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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 Jaguar XF Review

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Jaguar's XF, when first introduced in 2009, signaled the brand's determination to attract younger buyers and transform public perception. Several years and many enhancements later, the 2013 Jaguar XF is finally a full-fledged player in the competitive mid-size luxury-sedan segment. Notably, its engine and driveline choices have expanded dramatically this year. There's a new turbo 4-cylinder engine, a supercharged V6 and two levels of supercharged-V8 power, plus a fine 8-speed automatic transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Combined with the sumptuous cabin atmosphere the marque has long been famous for and the well-managed driving dynamics of these thoroughly modern automobiles, the Jaguar XF has earned its place among the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're a trendsetter, trailblazer or simply an admirer of Britannic automotive design, the XF is a unique alternative to common mid-size luxury sedans.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're a hard-nosed value- or brand-conscious consumer, you're probably aware that the cache of the Jaguar name does not support the cars' residual values over time. A more mainstream German luxury nameplate is likely more your style.

What's New for 2013

This is a big year for the Jaguar XF. For 2013 the engine lineup, formerly all-V8, adds a turbocharged inline-4 and supercharged V6 to push down both fuel consumption and the cost of entry. An AWD system is now offered (V6 only) for drivers in the Snow Belt.

Driving the XF

Driving Impressions 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. In fact, in the top-performing XFR, the scale tips the other way and it's the Jaguar that is borderline-stiff in its ride quality. 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. The new AWD system favors the rear wheels in its torque delivery to retain a lively rear-drive feel.

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 beautifully crafted, metallic wheel automatically rises into the driver's hand once the Start/Stop button is pressed for effortless control of various transmission modes.

MERIDIAN AUDIO SYSTEM
Audiophiles will love the top 7.1 surround-sound audio system, standard on the XFR and optional on other XFs. The 825-watt, 17-speaker setup accommodates all the usual signal sources and includes HD and SiriusXM satellite radio.

2013 Jaguar XF Details
Interior

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. 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. Instrumentation is sharp and legible, but operating the touch-screen climate-control functions can be cumbersome. The top-line Meridian audio system, with its 825 watts and 17 speakers, is simply awesome.

Exterior
2013 Jaguar XF photo

The 2013 Jaguar XF has an aggressive stance, sleek and aerodynamic body shape and sweeping coupe-like roofline. Detailing is tastefully restrained and integrated, from the headlights' LED strings to the front fender vents and the chrome rear-hatch bar that magically fades into the backup lights. The range-topping Jaguar XFR features unique body cladding, gloss black upper- and lower-grille inserts and a distinctive front-end design. Several XFR touches are available to dress up the other members of the line, including front and rear spoilers and 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For 2013, the Jaguar XF's starting price plunges by $6,000 from last year, but that's due to the 4- and 6-cylinder engines joining the line, not to any noticeable cutback in the level of standard content. All XFs have a 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 battery of electronic driving aids.

Optional Equipment

The rearranged 2013 Jaguar XF line now consists of five models based on engine/driveline: XF (2.0 turbo-4), XF 3.0 (supercharged V6), XF 3.0 AWD (with all-wheel drive), XF Supercharged (blown 5.0 V8) and XFR (higher-output V8). Options are bundled into a half-dozen packages, including the Sport Portfolio for the 4- and 6-cylinder models (upgraded seat trim and adjustability, heated/cooled front seats, 19- or 20-inch wheels and aero add-ons) and the ambitious Speed Package for the XFR, which adds bigger front and rear spoilers and defeats the stock speed limiter to let the car run to a claimed 174 mph.

Under the Hood

Jaguar's XF engine lineup changes dramatically for 2013, with two new offerings stretching fuel efficiency for the mid-size luxury sedan. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (based on the engine in Ford's Explorer EcoBoost) is the base engine and the next step up is an also-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6. The latter can be ordered with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or Jaguar's new AWD system. The other two available engines are carryover V8s from last year, both 5.0 liters and both supercharged, though tuned for different output, 470 horsepower in the XF Supercharged and 510 in the XFR. All engines are mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy ratings range from 19/29 for the turbo-4 to the supercharged V8's 15/23 (for both power levels, interestingly).

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
251 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg (RWD), 16/25 mpg (AWD)

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: 15/23 mpg

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: 15/23 mpg

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2013 Jaguar XF Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 93 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Inconvenient

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Ride, Power"

Cons: "Navigation, computer, visibility, inconvenient"

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

"The strong point of this car is the ride and acceleration. Comfort in the back seat is very good. The downside is that electronics and human interfaces are horrible at almost every point. The Nav is stupid-unusable. The audio system is impossible unless you stay on one station all the time. Visibility is bad and the back up camera is so low resolution it is frustrating and embarrassing. The interface with the iPhone is very bad - sometimes I cannot use the radio because the car thinks I am on the phone. The gas gauge is not not accurate, trip computer is rudimentary. The video screen is small and the computer crashes periodically. The trunk is very big, but the opening is very small. Garage door remote is so weak I need to be 20' away."

10 people out of 24 found this review helpful

What else need be said- It's a Jaguar!!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

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: "Handles well, quiet ride, fun to ride in and drive"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I received this car from my husband as a gift in 2008. After receiving this vehicle, my husband and I took a trip to Philadelphia to visit family. On the way, and while stopping to refuel, we encountered countless questions and glances of amazement concerning this vehicle. People who were driving BMW's, Mercedes, Porsche's, as well as other high end vehicles, wanted to know what make and model of vehicle it was. We informed them it was Jaguar's new body style. There is no valid proof to my next comment, but I am almost positive that my car was the very first Jaguar, with this body style, to grace the highways on the East coast. AWESOME CAR!!!!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Extremely fast, handles like a dream

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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

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

"Picked this up used for a sales car and can't complain much. It's fun to drive and flat out runs. If I had to pick on anything- the low tire function is on a lot. The tires are inflated correctly, but the sensors are on when I start the car and go off later as they warm up. Minor, but wish it would stop. The looks of it are very sleek. It is not a car that stands out symbolically like a BMW or Benz, but it is much more subtle and though people may not know what it is- they know it's well built."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Fun Car to Drive

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

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
9/10

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

"Bought this car for my girlfriend and now want one for myself. This car is fun to drive. I have to be careful not to get myself in trouble with the law. Performs well during acceleration, around corners and on the open highway. The car is so smooth on the highway that you easily find yourself speeding, I love driving on the highway between Austin and San Antonio where I can legally go 85 mph. I of course push it when I can. Also, at 6'6" 250 I don't fit in a lot of performance cars. I fit very well here. There is not a lot of back seat room, especially behind me but that is not an issue since it is mostly my girlfriend and I>"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Jaguar is the best kept secret in America.

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "Somewhat "busy" instrument panel."

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

"If I compare this Jaguar to a BMW 550, the Jaguar is easily the better vehicle. This was the last year with the V8 and is much preferred to the current turboed 4 cyl. A supercharged V8 is available in the current model."

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Love it

By on Thursday, April 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

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: "FUN"

Cons: "For some reason, re-sale value isn't great"

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

"I have had this car for 3 years now. It has had NO mechanical problems, no hardware problems. Actually, no problems of any kind. It is fun to drive, and has just been a pleasure to own"

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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