Jaguar XF Review
The 2013 Jaguar XF ranks 3 out of 14 Luxury Large 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.
Although the Jaguar XF no longer comes with a standard V8 engine, it continues to offer a luxurious interior, athletic handling and a lower base price for 2013.
The 2013 Jaguar XF is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which critics say provides adequate power. Higher trims come with supercharged V6 or V8 engines, which can make the XF significantly quicker. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and critics are pleased with its quick, smooth shifts. The base XF gets 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. However, cars like the Audi A6 2.0T and BMW 528i have similar engines and use less fuel. Although a few test drivers say that the XF’s steering is a bit vague, most appreciate its agile handling, saying that the XF takes corners better than many cars in the class.
The opulent and tech-heavy interior in the 2013 Jaguar XF impresses auto writers. They say that the cabin is built with first-rate materials, while touches like air vents that rotate open and a gear selector that rises from the center console give the XF an exclusive feel. Most reviewers find the front seats comfortable and supportive, but they note that the XF’s low roofline cuts into back-seat headroom, and makes entry and exit complicated for taller occupants. The 2013 XF continues to come with a strong list of standard features, but auto writers say that its touch-screen infotainment system operates slowly and can be difficult to use. The XF comes with a moonroof, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and a 10-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include navigation with voice recognition, front parking sensors, a backup camera, an upgraded stereo and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "Whichever model catches your fancy, the XF has much to recommend it--including the evergreen appeal of the Jaguar brand itself." -- Consumer Guide
- "Granted, the XF still has some flaws, most notably its awkward electronics interface and a lingering reputation for less-than-stellar reliability. But overall we like the XF and find it to be a great choice among more mainstream luxury sedans such as the 2013 BMW 5 Series, 2013 Lexus GS and 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- Edmunds
- "If you're a hard-nosed value- or brand-conscious consumer, you're probably aware that the cache of the Jaguar name does not support the cars' residual values over time. A more mainstream German luxury nameplate is likely more your style." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The Infiniti M37 costs a bit more than the XF, but it comes with a powerful V6 engine as standard equipment. Additionally, reviewers love the M37’s attractively designed cabin, which features premium materials and user-friendly tech features.
The Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan also comes with a more powerful engine, and it earns strong safety and reliability scores. Along with these attributes, test drivers say that the E350 offers an exquisitely-crafted interior and a spacious back seat.
Details: 2013 Jaguar XF
The 2013 Jaguar XF seats five and comes with rear-wheel drive. There are six trims in the XF lineup: XF (base), XF 3.0, XF 3.0 AWD, XF Supercharged, XFR and XFR-S. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, while XF 3.0 models come with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6. XF Supercharged and XFR models come with a supercharged V8 engine. In addition to these performance enhancements, each trim also adds to the XF’s list of interior features and upgrades some interior materials. For 2013, the XF loses its standard V8 engine, but also carries a lower base price. Additionally, the XF gains a new transmission and optional all-wheel drive. These updates aside, the Jaguar XF is unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 through the current model year.