Paul Maric road tests and reviews the 2014 Jaguar XF range.
Sporty looks and unmatched class define Jaguar’s most affordable sedan offering. Now powered by a miserly 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Jaguar XF 2.0 sets a new high benchmark for the British marque.
But does the entry-level Jag lives up to the brand’s luxury image?
There’s no doubting this is a true Jaguar. Curvy highlights, luxurious styling and masses of appeal garner attention wherever you drive. LED daytime running lights, along with new LED tail-lights mark the changes to the revised XF.
Inside the cabin, sophisticated materials and soft touch surfaces give the impression of grandeur, while features such as a rising gear selector and retracting air vents set the XF aside from the competition.
A touch screen with satellite navigation has benefited from an update that increases speed and improves usability. Music fans will enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming from their phones, along with USB connectivity.
Under the bonnet
While the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine moves away from the larger six and eight-cylinder offerings of yesteryear, it certainly doesn’t lack the get-up-and-go of the former or latter.
Producing 177kW and 340Nm of torque, the pint-sized engine is matched to an impressively smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. Press the throttle in any gear and the on-demand torque delivery leaves you wanting more. In fact, the potent engine will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.9-seconds.
Also impressive is the combined fuel consumption figure of 8.9L/100km.
On the road
As you would expect from a Jaguar, the ride and handling is superb. The XF floats over bumps and takes corners with ease. The direct steering and constant feel through the chassis makes it more than just an entry level Jaguar.
Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters give the driver ultimate control over gear shifts and drive-ability. The driver can tap the paddle shifter at any time to activate the dynamic mode, which holds gears for a sportier drive.
The Jaguar XF 2.0 starts from $68,545. The range goes all the way up to the XFR, which tips the scales at $189,545.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo producing 177kW and 340Nm
Transmission: Eight speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: 3 years
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $68,545