Adding all-wheel drive to an XF sounds like a recipe for something good
Adding all-wheel drive to an XF sounds like a recipe for something good

Jaguar XF 2.0d 180 AWD R-Sport, car review: Four-wheel drive makes this a car for all roads and weathers

Take an XF and add more or less anything short of a direct hit from an asteroid and it’s a recipe for something good

John Calne
Thursday 31 March 2016 17:40
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Take an XF and add all-wheel drive. Sounds like a recipe for something good.

To be fair, take an XF and add more or less anything short of a direct hit from an asteroid and it’s a recipe for something good.

This particular recipe includes the 178bhp 2.0d engine, though asking it to drive all four wheels results in worse fuel efficiency. Still, at 57.7mpg and 129g/km, this is hardly a guzzler – though the 23% BIK rate you’ll be taxed on means sales are more likely to go mainly to private buyers.

The car's private buyers will get a choice of trim levels

Most of these private buyers will live somewhere with bad roads and bad weather. Or ‘Britain’, as it’s often known.

They’ll get a choice of trim levels, including the R-Sport we tested – whose suspension is significantly firmer.

2016 Jaguar XF 2.0d 180 AWD R-Sport

On sale: Now
Price: £38,650
Engine: four-cylinder, 1999cc, turbocharged, diesel
Power: 178bhp at 4000rpm
Torque: 318lb ft at 1750-2000rpm
Gearbox: eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 1700kg
Top speed: 136mph
0-62mph: 8.4sec
Economy: 57.7mpg
CO2/tax band 129g/km, 23%

Even here, the all-wheel drive system (which is related to the one in the F-Type) is there to provide overall practicality and sure-footedness rather than heroic levels of grip, though it does a good job of letting you enjoy the XF’s excellent dynamics without pouring a bucket of cold water on the fun.

In actual fact, on a good, dry road it’ll only cut in if you overstep the mark in a pretty big way. Normally, you’re driven only by the rear wheels – so those excellent dynamics are unhindered.

So too is everything else that’s good about the XF. Which is plenty. We’d love to see how the AWD model would pan out with an engine that could get the best from the system, but as it is the transmission gives you more all-round usability – so long as you’re willing to give up a little in the way of efficiency.

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