By Matt Degen
KBB Expert Rating: 7.0
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.
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.
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 Impressions 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.
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.
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.Exterior
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.
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.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (XF 2.0T)
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
251 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 mpg
3.0-liter supercharged V6 (XF 3.0)
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28 mpg (RWD), 16/26 mpg (AWD)
5.0-liter supercharged V8 (XF Supercharged)
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 (XFR)
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
5.0-liter supercharged V8 (XFR-S)
550 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
502 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg
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.
By kit1 on Monday, January 12, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great car for the price. Does not have all wheel drive and frankly with snow tires and winter driving mode engaged had no problem driving in Chicago winter."
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By Greg on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Take me to church! Sound, drive, looks, features."
Cons: "Will probably go deaf."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love driving and want a new car every 2 or 3 years so I lease. The last vehicle I had was the Mercedes ML350 2012. I really love Mercedes and when it was time for a new car I tried the E350 and really wanted to love the CLS400 for 2015, it haad great features and pretty good Harmon Kardon sound system and I really liked the active seat that has bolsters that expand when you take corners and massage while driving. I wanted a beige interior and exterior color of blue or black or white. It was very hard to find the car with the options I wanted and black seems to be the most popular interior color as it is the color in 95 percent of the cars. Just don't care for black interiors. So I had the dealer locate a an E350 in blue with tan and it had all the options I wanted in the Mercedes, active seat, premium sound, blind spot and other safety features. It looked nice but so vanilla and sedan like and the interior was a little boring. So I went to look at the Audi A7 and it looked sleek and had a cool pop up screen, I really liked the looks, but the sound was just ok and it did ride really nice so it was probably my new 1st choice, which says a lot because a Mercedes has an incredible ride and has a great reputation. I thought I was done researching after 3 months of driving and researching like you are doing now. I waited until all the 2015's arrived and was prepared to make a decision.I had an appointment the next day to see the Blue E400 loaded and then the night before I saw a commercial for the Jaguar XF and thought it looked sharp so the next day I called my local Jaguar dealer and made an appointment to go in and drive a black one with a tan interior (in stock) I get there and the car is sitting in the lot and it looked so sleek with the 19 inch wheels and the chrome accents. So I meet with the salesman and he gives me the key and as soon as I sat in this car I knew I was done shopping, press the keyless button adn the shifter comes up out of the console it is a round knurled knob that you rotate to shift and then the vents turn up and open it is so nice and futuristic. Then we turn on the 825 watt Meridian surround system with 17 speakers and sync my phone up and listen to Areosmith Dream On blasting and I am smiling just thinking about it. The bang and olufson didn't sound this good and that is a $6000 upgrade and this system came standard, everything I asked the salesman about he kept saying that's standard, like blind spot detection, AWD, heated windshield and heated and cooling seats, heated steering wheel is a cold weather package option for a couple hundred dollars. So I take the 3.0 turbo charged V6 AWD out for a ride and it is sleek and smooth and the steering is tight and sporty, I am thinking the whole time that this must be a $70,000 car like the CLS400 from Mercedes that priced out to $78,000. When we get back the salesman tells me they are having a Special and that i can take $5000 off plus $2000 rebate and I can have this car for $55,000. $20,000 less than the A7 and Mercedes CLS400. Well I said lets see what they offer me for my ML350 I'm sure that will be low balled. He came back with an offer $500 below Mercedes and $2000 better than Audi. So I said where do I sign, no not really I lease and asked him to roll all up front into the lease payment and pay off the small difference in my trade and he came back with a payment $250 less per month than Mercedes. I had him knock another $20 off payment , done. Well, I have been driving my /jaguar for a week now and everyone who sees it compliments me on the looks and I will probably go a little deaf after my 39 months is up but until then rock on. Did I mention when I hit a passing gear on a slow rider in the high speed lane I zipped to 110 within a blink of an eye and I think I should use the speed regulator that it is equipped with to prevent this speed outburst in the future. In 3 years I will look at other cars again but with Jaguar I am excited to see what that looks like in 2018. If your looking at these cars do not skip a test ride in the Jaguar Xf"
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By Jagman on Sunday, December 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Driving expereince, performance and style"
Cons: "Buy for the experience not the resale value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"NA V8 Excellent car ! It offers a superior driving experience. Gorgeous design and road handling. This is one of the best luxury sports sedans on the market. The V8 engine or Supercharged models are really fast. The consumer market undervalues the car. It is a great executive car - aggressive style and performance. Highly recommend."
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