Jaguar XF Review
The 2014 Jaguar XF ranks 5 out of 13 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.
Reviewers agree that the 2014 Jaguar XF offers powerful supercharged engine options, nimble handling and a handsome, well-appointed interior.
The 2014 Jaguar XF comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that some critics think could deliver power more smoothly. A supercharged V6 is available in XF 3.0 trims, and test drivers say these models are very potent, while the XF Supercharged has a supercharged V8 that reviewers say delivers extraordinary acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, and automotive journalists report that it shifts smoothly. The 2014 Jaguar XF 2.0T gets an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a luxury large car. Test drivers think the XF handles well for the class, cornering like a lighter and more nimble car. They also agree that the XF’s ride is comfortable without being too soft.
The automotive press writes that the 2014 Jaguar XF has an attractive, well-built interior that features high-quality materials. Reviewers think that the front seats are comfortable, though they wish that the rear seats had more headroom. The XF has one of the largest trunks in the class, but some automotive journalists say intrusive rear-wheel arches and a small opening limit its usefulness. Critics appreciate some of the unique standard features in the cabin, such as the shift knob that rises out of the center console when you start the car, but they think the touch-screen infotainment system is difficult to use. Standard features in the 2014 Jaguar XF include leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Available features include a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian audio system, front parking sensors, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "But 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
- "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
- "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 (2013)
- "Whether you're a trendsetter, trailblazer or simply an admirer of Britannic automotive design, the XF is a unique alternative to common mid-size luxury sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Test drivers say the BMW 5-Series offers a comfortable rear seat and an infotainment system that’s easy to use. The base XF and 5-Series have the same horsepower rating, but the 5-Series gets much better fuel economy.
The Audi A6 has an available diesel model that critics say provides strong acceleration and excellent fuel economy. Though reviewers don’t think the A6’s MMI infotainment system is perfect, many say it is intuitive once you get used to it.
Details: 2014 Jaguar XF
The 2014 Jaguar XF seats five and comes in six trims, ranging from the base XF 2.0T, 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 received a number of updates last year, but hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.