Dave Conole road tests and reviews the 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport.
Still, there’s very little not to like about the soon to be superseded model and I was delighted to spend a week getting to know the 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport.
Jaguar Australia provided an XF R-Sport with the 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine under the bonnet, a power plant that offers 250kW and 450Nm.
Other engine choices in the current model XF range include a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel and 177kW/340Nm turbo-petrol.
Not surprisingly, the V6 engine is the most expensive offering in the R-Sport line-up and prices here start from $99,940.
With a kerb weight of 1850kg (despite there being plenty of aluminium components) the Jaguar XF is no lightweight and not surprisingly has a thirst for unleaded petrol.
You can expect to use over 13.0L/100km in city driving, on the highway that should drop down to about 7.0L/100km.
Despite the challenges of shifting that much car around the V6 engine does an admirable job, delivering smooth and effortless power, the big Jag is extremely likable.
Pop it over into Sport mode and you will instantly feel the XF tighten-up and become a more aggressive character.
The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox is silky smooth and there’s plenty of grip to play with.
Rolling on the optional 20” alloy wheels (18” is standard), the Jaguar XF R-Sport handles better than the weight and overall size of the big sedan might indicate, while the brakes are wonderfully progressive and bite down with enthusiasm when more stopping power is needed.
The cabin of the XF is probably the outgoing models weakest point. It’s still a plush place to be, but is starting to look dated.
The sat-nav interface is a bit clunky and not altogether intuitive, while the rest of the dash is very much what you would describe as “old school”.
The seats though are comfortable and supportive and the steering wheel feels solid and chunky in your hands.
While there’s seemingly no end to the optional extras available, including; Sunroof ($3,920), 825w Meridian Sound System ($6,120), Adaptive Cruise Control ($3,775) and Carbon Fibre inserts ($3,060), to name but a few.
The outgoing Jaguar XF range boasts just a four-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the XF R-Sport offers an almost gentleman’s club interior, but is also a car for the driver and because of this you can’t help but liking it.
Sure, this outgoing XF model has some wrinkles, but if you can look past these deficiencies, and can’t wait for the new model, you might be able to drive a great deal from your local Jaguar dealership.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 177kW/340Nm, 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW/450Nm or 3.0 litre supercharged V6 producing 250kW/450Nm (as tested)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Four stars
Warranty: Three years
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: from $81,185