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  • June 26, 2019

Jaguar XF Hatchback Test Drive & Review

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Jaguar XF Overview

Jaguar has turned up the heat in the mid-size luxury segment in India by introducing the latest iteration of its XF sedan. It’s sharper and meaner looking, has new interiors and gets a brand new high-tech diesel engine. But wait there is more as it has gone through a weight-loss program, which will surely improves dynamics as well as efficiency. It all sounds good, but has the carmaker done enough to prep up this four-door sedan to go up against its established rivals? To find out, we drove the petrol variant in the top-of-the-line Portfolio variant and the diesel in the entry-level Pure trim.Check car loan for Jaguar XF.

Jaguar XF Exterior & Style

The new generation Jaguar XF has got similar silhouette compared to its predecessor but the styling changes are quite substantial. The XF now gets leaner with the sleek character lines and revised front profile which is inspired by the latest family design. The beefy front styling is gone now, in comes the sporty and aggressive face. There is a dominating signature grille up front along with sleek LED headlamps with DRLs.

The Jaguar XF looks huge from the side profile having a long bonnet and a smooth flowing roofline that infuses seamlessly with the boot. The 18-inch multi-spoke alloys on the Portfolio trim look gorgeous. The rear profile also gets heavy changes. The slimmer tail lights look striking at night especially with the F-Type inspired LED detailing. All in all, the new XF maintains its elegant character but with some freshly sprinkled details on the exteriors.

Jaguar XF Interior & Space

As you open the door, it’s not difficult to spot the design layout and the materials shared with other models from the JLR stable. Nevertheless, the dashboard is neatly designed with a lot of horizontal surfacing. It even retains the previous gen XF’s super cool start-up sequence which includes a rotary gear selector that rises up from the centre console along with the side air vents that roll up in harmony.

Theatrical start-up aside, the XF works much better as a family car compared to its predecessor. The front seats are huge and immensely supportive with more than enough thigh support and sufficient bolstering. Similarly, the rear seat is wide and nicely contoured with a deep squab, meaning you sit in it rather than on it. That said, the overall knee room, although better than before, isn’t as generous as the new 5 Series and nowhere close to the long wheelbase E-Class. The 2018 XF can be had with different leather and wood trimmings but in the Prestige trim, you have to settle for the black veneer with black upholstery and leather seats.

The top-spec Portfolio, on the other hand, has better quality leather seats, leather wrapped instrument panel surround and some extra fittings. And while we are on the subject, the XF Prestige gets a fully digital instrument cluster, parking sensors all around, an electric sunroof, climate control and a single colour ambient lighting. The Portfolio trim, meanwhile, adds electric lumbar adjustment, parking assist, keyless entry, configurable ambient lighting and a heads-up display.

The 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system feels like a generation behind in the competition. It can be slow to react to touch inputs and the quality of the rear camera is mediocre. Even the high-end Meridian sound system doesn’t perform as well as other systems in this segment when it comes to audio quality. To be fair though, you can opt for the Portfolio trim that will get you the incredible 825W Meridian surround sound system with up to 17 speakers.

Despite its shortcomings, the interior of the XF feels premium and different from the German brigade. It’s well put together and the use of padded materials give it a luxury feel.

Jaguar XF Engine & Performance

Jaguar has launched the XF in India with two engine options. The new four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium engine family, is of particular importance because it will eventually replace the old 2.2 unit across JLR’s India range. Also, its 1999cc displacement crucially keeps the XF out of the purview of any possible ban on the sale of cars with diesel engines of 2000cc and above.

Judged against JLR’s old diesel engine, the Ingenium unit immediately feels like an improvement, especially when talking refinement. It’s quieter and more refined, though still not class-leadingly so. You can hear a clatter at idle and the engine booms and sounds quite coarse when pushed. However, at typical mild throttle speeds, engine noise levels are more than acceptable. In town, the 180hp engine does come across as strong with the 8-speed gearbox chipping in by keeping revs above 2000rpm when you need immediate power. There are four driving modes to choose from, namely Rain, Eco, Normal and Dynamic, each with its own engine, gearbox and steering setup. Normal works well enough but Dynamic makes the powertrain feel at its alertest best. Flooring the throttle has the diesel XF pick up pace smartly and, though the engine may not rev as quickly as a similar-displacement BMW or Audi, it does, again, feel strong. You can rev the engine to 4900rpm or so (in manual mode), but best progress is made between 2000rpm and 4200rpm. We recorded a 0-100kph time of 9.04 seconds (see performance chart), which makes the XF slower than rivals but the truth is, from behind the wheel, it doesn’t feel so.

For those looking for performance, the other engine of choice will be of greater interest. It’s the familiar four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit that already does duty in many of JLR’s other models offered on the XF in the higher of its two states of tune. Read 240hp and 340Nm. That’s a near 60hp jump over the petrol versions of the A6, 5-series and E-Class, and straight off the bat, the XF feels a lot faster. The 0-100kph comes up in 7.62 seconds compared to the 520i’s 8.63 and it’s significantly quicker in roll-on acceleration too. For more details on Jaguar XF check Agropedia

Flat-out performance is strong, and what makes the engine exciting is that there’s plenty of power in the upper reaches of the rev band. Flooring the throttle has the eight-speed automatic gearbox jump down as many ratios as needed to get to the meat of the powerband. However, when you do so, you can tell the gearbox isn’t the fastest eight-speeder around and there is a pause between command and execution. The paddle-shifters do help work around this issue and what is also great is that the electronics let you hold gear at the 6500rpm limiter in the gearbox’s S mode. Driven hard, the XF’s petrol engine sounds quite nice as four-cylinder units go with a racy snarl, giving a fitting soundtrack for the last 2000rpm of the rev range. Unfortunately, the petrol engine is not particularly quiet when you want it to be. It’s audible at idle and grumbles at middle revs. Once again, the gearbox tends to fumble at times when you need a quick dose of power.

Jaguar XF Driving Dynamics

More than just straight-line performance, the XF puts up a strong case for itself also when it comes to the ride and handling. Despite its driver-oriented nature, the XF rides better than you might expect. It will take pretty big jolts without letting out any form of unnerving clunks and keep the occupants at the back in comfort. As for the handling, the XF strikes a good balance by being a decent handling machine, although not to the point where it can beat its rivals. The biggest let-down here is the steering which doesn’t seem to have as much feedback as I would like when throwing the car around long corners.  For price detail on Jaguar XF visit AutoZhop.

And while doing so, there is also a fair bit of body roll that hampers the cornering speeds. The XF comes with what Jaguar calls Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which has two settings. The default setting comes into play as soon as it detects even the slightest of wheel-spin. The Trac DSC setting, on the other hand, allows the XF to hang its tail out a bit before it intervenes. With the latter setting in place, I was left grinning like an idiot after flinging it through a few hairpins, despite the less-then-ideal steering feel and the body roll – yes, sometimes it doesn’t take much to turn us car guys into a child!

Jaguar XF Braking & Safety

Standard safety features on the 2016 Jaguar XF include traction and stability control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. As detailed above, certain other safety technologies are included on the R-Sport and S, while the more advanced Driver Assistance pack is optional on those trims, and the Vision pack enhances the safety of the base Premium and Prestige.

Jaguar XF Price in Ahmedabad 

Jaguar Xf On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 55,46,284 to 68,34,135 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 for Jaguar XF price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Jaguar XF Round Up

The 2017 Jaguar XF is a much improved car and there is no doubt about that. If you are a Jaguar fan, you will love many a things in this car. The British feel still embodies the interiors and things like the steering feedback, exhaust note and excellent handling is something that will always bring up a smile. It is only that when you compare it to its main German rivals, that you start to think about its value. With the new E-class around and the new 5-series about to be launched, the fight is even tougher for the Jag. Nevertheless, if you want a mid-size luxury sedan, that you aim to drive yourself and ‘driving pleasure’ is at the top of your mind, then the 2017 Jaguar XF will do you full justice.

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