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2011 Jaguar XF

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2011 Jaguar XF Review

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When it was introduced three years ago, the XF Sedan represented a radical departure from traditional Jaguar styling. The bold move has paid off brilliantly for Jaguar, and the XF's sleek coupe-like styling and wide-mouth grille have now migrated onto other Jaguar products, namely the new XJ. Intended to compete with long-established models, such as the BWM 5 Series, Audi A6 and Lexus GS, the 2011 Jaguar XF provides all the performance benefits of its Japanese and European rivals, but also offers a hefty dose of traditional British luxury, something not easily imitated and that still holds value among those with a taste for life's finer pleasures.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've grown tired of seeing the same luxury brands lining the valet parking lot, take a spin in the 2011 Jaguar XF. Its clever styling, powerful engine and luxuriously-appointed interior may just win you over.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If part of what draws you to a brand such as Lexus is its stellar reputation for reliability and longevity, the XF's somewhat shaky repair record and poor resale values may be a deal breaker.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, Jaguar drops the entry-level 4.2-liter V8, equipping all XFs with a 5.0-liter V8 engine, although horsepower does vary by trim. Jaguar's Platinum Coverage, which includes 5-years/50,000 miles of scheduled maintenance, is now standard equipment for the XF.

Driving the XF
Driving Impressions

The 2011 Jaguar XF is not a bloated luxury barge; it's a bona-fide touring sedan with blisteringly-quick acceleration, excellent stability in curves, good steering and braking feedback and a whisper-quiet...

... cabin. The larger wheels and stiffer suspension on the Supercharged and XFR make for a rather firm ride, easily jolted by road imperfections and uneven pavement. Those seeking a more luxurious ride should stick with the Premium or Portfolio models. The XF's six-speed sequential shift transmission features a Sport mode that, in conjunction with the steering-wheel paddle shifters, makes for a rather spirited and enjoyable driving performance. If we have one concern regarding the XF, it rests with the car's overly-automated controls which, in the event of a dead battery, make operating even the simplest features (such as shifting into neutral should the car need to be towed or pushed) maddeningly complex.

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.

2011 Jaguar XF Details
Interior

A luxury car should excite and delight its owner every time he or she gets behind the wheel, and that's exactly what the 2011 Jaguar XF does. Upon entering the vehicle, a pulsating red ignition button beckons to be pushed. Once engaged, the XF's engine roars to life, the dash vents rotate open and a hockey-puck shaped gear selector rises from atop the center console. Soft blue lighting illuminates switches and knobs, as well as the steering-wheel-mounted controls. Soft-touch vinyl and leather resides wherever a hand can be laid or an arm rested, and luxurious appointments such as the Bowers and Wilkins 440-watt sound system wait to delight the senses. As for interior space, the Jaguar XF is quite accommodating, even in the rear seat where head room is surprisingly generous.

Exterior

For generations, Jaguar cars were easily spotted regardless of their date of origin. This car, however, is not so easy to pick out. There is no "leaper" hood ornament, for one (it's migrated to the trunk lid's lower lip), and no traditional curving lines or rounded headlamps to denote the car's heritage. The 2011 Jaguar XF's styling is eye-catching, to be sure, but it looks much more Aston Martin-like than vintage Jaguar. The XF's sloping rear window and long beltline create a coupe-like profile, with the top-of-the-line XFR adding a black mesh grille, chrome outboard air intakes, a louvered hood and 20-inch alloy wheels to round out its performance image.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Jaguar XF includes a 5.0-liter V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with the JaguarDrive Rotary Gear Selector, 18–inch wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 320-watt sound system with portable audio interface including iPod connectivity, voice-activated navigation, 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. JaguarVoice allows voice control of the audio, CD, navigation, phone and climate-control functions.

Optional Equipment

The 2011 Jaguar XF Premium adds active ventilated heated and cooling front seats, Jaguar Smart Key, soft-grain leather seating surfaces, Blind Spot Monitor, Front Parking Aid, rear backup camera and soft-grain stitched instrument panel and doors. Other options include the Bowers and Wilkins 440-watt sound system, adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, heated windshield and a power rear sunshade. XF Supercharged and XFR models share a supercharged 5.0-liter engine, Adaptive Dynamic suspension and Active Differential Control.

Under the Hood

All 2011 Jaguar XF Sedans are powered by a gasoline direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 that, in the base cars, pumps out a respectable 385 horsepower. In the XF Supercharged and XFR, Jaguar bolts a supercharger to the 5.0-liter V8, bumping output to a whopping 470 and 510 horsepower, respectively. With this engine under the hood, the XFR posts a zero-to-60 mph run of just 4.7 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

5.0-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

5.0-liter V8, Supercharged (XF Supercharged)
470 horsepower @ 6000-6500 rpm
424 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21

5.0-liter V8, Supercharged (XFR)
510 horsepower @ 6000-6500 rpm
461 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21

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2011 Jaguar XF Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 120 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • 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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