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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 Performance

Reviewers think that sharp handling and a smooth ride make the 2014 Jaguar XF a pleasure to drive, and they say it doesn’t feel as ungainly as some of its rivals during cornering. Some write that the base engine doesn’t deliver power as smoothly as they’d like, while others note that the engines available in upper trims are very powerful.

  • "Dynamically speaking, the XF rewards drivers with accurate, tactile steering and a well-tuned suspension that provides a good balance between ride comfort and handling prowess." -- Left Lane News
  • "On the road, the taut and focused XF strikes a wonderful ride/handling balance. Unlike some rivals, it doesn't feel big and bulky in corners." -- AutoTrader
  • "Tradition suggests a Jaguar will be softer and more isolated in its driving experience than other, particularly German, luxury sedans but the XF in any iteration is taut, responsive, balanced and gives good feedback through the steering and brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2014 Jaguar XF has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 340-horsepower, supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 and a 470-horsepower, supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 are available in higher trims. The base XF gets an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class, though four-cylinder luxury large cars like the Audi A6 2.0T and BMW 528i use less fuel.

The performance-oriented XFR has a supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 510 horsepower at 6,000 to 6,500 rpm and 461 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 to 5,500 rpm. The top-of-the-line XFR-S has a more powerful supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 that generates 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 to 5,500 rpm. Jaguar says the 2014 XFR-S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Some reviewers note that the base XF’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn’t have smooth power delivery, though others say it has more than enough power. Test drivers agree that models with the supercharged V6 are very powerful, and they say that the XF Supercharged’s V8 is incredibly potent and smooth. Critics think the eight-speed automatic transmission works well with all of the XF’s engine choices, shifting fluidly.

  • "Under the hood, the base XF's 4-cylinder engine is not high on our list, as it's rather unrefined and barely gets better fuel economy than the supercharged V6." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Supercharged's lusciously smooth V8 takes you into another dimension of performance, serving up a seemingly endless wave of eye-popping power." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "A blown four, on paper at least, might not appear that exciting, but it has a characterful exhaust growl under acceleration that suits the car's nature, but remains subdued under constant, cruising throttle. And once the turbo spools up beyond 2000 rpm the performance is more than adequate, easily thrusting the car down sinuous roads at over 70 mph where safe to do so." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "The running character obviously depends on engine choice, now that there are so many in the XF line, but the supercharged V6 represents an appealing balance of power, smoothness and efficiency. The 8-speed automatic transmission that accompanies every XF engine works seamlessly, thanks to all those close-spaced ratios and adaptive shift programming, but there are handy paddle shifters for do-it-yourselfers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Handling and Braking 

Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on the 2014 Jaguar XF. Test drivers agree that the 2014 Jaguar XF has a comfortable, yet controlled, ride and agile handling, with excellent grip when cornering. Some critics like the XF’s light steering effort, but others would like more road feel.

  • "We've done some hot laps in the XFR-S, and it attacks apexes like a purpose-built sports car. Believe it or not, the other XF models aren't that far behind. During more sedate motoring, the XF continues to impress, providing a composed ride that's supple but never floaty." -- AutoTrader
  • "XFs are intended as sports sedans, so even low-line models have always lacked the absorbent but slightly floaty ‘magic carpet’ ride of old-school Jags. Even so, we've found these cars quite comfortable on 18- or 19-inch tires, though rippled roads can induce nervous wheel patter." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Around corners, the XF has considerable grip and surprisingly high limits. The steering is a little light and numb, but the 2013 Jaguar XF is still more fun to drive than many competitors." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "For me, it still falls behind the Audi A6 in terms of great-to-drive dynamics, but I appreciate the XF's light steering and relatively good suspension tuning." -- Autoblog (2013)
Review Last Updated: 1/31/14

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