While it’s the Jaguar XE that holds the title of being the sportiest sedan from the carmaker, the XJ is precisely the brand’s most luxurious sedan. So, the XF holds the middle ground here as it brings the luxury quotient of the XJ in a smaller package and the sporty intentions of the XE – well, some of it – too. It, then, goes up against the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Jaguar Land Rover has been on a spree to downsize its cars, and the XF, too, witnessed the same treatment last year. While the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel made its cut in the XF a few years ago, the 2.0-litre petrol was just introduced last year.
And, naturally, we had spent our time in sampling the now base-spec engine of the XF. And while Jaguar has not made any aesthetic changes to its much affordable luxury saloon, the reduced taxation duties mean that it’s much affordable now. So, what does the now affordable Jaguar XF brings to the table? Let’s have a look.
Well, there isn’t any change in the way the XF 2019 looks in comparison to the older model. The specifications, too, remain unchanged. Talking about the specifications, the overall car is 5,067mm in length, 2,091mm in width, and 1,457mm in height. It has a nice wheelbase of 2,967mm and a ground clearance of 141mm. The kerb weight for the base-spec variant is a hefty 1,687kg. Meanwhile, it has a boot-space capacity of 505-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 66-litres.
The Jaguar XF comes powered with just two engines. As discussed above, there is a 2.0-litre diesel and petrol mill. Starting with the diesel, it is capable of producing 177bhp and 430Nm of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as a standard fit. The petrol engine, on the other hand, is good for 237bhp and 340Nm of torque. It, too, comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
While a 2.0-litre gasoline engine might sound a bit underwhelming for a car that measures 5m in length and weighs almost 2-tonnes, the 237bhp of available power means it’s adequate for the Jag. The engine delivers linearly and it rushes past traffic quite effortlessly.
But then again, how fuel-efficient is the new downsized engine? Well, considering – yet, again – that the Jag weighs almost 2-tonnes and is over 5m in length, the 13.12km/l of reported efficiency sounds just about right. As for the diesel-automatic combination, it delivers 19.33km/l, which is even more impressive.
Well, for those concerned, the Jaguar XF carries forward all the features and equipment of the older car, with a much bigger engine. The only sore point here is the older instrument cluster, which feels dated compared to the fully-digital unit inside the smaller XE. The touchscreen infotainment is a massive display, and the graphics are crisp and neat.
The seats are draped in leather and are extremely comfortable too. The climate control unit makes use of traditional knobs, which is better than the new touchscreen unit, which demands the driver to take his/her eyes off the road.
The XF, as of early-2020, comes in eightshades, namely, Fuji White, Santorini Black, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Caesium Blue, Firenze Red, Rossello Red, and Carpathian Grey.
All the details regarding the Jaguar XF, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Jaguar XFis available in five variants, two in thepetrol-automatic configuration, and three in the diesel-manual configuration. The prices start at Rs. 49.77 lakhs for the Pure Diesel variant going all the way to Rs. 61.39 lakhs for the Portfolio Diesel variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.