“This is a Jaguar? Is that a Jaguar? I love Jaguar...always have.” Spent a week with the 2013 Jaguar XF 3.0 Supercharged - including taking it to the Detroit Grand Prix (where a couple of the drivers checked it out) And the first thing I noticed? People love this car and root for Jaguar. So does the Jaguar XF deliver? absolutely. 100% absolutely.
And it all starts under the hood - the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 is powerful and unbelievably smooth (340 horsepower with 450 foot pounds of torque). 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and the kind of power band you’d expect in a Jaguar: seamless shifting and immediate (it doesn’t think about going, it just goes). The car has an eco mode (auto shut off) but it didn’t feel right to turn off this beauty at lights.
The interior of the Jaguar XF wraps around you and everything feels right (I’m still amazed that some automakers haven’t figured out function AND form). The little details like the vents cycling open when you start the car, and the wood finish on the center console are what you expect in a Jaguar -- and it doesn’t disappoint. Connectivity is the new keyword in entertainment systems for the car, and the Jaguar has a great template: wonderful sound system (although HD would sound even better), the voice command system was easy to use and the NAV system worked flawlessly. That being said, the actual touch screen was too layered (almost too much menu information for the screen size). It’s a minor detail, but one that a lot of manufacturers are struggling with in the new dashboard/digital world.
So how does it drive? It’s balanced - pure and simple. The car rolls effortlessly through corners and glides on the freeway. You know a car is set up well when you feel comfortable turning it with one hand. The Jaguar XF gives the driver feedback (not overly soft or spongy steering). Braking was crisp and kept the car centered and even with the amount of power provided, it never felt like it wanted to “step out” when giving it the gas.
You can tell the folks at Jaguar have spent a lot of time and money to refine the look and experience of the XF. Because isn’t that the goal with a car like this? It’s not enough to drive - you need to experience it. And that’s the best recommendation I can give...go experience it. (review by Jim O'Brien)