2015 Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury sedan that distinguishes itself from its rivals by placing a greater emphasis on high style inside and out. Dynamic handling and a plush interior are also among the four-door's strong suites.

Those looking for an XF with super-sedan levels of performance should consider the 510-horsepower XFR or the 550-horsepower XFR-S.

Inspired by the CX-F Concept car, the XF features a low roof line, an athletic stance and tastefully minimalist chrome trim, touches that conspire to create an elegant and purposeful look. The sedan was recently updated with a completely reworked front fascia with a subtly reshaped grille, revamped lower vents and newly streamlined headlights with LED daytime running lights arranged in a distinctive Jaguar 'J-Blade' signature pattern. Around back, the tail lamps were extended onto the trunk lid, while a range of new wheel choices completed the visual changes.

The cabin is trimmed with the supple leathers and top-quality materials one would expect of a Jaguar while also featuring modern touches like the so-called "surprise and delight" air-conditioning vents, which present a flush dashboard surface until the ignition is switched on, at which point they rotate to the open position. Also lying dormant until the car is switched on is the unusual rotary shifter, which motors up and can be rotated to select from park, reverse, neutral, drive, and sequential modes.

Jaguar recently upgraded the XF with more supportive seats, new hide and veneer choices and a revised color scheme on the centre console, fascia and steering wheel that replaces the outgoing 'Tungsten' finish with a more contemporary 'Aurora' theme.

Dynamically speaking, the XF rewards drivers with accurate, tactile steering and a well-tuned suspension that provides a good balance between ride comfort and handling prowess.

Powertrain Options
The XF's entry-level engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. The other addition for the latest model year, a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder, replaces the previously available naturally-aspirated V8 and produces 340 horsepower.

The range-topping engine is supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 470 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of twist, enough propel the cat from zero-to-60 mph in the mid-four-second range.

All three engines come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is available as an option, but only with the V6 engine.

Fuel economy is rated at 19/29 city/highway mpg for the four-cylinder; the V6 is rated 18/28 mpg and 16/25 mpg in front- and all-wheel-drive forms, respectively; and the V8 returns 15/23 mpg.

Trim level breakdown
Jaguar's mid-size sedan comes in four flavors: XF 2.0T Premium, XF 3.0, XF 3.0 AWD and XF Supercharged.

The base XF comes standard with automatic Xenon headlights, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, six-way power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry and start, a hard drive-based navigation system, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a garage door opener, Bluetooth connectivity, a 380-watt Meridian sound system with 12 speakers, a seven-inch touch screen, a blind spot monitoring system an electric parking brake and shift paddles.

Stepping up to the 3.0 trim adds a start/stop system, a power moonroof and a supercharged V6 engine.

Besides the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, the XF Supercharged brings adaptive high beams, electrochromic door mirrors, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, cooled and ventilated front seats and an 825-watt Meridian surround sound system that plays through no less than 17 speakers.

Numerous options are available, with highlights including different leather and aluminum/wood trim choices and a radar-based adaptive cruise control system that automatically accelerates or brakes as necessary to maintain a set distance from the car in front.

A trio of option packages are also available. These include the Vision Pack which includes a Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Front Lights, Intelligent High Beams and an auto-dimming rear view mirror; the Premium Pack, which adds a navigation system with voice command functionality, a 12-speaker, 380-watt Meridian sound system, front and rear parking aids, Adaptive Front Lighting and a proximity key; and the Interior Sport Pack, which brings 18-way driver and 14-way adjustable front seats in soft brain leather, and bright pedal trim.

Safety Technology
Every XF model comes with dual front, side and side curtain airbags, ABS, traction and stability control systems, an emergency brake assist system and a valet mode that limits the car to low speeds.

Key Competitors
Rivals to the XF include the BMW 5-Series, the Audi A6, the Lexus GS and the Infiniti Q70.