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2012 Jaguar XF

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2012 Jaguar XF Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

When Jaguar unveiled the all-new XF in 2009, it signaled the beginning of the brand's ambitious attempt to attract younger buyers and transform public perception. While it wasn't a resounding success at first, the refreshed 2012 Jaguar XF aims to expand its appeal among midsize luxury-car buyers with a series of styling enhancements, new multimedia equipment and simpler interior controls. By virtue of these crucial refinements, we believe the Jaguar XF finally possesses the right tools to challenge such formidable competitors as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Audi A6, Lexus GS and the Infiniti M.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're a trend setter, trailblazer or simply an admirer of Britannic automotive design, the XF is a unique alternative to common midsize luxury sedans.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you consider yourself a crafty consumer and seek a high level of value in your next luxury-vehicle purchase, the XF's comparatively high starting price, mediocre fuel economy and historically low residual values may prove disconcerting to value-conscious buyers.

What's New for 2012

The Jaguar XF receives several significant upgrades for the 2012 model year. Highlights include a remodeled front end with a striking new headlight design, revised LED taillights, a trio of updated audio systems and a series of prominent interior upgrades.

Driving the XF

Driving Impressions Contrary to popular belief, the 2012 Jaguar XF is not a bloated luxury barge. Instead, we found the XF's acceleration, stability, steering and braking feedback on par with the segment's...

heavy hitters. Unlike the BMW M5 and Audi S6, however, the ultra-sporty Jaguar XFR sacrifices a considerable amount of ride quality for a marginal performance increase. If the standard 385-horsepower V8 fails to satisfy for your high-octane lifestyle, we recommend the athletic, yet comfortable 470-horsepower XF Supercharged model. The XF's 6-speed automatic gearbox features a sport mode that, in conjunction with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, makes for a rather engaging driving experience. Jaguar has also decreased the level of driver distraction in the XF through a series of intuitive functionality changes to the touch-screen interface and miscellaneous interior controls.

JAGUARDRIVE SELECTOR
From the pages of science fiction to 21st-century roadways, the JaguarDrive Selector is one of the most innovative interpretations of a universal automotive feature. A beautify-crafted, metallic wheel automatically rises into the driver's hand once the Start/Stop button is pressed for effortless control of various transmission modes.

BOWERS & WILKINS AUDIO SYSTEM
Audiophiles will find it tremendously challenging to nitpick the impeccable sound quality produced by the available 1200-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkin audio system.

2012 Jaguar XF Details
Interior

The Jaguar XF provides an airy upscale cabin, where rich leather covers all five seats and high-quality materials are arranged with remarkable precision. The ergonomically-designed front seats deliver ample support for occupants of all sizes, though 6-footers will find rear-seat headroom slightly restricted from the aggressive curvature of the roof. Instrumentation is sharp and legible, but operating the touch-screen climate-control functions can quickly become a vexing task – although you might find the controls easier to operate than some of the complex systems found in German-built luxury sedans.

Exterior
2012 Jaguar XF photo

The XF's aggressive stance is emphasized in a sleek, aerodynamic body style and sweeping coupe-like roofline. The 2012 XF offers over a half-dozen wheel choices ranging from the standard 18-inch 10-spokes to a set of massive 20-inch dark gray Draco alloys. The range-topping Jaguar XFR features unique body cladding, gloss black upper and lower grille inserts and a distinctive front end design. Fortunately, XFR detractors can affix their own assortment of sporty exterior adornments to the less-expensive Portfolio trim, thanks to the Exterior Sport Pack, which includes the XFR's blackout grille inserts, 19-inch wheels, a unique front bumper and a rear spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Although the 2012 Jaguar XF carries a higher starting price than the majority of its competitors, it does feature a standard hard-drive-based navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen and a DVD player. JaguarVoice allows for voice control of the audio, navigation, phone and climate-control functions, while the ventilation system's humidity sensor and odor control ensure a pleasant interior environment. Safety features include a full complement of airbags and the typical accompaniment of electronic driving aides.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Jaguar XF is offered in four trim levels: Base, Portfolio, Supercharged and XFR. The Portfolio model adds soft-grain leather seating surfaces and soft-touch door panels, a rear backup camera and a smart-key system that provides vehicle access and push-button ignition without the need to remove the key fob from your pocket or bag. The XF Supercharged and XFR models share a supercharged 5.0-liter engine and Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics suspension system that monitors wheel movements up to 500 times per second for enhanced traction and stability.

Under the Hood

All 2012 Jaguar XF Sedans are powered by a gasoline direct-injection 5.0-liter V8. The XF Supercharged and XFR, however, add a supercharger to the mix, bumping output to a whopping 470 and 510 horsepower, respectively. As a result, the XFR sprints to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Snowbelt drivers will find seasonal performance quite limiting since the Jaguar XF lacks an all-wheel-drive option.
XF Base, Portfolio
5.0-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

XF Supercharged
5.0-liter supercharged V8
470 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
424 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

XFR
5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

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2012 Jaguar XF Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 114 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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

better than any german luxury car by far.

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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: "5.0 motor is amazing"

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

"car has always ran well and is way more comfortable and powerful than any mercedes or bmw I've owned"

23 people out of 36 found this review helpful

The sweetest car ever!

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

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
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great detail, divine luxury, great mpg for 340 hp"

Cons: "slow touch screen"

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

"I have owned my 2014 XF 3.0 Portfolio for one year now. I have almost 12,000 miles and this car could not be any more perfect. This car can easily do 100 mph with not a single vibration in any part of the car. Jaguar goes above and beyond to put features on their cars that no other make even thinks about. Example, the drive selector rises out of the console when you start the car, auto opening and closing vents, even down to the flashing heart beat on the start button when it senses the key is there. The LED lined headlights make this car look amazing. No matter where I go I get asked what kind of car it is or people are constantly pointing and gawking at the look of the car. The great thing is also that you don't see a thousand of them running around like the boring BMWs. The Meridian sound system is amazing. This car is true divine luxury mixed with the perfect balance of fast performance. I plan on having this car for many years to come and loving every minute of it!"

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Wolf in sheep's clothing

By on Monday, March 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Elegant, plenty of space, beautiful design and fast"

Cons: "no AWD available, gas tank could be a few gallons"

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

"This car is not for the timid with a heavy foot . The 461 lbs-ft of torque coming on at 2500 RPM is pretty mind blowing for those not prepared. Normally, this car a smooth, quiet luxury sedan. When you call it to battle, it comes alive in a fierce way and doesn't look "boy racer" like its counterparts from Germany. It is faster than it feels, but every bit a luxury car. It is not a race car, but it is a very, very fast Jaguar."

17 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Amazing Car but RELIABILITY ISSUES

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Luxury, Styling, Character, Soul, Handling,"

Cons: "RELIABILITY, CANT GO 200 MILES ENGINE LIGHT IS ON"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I love my car and as an idiot would purchased it again, even if i knew the future reliability issues. The manufacturer should address the reliability issues and then sky is the limit. You would be spending 3 - 6K each year for its maintenance !!!"

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Wait until you test drive this car...super power

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun drive, great price, super power,"

Cons: "burns more gas than I realized."

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

"I own a 2011 XF. I must say that this is the best car I have driven in a long time. I drove my 2004 BMW LI for 8 years before purchasing the Jag. When you compare the two, Jag wins hands down. I still drive my Beemer with over 250,000 miles to help reduce miles on my Jag. I definitely miss driving my Jag when I take the Beemer out. My boyfriend drives a 2006 E320 and that car drives the worst. No get up and go. Lastly, when it's time to trade or sell my Jag, I will stick with the XF. The XJF is too big but a beautiful car. The interior is luxury at its finest. My boyfriend is really looking at the XJF in brilliant black."

5 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I am so happy - No regrets. Son loves.

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value compared to competitors, gorgeous, explosive"

Cons: "Tight for tall rear passengers"

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

"I own a 2014 XFR purchased new a couple of months ago. Jag exec drove around a bit - got a great deal. My original plan was to buy the 2015 470 HP XF at the end of the year because I had just recently ordered my wife the Mercedes ML400. This vehicle came available and could not pass up. All I can say is wow. I had to fly to Chicago to procure it, and drive home 400 miles, but that was a joy. This car is just simply beautiful, inside and out. The feel when you hit the gas gives you a knot in your stomach. Went from 60 to 100 mph in a blink of the eye. Also, coasting at 90 feels like 70, which is why I have a new Escort Passport Max 2 and use Escort live on phone! I have test drove the 3.0 AWD as well and it feels powerful as well. The 470HP would have been more than sufficient, but what can I say... The looks of the XFR are muscular and very cool looking. So now the details: The seats are really comfortable with plush leather and more seat adjustments than you need. Everything is convenient to reach and control, even when driving. There have been complaints by some professional critics with behind the times Nav and technology. I find no issue with this and it is very intuitive to use. Easy to sync phones and change from one to another. It has everything you need. Very slight pause when hitting a button but who cares. I think some cars are over the top with this, and I love technology, considering myself a first adopter. The sound system is supreme with great features. Read your manual! Back seats are comfortable; however, tall passengers will feel a bit tight with sloped rear. On my way back from purchasing I stopped by to take my son and roommates to dinner. They both felt comfortable in the back, but are under 6'. Plus, I did not buy this car to take out all my tall friends. I would not want changed design to accommodate taller passengers. Plus, we will have the ML400 if we need slightly more room. This car is simply stunning when you see it in person. Jag by far has the best look of any sports sedan. I do not like sedans, but need for work & family logistics and do not want another SUV. I drove Mercedes, Audi, and BMW and non compare to the Jags looks. I also feel it was the best overall vehicle. Audi may have drove slightly smoother, BMW tighter on curves, and Mercedes Benz's interior was close to Jag. However, all-in Jag was great in all categories and could have arguably finished slighter higher in all three of these categories based on driver opinions. The others were way short of Jag on at least one of the three areas. And the Jag is cheaper comparing similar features. I did not rate quality and reliability because it is a new car. I have a 100,000 mile warranty so they stand behind their product. If there is an issue I will simply take it in and get a loaner. Big deal. Plus, I have heard great things about Jag quality lately. All manufacturers will have cars out there with issues so take reviews with a grain of salt. I cannot comment on winter driving because I plan on getting snow tires for next winter. Currently driving Subaru Forester when bad since son is at school and daughter only has her permit. From all the forums I have read, snow tires & winter mode will provide all I need to enjoy during winter months. In conclusion this was a great purchase. I travel and when I text my wife "cannot wait to get home to see my baby" she knows I am talking about the car!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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