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in 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $26,950 - $37,961
Original MSRP: $52,500 - $79,600
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Jaguar XF Performance

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While most other luxury large cars make do with six-cylinder engines as standard equipment, the 2011 Jaguar XF puts an emphasis on performance. Power is up for 2011, as the base model now gets the 385 horsepower V8 as standard equipment and the XF Supercharged sees a boost to 470 ponies. Buyers can also opt for the new, top of the line XFR, which puts out 510 horsepower. Reviewers note the Jag’s excellent handling, but say it falls short due to its lack of an all-wheel drive option – which is available on the Infiniti M, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

  • "XF offers a fine balance of ride and handling along with impressive powertrain performance." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The one aspect of the performance goodies we aren't overly impressed with is the electronic differential. Like most e-diffs, the XF Supercharged uses its ABS system to modulate the brakes to control wheel spin, resulting in a plume of brake fumes after a hard drive. Not to confuse the issue, but the electronic differential works just fine, it's just that if we were buying the car, we'd want a mechanical diff or one of the trick new e-diffs employed by Audi (S4) or BMW (X6)." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

Three engines are available in the 2011 Jaguar XF. Base and Premium models are equipped with a 385 horsepower 5.0-liter V8, while the two upper trim levels add a significant bump in power by using a supercharged version of the same 5.0-liter V8. The XF Supercharged puts 470 horsepower to the rear wheels, while the more aggressively-tuned XFR puts out 510 horsepower.

Reviewers note that the XF is quick with the normally aspirated V8, while supercharged variants take performance to an entirely different level. Regardless of which engine you choose, the XF comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission which features winter and dynamic driving modes as well as steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters if you want to flip through the gears.

Surprisingly, opting for the improved performance in the XF Supercharged doesn’t take too much of a toll on fuel economy. The EPA estimates that base and Premium XFs will get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the XF Supercharged gets 15/21 mpg city/highway fuel economy. While these figures sound low compared to the fuel-efficient vehicles carmakers have been putting out recently, they are about average for their class. The similar BMW 550i gets 17/25 mpg city/highway with its automatic transmission, and the automatic Mercedes-Benz E550 gets 15/23 mpg city/highway.

  • "XF is satisfyingly quick at any speed. The Base and Premium's normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 delivers immediate and substantial power." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Acceleration from the base 5.0-liter V8 is swift and seamless, yet the lusciously smooth supercharged V8 in the XF and Supercharged takes you into another dimension of performance, serving up a seemingly endless wave of eye-popping power." --Edmunds 
  • "The 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 is as solid a base engine as you're going to find in the segment where the XF plays." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Its powerful V8 provides not only great acceleration but long-distance power as well." -- Automobile.com 
  • "More than a few colleagues have told us that the new direct-injected 5.0-liter V8 is simply one of the very best engines on sale today, period. We're fully inclined to agree, as the motor is marvelous. As you might imagine, the supercharger takes all those good things to an even higher level. Torque is everywhere and seemingly never ending, the soundtrack is sufficiently brutal without being crude, and it even revs quickly." -- Autoblog 
  • "Jaguar Sequential Shift works on a shift-by-wire system that replaces manual shift linkages with electronic commands. It gives the XF smooth and rapid gear changes -- faster than the XK's transmission." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2011 Jaguar XF's smooth and hushed demeanor allows for comfortable long-distance journeys, yet there's also an unexpected level of performance for a Jaguar sedan. Around corners, the XF has considerable grip and surprisingly high limits. The steering is a little light and numb, but the XF is still more fun to drive than many competitors." -- Edmunds 
  • "Around corners, the XF has an excellent grip. Steering is precise, and the brakes are strong. The XFR has better grip and stability on the roads." -- Automobile.com 
  • "Being a large, lumbering sedan, you'd expect the XF to be reluctant to boogie around corners, and while it's no Mazda Miata, the XF Supercharged is easily one of the most surefooted four-doors we've driven." -- Autoblog 
  • "An extremely stiff pedal box contributes to a particularly solid pedal feel, and the brake assistance is tuned to give a very progressive feel, while softening the initial response." -- Left Lane News 

Handling and Braking 

Along with powerful engine choices, consumers with an eye for performance will likely be pleased with the Jaguar XF’s handling. Reviewers generally note its agility, with handling in line with a much smaller sport sedan. Still, the lack of an all-wheel drive option means that the XF doesn’t quite stack up to the competition from Audi, BMW and Infiniti if you need a sure-footed option in inclement weather.

  • "The 2011 Jaguar XF's smooth and hushed demeanor allows for comfortable long-distance journeys, yet there's also an unexpected level of performance for a Jaguar sedan. Around corners, the XF has considerable grip and surprisingly high limits. The steering is a little light and numb, but the XF is still more fun to drive than many competitors." -- Edmunds 
  • "Around corners, the XF has an excellent grip. Steering is precise, and the brakes are strong. The XFR has better grip and stability on the roads." -- Automobile.com 
  • "Being a large, lumbering sedan, you'd expect the XF to be reluctant to boogie around corners, and while it's no Mazda Miata, the XF Supercharged is easily one of the most surefooted four-doors we've driven." -- Autoblog 
  • "An extremely stiff pedal box contributes to a particularly solid pedal feel, and the brake assistance is tuned to give a very progressive feel, while softening the initial response." -- Left Lane News 
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