Jaguar XF Review
The 2015 Jaguar XF ranks 6 out of 18 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar XF, as well as reliability and safety data.
Though critics like the 2015 Jaguar XF’s agile handling and high-end cabin materials, they say it suffers from limited rear-seat headroom and an overcomplicated infotainment system.
The base 2015 Jaguar XF 2.0T Premium comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and test drivers think it provides adequate acceleration, though they point out that other four-cylinder luxury cars are faster. They say models with the optional supercharged V6 are a better choice because they have stronger acceleration and only slightly lower fuel economy. The top-of-the-line XF 5.0 Supercharged, XFR and XFR-S trims get a supercharged V8, and auto writers report that this engine is extremely powerful. The base 2015 XF gets an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is below average for a four-cylinder luxury car. Reviewers say the XF has a smooth ride and very sharp handling. Some also write that its steering system is precise, though others think it feels too light.
According to critics, the 2015 Jaguar XF’s interior is characterized by top-quality materials and a handsome design. Most automotive journalists say that the XF’s front seats are roomy, but its rear seats have limited headroom. The XF has 17.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is very large for the class, though some test drivers complain that the trunk has a small opening. A number of interior features that were optional in 2014 are standard this year, including a 12-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, front parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and navigation. Other standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a USB port and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system. Reviewers complain that the XF’s infotainment system has a small touch screen that reacts slowly to user inputs and requires you to delve through multiple menus to change simple audio, climate and navigation settings.
- "The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury sedan that distinguishes itself from its rivals by placing a greater emphasis on high style inside and out. Dynamic handling and a plush interior are also among the four-door's strong suites." -- Left Lane News
- "Although the 2015 Jaguar XF isn't a mainstream pick for a midsize luxury or performance sedan, it has more personality than many front runners in this class, along with an engine lineup diverse enough to suit every taste." -- Edmunds
- "Aside from its exclusivity, the XF brings graceful style, old-meets-new interior accommodations, and a variety of engine choices ranging from an fuel-efficient 4-cylinder to a thunderous supercharged V8. The Jaguar XF isn't the obvious choice for everyone, and that's what makes it the obvious choice for some." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "… the XF's sales still pale relative to rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes -- and that's too bad, because we think the 2014 model is more appealing than ever." -- AutoTrader (2014)
Other Cars to Consider
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The BMW 528i gets better fuel economy than the base XF, and critics say the 528i has lively acceleration. Test drivers also appreciate its user-friendly iDrive system, attractive interior and spacious back seat.
Details: 2015 Jaguar XF
The 2015 Jaguar XF seats five and comes in eight trims, ranging from the base XF 2.0T Premium with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, to the XFR-S with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The XF has an updated list of standard features this year, but it hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.