2017 Jaguar XF 30d S Review

2017 Jaguar XF Road Test, Review

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The Jaguar XF is the British car brands entry in the large sedan market and takes on rivals like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Launched in Australia early last year, the Jaguar XF range start from $82,755.

jaguar xf 2017 interiorAt the top of the diesel-powered variants is this XF 30d S and prices here start from $121,805.

Power comes from a 221kW/700Nm 3.0 litre twin-turbo engine and a 0-100km/h sprint in the big Jag is covered in just 6.2 seconds.

Not surprisingly, the XF is automatic only, an eight-speed transmission featuring across all the different petrol and diesel powerplants.

Why You’d Buy It:

The looks are just stunning, especially the front-styling – this is a car that gets a lot of attention on the roads, especially when finished in a colour such as my test car – ‘Caesium Blue’ (a $2,060 option).

The seats, especially up front, are a real highlight.

They have enough side bolstering on the seat back to keep you firmly in place, but the seat base is large and has enough shape/support without being uncomfortable.

jaguar XF 2017 front seatsYou also get digital radio and a good array of standard gear including electric steering adjustment, sat-nav, front, side and reverse cameras, and emergency braking.

The diesel engine is a sweet thing, there’s a moment of lag before the power and torque really comes on, when it does it feels like it could just go on forever.

Jaguar’s XF is a lovely tourer – even this sporty version is happy to effortlessly chew up the kilometres on the highway.

While fuel economy, especially considering the size and weight of the big girl is great – I averaged 9.5L/100km and most of my week was spent in the city and in ‘Dynamic’ mode.

Jaguar has also given the car the brakes it needs to really nicely pull the XF up in quick time.

And there’s no compromise when it comes to handling – Jaguar is right up there with the best suspension developers in the business, thus the XF handles much better than a big sedan should.

Why You Might Look Elsewhere:

jaguar xf 2017 rear seatThe 2017 Jaguar XF 30d S is a genius, but also a flawed genius.

For example, rear seat legroom is extremely disappointing. Like the smaller Jaguar XE, this really is the weak point in the car.

For a car that’s as long as the XF, that there’s such a small amount of rear space is a real head-scratcher.

The boot is long, but not particularly wide – space is also lost on the left-hand side with the ‘Ad Blue’ filler neck.

There’s basically no centre console bin – just a small nook with USB inputs/power outlet.

I also found the Jaguar XF quite a difficult car to get in and out of (which is odd given this is a large sedan). Why? Because the sill-panels are huge (as the photo shows) and makes it difficult to lift your legs into the footwell.

The B pillar is extremely chunky and you sort have to move around it to fall into the seat.

Jaguar xf sill panelThat same pillar, and it’s A and C pillar siblings also manage to somewhat hamper visibility from the drivers seat (as the photo below shows).

As mentioned, the 30d S has a fantastic suspension set-up, however the 40 series tyres undo some of the good suspension work – they are unforgiving on road imperfections.

There’s also a couple of functions inside the cabin that have me also scratching my head.

For example, and I have found this in other Jaguar Land Rover products, I really don’t like how everything resets every time you turn off the ignition.

So, the drive mode, the auto stop-start, and recirculated/fresh air settings all go back to a default setting.

Another thing, when you hit the seat heater button in most cars you cycle through three heat settings, in the Jaguar though this button flicks the infotainment system over to the seat heater controls and you then have to push an on-screen button to turn the heaters on, and then find the right setting – that’s all too complicated.

jaguar XF 2017 blind spotsI’m also scratching my head about the full digital instrument panel.

On the left hand side you get a large analog clock (without any numbers), this is despite the usual digital clock at the top of the infotainment screen.

So that clock takes up a lot of prime real estate, then you get the transmission selection i.e. ‘D’ for drive right in the middle of the screen, and the much more important digital speedo on the right. Doesn’t make sense.

Also, I love the performance of the engine, but even though it has twin exhaust it really doesn’t make any noise – where’s the grumble to go with this cool performance saloon?

Summing it up; the Jaguar XF is a lovely car that is nice to drive and looks fantastic.

There are some quirks that you won’t find, or are unlikely to find, in the German or Japanese equivalents, in some ways these give the car a lovable charm, in other ways they drive you bonkers!

jaguar xf 2017 rearThe diesel engine is a highlight, along with the seats and suspension.

The rear seat legroom is an issue though, and make sure you can easily and comfortably get into and out of the XF, especially if your mobility is a bit less than what it used to be.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Jaguar XF 30d S

  • Engine: 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel producing 221kW/700Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: Three years
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Price: from $121,805

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