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.