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Jaguar XF Review (2021)

The dynamic new Jaguar XF Saloon and XF Sportbrake feature enhanced exteriors, an all-new interior incorporating luxurious new materials, and seamlessly integrated, connected and future-proof technologies. New XF showcases contemporary British design and engineering at its best.

A next-generation, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium turbocharged diesel engine featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology and the latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine power the new Jaguar XF, providing enhanced efficiency with strong performance.

The exterior features a new front bumper with larger and lower air intakes for increased visual width. This visual width is enhanced by a wider front grille featuring a mesh design detail inspired by Jaguar’s heritage logo. The side fender vents now feature the iconic Leaper emblem, demonstrating the exceptional attention to detail found right across the vehicle.

New super slim all-LED quad headlights with ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light (DRL) signatures are available with optional Pixel LED technology. With Adaptive Driving Beam capability, which evaluates the road ahead and automatically adapts the high beam light to mask oncoming traffic or traffic signs, the system can create varying light beam patterns by selecting different LED segments to optimise visibility without distracting other drivers.

Premium LED technology is fitted as standard across the range and is available with Auto High Beam Assist on SE and HSE models. The technology uses the forward-facing camera to automatically switch between high and low beam, ensuring that oncoming drivers aren’t dazzled. Animated Directional Indicators are also available as an option upgrade.

Design enhancements at the rear include a wider bumper and body-coloured rear upper valance, which visually lower the car. Darkened rear light surrounds now also feature on the XF Saloon.

In R-Dynamic specification, the new Jaguar XF and XF Sportbrake feature a series of distinct design elements for a more performance-focused look, while all models are available with the additional Black Exterior Pack, which delivers an even more dynamic appearance with bespoke elements finished in Gloss Black.

Tactile and luxurious interior

The XF has an all-new interior with heightened luxury, enhanced connectivity and greater serenity and refinement. The new cockpit design is bolder, more dynamic and with greater focus on the driver. A new sporty centre console, faster in profile, sweeps up to the dashboard incorporating an optional wireless device charger with phone signal booster.

At the heart of the new interior is a seamlessly integrated centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen in an elegant magnesium alloy casing, which controls the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. Authentic finishes, including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium, feature in beautifully formed shapes such as the upper door insert and full width ‘Piano lid’ that is formed across the width of the dashboard. Laser-etched mid-line speaker frets and the metallic rotary dial of the JaguarDrive Control epitomise the attention-to-detail.

New door casings, featuring a new 360-degree grab handle, provide easier access and increased storage for drinks bottles and other items.

New seats feature wider cushioning, new optional massage functions and enhanced coverage of the heated and cooling areas. An embossed Jaguar Leaper features on all standard headrests, while a set of ‘Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry’ upholstery tags highlight the brand’s heritage.

A series of advanced technologies ensure the health and wellbeing of all occupants. Optional on all models, Cabin Air Ionisation improves interior air quality through Nanoe technology, which helps remove allergens and unpleasant odours. The system also features PM2.5 filtration, which captures ultra-fine particles – including PM2.5 particulates – to improve occupant health and wellbeing. The customer activates the system simply by pressing the ‘Purify’ button.

The 204PS diesel produces 430Nm, its MHEV system uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system.

The new 204PS diesel MHEV powers the XF Saloon RWD variant from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and produces CO2 emissions from 130g/km and up to 57.2mpg . The XF Sportbrake AWD version is capable of 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and produces CO2 emissions from 137g/km and fuel economy of up to 54.2mpg. This delivers low running costs and represents a 13 per cent improvement in emissions and 14 per cent in efficiency for the XF Saloon RWD compared to the outgoing 180PS diesel engine diesel engine in addition to a power increase of 24PS.

Petrol customers can choose between 250PS or a 300PS version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 365Nm and 400Nm respectively. Both feature the latest engine technologies including a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), for a strong combination of refined performance and efficiency.

The 250PS petrol engine delivers fuel economy of 35.2mpg, CO2 emissions from 181g/km and 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds for the XF Saloon RWD model and from 188g/km and up to 33.9mpg for the XF Sportbrake RWD version.

The 300PS XF Saloon, available exclusively with all-wheel drive, achieves 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds.

All engines are paired with Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can be controlled using the steering wheel shift paddles for added driver engagement.

Advanced connected technologies

The new XF features Jaguar’s next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture, dubbed EVA 2.0, which supports a range of new technologies to ensure the future-ready vehicle is always connected and always up to date.

The latest Pivi Pro infotainment technology is accessed through the all-new 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen. Key benefits include enhanced clarity, the screen being three times brighter and 48 per cent larger than the previous screen, and the simplified menu structures allow drivers to access or view up to 90 per cent of common tasks from the homescreen in two taps or less.

To help drivers access vital information quickly, new XF features a new 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display with enhanced graphics and a configurable layout which can show full screen navigation mapping with turn-by-turn instructions, digital dials, media, contact list or infotainment details. Working in conjunction with the latest optional Head-up Display technology, new XF gives drivers all the information they need with least distraction.

The intuitive new infotainment system features Apple CarPlay® as standard and allows customers to connect two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth. Android Auto™ is also available as standard in the UK. Wireless device charging with phone signal booster allows occupants to fast charge their smartphone. The system also provides clearer calls through the help of an external aerial.

To enable almost instantaneous start-up, Pivi Pro has a dedicated power source, so is ready to use as soon as customers get behind the wheel.

The collection of new convenience technologies includes Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability, which ensures the XF is always using the latest software. The technology means that owners don’t have to visit retailers to receive software updates for the vehicle.

Pivi Pro connectivity is provided by the latest embedded dual-sim technology with two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates, without compromising performance. The advanced connectivity also ensures minimal interruptions caused by coverage blackspots as it roams across network providers for the strongest signal.

Segment-first Active Road Noise Cancellation technology constantly monitors vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants. This means quieter noise levels within the cabin for superior refinement and reduced fatigue, commonly associated with prolonged exposure to low-frequency noise. Cabin occupancy is monitored, with the system continuously optimising performance to deliver the best possible experience for everyone. The lightweight technology ensures that vehicle weight and handling characteristics remain unaffected.

In addition, Jaguar’s ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror gives the driver an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the optional system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen.

For enhanced convenience, the optional second-generation wearable Activity Key can be used to lock, unlock and start the vehicle without the need for the conventional key fob to be present in the vehicle. The rechargeable device incorporates a watch and has a battery life of up to seven days between charges.

For added security and peace of mind, new XF customers get a complimentary Secure Tracker subscription as standard for the first 12 months, or they can elect to enhance their security further with optional Secure Tracker Pro now with new Guardian Mode which uses a timer to provide when using the Secure app. It allows customers to identify times when the vehicle will be inactive, for example through the night, and receive alerts to their smartphone if it is used during this window – giving immediate warning of any unauthorised movements.

The new XF also benefits from the latest generation of driver assistance technology. This includes Clear Exit Monitor, which alerts both front and rear occupants to the presence of an approaching car or cyclist when exiting the vehicle. Optional Adaptive Cruise Control automatically maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front.

Jaguar’s latest 3D Surround Camera technology is fitted as standard on all derivatives and delivers advanced 3D functionality using the latest camera technology to deliver more detail and a choice of real-time viewing optional when manoeuvring the vehicle.

Jaguar’s commitment to creating strong and lightweight vehicles, continues with the new XF. The aluminium-intensive architecture features recycled aluminium from closed-loop manufacturing for greater sustainability and is an important contribution towards Jaguar’s journey to Destination Zero, a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Not only does the new XF range benefit from upgraded technology and styling inside and out, the derivative offering has also been refined. The new range has been streamlined from 64 to 28 derviatives a move that both reduces manufacturing complexity and retains the most popular features selected by customers.

R-Dynamic specification is available across S, SE and HSE specification packs which are new for XF at 21MY. The core bodystyle is only available as an S specification for the saloon and SE for Sportbrake.

Simplification of the buying process has also been addressed, with a new ‘browse, buy, drive away’ approach that will be trialled with the launch of the new XF and harmonises online and offline pricing so that customers know they’ll get the equivalent price, however they choose to purchase.

EXTERIOR: VISUALLY DYNAMIC DESIGN

The new XF Saloon and XF Sportbrake models feature compelling exterior changes that enhance their visually dynamic design. Highlights include a new front-end design, all-LED headlights with ‘Double J’ lit signatures and a new rear bumper.

The new XF’s front bumper design, together with a revised grille and lower air intakes, creates a distinctive and more dynamic appearance.

The grille is finished with a new mesh design that contains diamond detailing influenced by the Jaguar heritage logo and features a Noble Chrome finish for a heightened sense of luxury. This is complemented by the lower air intakes that have been enlarged and reshaped to create visual width and enhance XF’s dynamic stance.

All-new, super-slim, all-LED quad headlights give the new XF an even bolder appearance, day or night. The front lighting design features the ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light (DRL) signature graphic, standard on all models, to give the XF a distinctive new look. Latest technologies include a Pixel LED option and animated directional Indicators that are standard on SE and HSE derivatives. Beautifully crafted details include the heritage-inspired monogram pattern that is laser-etched within the headlights. The attention to detail is also evident on the side vents, which now feature the iconic Jaguar Leaper for instant recognition, just like the new F-TYPE sports car.

In R-Dynamic specification the new XF features a series of distinct design elements for a more performance-focused look. R-Dynamic models feature a distinctive Gloss Black finish for the lower front air intakes and lower front bumper. The grille tips are also finished in Shadow Atlas while the upper rear valance is finished in Gloss Black rather than body colour, creating greater visual separation.

Both XF and XF R-Dynamic models are available with the optional Black Exterior Pack, which delivers a stealthier appearance with bespoke elements finished in Gloss Black. These include the grille mesh, grille surround, lower air intake surrounds, side vents, window surround, tailgate finisher, rear valance finisher and roof rails on XF Sportbrake. Unique black badging also features.

A choice of 12 wheel options include five new designs: a new 18-inch five-spoke 5105 Gyro diamond-turned design, 19-inch five-spoke 5106 Elegance in Silver and a 19-inch five-spoke 5106 Elegance in Gloss Black. Rounding off the new designs are 20-inch 5107 Delta wheels, available in Sparkle Silver or Satin Black, both with Gloss Black inserts.

XF INTERIOR: EXQUISITE, CONTEMPORARY AND ALL-NEW

The new Jaguar XF has an all-new interior combining crafted, luxurious materials and exquisite details with the latest connected technologies. This creates a more comfortable, contemporary and refined experience for all occupants.

The new XF’s cockpit design is bolder, more dynamic and with greater focus on the driver. First seen on the new F-PACE, the new interior design language ensures a more spacious and considered feel through softer forms and dramatic, contrasting use of colour at eye-level. The selected use of light-coloured finishes on lower sections of the cabin immerse the interior in one tone to enhance the sense of space.

At the heart of the new interior is the centrally-mounted 11.4-inch HD touchscreen. The elegant curvature of the screen was designed to seamlessly follow the same profile as the instrument panel. Chemically strengthened, the glass screen features two coatings; one which is anti-reflective to reduce glare and a second which makes wiping away fingerprints easier. It is housed in a magnesium frame painted in tonal black satin to accentuate the slim profile and deliver a high-quality and durable finish.

The large touchscreen operates the new Pivi Pro infotainment system, which provides greater clarity. The intuitive system allows the driver to carry out 90 per cent of common tasks within two taps from the home screen thanks to its simplified menu structure. The seamless integration of new technology is integral to Jaguar’s new design DNA.

Both the new XF Saloon and XF Sportbrake deliver enhanced luxury through the greater use of premium materials and soft-touch finishes. Everything from the instrument panel topper and console sides to the door armrest and lower cabin are wrapped in tactile materials for improved comfort.

The premium, quality feel is heightened by the use of authentic finishes, including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium, that feature in beautifully formed shapes such as the upper door insert and full width ‘Piano lid’ that is formed across the width of the instrument panel. The use of veneers extends to the rear without compromise, to ensure all occupants experience the enhanced luxury and tactility of materials. The extensive use of these materials reinvigorates Jaguar’s rich lineage of luxury interiors, a nod to the past in a vision for the future.

A new sporty centre console, faster in profile, sweeps up to the instrument panel incorporating a wireless charger and increased stowage. The softer, sliding armrest improves comfort and sense of luxury. The centre console is inspired by the design created for the I-PACE and is framed by dramatic, profiled metallic blades on either side.

The focus on materials continues with the laser-etched speaker frets, which have been specially designed to meet both acoustic and visual requirements. Finished in brushed metal which is then lacquered, the speaker frets, along with elements such as the knurled metallic rotary dials, exemplify the heightened attention to detail inside new XF.

The attention to detail is evident on the all-new Drive Selector. The soft upper trim wraps round the ‘palm grip’ and proudly features a ‘cricket-ball’ stitch, inspired by iconic British craftsmanship. Below, the precision-engineered metal cradle is sculpted for added tactility and an engaging, quality feel.

Beside the Drive Selector sits the Start button and a new metallic rotary dial-for the Jaguar Drive Control settings, which features an intricately detailed edge which provides a premium look and feel. When not in use, the rotary dial stows within the centre console.

New XF’s luxurious uplift extends across the new suite of interior lighting, too. An upper strip of light encircles the front of the cabin, while a lower lighting zone uses a softer waterfall effect. Available as standard, the system provides occupants with a choice of ten colours, with each of the two zones being independently configurable.

Separate white courtesy lighting features in the overhead console and footwell, and a dynamic start-up sequence greets occupants as they approach, enter and start the vehicle, with a sweep of light around the cabin as the screens awaken.

Occupant wellbeing has been enhanced with the addition of the latest technologies to deliver a calmer and more comfortable travelling experience. These include segment-first Active Road Noise Cancellation, which removes unwanted noises from the cabin – such as coarse road surfaces – for added refinement. This is aided by the latest cabin air ionisation technology, which is designed to remove allergens and now also features a filtration system capable of capturing ultrafine particles – including PM2.5 particulates – for improved occupant health and wellbeing.

New front seats offer wider cushioning plus larger heated and cooling areas for enhanced comfort. Heightened attention to detail is provided by an embossed Jaguar Leaper on the headrests (leather seats without winged headrests) while ‘Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry’ upholstery tags reference the rich history of the brand. Selected models additionally feature winged headrests and sophisticated quilted leathers. A massage function is also now an option.

Interior colourways include Ebony, Light Oyster and Caraway, with XF R-Dynamic available with a choice of Ebony, Light Oyster, Mars Red and Siena Tan options.

The attention to detail extends to the new steering wheel, which is influenced by the design in the all-electric I-PACE performance SUV and features hidden-until-lit switches and zinc alloy gearshift paddles. Light Oyster and Caraway colourways feature a split-rim duo-tone steering wheel which is colour-matched to the interior, whilst R-Dynamic specification calls for an Ebony steering wheel with a perforated leather rim and ‘R’ badging.

All doors feature new casings that deliver greater comfort, practicality and convenience for all occupants with a new 360-degree grab handle and improved stowage.

TECHNOLOGY: INTUITIVE CONNECTED AND FUTURE-PROOF

New Jaguar XF features the latest technologies, enhanced connectivity and advanced assistance and security systems, all supported by Jaguar’s next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture.

Dubbed EVA 2.0, this advanced new architecture supports Jaguar’s state-of-the-art Pivi Pro dual-sim infotainment systems and Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology, which allows customers to update the vehicle remotely.

Pivi Pro is delivered through a new curved-glass 11.4-inch HD touchscreen – 48 per cent larger and up to three times brighter than before. The glass screen is chemically strengthened and features two coatings; the first is anti-glare, the second makes it easier to wipe away fingerprints.

Pivi Pro features a simplified menu structure, so drivers can carry out 90 per cent of common tasks within two taps from the home screen. The intuitive new system features Apple CarPlay® as standard and also allows customers to connect two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth. Android Auto™ and Baidu CarLife are also available as standard depending on market applicability.

To enable almost instantaneous start-up, Pivi Pro has its own dedicated power source, so navigation is ready to use as soon as the driver is behind the wheel, while the embedded apps available – including Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn – provide full functionality even without your smartphone. Further connected features include Google and Microsoft Outlook calendar integration which enables the driver to view work diaries and even join important calls through the hands-free system. Meanwhile, weather at destination gives a forecast depending on the route entered in the navigation, fuel prices alerts the driver to the cost of fuel at stations on a journey and parking finder gives details of available parking locations at a chosen destination.

Pivi Pro connectivity is provided by the latest dual-sim technology with two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates, without compromising performance. The advanced connectivity also ensures minimal interruptions caused by coverage blackspots as it roams across network providers for the strongest signal.

SOTA connectivity enables customers to download and install software updates without having to visit a Jaguar retailer. Updates are downloaded in the background, with customers notified by an alert detailing the key changes. For updates that require the vehicle to be switched-off, customers can schedule a convenient time for installation.

Pivi Pro is fitted as standard to all derivatives in the UK.

Technology for wellbeing

The tranquil all-new interior of the XF family has been achieved with a combination of high quality material finishes and advanced technologies, including Active Road Noise Cancellation and Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5 filtration technology.

Segment-first Active Road Noise Cancellation technology constantly monitors vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants. This means quieter noise levels within the cabin for superior refinement and reduced fatigue, commonly associated with prolonged exposure to low-frequency noise. Cabin occupancy is monitored, with the system continuously optimising performance to deliver the best possible experience for everyone. The lightweight technology ensures that vehicle weight and handling characteristics remain unaffected.

Cabin Air Ionisation improves interior air quality through Nanoe technology, which removes most allergens and unpleasant odours. The system now also features PM2.5 filtration, which captures ultra-fine particles – including PM2.5 particulates – to improve occupant comfort and wellbeing. The customer activates the system simply by pressing the ‘Purify’ button.

Connected convenience technologies

Complementing the central 11.4-inch touchscreen is a new optional 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display instrument cluster with enhanced resolution and additional customisation options. Full-screen 3D mapping is available with additional overlays for elements ranging from traffic and turn-by-turn instructions, to compass bearings and even places of interest based on individual preferences.

The latest generation full colour TFT Head-up Display is brighter, with a larger information area and enhanced resolution. It places useful information such as navigation directions, speed and incoming caller details into the driver’s eyeline to help maintain their focus on the road ahead.

New XF is available with the second-generation Activity Key in addition to the standard fobs. The tough, waterproof wrist-worn device can lock, unlock and start the vehicle without the driver having to carry a conventional key. The rechargeable device incorporates a watch for the first time and has a battery life of up to seven days between charges.

Keeping digital devices topped up is easier thanks to optional 15W wireless device charging, with signal boost. Occupants simply place their compatible smartphone on the charging pad to quickly recharge, without the need for wires trailing around the cabin. The system also uses an external antenna to improve smartphone signal when being used inside the car (selected markets only).

Pivi Pro’s Smart Settings† uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn a driver’s usage patterns for items such as media, phone and comfort settings. Once the vehicle has recognised the driver through the individual key fob and smartphone, it will automatically reset a selection of settings such as the seat and steering wheel positions based on driver preferences, as well as added comfort items like heated and cooled seats or media sources and regular contacts the driver might call, all based on routines.

The advanced system also learns regular journeys and automatically displays a traffic summary and estimated time of arrival for the most likely destinations, for an at-a-glance preview without having to set a destination. It is also able to tailor routing to the roads the driver prefers to use unless there are known delays. On a regular commute, if faster routes are available – but include roads the driver doesn’t regularly use, the system includes the option to automatically enable voice guidance on unfamiliar roads. Once the driver returns to familiar roads, Pivi Pro’s Smart Voice Guidance then automatically mutes again allowing the driver to listen to their chosen media source.

To keep tabs on the XF Saloon and XF Sportbrake from afar, Jaguar’s Remote App technology allows customers to view key vehicle information using a smartphone, including the fuel level, the vehicle location and journey history. The app even allows owners to lock or unlock the vehicle remotely and initiate the climate control, to heat or cool the cabin before a journey.

For added security and peace of mind, new XF customers get a complimentary Secure Tracker subscription as standard for the first 12 months, or they can elect to enhance their security further with optional Secure Tracker Pro now with new Guardian Mode which uses a timer to provide when using the Secure app. It allows customers to identify times when the vehicle will be inactive, for example through the night, and receive alerts to their smartphone if it is used during this window – giving immediate warning of any unauthorised movements.

Advanced driver assistance systems

Lighting technology has been enhanced across the new XF range with new all-LED headlights as standard featuring distinctive ‘Double J’ DRL signatures available with optional Pixel LED technology. This advanced system delivers increased resolution and brightness as well as optional Adaptive Driving Beam technology, which evaluates the road ahead using on-board cameras and automatically adapts the high beam light to take account of traffic or traffic signs.

The system can create varying light beam patterns by selecting different LED segments to optimise visibility and minimise risk of distracting other drivers. Front animated directional indicators are featured as standard on SE and HSE models (optional on S models), for heightened visual sophistication.

Premium LEDs come as standard, with SE and HSE vehicles also featuring Auto High Beam Assist, which automatically switches between high and low beam, reducing risk of dazzling oncoming drivers.

For the first time the XF Saloon is available with ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror technology. Using a high-definition camera integrated with the roof-mounted aerial pod, it feeds images to a high-resolution screen within the mirror. The driver is able to switch between the standard mirror and camera feed using a small toggle switch on the mirror. The technology enables the driver to have an unobstructed view behind the vehicle even if the view is blocked by passengers or objects in the rear of the vehicle, while also providing improved visibility in low light conditions and a wider 50-degree field of vision for enhanced safety.

Jaguar’s latest 3D Surround Camera technology fitted as standard makes it even easier to perform parking manoeuvres by providing intuitive real-time 3D perspective views of the vehicle. ClearSight Plan View generates the effect that the vehicle is transparent so drivers can assess the surface beneath. Available in both 360° and perspective plan views, it may also display some of the blind spots surrounding the vehicle.

The state-of-the-art camera technology supports Jaguar’s 360° Parking Aid, which provides the driver with audio-visual feedback to gauge the distance to obstacles on all sides, to help when making low speed manoeuvres. Any obstacles around the vehicle are highlighted and marked as a threat when they are in the path of new XF.

Advanced driver assistance systems ensure all occupants are even better protected in the new XF. Clear Exit Monitor can alert occupants to the presence of bicycles and other vehicles as occupants exit the XF and XF Sportbrake by displaying a warning light next to the door handle. The clever feature is fitted to both the front and rear doors.

Jaguar’s advanced Adaptive Cruise Control supports the driver by maintaining a set distance to the car in front, for more relaxed and enjoyable long distance journeys. The new XF family also features Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitor which may detect when the driver is beginning to feel drowsy and alerts them to take a break. The technology uses inputs from thousands of data points including steering and pedal inputs – some measured every one thousandth of a second – to spot signs of tiredness.

The latest in speaker technology is provided by a range of enhanced Meridian and Meridian Surround sound systems, featuring 12 and 16 speakers respectively. Both feature a separate subwoofer and innovative technologies to deliver an enhanced listening experience.

All Meridian systems now feature centre channel technology which delivers an enhanced sound experience. The function brings added depth allowing vocals to be perceived in the centre of the cabin rather than the side through the door speakers. It gives the impression, when listening to music, that the singer is directly in front of the driver and passengers for a more crisp and clear delivery.

Meridian Cabin Correction is able to neutralise any remaining noise resonance which can be reflected off interior surfaces, while Meridian Digital Dither ensures that low volume notes or tones can be clearly heard. The advanced sound systems also support Active Road Noise Cancellation, ensuring optimum refinement at all times.

PERFORMANCE: ENHANCED REFINEMENT AND EFFICIENT NEXT GENERATION HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

The new Jaguar XF and XF Sportbrake feature a focused range of Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and next-generation diesel powertrains, the diesel being equipped with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology.

Combined with the latest chassis technology and aluminium intensive architecture, the new XF offers exceptional dynamics and performance with improved efficiency and refinement.

The new XF is available exclusively with eight-speed automatic transmissions, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the following engine options:

  • Diesel
    • 204PS MHEV 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, eight-speed automatic, RWD / AWD
  • Petrol
    • 250PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, eight-speed automatic, RWD
    • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, eight-speed automatic, AWD

Next-generation Ingenium diesel

The next generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder 204PS Ingenium diesel engine features MHEV technology for the first time. The advanced MHEV system uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering more refined and responsive stop/start functionality.

The technology improves efficiency, enabling CO2 emissions from 130g/km and fuel economy up to 57.2mpg for the XF Saloon RWD variant and from 137g/km and up to 54.2mpg for the XF Sportbrake AWD model. This delivers low running costs and represents a 13 per cent improvement in emissions and 14 per cent in efficiency for the XF Saloon RWD compared to the outgoing 180PS diesel engine diesel engine in addition to a power increase of 24PS.

A selection of advanced engine strategies provides added refinement and performance, including variable vane geometry turbocharger technology. At low engine speeds the turbocharger vanes rotate to narrow the opening between them, increasing exhaust gas velocity and boosting pressure, which provides rapid torque response and enhanced acceleration. At high engine speeds, the vanes open, ensuring maximum exhaust gas flow to deliver peak power while maintaining optimum efficiency.

The engine now features steel pistons, with the higher strength material allowing for a more compact, lower friction design as well as increased capability to withstand higher peak pressures. Their stronger construction enables more intricate cooling channels for improved thermal management. At the same time, the thermal expansion rate is closer to that of the iron cylinder liners for improved clearance control, both enhancing cooling and reducing friction for better efficiency.

The new 2,500 bar piezo common-rail injection system delivers even finer control of fuel delivered into the cylinders. This reduces emissions and improves efficiency. Together with the latest variable geometry turbochargers, this ensures that the Ingenium diesel delivers the ideal balance of performance, refinement and fuel economy.

The next-generation Ingenium diesels are also 2kg lighter, achieved through mass reductions achieved across the fuel system, balance system and crankshaft, as well as a noise level improvement of up to 2.0dB compared to the outgoing four-cylinder diesel.

Petrol Powertrains

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine comes in two power outputs, 250PS and 300PS. The 250PS variant produces 365Nm of torque, delivering 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds) and CO2 emissions from 181g/km with fuel economy of up to 35.2mpg for the XF Saloon RWD model and from 188g/km and up to 33.9mpg for the XF Sportbrake RWD version.

The high-powered 300PS engine produces 400Nm of torque and is exclusively paired to an all-wheel drive system for enhanced traction. The engine features a range of advanced technologies and is capable of 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds).

The innovative Continuously Variable Valve Lift (CVVL) system reduces pumping losses by electro-hydraulically varying inlet valve lift. Together with variable cam timing, this allows the engine to breathe with maximum efficiency throughout its entire operating range, optimising power, torque, fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions.

The engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger with low friction bearings for reduced friction and improved responses. The turbocharger is fed by an integrated exhaust manifold, which reduces weight. A water-cooled charge air cooler is fitted instead of a standard air-based intercooler as it is more effective in reducing the intake air temperature. This improves combustion, delivering higher peak power along with enhanced fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Transmission and chassis technology

All engines are mated to ultra-responsive eight-speed automatic transmissions, delivering rapid shifts for effortless performance through rear-or all-wheel drive. The eight closely-spaced ratios provide improved responses and gear selection is controlled using the new Drive Selector. If the driver wants to manually change gear, zinc alloy steering wheel paddle shifters provide tactile control and immediate responses.

Segment-first Active Road Noise Cancellation, along with the latest powertrains ensure a more refined and tranquil cabin environment, especially over long journeys.

All XF models feature the latest JaguarDrive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow and Dynamic modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. The settings, selected through a new rotary dial next to the all-new Drive Selector, adapt the XF’s steering, transmission, throttle and (when specified) Adaptive Dynamics settings. Dynamic mode delivers a more responsive driving experience, while Eco tunes vehicle settings to encourage a more efficient driving style. Rain-Ice-Snow optimises stability in adverse weather.

Additionally, the optional Adaptive Surface Response automatically determines the most appropriate settings by monitoring the surface conditions every tenth-of-a-second and reacting within half a second.

Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics is available across the engine range and exclusively on the 300PS petrol. The technology has a rear-wheel drive bias for enhanced driver engagement and performance, with predictive and reactive software that can distribute torque to the front and rear axles independently and almost instantly to provide greater control and stability in low traction conditions.

A new Auto Vehicle Hold system provides added convenience and smoother operation than conventional Automatic Hill Hold. The new technology holds the brakes for an unlimited period of time when stationary on a gradient, gently releasing the brakes only when the driver depresses the accelerator to drive away.

Key to the new XF’s dynamic capabilities is its advanced suspension design, mated to its inherently rigid aluminium-intensive architecture. At the front, a double wishbone suspension layout, similar to the F-TYPE sports car, contributes to class-leading handling while the Integral Link rear suspension provides lateral stiffness without compromising ride comfort.

The optional Adaptive Dynamics suspension system ensures a precise, dynamic set up coupled with a supple, luxurious ride. Adaptive Dynamics constantly analyses acceleration, steering, throttle and brake pedal inputs. Height sensors at each corner of the vehicle measure the vertical body movement, roll and pitch 100 times a second, while steering inputs are measured 500 times a second. Adaptive Dynamics then uses these inputs to continually alter damper stiffness to maximise comfort and control.

Also available with Adaptive Dynamics is Configurable Dynamics which, when specified, enables the driver to set up the vehicle to suit personal preferences with a choice of Comfort or Dynamic settings applied to the throttle mapping, gear shift points, steering effort and suspension. A stopwatch, G-Meter and pedal graph also help the driver to monitor performance in Dynamic mode.

At the rear, the new XF Sportbrake features air suspension fitted across the range as standard. The suspension system ensures that ride height remains consistent even when the vehicle is fully laden to maintain comfort and composure.

A passive sport suspension is fitted as standard exclusively to the R-Dynamic RWD Saloon featuring stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, firmer damping and a unique tune for the electric power assisted steering for even more dynamic and responsive handling.

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