Top notch materials with excellent ride/handling
June 14, 2017
Overall this car is fantastic, Anyone looking for a comfortable and capable Mid Size luxury sedan should really give Jaguar a second look! The XF was restyled for 2016 with all aluminum body. Tight as can be, 17k miles now with no squeaks to be spoken of. The ride quality is incredible, even with the 20" wheels my S model has, the ride is the best I have ever experienced this side of a maybach, defiantly better than any comparable German sedan.
Power is good from the supercharged V6 at 380hp, though I do still wish for the option of the supercharged V8 that was available in previous years, honestly anyone who is looking at a vehicle of this caliber should not have to worry much about fuel consumption and for the MSRP of over 70k a little more power would be nice. The 8 speed transmission works well and is very responsive in all situations, skipping gears on hard downshifts and performing completely seamless up shifts in traffic, and it is competitive at 5 seconds to 60, though with a little abuse I have managed 4.7 with my gps.
Handling is something that continues to amaze me, a vehicle this large, comfortable, and heavy should not be able to hold a line around a corner the way this car does. The magnetic dampers, combined with the torque vectoring all wheel drive system enable it to bend the laws of physics, I can only imagine what it would be capable of with some summer rubber as mine is equipped with the Pirelle all seasons.
Only issues with the vehicle have been minor electrical hiccups which are to be expected from any vehicle, though nothing that has ever been more than an annoyance. Mirror not returning to the normal position following reverse dip, infotainment taking longer than expected to load, and poor gps directions with multiple reroutes have been the most of it.
Overall it ticks almost all of the boxes. Comfortable for a 10 hour trip, large enough trunk to hold weekend luggage for 4 with ease. Most powerful 6 cylinder in its class. Acceptable fuel economy. Premium interior materials and construction, with the little bits of flair that make it stand out from its competition (moving ac vents, pulsing start/stop button, rising shift selector). Exceptional handling ability, sharp automatic transmission, and the best electric power steering I have ever felt.
Jaguar, Give us the option of V8 power in the XF! You already have the best mid sized sedan platform, and the best sounding V8 available today. Put two and two together and they won't be able to build enough.