywhere close to the price of the XF that looks this good.
Is the Jaguar XF the new standard bearer in the ever-competitive luxury sports sedan market? Well, there are a few more things to consider before making a final judgment. With an as tested price of $62,875, the XF Premium certainly isn’t cheap, although compared to other European mid-size luxury cars, it is actually a pretty good value. Fuel efficiency is a bit of a downer; we managed just 16 mpg, which is low even for a V8 powered luxury car. And once again there is the interior, which although classy and sophisticated, is a bit cramped in the back and could also use a larger display screen up front.
In the end, though, these are small flaws in what is otherwise a magnificent car. From the marvelous engine to the superbly balanced suspension to the exquisite exterior, the Jaguar XF Premium is a captivating automobile that easily rivals the best in its class. With the XF, Jaguar once again makes the kind of bold impression that you’d expect from a car manufacturer named after a majestic big cat.
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