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.

Jaguar XE Facelift Test Drive & Transmission

Jaguar XE Overview

The Jaguar XE is the British marque’s first full-bodied attempt at taking on the big German three in the compact luxury sedan game; a game that’s currently being dominated by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. Designed by Ian Callum and underpinned by an all-new aluminium intensive modular platform, the XE is positioned as the most driver focused car in this class by Jaguar. And so the car on test here is a 200bhp plus, petrol version of the sedan. How does it do? We find out. For information on contact details of Jaguar car dealers in New Delhi

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Jaguar XE Exterior & Look

The Jaguar XE, in the released publicity material and spy shots, looks exactly like the larger XF and the flagship XJ. This is a common practice among all the manufacturers partly due to economies of scale and partly due to the fact that it is easy for them to adapt a successful design across all their models to retain familiarity of product.

The Jaguar XE will get a smaller version of the XF’s massive chrome mesh grille complete with the leaping cat. Standard features are expected to be projector headlights, LED daytime lights and projector fog lamps. We even expect that the bumper will remain the same but with a higher ground clearance.

The side profile is also similar to that of the XF in terms of roof line, flared wheels arches and the rake angle of the roof line both in the front and back. However, while the boot will have similar design elements as the XF and XJ-like tail lamp cluster and chrome strips, it appears to be far smaller (in relation to the larger cars). The rear bumper is expected to be a little sportier and will be complemented by dual exhausts.

Jaguar XE Interior & Space

The five-seat Jaguar XE has standard power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Higher trims add leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and front sport seats with added side bolsterinThe front seats are comfortable enough to keep the driver and front passenger content, even on long trips. The side bolsters aren’t particularly supportive, however, so it’s possible you may slide around a bit while taking corners. You can get optional sport seats with more side bolstering to better hold you in place. The back seats have enough room to accommodate two adults for short trips, but the limited head- and legroom will make tall adults feel cramped. Buy the Audi A4 or the larger Jaguar XF for more back-seat room.

The XE’s cabin doesn’t quite match the level of quality most buyers expect from a Jaguar. Where most German competitors have top-notch materials, the XE has a mixture of hard plastics and nicer materials. The XE’s cabin feels more competitive with a much lower-priced affordable sedan than a luxury model.The XE has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class and competitive with the cargo capacities of some midsize sedans. (The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series only have 13 cubic feet each.) Unfortunately, it’s hard to utilize all that space. The opening isn’t very large, and the trunk itself is fairly narrow, so hauling wide items may be difficult.

The XE is available with two different infotainment systems: a standard 8-inch model and another with a 10.2-inch screen. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses. With the more basic, standard system, you should have no trouble navigating the menus or finding the digital buttons you need. Plus, there are physical controls for some commonly used features. The 8-inch system can be slow to respond to inputs, however, and it doesn’t have as many high-tech features as the larger system.The 10.2-inch screen has sharper graphics than the smaller screen, and it’s faster too. It can also recognize smartphonelike gestures, including pinching and swiping. But the optional system absorbs most of the car’s physical controls, which means you’ll have to sort through more menus with more buttons to access the systems you want.

Jaguar XE Engine & Transmission

Now that Jaguar has released information on U.S. XE models, we now know what engines will be available in the U.S. market. The XE 25t comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder – already seen in other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles — that puts out 240 horsepower 251 pound-feet of torque. For those diesel fans, the XE 20d delivers with a 180 horsepower, 2.0-liter diesel engine that also pushes 318 pound-feet of torque. The range topping model – the XE 35t – comes with a 3.0-liter, supercharged, V-6 that puts out a respectable 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of performance, zero to 60 mph takes just 5.1 seconds and top speed is limited 120 mph.

All three engines are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, but the XE35t AWD is mated to the beefier 8HP70 transmission, while the RWD variant of the XE 35t, the XE20d and the XE 25t are mated to the 8HP45 transmission.

We’ve all known that AWD was coming to the new XE, but now we have confirmation of what XE models will be available with all-wheel drive. It won’t even be an option on the base XE 25t, but it will be available on the XE 20d and the V-6 powered XE 35t. Like the new XF and F-Pace, the AWD system uses a multi-plate wet clutch transfer case to transfer power to the front propshaft. When needed, the system can switch from full, RWD to AWD in just 165 milliseconds. This on-demand system allows for the steering to remain uncorrupted during normal driving maneuvers.

You may have noticed that there is no V-8 engine option, but give it time. Jaguar won’t let BMW, Audi and Mercedes have all the fun in the compact super-sedan range. Expect the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 from the other Jaguar models to find its way into a Jaguar XE R model in the next few years

Jaguar XE Ride & Handling

The ride of the XE is smooth. It has been tuned for better handling, but for India it has tweaked for better ride also. Drive on broken tarmac or even at high speeds. It irons out most of the road shocks for front and rear passengers making it extremely comfortable for the occupants. The handling of the XE is just fantastic. What makes it even better is the steering feedback. The steering wheel weighs up as speed increases. Most of the sedans in this segment now have electronic steering wheel that is extremely light and kills the joy for those who enjoy driving

Jaguar XE Safety & Braking

Standard safety features on the 2017 XE include stability and traction control, front-seat side and side curtain airbags, and hazard lights that automatically activate under heavy braking. A rearview camera is standard on the Premium trim level and above, while the R-Sport further comes with drowsy driver monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.

The R-Sport trim’s standard front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert can be added to the Premium or Prestige trim via a Vision package (which also adds the adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams). As noted above, there’s also a Driver Assistance package (R-Sport) with additional safety technologies.

Every XE comes with InControl Protect (including SOS emergency calling, Jaguar roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location) and InControl Remote (a smartphone app with vehicle status reports, remote locking and unlocking, and other remote features).

Jaguar XE Price

Jaguar Xe Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 35,83,551/- (XE Pure) to 44,70,194/- (XE Portfolio Diesel). Get best offers for Jaguar Xe from Jaguar Dealers in Chennai. Check the price of Jagar XE in Chennai

Jaguar XE Bottomline

he XE retains the Jaguar DNA be it for looks and styling, interior, power and agility. The only knick in the armour is no option for diesel engines as majority of the luxury car sales in India are for oil burner. Leaving that, we loved the XE. With this brand, you don’t just move away from the German badge but you even procure a fresh product that looks a lot more expensive than its price tag.