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2009 Jaguar XF

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2009 Jaguar XF Review

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Sharing engineering features with the S-Type, the all-new 2009 Jaguar XF is the combination of a luxury sedan and a sporty coupe not just in performance numbers or impressive interior space, but in overall styling as well. With its wide stance, sweeping roof line, muscular fender well arches and additional doors, the XF looks like a more evolved XKR. Rivaling the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6, the XF is wider, resulting in more interior and cargo room. Straying away from the traditional, more staid look of Jaguar sedans, the sporty XF will have younger buyers thinking differently about the Jaguar brand.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Jaguar XF if you want a luxury sedan that focuses on performance with the option of a supercharged V8, but still has plenty of comfort features.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The tuned suspension of the XF might be too stiff, and those seeking the more refined and mature look of other Jaguars will only find hints of it in this sporty sedan.

What's New for 2009

Replacing the S-type, the 2009 Jaguar XF is out to attract younger consumers with its new, fresh look. Straying away from the traditional luxury sedan, Jaguar has graced the XF with both attractive pricing and sporty characteristics.

Driving the XF
Driving Impressions

This is no pompous land yacht; the 2009 Jaguar XF drives like a sports car. Its stiff suspension and Sport mode automatic transmission with paddle shifters seem to make all...

... the difference. Through curvy mountain roads and long, sweeping turns, the XF exhibits minimal body roll and stays planted throughout. The supercharged 4.2-liter V8 delivers horsepower in a smooth, linear fashion, providing off-the-line acceleration and passing power in a heartbeat. In Sport mode, the paddle shifting mechanism is quick and responsive. Overall, the XF is deceiving in that its four doors and interior room don't suggest the sports car-like performance.

JaguarDrive Selector
The unorthodox gear selector stands out as an innovative way to put the car into Drive. With a simple turn of the knob, going from Drive to Drive Sport is effortless, with no button or lever to maneuver.

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System
A favorite among audiophiles, the Bowers & Wilkins sound system has precise and crisp sound output at any volume level.

2009 Jaguar XF Details
Interior

When first entering the 2009 Jaguar XF, the push-button ignition pulsates red like a heartbeat, and when pushed, the JaguarDrive gear selector pops of out the center console and the dash vents rotate open -- quite a show. Accompanying the high-tech experience is comfort, as the XF has enough rear interior space to accommodate adults over six feet tall, thanks to front seats that were designed smaller to make room for those sitting in the back. Luxury appointments include an optional Bowers and Wilkins 440-watt sound system, standard iPod and USB port and wood accents that are really made of wood.

Exterior

The styling of the 2009 Jaguar XF is unorthodox compared to the brand's timeworn sedan look with its sleek, flowing profile and steep windshield rake. The high-strength-steel chassis is wider and longer than its competitors, which includes the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Jaguar XF comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with the JaguarDrive Rotary Gear Selector, 18- or 20-inch wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 320-watt sound system with portable audio interface including iPod connectivity, an auxiliary input and a USB port. The touch-screen LCD displays the audio functions and controls the iPod to allow full access to playlists and artists while the Bluetooth technology is able to pair up to five phones for hands-free use.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2009 Jaguar XF include a navigation system with optional SIRIUS satellite radio and digital/analog TV reception, Bowers and Wilkins 440-watt sound system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, rearview back-up camera, front parking sensors, heated front seats and steering wheel, a power rear sunshade and JaguarVoice, a system that allows voice control for the audio, CD, TV, navigation, phone and climate control functions.

Under the Hood

Sharing powertrains with the XK, the XF uses a 4.2-liter V8 that comes in naturally aspirated or supercharged form, depending on the trim level. Connected to a six-speed sequential-shift transmission, both engine varieties do their jobs as far as passing cars and going up steep inclines. The supercharged V8 engine in our tester was impressive even at over 5,000 feet above sea level, feeling just strong as it did at a much lower elevation.

4.2-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

4.2-liter V8 supercharged
420 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
413 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23

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2009 Jaguar XF Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 120 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

So amazing

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, performance, exclusivity"

Cons: "probably expensive to maintain out of warranty?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I haven't owned it long enough to determine reliability, but its under warranty anyway. I get looks in this car everywhere I go. Too many Beemers and Mercedes everywhere. Car is fast, smooth and great milage with the V6. Super smooth ride and great handling. Bought it one year old and got a steal for $40k"

Love it Love it Love it

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,585

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "have not found it yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Most fun to drive. The sound the power love that V8. Look forward to driving. Had 740IL this is fun to drive nimble, quick and stylish."

Jaguar's best kept secret

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I surprise a lot of Corvettes"

Cons: "driver's seat too narrow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the SFR with the 510 hp supercharged engine that performs better than imagined. It is quick, nimble, and feels like it rides on rails. The 0 to 60 time is much better than 4.3, more like 3.8, and the 70 to 120 is mind blowing. This is a true exotic sports car tucked in a stylish sports sedan skin. It will out perform anything BMW has to offer. My only complain is the driver's seat is meant for a guy fifty pounds lighter than me but I'm trying to loose weight!"

A Sleeper of Monumental Proportions!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fit. Finish, Quality, Aesthetics and POWER!"

Cons: "Fuel economy in Sport Mode!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I own the XFR Edition, utilizing a 5.0 liter 510 HP Supercharged V8. In Sport Mode, this car will literally leave you pinned to your seat under maximum throttle. With the gear selector in Sport Mode, downshifts are tremendously powerful and crisp, without any significant delay. The interior is gorgeous, with a suede headliner, XFR Edition seats to keep you comfortable but in control. The hand stitched leather, aluminum trim with genuine wood in a gray finish are impeccably designed. I have had no issues with this vehicle and this is my second XF, my first was the supercharged XF 4.2 liter V8."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The only car I still love after years of ownership

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very fast, stylish, quality, amazing stereo."

Cons: "Rocket launchers not a standard option."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This isn't so much a review about the Jag, but instead how I feel about the car. I'm a technical guy and I can't help but analyze and find design flaws in everything I use. With cars, I tend to fixate on the bad aspects of design and they ultimately drive me to selling the car in search of something that doesn't have those flaws. I sold my Mustang GT because it was showing signs of fatigue after only 3 years. I bought a 3 year old Mercedes CLK550 that in comparison drove like new. I sold it because despite it having ample power and being high quality, it was no fun to drive. The gearbox ruined that car. So, I ended up buying a 3 year old XF Supercharged because the gearbox tends to do the right thing when you need it to. It doesn't have quite the same build quality as the Mercedes, but it has something better. It has character and it's a blast to drive. After years of ownership, I still love this car and am still excited to get in the driving seat every time. No other car has done that for me, and wow, is it quick!"

30 people out of 41 found this review helpful

The best Jag ever!

By on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable and fun drive"

Cons: "If anything, seats are a bit stiff and British"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 2012 is the best Jag of the 5 I have owned in my many years of Jag ownership. I would recommend it over the XJ's and the S type that I have had. They hit the bulls eye with this one."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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