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2018 Jaguar XF

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2018 Jaguar XF Expert Review

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

The 2018 Jaguar XF performance sedan continues to make inroads against better-established models like the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS and Audi A6. Joining the sedan this year is a new wagon, which Jaguar calls the Sportbrake. Like the sedan, the 2018 XF Sportbrake reveals a stunning design with an air of exclusivity that is becoming increasingly uncommon in this segment. The XF’s interior is traditionally British in its reserved styling, but the materials are of the highest quality and craftsmanship. When it comes to powertrains, Jaguar provides the XF with no less than two supercharged, one turbocharged and one diesel-engine option, all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that can route power to either the rear wheels or all four.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re seeking a midsize-performance sedan as luxurious as it is exclusive, the 2018 Jaguar XF deserves your full attention. The XF Sportbrake combines the best attributes of a performance sedan and an SUV, giving the Volvo V90 Cross Country and Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon a run for their money.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Jaguar’s reputation for trouble-free ownership, although rapidly improving, still lags behind most of its chief rivals. Those seeking eye-popping exterior and interior designs might be more satisfied with a Lexus GS, BMW 5 Series or Infiniti Q70. A limited dealer network might also pose problems.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.4
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  • 7.9
  • 7.0
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What's New for 2018

For 2018, the base Jaguar XF sedan gains a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 2018 XF Sportbrake wagon joins the lineup with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and standard all-wheel drive. New options include a gesture-activated power trunklid, 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster and more driver-assist features.

Driving the XF
Driving Impressions

While any number of performance sedans can leave us satisfied after a few hours behind the wheel, only a handful linger in our memories long after the test...

... drive is over. Jaguar’s 2018 XF luxury-performance sedan definitely makes the short list. Our test vehicle’s 380-horsepower supercharged V6 delivered rocket-like acceleration and an abundance of torque for passing and merging. The XF’s steering fears no turn, and the response through the wheel never felt vague or over-assisted. Jaguar’s complex adaptive suspension was able to compensate for whatever road conditions awaited us, and although the 8-speed automatic reacted quickly to inputs from the paddle shifters, we think the automatic doesn’t really need much help finding the right gear. The XF’s user-selectable drive mode allows a choice of Normal, Eco, Dynamic and Winter settings. We were most impressed by the Dynamic setting’s suspension calibration, but some editors found the rather abrupt shift points somewhat unsettling.

INCONTROL TOUCH PRO
Jaguar infotainment and in-cabin technology have improved by leaps and bounds, and nowhere is this more evident than with the InControl Touch Pro system. The setup includes an app to control vehicle functions and smartphone-inspired features like gesture control.

JAGUAR ELITECARE
Putting its money where its mouth is, Jaguar backs the 2018 XF sedan and XF Sportbrake wagon with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. This package also includes all scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance as well a 5-year/unlimited-miles warranty for the InControl Remote and Protect feature.

2018 Jaguar XF Details
Interior

The 2018 Jaguar XF luxury sedan’s interior isn't fancy or flashy. Instead, it trades chrome highlights and out-there design for a simple, straightforward interface that's tasteful and elegant. The big InControl Touch Pro system takes center stage, offering most functions through its touch-screen interface. That could be a problem, but the big screen and easy-to-see icons make using it simple. The heated and cooled seats are comfortable when cruising, and plenty supportive for those times when you just have to blast through that onramp. The rear seats are also decent, and the around-town quiet is pure luxury sedan.

Exterior

Jaguar’s 2018 XF sedan isn't a radical styling departure from the previous version, and we're okay with that. The latest XF maintains the same basic profile, with the long hood and short trunk emphasizing the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration. The grille is properly upright for better aerodynamics and to better tie it in with the Jaguar XE and revised XJ sedans. The LED accents on the headlights look modern and just right, and vents in the front bumper route air over the front wheels, reducing drag and helping fuel economy. The 2018 XF Sportbrake wagon is a more alluring prospect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Jaguar’s 2018 XF comes as nicely equipped as you'd expect of a high-end luxury sedan. There's dual-zone climate control, cruise control, power windows and all that kind of stuff, sure. There's also an 8-inch version of the InControl touch-screen interface, start/stop technology, rearview camera, and a 380-watt 12-speaker Meridian sound system. Other standard features include Jaguar Drive Control with its selectable modes, 3-position memory for the driver's seat and keyless start. Mid-level Prestige models come standard with heated leather seats and navigation, while top-end R-Sport models add exterior design cues, lane-keeping assist and more.

Optional Equipment

XF S models come with an upgraded engine, putting out 380 horsepower to the standard model's 340. Other options include the InControl Touch Pro, which adds a larger touch screen, a navigation system with a solid-state drive, and a host of other features. Also available are front and rear parking sensors, a comfort and convenience package that includes soft-close doors, plus cooled and heated front seats and heated rear seats. A Driver Assistance Pack adds adaptive cruise control, proximity cameras and traffic-sign recognition. There's also a luxury package that adds a suede headliner, among other interior upgrades.

Under the Hood

With the 2018 Jaguar XF, buyers can choose from two versions of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, one turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine and one 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbodiesel. The first V6 is a 340-horsepower version, available in Prestige, Premium and R Sport models. Opt for the XF S and you get the 380-horsepower version. Interestingly, torque figures for both engines are identical. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel offers nearly identical torque but with vastly better fuel economy, while the 2.0-liter gas engine splits the difference. Both are available on all but the S trim. All Jaguar XF models are available in all-wheel drive (AWD), and all route their power through an 8-speed automatic transmission that offers shift-for-yourself paddles on the steering wheel.

2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
180 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm
318 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/42 mpg (RWD), 30/40 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
247 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (RWD), 23/30 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (RWD), 20/28 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (RWD), 20/28 mpg (AWD)

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the RWD 2018 Jaguar XF 25t starts just under $48,800, while the XF 20d starts at a reasonable-sounding $50,270, including destination. The base 6-cylinder car starts closer to $55,000. That's reasonable compared to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (around $54,000), BMW 5 Series (around $58,000) and Audi A6 (around $60,000). Of course, prices increase the higher up the ladder you climb, and if you opt for the quicker XF S with AWD, prices start just below $69,000, and climb up from there. The Sportbrake wagon starts around $71,500. That’s in line with its competitors from Germany, Japan and the United States, and Jaguar has the best warranty of any of them. That's a nice pot-sweetener, because resale value on Jaguars tends to lag behind its competitors. Be sure to check out what others in your area paid with the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price tool.

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