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MSRP: $46,975 - $99,000
Invoice: $43,217 - $90,990
MPG: 19 City / 30 Hwy
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Jaguar XF Interior

Automotive journalists say the 2014 Jaguar XF has a handsome interior with high-class materials and top-notch build quality. They also like the XF’s unique details, such as the rotary shift knob that rises from the center console and vents that rotate open when you start the car. However, test drivers agree that the XF’s touch-screen infotainment system can be difficult to use. Reviewers write that the front seat are comfortable, but say the back seats lack enough headroom.

  • "We can't help but point out that the XF model's interior hails from a few years back, and it could benefit from an update stylistically. But the XF still manages to emit an upscale vibe inside, especially when Jaguar's distinctive rotary shift knob rises out of the center console upon ignition." -- AutoTrader
  • "The cabin is trimmed with the supple leathers and top-quality materials one would expect of a Jaguar while also featuring modern touches like the so-called ‘surprise and delight’ air-conditioning vents, which present a flush dashboard surface until the ignition is switched on, at which point they rotate to the open position." -- Left Lane News
  • "Although the inside of the XF is far from the spongy lounges of Jaguar's past, there's still an overall feeling of warmth and texture that the more tech-oriented interiors of Jaguar's German rivals can't generate." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The 2013 Jaguar XF provides an airy, upscale cabin, where rich leather covers all five seats and high-quality materials are arranged with remarkable precision." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 XF comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. A heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and sport seats are available. Most reviewers think that the XF’s front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seats have enough legroom, according to test drivers, but there isn’t enough headroom for taller passengers.

  • "Rear passengers will enjoy adequate legroom. Tall ones, however, may find their hair brushing the XF model's sleek roof." -- AutoTrader
  • "The [front] seats are comfortable with good support. A low, swooping roof line means tall passengers will have to watch their heads when entering or exiting." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The ergonomically designed front seats deliver ample support for occupants of all sizes, though 6-footers will find rear-seat headroom slightly restricted by the aggressive curvature of the roof." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Interior space remains the same, which means that legroom is sufficient in the backseat, while headroom can be a bit squished for taller folks." -- Edmunds (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Jaguar XF comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, proximity key, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a 12- or 17-speaker Meridian audio system, front parking sensors, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.

Reviewers say the touch-screen infotainment system has a small screen, and they agree that it takes too long to make simple adjustments to the audio, climate and navigation systems. Most think that other manufacturers like BMW and Audi offer more intuitive systems.

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  • "However, the 7-in touchscreen is a disappointment for this segment. Despite recent upgrades, it's still relatively small, and its software feels behind the times relative to, say, Audi's MMI system or BMW's iDrive." -- AutoTrader
  • "However, instead of control-knob interface for most audio and climate functions (a la Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz), Jaguar uses a touchscreen system that can be a real driver distraction. Even simple tasks can require quite a few ‘virtual button’ presses and drilling down through several menu screens that can be slow to respond to user input." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The XF's center console is dominated by a touchscreen navigation system. It's been improved over the years, but compared to the electronic interfaces found in other midsize luxury sedans, the Jag's still suffers from slow response times, antiquated menu structures and a smallish display." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Instrumentation is sharp and legible, but operating the touch-screen climate-control functions can be cumbersome." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

At 17.7 cubic feet, the 2014 Jaguar XF’s trunk is one of the biggest in the class. However, some critics write that the rear wheel arches take up a lot of space and that loading large items can be a challenge due to the trunk’s small opening.

  • "The 17.7-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the class, but bulky rear wheel arches mean usable space is somewhat less. The trunk opening isn't that large, so loading bulky items is difficult, if not impossible." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "… the XF's trunk capacity, at 17 cubic feet, is one of the segment's largest." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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