2010 Jaguar XF

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Jaguar XF. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride and handling
  • Drivetrain refinement
  • Elegant cabin design
  • Acceleration
  • Sharp styling
  • Large trunk

The Bad

  • Slow-loading navigation system
  • Poor reliability ratings
  • Tight backseat legroom
  • A few low-rent cabin fixtures
  • Some road and wind noise
  • So-so stereo

Notable Features of the 2010 Jaguar XF

  • New 5.0-liter V-8
  • Two supercharged 5.0-liter V-8s
  • New XFR performance version
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Updated backup camera

2010 Jaguar XF Road Test

Mike Hanley
Few cars strike me as too powerful, but the new Jaguar XFR sport sedan comes awfully close, at least when it comes to driving on public roads. Boasting a 510-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, the XFR demands prudent use of the gas pedal, lest you find yourself at speeds that will have you trading the XFR's leather bucket seats for the vinyl backseat of a Crown Victoria.

Despite its performance aspirations, the XFR's surprisingly livable suspension tuning means it's just as suited to commuting in traffic as it is blasting down an open highway. Indeed, it's a special blend of comfort and power.

If 510 hp isn't your thing, check out our review of the 2010 XF Premium. It's still a quick car, thanks to its 385-hp V-8 engine.

Stealthy Looks
With so much power on tap, Jaguar wisely made the XFR something of a "sleeper" — a car with plenty of go-fast potential, but styling that doesn't draw too much attention. The fact that it's a sedan helps in this regard, but Jaguar also restrained itself in terms of cosmetic modifications when crafting this R car. Subtle cues include hood vents, a revised front bumper with gaping lower grilles, and standard 20-inch alloy wheels. Our test car's dark silver paint also helped the XFR blend into the crowd. If you prefer something more eye-catching, brighter colors are available.

Supercharged V-8 Power
There are all kinds of driving situations, like pulling into traffic or merging onto the highway, ...

Few cars strike me as too powerful, but the new Jaguar XFR sport sedan comes awfully close, at least when it comes to driving on public roads. Boasting a 510-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, the XFR demands prudent use of the gas pedal, lest you find yourself at speeds that will have you trading the XFR's leather bucket seats for the vinyl backseat of a Crown Victoria.

Despite its performance aspirations, the XFR's surprisingly livable suspension tuning means it's just as suited to commuting in traffic as it is blasting down an open highway. Indeed, it's a special blend of comfort and power.

If 510 hp isn't your thing, check out our review of the 2010 XF Premium. It's still a quick car, thanks to its 385-hp V-8 engine.

Stealthy Looks
With so much power on tap, Jaguar wisely made the XFR something of a "sleeper" — a car with plenty of go-fast potential, but styling that doesn't draw too much attention. The fact that it's a sedan helps in this regard, but Jaguar also restrained itself in terms of cosmetic modifications when crafting this R car. Subtle cues include hood vents, a revised front bumper with gaping lower grilles, and standard 20-inch alloy wheels. Our test car's dark silver paint also helped the XFR blend into the crowd. If you prefer something more eye-catching, brighter colors are available.

Supercharged V-8 Power
There are all kinds of driving situations, like pulling into traffic or merging onto the highway, that are made easier by having a powerful engine. The XFR's supercharged V-8, however, is the kind of engine that can take you from 70 to 90 mph in a few seconds. No daily driver needs that kind of capability, but that's the power this V-8 delivers. Mash the gas pedal, and the surge of power will snap your head back. Jaguar cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, which is pretty good for a car that weighs 4,306 pounds. EPA-estimated gas mileage is 15/21 mpg city/highway, which means the XFR avoids a gas-guzzler tax.

The way this V-8 makes its power is as impressive as how it moves the XFR. It's not an unruly engine — whether you're talking about its idle smoothness or the sound it makes — and it doesn't get too loud when accelerating; the quad tailpipes emit a deep, pleasing rumble. Everything about it says luxury-oriented V-8 ... everything but its extra 200 hp, that is.

Even though the V-8 is supercharged, even gearhead passengers will be hard-pressed to know that from the sound, as it makes only the slightest supercharger whine now and then. The V-8 is force-fed air through a Roots-type supercharger that's also used in the high-performance Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and it's just as at home in the XFR.

Channeling the supercharged V-8's power is a six-speed automatic transmission. It has a big job to do, and it does it well. The transmission makes smooth shifts during leisurely driving and willingly kicks down when you want to accelerate.

The automatic includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel, as well as a Sport mode that's selected from the console gear selector. Sport mode holds gears longer before upshifting, keeping engine rpm higher and making the car feel more responsive, as well as providing some engine braking when you take your foot off the gas pedal.

It takes only light brake-pedal pressure to get strong stopping power, but the pedal's progression isn't the most linear, and the brakes can be a bit grabby.

Ride & Handling
The performance-oriented XFR's ride-quality tradeoff is surprisingly minimal compared with an XF Premium, which is powered by a non-supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 and has a relatively firm ride to begin with. That means you can use the XFR as a daily driver without it punishing you on the morning and evening commute. The suspension tuning is firmer than an XF's, no question, but it's supple enough to damp big bumps in the road.

That said, the XFR's suspension is still sensitive to road surfaces, and it communicates to the cabin minor pavement variations that you can't see. Roads that look smooth may in fact have lots of little dips and rises in them, and when driving the XFR you'll know all about them. It feels like the car is constantly at work, as it's always adjusting to the road.

The XFR comes standard with Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics adaptive suspension. The electronically controlled system's damping properties are adjusted on the fly to accommodate changing road conditions and driver behavior. The XFR also includes a Dynamic Mode that, in addition to changing the gas pedal, transmission and stability system characteristics, also adjusts the suspension. The suspension changes aren't the most apparent, though; the ride is just a tad firmer.

For a luxury sport sedan, the XFR offers quite a bit of steering feedback, yet still retains the light-effort feel that's common among luxury sedans. The steering is reasonably responsive, too, and the car quickly changes directions when you want it to.

The sedan also stays pretty flat when cornering hard, with the front bucket seats' side bolsters holding you in place. You do feel the weight of this car in corners, though.

The Inside
There are a lot of theatrics in the XFR's cabin. One of the more interesting features is a heartbeat-like pulsing light from the car's start button before you turn on the car. It's a little weird on one level and kind of cool on another.

There's more. When you press the beating-heart button to awaken the XFR, the gear selector knob rises from a hole in the console and the dashboard vents rotate open. All in all, there's a lot going on, which really stands out because the cabin's styling is otherwise simple and restrained.

Less impressive is the appearance of many of the car's buttons and switches, which have a silver finish that looks low rent in an $80,000 luxury car. At night, the interior is bathed in cool-blue ambient light.

The bucket seats are covered in standard leather upholstery and have firm, supportive cushioning. The seats also have power-adjustable side bolsters and bottom cushions that can be moved independent of the backrest.

Safety
Standard XF safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows and active head restraints for the front seats. Models with adaptive cruise control, which is standard on the XFR, gain Jaguar's Advanced Emergency Brake Assist system, which will sound a warning and prepare the brakes for stronger performance if the system determines a collision may occur.

Check out the Standard Equipment & Specs page for a full list of safety features.

XFR in the Market
The XFR and cars like it cater to a select crowd of enthusiasts, and if I had the means I'd probably count myself as a member of that group. There's no question you pay a hefty premium to be part of the club, as the XFR costs roughly $20,000 more than the XF Premium — a less powerful but still very satisfying car.

With the XFR, Jaguar has enhanced the good qualities of the XF Premium without introducing any overly objectionable characteristics, and that's quite a feat. It makes the incredible performance that much more gratifying.

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2010 XF Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent car for the money!

by Rodam69 from Killeen, Tx on August 17, 2018

All I have to say is that depreciation is a wonderful thing! I never would have been able to afford this car brand new, but I received a good deal on a 2010 and it is a fantastic car! The supercharged ... Read full review

(5.0)

Performance, Luxury, Reliability

by BlackCat from Seattle, WA on August 2, 2018

The Jaguar XF Premium Luxury with Porfolio package is the most well rounded performance luxury vehicle I have ever owned. The 385hp V8 with heated and air conditioned front seats, and spectacular ride ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Jaguar XF currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Jaguar XF has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Jaguar
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    165-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XF received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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