I have been driving German sport sedans for last 15 years. All three (BMW 5, Mercedes-Benz E-class and Audi A6) have really strong sides, and fall short in some areas. So does this Jaguar. It features...
I have been driving German sport sedans for last 15 years. All three (BMW 5, Mercedes-Benz E-class and Audi A6) have really strong sides, and fall short in some areas. So does this Jaguar. It features great exterior design. Perhaps it was the most stylish vehicle at the time. It is powerful, provides BMW type of handling, and beats all Germans in comfort category. It almost fully matches the features list from German competitors and all those features are standard in Jaguar XF. However, the quality of those features often falls short. Unlike modern Germans, Jaguar's interior is wrapped in real leather. But its feel and quality is questionable. There are noticeable gaps between panels, squeaks and rattles come from many spots inside. Cooled seats do not provide adequate cooling, while add noise to interior. Steering wheel heating is spotty. Climate control has the mind of its own and unlike in Germans it is not "set and forget" device. Voice control was disabled by Jaguar due to some complaints, Bluetooth connection for the phone supports only phone calls, audio playback is not possible. Navigation is basic with relatively poor graphic for year 2011. Instrument cluster is old fashioned, not matching the overall modern vehicle design.
XF is big, it is longer than BMW 5, MB E-class or Audi A6, however there is very little space on the back row and getting there is not easy, thanks to cool rear door design. Same problem exists in the trunk. It is long and narrow, so reaching luggage there is not easy.
Powerful 5.0 liter engine has a big appetite. Reaching 15 mpg, promised by the manufacturer in a city is not an ordinary task. In average rush hour commute you'll be lucky to reach 13-14 miles per gallon.
Reliability of the vehicle is average. I have owned both more and less reliable cars. The nice thing about 2011 model is that it comes with 5 years 50,000 miles warranty, a year longer than competitors.
Overall, despite lower than expected quality of some features, Jaguar XF is enjoyable, fun to drive car. It definitely provides soft and comfortable ride that Germans lack these days. So if you don't care much about convenience features, if you don't mind driving not so technologically advanced vehicle, Jaguar XF might be a viable option for you. And because it looses value faster than Germans, you'll find a better deal on used XF.