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2014 Jaguar XF

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2014 Jaguar XF Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Jaguar's answer to established midsize luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the XF is the British automaker's best-seller but also among the segment's rarest entries. Stiff competition and the lingering effects of past quality woes work against Jaguar's sales numbers, but fewer sales is a good thing for buyers who put a premium on exclusivity. Jaguar XF highlights include its distinctive design, plush interior and, thanks to fewer "driver assistance" technologies than many of its competitors, more organic driving feel. The Jaguar XF isn't the obvious choice for everyone, and that's just what makes it the obvious choice for some.

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 midsize luxury sedans.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're a hard-nosed value-conscious luxury shopper, you're probably aware that the cache of the Jaguar name does not support the cars' residual values over time. And you're probably reading a Lexus review right now, anyway.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.1
  • 7.0
  • 6.8
  • 7.4
  • 5.6
  • 7.7
How It Ranks

#5

out of 16

Fuel Economy

#14

out of 15

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.6 out of 10
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2014 Jaguar XF Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

It was actually a late addition to the 2013 model year lineup, but the newest member of the XF family is the range-topping, asphalt-melting XFR-S. With its 550-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, the XFR-S can rocket to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 174 mph, according to Jaguar. A cool $100,000 will buy you an XFR-S and a ticket to Disneyland, but hurry because Jaguar only plans on selling 100 of them.

Driving the XF
2014 Jaguar XF Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions After a few decades of focusing mostly on soft-sided luxury, Jaguar has recently rediscovered its performance heritage. The XF is a product of that reinvention, and it counts among the...

more fun to drive cars in the segment. The XF in any iteration is taut, responsive, balanced and gives good feedback through the steering and brakes. And in the top-performing XFR-S, Jaguar has a proper high-performance sport sedan worth mentioning in the same breath as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. 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 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-line 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.

2014 Jaguar XF Details
2014 Jaguar XF Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 Jaguar XF provides an airy, upscale sedan 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
2014 Jaguar XF photo

The 2014 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. A host of cosmetic and functional exterior upgrades include a black trim package, front and rear spoilers, plus 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Jaguar XF offers a generous lineup of standard equipment that includes leather seats, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, moonroof, backup sensors and a 7-inch touch screen. Safety features include a full complement of airbags and the typical battery of electronic driving aids.

Optional Equipment

In addition to a long list of aesthetic upgrades, the XF options sheet includes a navigation system, high-end audio, cooled front seats, premium leather and blind-spot monitoring.

Under the Hood
2014 Jaguar XF Engine photo

The Jaguar XF engine lineup includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder based on the engine in Ford's Explorer EcoBoost, plus a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. The latter can be ordered with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or Jaguar's AWD system. The other three available engines are actually different versions of the same 5.0-liter V8 engine, with 470, 510 and 550 horsepower. All engines are mated to a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission.

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: 19/29 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: 18/28 mpg (RWD), 16/25 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

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Jaguar XF starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of right about $48,000 and stretches into the 6-figure side of the tracks for a loaded XFR-S. The most popular model is the V6-powered XF 3.0, and the average transaction price is roughly $52,000. Sticker prices are essentially in line with its BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi competitors, but buyers should beware that lagging resale values diminish the Jaguar's overall value proposition. As always, be sure to build and price your own 2014 Jaguar XF right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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2014 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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