Jaguar XF 3.0 Diesel Sport Portfolio

A boosted version of the XF that's sure to silence last year's critics


Price: £44,200


Engine: 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel


Transmission: six-speed automatic


Top speed: artificially limited to 155 mph


Acceleration: 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds


Fuel consumption: 42.0 mpg (combined cycle)


CO2 emissions: 179 g/km, meets latest Euro 5 standard


Rivals: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class Price: £44,200


Engine: 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel


Transmission: six-speed automatic


Top speed: artificially limited to 155 mph


Acceleration: 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds


Fuel consumption: 42.0 mpg (combined cycle)


CO2 emissions: 179 g/km, meets latest Euro 5 standard


Rivals: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class

When Jaguar launched the XF last year it became an instant hit. Among the features that were widely praised were the new car’s excellent ride and handling - Jag has long been a master at reconciling the conflicting requirements involved in squaring that particular circle - and the extent to which the XF’s fresh new styling threw off the timidity of the retro design themes of its rather dumpy predecessor, the S-Type. The XF’s interior also won plenty of friends with a number of “surprise and delight” touches such as a rotary gear selector that rose from the centre console when the engine was started; traditional British wood and leather were also present in abundance but in the XF they contrived somehow to appear cool rather than old-fashioned.

Only two real niggles - and in the overall scheme of things, they really were only niggles - detracted from this positive picture. The first was a feeling that the XF’s frontal styling didn’t quite live up to the high standards set by the rest of the car’s design. Here, Jaguar had made a rod for its own back with the C-XF, the concept car that was the precursor to the XF, which had a particularly distinctive and attractive front end with narrow hawk-eyed headlamps.

The second niggle was the feeling that the XF’s most popular engine, the 2.7 litre V6 turbodiesel, while smooth and sweet, and paired with an excellent six-speed automatic gearbox that made the most of its power, could do with a little bit more bite, especially compared with its German rivals.

Well this year, Jaguar has tweaked the XF but its frontal styling remains unchanged - the C-XF’s nose has, however, been carried over more directly to the new, larger XJ model, so at least those who like it and have the cash, can drive a car that has the C-XF look. The XF’s V6 diesel engine, however, has received a big boost that really should silence any doubters. Its capacity has been expanded from 2.7 to three litres and it is now available in two versions - one providing 275 horsepower and 600 Newton metres of torque and another delivering 240 horsepower and 500 Newton metres. Both consume 42mpg on the official combined cycle test and emit 179grames of CO2 per kilometre, data that represent substantial improvements over the 2.7 litre model.

On the road, the new engine should satisfy all but the most demanding drivers. With the more powerful version, the XF gets to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds - super-car territory just a few years ago, and not far off it even now - and has its top speed artificially limited to 155 mph. My recent testing of the XF took me over some of my favourite UK cross-country routes in North and East Yorkshire, and the Lincolnshire Wolds, and I’m hard pushed to think of any car that could match the Jag as an all-rounder over these fast, open undulating roads. Those that would be as quick wouldn’t match the XF’s extraordinary levels of comfort and ability to provide fatigue-free progress.

What distinguishes this Jaguar from its rivals? Well, you can argue all day about whether the XF is a better car than a BMW Five-Series, a Mercedes E-Class or an Audi A6. Personally I think it can more than hold its own in that company but that isn’t really the point. What the Jag offers over its big-selling German rivals is the fact that it feels just that bit more special. That’s partly because of its rakish design and impressive interior, but also because the XF sells in smaller numbers - and that may be a problem in the long term too.

Jaguar has recently decided to drop its entry-level X-Type, the car that was supposed to take on the BMW 3-Series but never quite hit the mark, and there are still no smaller-engined or estate versions of the XF to take on the big-selling variants of the 5, the E or the A6. Jaguar seems to be shrinking itself into a niche that will see it sell perhaps 60,000 cars per year, priced at £33,000 or more. I’m not sure that will work in the long run against German rivals that are able to reap the benefits of scale by selling over a million cars per year, while at the same time maintaining their ability to extract premium prices from their customers. But the revised XF really is a very good car indeed.

The Rivals:

Audi A6: from £56,220.

BMW 5 Series: from £40,810.

Mercedes E Class: from £30,280.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicHunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original  manuscripts
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
lifeAiming to show breasts in a non-sexual way for cancer awareness
New Articles
i100... while following the referendum
New Articles
i100... with this review
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Frost will star in the Doctor Who 2014 Christmas special
tvNick Frost, Natalie Gumede and Michael Troughton step up
Arts and Entertainment
Matthew Beard, Ben Schnetzer, Douglas Booth and Jack Farthing in ‘The Riot Club’
filmReview: Sheer nastiness of Riot Club takes you aback
Arts and Entertainment
tvBut something’s not quite right
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

    Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

    £22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

    SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

    £1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

    Research Manager - Quantitative/Qualitative

    £32000 - £42000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week