The 2015 Jaguar XF is the British automaker's answer to luxury midsize sedans such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS and Audi A6. Though the XF is a top seller for Jaguar, it remains a rare entry in its segment due to stiff competition and the lingering effects of the brand's past quality woes and subpar resale value. Still, Jaguar's star has been rising as it works to improve its reliability and appeal to younger buyers. Aside from its exclusivity, the XF brings graceful style, old-meets-new interior accommodations, and a variety of engine choices ranging from an fuel-efficient 4-cylinder to a thunderous supercharged V8. The Jaguar XF isn't the obvious choice for everyone, and that's what makes it the obvious choice for some.
You'll Like This Car If...
Whether you want to stand out from other executives in their BMW, Mercedes and Lexus sport sedans, or you simply admire the British design and heritage inherent in every Jaguar, the 2015 XF can set you apart from the pack. Performance-oriented V8 models also pack considerable firepower.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If a history of solid reliability and high resale value are as important to you as luxury cachet, there's probably a Lexus or Acura with your name on it. Those seeking a diesel that gets near or better than 40 mpg, meanwhile, can shop Audi, Mercedes-Benz or BMW.
Many former options become standard in the 2015 Jaguar XF, including navigation, a rearview camera, keyless entry and a Meridian audio system. Supercharged V6 versions of the XF can now be had in Sport trim with more aggressive looks. Adaptive Cruise Control is no longer available due to low demand.
Driving the XF
Jaguar has long been linked to road manners that coddle vs. carve, but recently the British automaker has focused on the sporting side of luxury. One need only look at...
... its asphalt-eating models like the new F-Type and the "R-S" versions among its lineup, whose lettering could stand for "really shreds." The XF is a product of Jaguar's recent reinvention, and it is among the more fun-to-drive sedans in its segment. Every 2015 XF sedan is taut, responsive and balanced, with good feedback through the steering and brakes. Base models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that offers a decent 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, while the range-topping supercharged 5.0-liter V8 gets the job done in under five seconds. Splitting the difference is the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, which hits the benchmark in around six seconds. No matter which strength you choose, all shift seamlessly via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
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 – the gearshift. Instead of a traditional upright lever, a beautifully crafted, metallic wheel 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-line 7.1 surround-sound audio system, standard on V8 models and the 3.0 Portfolio trim. The 825-watt, 17-speaker setup accommodates all the usual signal sources and includes HD and SiriusXM satellite radio.
2015 Jaguar XF Details
The 2015 Jaguar XF's 5-passenger cabin is airy and plush, with the leather upholstery and wood trim expected in a British luxury vehicle. High-quality materials are used throughout. Pragmatically speaking, the Jag makes life easier by implementing knobs and buttons for basic climate and audio settings instead of potentially frustrating all-touch controls (though the touch-based system used for navigation and some climate functions could benefit from more speed). The ergonomic 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. At 17.7 cubic feet, the XF's trunk has impressive cargo capacity.
Jaguar's midsize sport sedan has an aggressive stance, a sleek and aerodynamic body and a sweeping, coupe-like roofline. Detailing is tastefully restrained and integrated, from the J-shaped LED strings in the headlights to the side "power vents" and the chrome rear-hatch bar that magically fades into the backup lights. Sport trims of the 3.0-liter model appear more aggressive with a black front grille, black chrome air intakes, and blacked-out side vents, window surrounds and trunk-lid finisher. R performance variants stand out with quad exhaust pipes.
For 2015, 2.0 and 3.0 versions of the Jaguar XF executive sedan come with the formerly optional Premium Pack that brings navigation, a rearview camera, Meridian premium audio and keyless entry. Those base and mid-level trims also get blind-spot monitoring and a split-folding rear seat with ski pass-through. In addition to a supercharged V6, 3.0 trims also bring a heated steering wheel and upgraded front seats. V8 models add performance-oriented features such as active differential control, larger brakes and wheels, and upgraded interior trim.
With many formerly optional features now standard for the 2015 XF, Jag has simplified its list of extras. Upgrades that are available for the XF luxury sedan include the Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel and windshield, larger wheels, walnut or ebony interior veneer, and specialized metallic paint.
Under the Hood
Jaguar's engine lineup spans from a small and efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder to a 5.0-liter V8 that can make 550 horsepower. The middle child, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, offers a good blend of power and fuel economy. All engines are mated to a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is the standard layout, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available on 3.0-liter models. The AWD favors the rear wheels in power delivery, which helps the XF sedan retain a lively feel. All engines except the base 4-cylinder have stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at idle to save fuel. Start-stop startups, however, can be jarring, and we found ourselves disabling the feature.
The noteworthy feature-content upgrades to the 2015 Jaguar XF come at an increased price. A base Jaguar XF 2.0 Premium now starts around $51,000 (vs. just under $48,000 for the outgoing model). Likewise, prices for higher trims of the XF have also risen, with 3.0 models now around $58,000 for rear-drive or just over $60,000 for AWD. V8 models start over $70,000, with the top-dog XFR-S hovering around the 6-figure mark. At its base price, the 2015 XF is above that of the Audi A6, Lexus GS, Cadillac CTS and Acura RLX, and in line with that of the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti Q70 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans. The revamped Hyundai Genesis is another lower-priced alternative. Before buying, check the Fair Purchase Price at KBB.com to see what others are paying. Resale value remains a sore point for the XF, as it is predicted to depreciate faster than most rivals.
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!"
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."