2015 XF New Car Test Drive
An all-new Jaguar XF is coming for the 2016 model year.
Until then, the 2015 Jaguar XF is available, a solid, stylish, midsize luxury sports sedan with rear-wheel drive. Elegant, flowing lines make the XF a more visually interesting alternative to many of the better-selling cars in its class. The 2015 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.
New Portfolio and Sport versions have been added for 2015, each offered with rear-drive or all-wheel drive, making a total of eight XF versions. A Premium Pack is now standard on the turbocharged four-cylinder XF 2.0T Premium, which has become the entry-level model. Standard equipment has been expanded, with fewer options offered.
A range of engines is available for the 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. Intelligent start/stop operation is installed on V6 and V8 models.
Also available 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.
A Black Package option for the XF Supercharged and XFR features gloss black finish on window surrounds, the front grille and its surround, front bumper inserts, and the rear spoiler, as well as special gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels. All XF models now have a rearview camera and blind spot monitor, as well as a split-fold rear seat with ski hatch.
We've found all variants of the 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 those of any of its competitors. We especially liked Jaguar's all-wheel drive, which is well-suited to wet and snowy climes.
The 2015 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 pleasure to be anticipated and savored.
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. Anyone seeking smartphone integration or the latest navigation system will have to look elsewhere.
Jaguar originally launched the XF as a 2009 model; styling was revised for 2012, and powertrains updated for 2014.
Competitors to the 2015 Jaguar XF include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and 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 2015 Jaguar XF sedan is available in eight models. All come with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Jaguar XF 2.0T Premium ($51,175) is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 240 horsepower. XF 2.0T Premium comes standard with dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, wood trim, 6-way power-adjustable heated front seats with driver memory, rosewood veneer, a Meridian 380-watt 12-speaker audio system, split fold-down rear seat with ski hatch, 7-inch color touch-screen, front parking sensors, power moonroof, automatic HID xenon headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Also standard are a hard-disc navigation system, power tilt steering column, pushbutton start, rearview camera, and blind spot monitor.
Jaguar XF 3.0 Portfolio ($57,175) comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower. Standard features include automatic start/stop operation, a 12-way power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger seat, adaptive front lighting, 825-watt Meridian 17-speaker Surround Sound audio system, and 19-inch wheels. Options for XF 2.0 Premium and XF 3.0 Portfolio include a Cold Climate Package ($750) with heater steering wheel and heated windshield.
Jaguar XF 3.0 Sport ($59,875) also has the 340-hp V6 and features aero body design details, 14-way power driver's seat, 12-way power passenger seat, adjustable side bolsters, stainless steel pedals, black suedecloth headliner, 380-watt 12-speaker audio system, and 20-inch wheels.
Jaguar 3.0 AWD Portfolio ($59,875) and 3.0 AWD Sport ($59,875) add all-wheel drive and a heated steering wheel. The 3.0 AWD Sport also includes a heated windshield.
Jaguar XF 5.0 Supercharged ($70,875) features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 470 horsepower. XF Supercharged also gets upgraded leather upholstery, suede cloth headliner, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, oak wood veneer, 12-way heated and ventilated power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger seat, Meridian 825-watt 17-speaker Surround Sound audio, power rear sunshade, unique exterior trim, and 20-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires.
Jaguar XFR ($83,550) boosts 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 sport driver's seat, a 17-speaker, and unique 20-inch wheels. The Black Package for XFR ($1,600) includes black 20-inch Varuna alloy wheels with summer high-performance tires, red brake calipers, and gloss-black window surrounds, front bumper inserts, grille surround, and trunk finisher. XFR Speed Package ($3,900) removes the top-speed limiter, adds front bumper aero splitter and rear spoiler with integrated brake light, modifies engine and transmission calibrations, and 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-tuned suspension, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, carbon fiber trim, a rear spoiler, performance exhaust, and Pirelli performance tires on unique 20-inch ceramic polished wheels.
Safety features on all Jaguar XF models include 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. Advanced antilock brakes (ABS) incorporate Cornering Brake Control, which proportions brake force from side to side to keep the car balanced while braking through a curve. All models have parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot warning.