Jaguar XF Facelift Overview & Driving Dynamics

Jaguar XF Overview

Looks can deceive. Case in point, the 2016 Jaguar XF that appears to be a mild facelift but is in fact an almost entirely reworked car. Collecting the car from JLR’s swanky Worli showroom, I struggled to tell the XE, XF and XJ apart from the front. The differences are subtle and only a keenly interested eye will be able to distinguish which is which. This isn’t just a Jaguar problem; it’s a condition that has become prevalent throughout the premium luxury market. Luxury car shopping has become like buying clothes –– you simply end up choosing the same design in three or four different sizes. It’s a trend that will be around for a while, so you best make peace with it. Apply for Hdfc car loan at Fincarz.

Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF Design & Style

Underpinning a new platform, the new Jaguar XF measures 3mm lower and 7mm shorter than the model it precedes. Visually, the saloon has received comprehensive tweaks sporting new features on the outside. The front profile gets new adaptive LED headlights with signature ‘J’ blade DRLs, redesigned grille and front bumper with leaner air-intakes. At the back, it features double roundel and interesting horizontal detail reminiscent of the Jaguar F-Type.

Jaguar XF Cabin & Space

The Jaguar XF interiors have been taken to the next level of luxury and comfort with the introduction of leather seats in various textures, such as luxtec seats, perforated Taurus leather seats and perforated Windsor leather seats in the Pure, Prestige and Portfolio variants, respectively.The instrument cluster with a high definition 12.3” display screen with a new graphical interface and high functionality, and the infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen with navigation control system enhance the comfort and convenience of the users. The improvement in overall dimensions is reflected in the larger luggage space and better legroom and headroom for the rear seat occupants.

Jaguar XF Engine & Gearbox

The XF gets two engines in India and marks the domestic debut of the all-new Ingenium diesel. This engine is Jaguar’s first 2.0-litre diesel motor and is of huge significance to the company, as it will eventually feature in nearly the entire line-up. With 180PS and 430Nm, the Ingenium meets the competition head-on, a little down on power to the 190PS BMW engine but with 30Nm more torque. The motor is quite refined without any clatter but does have a slightly vocal note/In terms of feel, it once again slots in nicely into the segment – not quite as responsive as a BMW motor and lacking the same top-end punch but definitely more refined. Whether it is the segment best in terms of refinement can only be confirmed when we drive it back to back with an Audi. For Jaguar XF  check tec.net

We recorded an 8.7s 0-100kmph run which is great for a car of this size. In-gear acceleration is strong and the 8-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and responsive. The gearbox occasionally responds slowly to requests for downshifts, but slotting in Sport mode makes it enjoyably reactive. Engine, gearbox and steering response can be adjusted by selecting from Dynamic, Standard, Eco or Rain/Ice/Snow modes. Surprisingly, the Ingenium engine isn’t as economical as we expected. We managed 16.6kmpl on the highway and after three runs, the best we could get in the city was 9.2kmpl. We’ve approached Jaguar to see if there was a problem with this car, in particular.

We also ran our tests on the petrol XF. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol is in the same 240PS/340Nm state of tune from the top-end XE, and performance is similarly exhilarating –– 0-100kmph is just 0.3s down on the XE at 7.5s. Coupled to the same responsive 8-speed auto, this is definitely the most exciting petrol engine in the segment. The engine is pleasantly refined and decently efficient, returning 8.3kmpl in the city and 16.1kmpl on the highway.

Jaguar XF Ride & Handling

The steering and the brakes do a swell job of obeying your orders. The wheel is chatty enough to let you flick it around but feels slightly vague when tracking straight. It is well weighted, though, and will give you enough confidence to hold on to triple digit speeds all day long. Fast paced corners are met with a hint of body roll, and the rear suspension bobbing about. Of course, you can press and hold the traction control off button to have some tail out action. While it does give you a little giggle every now and then, you simply won’t feel like stitching corners one after the other like you would in a 5 Series. How we wish the bigger 3.0-litre diesel was on offer! The four-pot engine is fantastic if you need nothing but a point-to-point commuter. It is refined, can cruise comfortably all day long and is efficient too. Inside the city, the XF returned a healthy 14kmpl, and that figure shot up to 17.38kmpl on the highway test. Admittedly, it won’t cater to the whims of the enthusiast, but we’re a hard lot to please anyway.

Jaguar XF Braking & Safety

Jaguar XF Braking and Safety The new generation Jaguar XF features ventilated disc brakes on all wheels, and the anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control system are used for efficient handling during high speeds and rough road conditions.The lightweight aluminum body structure is designed to absorb the impact, preventing the shocks from transmitting to the occupants. The safety of the occupants is further assured with surround airbags, including front, side and curtain airbags.

Jaguar XF Cost in Ahmedabad

Jaguar Xf On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 51,48,382 to 65,64,466 for variants XF 2.0 Pure Diesel and XF 2.0 Portfolio Diesel respectively. Jaguar Xf is available in 5 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Jaguar Xf variants price in Ahmedabad. Check Jaguar XF price in Ahmedabad.

Jaguar XF Verdict

Jaguar XF comes with upgraded dimensions and improved driving dynamics. The superior technology used for the equipment and comfort features makes it a tough contender among the luxury sedans in India.We’d have liked to see more visual changes, but the fact remains that the 2016 XF is a significantly improved car and could be a serious player in this segment. I say could be because, as of now, the XF is a CBU which has resulted in a seriously high price tag.

The base diesel Pure costs Rs 65.2 lakh (all prices on-road, Mumbai), and it certainly doesn’t feel premium enough to justify the price tag. The top-end Portfolio models on the other hand are beautifully kitted out, but both petrol and diesel costs a dizzying Rs 81 lakh. For some perspective, a fully loaded Audi A6 Matrix TDI costs just Rs 1 lakh more than the base XF. If it’s a driver’s car you’re looking for, there’s also the Rs 78 lakh BMW 530d M Sport to consider. With a 258PS/560Nm 6-cylinder diesel, it will wipe the floor with the 4-cylinder Jags in performance stakes while still offering decent running costs.

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