Jaguar’s highly acclaimed XF has recently been given the engine it so deservedly needs, in order to compete in the highly competitive executive car market. This new 2.2l i4 diesel model is the most fuel efficient car in Jaguar’s line-up.
The XF’s sleek exterior lines, aided by the revised front and rear styling, clearly make this Jaguar the best-looking car in its class. It also puts it up to its rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi when it comes to the interior design. Inside, Jaguar has created a contemporary interior that exudes luxury. There’s a sense of occasion each time you sit inside the car, when you turn on the ignition, the air vents open electronically in harmony with the gear selector knob, which rises from the central console. Customers can choose from three levels of specification, my test car was finished in the top of the range Portfolio trim. This model comes adorned in luxury complete with suede headlining. There’s the usual compliment of electronic comforts such as touchscreen satellite navigation, heated and cooled electric seats, bi-xenon headlights and rear parking aid all included. The €44,995 entry-level model is well-appointed too, with a comprehensive list of standard specification.
The 2.2l diesel engine works in combination with a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which combined with an intelligent stop/start system, reduce the car’s CO2 emissions to just 149g/km. Whilst this is admirable, some of its competitors have lower emissions resulting in a lower tax band placement. Personally, it wouldn’t cause me much concern as the XF’s package as a whole is very strong. It drives very competently with a stable chassis that offers a satisfying drive. It’s got respectable performance, with 190hp and 450Nm of torque on offer.
The recent revisions to the XF have resulted in a stylish car matched with a sensible power train.[table “52” not found /]