2014 XF New Car Test Drive
The 2014 Jaguar XF is a solid, stylish midsize luxury sports sedan with rear-wheel drive. Elegant, flowing lines make it a more visually interesting alternative to many of the better-selling cars in its class. The Jaguar XF has presence, that intangible quality that allows it to stand out in any line of similar luxury sport entries. Underway, the Jaguar XF is smooth, quiet, and comfortable.
A range of engines is available for the 2014 Jaguar XF, all of them blown: a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4; a superbly powerful and efficient 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6; a 470-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8; and a 510-hp supercharged V8. All are outstanding in their own way. All are mated to 8-speed automatic transmissions.
New for 2014 is a limited-production, super-fast XFR-S model with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that cranks out a door-blowing 550 horsepower. XFR-S features a track-tuned suspension and many high-performance upgrades. Availability will be limited to only 100 units.
The 2014 Jaguar XF lineup offers some new packages and options but is otherwise unchanged over last year. For 2014, the Vision Pack adds safety features including a blind spot monitor, adaptive front lights, automatic high beams and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A Premium Pack includes a voice-activated feature and keyless entry on 2014 models. A new Performance Pack for the 2014 XFR adds a sport exhaust, upgraded suspension and brakes. The Jaguar XF was launched as a 2009 model; engines were upgraded for 2010, and the styling was revised for 2012.
We found all variants of the 2014 Jaguar XF pleasurable to drive. The four-cylinder engine feels and sounds better than expected. With linear acceleration, a seamless transmission, engaging steering and responsive brakes, the Jaguar XF's driving dynamics are as solid as that of any of its competitors. We especially liked Jaguar's all-wheel drive, which is well-suited to wet and snowy climes.
The Jaguar XF interior is dignified but a good bit plainer than the deluxe XJ. Upon entering and pushing the Start button, the HVAC dash vents scroll open and the JaguarDrive knob pops up to greet you. The leather seating is all you could ask of a luxury sports sedan, and the driving experience in this very adult English sedan is a thing to be looked forward to.
One of Jaguar's traits is its resistance to technology for technology's sake, which is good for those who don't want their cars to be rolling personal computers with distracting interfaces. Those looking for smartphone integration with apps like Facebook and Twitter, streaming Internet audio, and the latest navigation system will have to look elsewhere.
Competitors to the 2014 Jaguar XF include Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS. While all of these cars might boast higher sales volumes, the Jaguar remains a great choice for those who want something different, provided the latest in-car technology isn't a priority.
The 2014 Jaguar XF sedan is available in six models. All come with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Jaguar XF 2.0 ($46,975) is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 240 horsepower. XF 2.0 comes standard with dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, six-way power-adjustable heated front seats with driver memory, rosewood veneer, a 250-watt 10-speaker audio system, 7-inch color touch-screen, rear parking sensors, power moonroof, automatic HID xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Jaguar XF 3.0 ($50,000) comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower. It comes equipped as the 2.0 but with different 18-inch alloy wheels and automatic stop/start.
Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD ($53,000) includes everything found on the 3.0 plus all-wheel drive; wheels are 19-inch alloys.
Options for XF 2.0 and XF 3.0 include a Cold Weather Package for ($700) with heated steering wheel and heated windshield. Convenience Pack ($2,500) includes blind-spot monitor, voice command, keyless entry, electrochromic exterior mirrors, automatic high beam, electric rear sunblind. Premium Package ($4,250) includes keyless entry, hard-drive GPS navigation with voice-activation and traffic message channel, 380-Watt Meridian 12-speaker audio, rear camera, front parking air with touch-screen visual indicator, and adaptive front lighting that rotates the headlights during turning. Portfolio Pack ($4,000) includes 16-way and 12-way front seat adjustability, heated/cooled front seats, seatback seat pockets, heated steering wheel, suede cloth headliner, premium carpets; 19-inch Portfolio Sport Package for XF and XF 3.0 ($8,575) and for XF 3.0 AWD ($7,000) includes all the content of the Portfolio Package plus 19-inch Aquila alloy wheels, 18-way/14-way front sport seats with soft-grain perforated leather, black veneer and an aero pack; 20-inch Portfolio Sport Package for XF and XF 3.0 ($10,150) and for XF 3.0 AWD ($8,575) includes all of 19-inch Portfolio Sport Package content but adds 20-inch Hydra alloy wheels. Adaptive cruise control ($2,300) is available.
Jaguar XF Supercharged ($68,100) features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 470 horsepower. XF Supercharged also gets upgraded leather upholstery, suede cloth headliner, heated leather steering wheel, oak wood veneer, 12-way heated and ventilated power front seats, a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice activation, an upgraded 12-speaker, 380-watt Meridian audio system with CD/DVD player, HD radio and satellite radio capability (with three-month subscription), blind spot monitor, rearview backup camera, front parking sensors, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, an active differential, unique exterior trim and 20-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires. Options for the XF Supercharged include Sport Interior Package ($1,300) with 28-way driver's seat and 14-way passenger's sport seats, with power-adjustable bolsters, bright-finish accelerator and brake pedal cladding.
Jaguar XFR ($83,200) soups the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 up to 510 horsepower and includes all XF Supercharged features plus unique exterior and interior trim, 14-way power front sport seats, a 17-speaker, 825-watt Meridian surround sound system with subwoofer, power rear sunshade, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, adaptive front lighting with automatic high beams and unique 20-inch wheels. The Black Package for XFR ($1,600) includes dark-gray 20-inch Draco alloy wheels with summer high-performance tires, red brake calipers, body-color trunk finisher, gloss-black window surrounds, front bumper inserts and grille surround. XFR Speed Package ($3,900) removes the top-speed limiter, adds front bumper aero splitter, rear spoiler with integrated brake light, modifies engine and transmission calibrations, modifies the speedometer to display a top speed of 174 mph.
The Jaguar XFR-S ($99,000) comes with a 5-liter supercharged V8 good for 550 hp and features unique R-S exterior and interior trim, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, a rear spoiler, performance exhaust and unique 20-inch ceramic polished wheels.
Safety features on all Jaguar XF models includes six airbags: front impact, front-passenger side impact and head-protection curtains for outboard seats. Rear park sensing is standard, as are a tire-pressure monitor and a full range of active safety features: including electronic stability control (ESC) with an understeer management and advanced antilock brakes (ABS) with Cornering Brake Control, which proportions brake force from side to side to keep the car balanced while braking through a curve. Optional safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot warning, automatic headlight dimming, front park sensing system, and all-wheel drive.