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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 Jaguar XF Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 7.5
  • 5.7
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#10

out of 28

Fuel Economy

#24

out of 27

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.6 out of 10
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2013 Jaguar XF Low/wide front photo 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
2013 Jaguar XF Front angle view photo

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.
Favorite Features

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
2013 Jaguar XF Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo 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
2013 Jaguar XF Engine photo

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

Pricing Notes

With the new 4- and 6-cylinder engines joining the lineup, starting prices fall for the XF this year. The base turbo-4 2013 Jaguar XF has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $47,850, some $6,000 less than 2012's starting price. That base figure is now in line with the BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS, a bit over Audi's A6 and well below the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Stepping up, the new V6-powered XF 3.0 starts at $50,785; the new AWD system adds $3,000. The two V8 models run $68,975 for the Supercharged and a heady $84,075 for the XFR. Loading on options, including the Sport Portfolio Package, lifts a 4-cylinder XF past $65,000; an XFR can top $90,000. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are paying. Jaguar's reputation for dependability is still spotty, so resale values for the XFR will likely trail those of its rivals.

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2013 Jaguar XF Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 87 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Little Old Lady Likes Her Jag

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power"

Cons: "Looks like a Buick"

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

"I've had my Jaguar XF for over a year, and I love its power! Merging into traffic used to terrify me, but the V-8 power allows me to almost teleport to where I want to be. I get great gas mileage, about 28 mpg combination city and highway. Had two repairs right after purchase (off-lease), brakes and a mass air flow sensor, but since then it has been perfect. To be honest, I do not love the styling. I had a 2001 S-Type for 10 years, and it was a dream car. The XF kinda looks like a Buick, ick, but it is a good car. And because I don't love it, I don't mind letting the dog or the grandbaby ride in it."

very beautiful car but runs horribly

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,813

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "the car is shaky engine and thermostat problms"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"i have owned a number of vehicles luxury and this is by far the worst. the car is very beautiful but the engine is no good. 2009 and newer models have many problems"

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I Miss My Old Jag 2001 S Type

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "V-8 responsiveness is awesome; huge trunk"

Cons: "Looks like a Buick"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I like my 2009 XF, but miss the sleeker styling of my old S-Type, which I cared for and loved for 10+ years. That being said, the XF is indeed a luxury car, and the best thing about it is that when I need a quick boost to merge onto a busy interstate or avoid some lunatic driver who does something stupid, it's as if the XF reads my mind, and I am instantaneously transported to the place of safety. Its responsiveness is unbelievable! I have never felt safer in a car than I do in the XF. That is worth every penny I paid for the car, especially because I have a grandbaby to transport on occasion. Have had a few repairs, brakes and a mass air flow sensor problem, but for a 5-year-old car, that's not too bad. Gas mileage is phenomenal, city mpg is almost 25, but I am a little old lady who drives like one. I occasionally get comments about the car, but not like I did when I had the S-Type."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Expect to see more on the road.

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Outside styling, AWD, drives like a sports car"

Cons: "Slow touch screen interface"

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

"I couldn't be more pleased with my decision to go with the Jaguar. I tested the usual competition (Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class, and BMW 5-Series) but am thrilled I ended up with the Jaguar. It seems that every luxury car on the road are one of the aforementioned three. The Jaguar is different and unique, and I like that. It has unmatched styling, getting head-turns everywhere I go. Even attracting questions from strangers that see it. "What kind of car is that?", "Do you like it?" "How does it drive?". The conversation usually ends with them saying that it's the next car they are going to get. The stylized Jaguar grill, coupe-like back end, and running lights are my favorite outside features. Inside details are excellent and first rate. And while totally useless, the vents opening on start along with the shift knob that raising out of the center consul is really cool and always gets a reaction from new passengers. Not sure why they even have the 2.0 liter, get the 3.0 or higher and definitely AWD if you're in a northern climate where snow and ice are frequent. I suspect we'll all be seeing more Jag's on the road in the next couple years because this car is awesome."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Saturday, February 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"The handling of this car is wonderful. People compliment the looks as well so often, part of which is due to the color which is indigo blue. I had the S-type before but this is a better car. About the only complaint I have is there is no place for your sunglasses which the S-type did have."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love -LOve_LOVe-LOVE my JAGUAR!

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

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: "Everything"

Cons: "None"

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

"I love my Jaguar. Nothing but compliments. I purchased new with only 8 miles on it (test drives), have taken very good care of it, and it has taken very good care of me. I have not experienced any problems with my vehicle. Guess I got one of the true Juguars."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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